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Jan & Michèle

Jan Richardson leading a guided reading instruction with students.

Jan Richardson is a reading specialist, Reading Recovery teacher leader, staff developer, and former K–12 teacher. She has turned her commitment to reading education into a passion for supporting educators in classrooms throughout the country and around the world. Jan is the author of the best-selling professional teaching resource The Next Step Forward in Guided Reading: An Assess-Decide-Guide Framework for Supporting Every Reader.

Together with Michèle Dufresne, she has coauthored the best-selling Literacy Footprints Guided Reading system, published by Pioneer Valley Books (PVB), which has become an indispensable part of helping teachers deliver high-quality guided reading to students in K–6 classrooms. In fall 2019, Scholastic published Jan’s new book, The Next Step Forward in Word Study and Phonics, which she co-authored with Michèle. Jan is also the author of Next Step Guided Reading in Action Grades K-2, Next Step Guided Reading in Action Grades 3 and Up, The Guided Reading Teacher’s Companion: Prompts, Discussion Starters & Teaching Points, The Next Step in Guided Reading: Focused Assessments and Targeted Lessons for Helping Every Student Become a Better Reader, and The Next Step Forward in Reading Intervention: The RISE™ Framework–each published by Scholastic.

Jan continues her dedication to improving literacy education and increasing teachers’ connections to supportive instructional materials.

Michèle Dufresne listens as a student reads out loud.

Michèle Dufresne is a former literacy specialist who has turned her commitment to teaching children to read into a major focus of her writing, speaking, and teaching. She is the best-selling author of the Bella and Rosie series as well as many other fiction and nonfiction books used by teachers nationally and internationally.

Together with Jan Richardson, she has coauthored the best-selling Literacy Footprints Guided Reading system, published by Pioneer Valley Books (PVB), which has become an indispensable part of helping teachers deliver high-quality guided reading to students in K–6 classrooms. In fall 2019, Scholastic published Michèle’s new book, The Next Step Forward in Word Study and Phonics, which she coauthored with Jan. Michèle is also the author of Word Solvers: Making Sense of Letters and Sounds, published by Heinemann Publishing. Recently, she has worked on a collection of new PVB books for grades 3–6 that includes high-interest fiction and nonfiction titles as well as and graphic novels about Greek myths. Her book Oki and the Polar Bear won the 2017 Moonbeam Children's Silver Book Award.

Michèle holds a doctorate in education from the University of Massachusetts. She has been a classroom teacher, language arts specialist, Title 1 director, and Reading Recovery teacher leader, and has served as a consultant in school districts across the United States. When not writing or working with children and teachers in schools, Michèle enjoys taking her dogs for walks and playing with her four grandchildren: Jaxson, Harper, Mae, and Simon. She lives in Amherst, Massachusetts (when it is warm!) and St. Augustine, Florida (when it is cold!).

She continues to work on improving literacy education and increasing students’ access to books that engage and support children who are learning to read.

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