"Making Decisions in a Guided Reading Lesson"

Award-winning author Dr. Jan Richardson will speak at this year's event.

Concordia's Graduate Education Department is pleased to announce its 5th Annual Literacy Institute. Featured speaker Dr. Jan Richardson will lead this day-long workshop highlighting her ground-breaking work on The Next Step Forward in Guided Reading.


The title of Dr. Richardson's workshop for the 2021 Literacy Institute is "Making Decisions in a Guided Reading Lesson."

Participants will explore the guided reading instructional decisions needed to move readers forward in the elementary grades. Decision points include using assessments to group the students and pinpoint a focus; choosing an appropriate text; prompting for strategic processing; targeting phonics skills for guided word study; and integrating the reading and writing. Learn how targeted guided reading lessons can accelerate all students.


Often called America's leading expert in guided reading, Jan Richardson, PhD, is a former teacher and reading specialist. She is currently an author and education consultant, providing school districts with customized professional development workshops and classroom demonstrations. Dr. Richardson's best-selling Next Step Collection includes The Next Step Forward in Guided Reading, The Next Step Forward in Reading Intervention, and The Next Step Forward in Word Study and Phonics. With electrifying wit and wisdom, Dr. Richardson leaves audiences informed, motivated, and inspired.

Click here for more information on Dr. Richardson and to purchase her books.


The cost for this session is $150 per participant and may be paid online when you register.


The deadline to register is June 30, but early registration is encouraged as capacity is limited. Click on the "Register Now" button to reserve your spot.


Living Word High School

2230 Living Word Lane

Jackson, WI 53037


The 2020 Literacy Institute was postponed due to COVID-19. Click here for a recap of the 2019 Literacy Institute.