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Next Step Forward in Reading Intervention: The RISE Framework

Jan Richardson and Ellen Lewis


Literacy intervention should be swift and powerful-and this approach by Jan Richardson and Ellen Lewis provides fast results! After only 6-8 weeks of intervention, students can gain the confidence, proficiency, and skills they need to excel as readers and exit intervention!


RISE and RISE Up (Levels C-Z): Reading Inspires Students to Excel

Jan Richardson and Ellen Lewis


Jan Richardson, Ph.D., and Ellen Lewis, M.Ed., have recast Richardson's proven Next Step Forward guided reading framework as a powerful, short-term intervention. Scholastic RISE provides targeted, small-group instruction in reading comprehension, word study and phonics, and guided writing.


The Next Step Forward in Guided Reading

Jan Richardson


In this resource-rich book, you'll find:

All the planning and instructional tools you need to teach guided reading well, from pre-A to fluent, organized around Richardson's proven Assess-Decide-Guide framework.

The Guided Reading Teacher's Companion

Jan Richardson


In this convenient flip-chart guide, you can easily find prompts, discussion starters, and teaching points to use when you want students to process more effectively, think more deeply, and express their ideas more thoughtfully. 

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The Next Step Forward in Word Study and Phonics

Jan Richardson and Michéle Dufresne


Guided reading experts, Jan Richardson and Michéle Dufresne, provide teachers with clear, concise, and practical instructions and resources for planning and teaching developmentally appropriate word study and phonics lessons.

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The Next Step Forward in Running Records

Bates, McBride and Richardson

In the hands of informed teachers, running records reveal the meaning-making, problem-solving strategies children are using as they process text. Richardson, Bates, and McBride provide expert analysis of sample running records and offer how-to videos that take teachers beyond calculating a simple accuracy rate to observing their students" reading behaviors-and then taking next steps to plan targeted lessons.


Next Step Guided Reading Assessment, K-2, 3-6

Jan Richardson and Maria Walther​


Master reading teachers Jan Richardson, Ph.D., and Maria Walther, Ed.D., developed and classroom-tested this lean, smart assessment kit to provide teachers with a complete picture of each reader’s word knowledge, phonics skills, fluency, and comprehension skills. 

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Next Step Guided Reading in Action, K-2, 3 and Up

Jan Richardson


Developed by leading literacy experts Jan Richardson, Ph.D., and Maria Walther, Ed.D., Next Step Guided Reading Assessment uses Richardson's proven Assess-Decide-Guide teaching system to pinpoint students' reading level and target instructional next steps.

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Literacy Footprints

Jan Richardson and Michéle Dufresne


In your Literacy Footprints lessons, you will be using a variety of teaching tools. The materials needed will vary with each lesson. The Literacy Footprints resource kit provides supplementary tools in addition to the components that come with each kit.


Best Practices of Literacy Leaders: Keys to School Improvement

Edited by Allison Swan Dagen and Rita M Bean, (2nd ed.) (Guildford, 2020)

This authoritative text and practitioner resource has now been extensively revised and expanded with 70% new material covering new topics and standards in literacy leadership. Prominent experts present research-based methods for improving instruction, assessment, and professional learning experiences in PreK-12. The distinct roles of teachers, reading/literacy specialists, literacy coaches, special educators, and principals are explored, with an emphasis on fostering a culture of collaboration. Chapters highlight the standards that apply to each component of a schoolwide literacy program, give examples of what they look like in schools, and share implications for classroom practice and professional learning.


The Impact of a Vocabulary Focused PLC

and Research Based Practices on Teacher and Student Learning

Carolyn B. Gwinn and Susan Watts-Taffe


This article describes a vocabulary-focused professional learning community (PLC) designed to better equip teacher participants as they plan and deliver comprehensive vocabulary instruction. Underpinnings of this approach include ongoing, collaborative discussion, experimentation with research-based approaches in the classroom, and a focus on student learning. The article describes the implementation and impact of this PLC at an elementary school. 


Special Education Support

“I was excited to attend an entire day dedicated to struggling readers. This was very worthwhile and this will help me to support my special education teachers.” 


—  Carrie Hill, Director of Special Services, IL

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