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About Jan Richardson

Jan Richardson, Ph.D., is America’s leading expert in guided reading. She is a former teacher (K-college), reading specialist, Reading Recovery® teacher leader, and designer of staff development. She is an education consultant, providing schools across the U.S. and Canada with customized workshops and classroom demonstrations. 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 and Discussion Starters; Next Step Guided Reading in Action ; and Next Step Guided Reading Assessment co-authored with Maria P. Walther. Richardson also worked with Michele Dufresne from Pioneer Valley Books to develop Literacy Footprints: A Complete System for Supporting Guided Reading, which has lesson cards that follow Jan’s Next Step framework.



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About Erin Koning

Erin Koning’s love for literacy was born at home and cultivated at school. This love for story led her to begin her career as a 6th-grade teacher in Chicago Public Schools. Koning has worked as a teacher, an instructional coach, a district administrator, and now as a director of literacy on the National Literacy Initiatives team at Scholastic. Her goal is always to support the school community in meeting the learning goals they have for all of their students.



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Jenni Brasington is a senior director of Family and Community Engagement Services for Scholastic Education and a founding partner of the Center for Active Family Engagement. She has more than 25 years of experience working with PK-12 schools as an administrator, early childhood coordinator, and school counselor to improve student achievement and build effective family-school partnerships. She most recently served as the director of family and community engagement for Acelero Learning, a large Head Start grantee with delegate agencies in four states. Brasington holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master of education degree in school counseling. She has focused her work over the last 17 years on building the capacity of educators to engage with families in ways that support learning and increase student outcomes.