Cobb ELA Hosts National Author and Reading Consultant: Dr. Jan Richardson

Dr. Jan Richardson is a leading authority on guided reading and assessment.

Dr. Richardson’s work has enabled students around the nation to grow leaps and bounds in their reading abilities. In her most recent visit to Cobb, ELA teachers learned about best practices in guided reading instruction and assessment within the shared synchronous classroom model.

A strong commitment to quality professional learning is just one of the many ways that Cobb County School District strives to make Cobb “the best place to teach, lead, and learn.”  In support of this district priority, Cobb ELA was honored to host nationally renowned educator and author, Dr. Jan Richardson, in September. Dr. Richardson is a guru of guided reading and is the author of Next Steps Forward in Guided Reading and Next Steps Guided Reading Assessment. Although her current work is geared towards K-5, Jan has a Ph. D. in literacy and is an author, educational consultant, reading specialist, former Reading Recovery® Teacher Leader, and former classroom teacher (K-college), and, as a result, she has a variety of wisdom and hard-earned experiences to share with reading teachers at all grade levels. 

One Cobb teacher stated, “I have seen Jan Richardson so many times and learn more from her each time.  Thank you for bringing her to Cobb.  She (Jan) made it seem possible to do a group with remote and face-to-face students at the same time!”  

Cobb ELA continues to commit to offering high-quality professional learning opportunities in local schools and district wide. We were honored to be able to provide this opportunity for Cobb teachers with the intention of more to come throughout the year.  Here’s a hint…stay tuned for a visit from Lester Laminack, author and read-aloud advocate, in December! 

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Elizabeth Cobia, Supervisor
English Language Arts

Contributing Authors: Marta Anderton, English Language Arts

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