Due to the impact of COVID-19, this event has been postponed until early fall. An exact reschedule date is being determined and will be announced later.

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 2020 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 click here to purchase her books.


Due to the popularity of this event, registration has already reached its full capacity. However, you have the option to still register in order to be placed on a waiting list. If seats at the event become available, you will be notified via email.

No payment will be required or permitted at this time for those on the wait list; payment will be arranged at a later date if space becomes available.


TownePlace Suites by Marriott Milwaukee Grafton

1601 Gateway Drive Grafton, WI 53024


Hampton Inn & Suites Grafton

1385 S. Gateway Drive Grafton, WI 53024



Click here for a recap of last year's Literacy Institute.