Guided Reading Expert Comes to Valpo

Our one-day workshops have benefited area educators for more than a decade. They are designed to bring cutting-edge research that models best practices for teachers, literacy coaches, and administrators in community schools. The Professional Educators Partnership is honored to host Dr. Jan Richardson at the 14th Annual Literacy Workshop, The Next Step Forward in Guided Reading.

        October 10, 2018

                    Harre Union Ballroom

                                 8:30 AM – 2:45 PM (CST)       


Guided Reading is a key component of a comprehensive, balanced literacy program that allows teachers to flexibly group students to meet individual needs.  This workshop highlights using formative assessments to target a focus for each lesson, choosing texts that match the focus strategy, scaffolding students to independently monitor and problem-solve words, extending vocabulary and exploring deeper comprehension.  After reading, the teacher leads students in rich discussions that lift student processing.  Learn how powerful guided reading lessons accelerate all students on their journey to becoming engaged and proficient readers.

  • Learn how to use assessment to pinpoint an instructional focus.
  • Select engaging, hands-on word study activities that are based on assessments and linked to the guided reading text.
  • Make your guided reading lesson more powerful by choosing appropriate texts that match readers and the focus strategy.
  • Analyze struggling readers to identify appropriate strategies to teach during small group lessons that accelerate individual comprehensive literacy plans. 



Jan Richardson, Ph.D., a leading expert in guided reading, is a former K-12 teacher, reading specialist, Reading Recovery teacher leader, and staff developer. Jan has developed an Assess-Decide-Guide framework that provides precise and clear guidelines to support students at all stages of reading.  She currently is an educational consultant, providing presentations and classroom demonstrations across the U.S. and Canada. Dr. Richardson’s best-selling Next Step Collection began with the publication of Next Step Guided Reading (Scholastic, 2009).  The updated collection now includes The Next Step Forward in Guided Reading; The Guided Reading Teacher’s Companion: Prompts, Discussion Starters, and Teaching Points; Next Step Guided Reading in Action video suite;  and Next Step Guided Reading Assessment co-authored with Maria P. Walther.  Next Step Forward in Reading Intervention: RISE, co-authored with Ellen Lewis, will be published in the summer of 2018.  With electrifying wit and wisdom, Jan leaves audiences informed, motivated, and inspired.

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Past Keynote Speakers


Jan Burkins & Kim Yaris
"Who's Doing the Work? - How to Say Less So Readers Can Do More"


Christopher Lehman
"Close Reading, Lessons for Analyzing Text--and Life"

Kristin Ziemke
"It's Not the Technology, Its the THINKING"

Stephanie Harvey
"Comprehension Strategies that Work"

Anita Archer
"The Importance of Vocabulary as a Predictor of Student Success"