Jan and Michele


We are classroom teachers and literacy specialists who have spent most of our lives teaching children to read. Jan trains teachers and reading specialists throughout America. Her best-selling books , The Next Step in Guided Reading (Scholastic, 2009) and The Next Step Forward in Guided Reading (Scholastic, 2016), has helped thousands of teachers learn how to teach guided reading. Michele is an early literacy consultant and author for Pioneer Valley Books. She has written Word Solvers: Making Sense of Letters and Words (Heinemann, 2002) and over 400 fiction and nonfiction books for beginning readers.

Our experience as reading specialists and Reading Recovery® Teacher Leaders has taught us the importance of helping children develop a literacy processing system that includes reading, writing, and word study activities. We are convinced that most reading difficulties can be addressed and even prevented through high-quality small group and individual instruction.



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Literacy Footprints will reduce teacher planning time by providing suggested activities for each part of the lesson.

Our goal is to guide you through the process of planning a powerful guided reading lesson that integrates reading, writing, and word study activities. By following our suggestions, you will be able to plan and deliver effective guided reading lessons using any texts.