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          A+ Literacy Consulting

      Jan Richardson Guided Reading Trainer & Literacy Consultant

       Julie A. Taylor, Ph.D.                                [email protected]


Dr. Julie Taylor is one of Jan Richardson's premier guided reading consultants, often referred to as "the next best thing to having Jan Richardson herself!" She began working as a guided reading trainer in Pinellas County, FL, where she worked with, and was trained by Jan Richardson over the course of two years. Julie has provided guided reading professional development, training, lesson modeling, and coaching throughout the county’s 78 elementary schools, and its thousands of teachers, staff, and administrators.

Currently, Julie travels throughout the United States and internationally providing Next Step guided reading training to state and district educational leaders, teachers, administrators, literacy coaches, intervention teachers, and reading specialists. She also speaks and presents at state and national reading conferences around the country. Julie specializes in systematic, supportive implementation of Jan's guided reading framework in schools, a scaling-up model for large districts and across state departments of education, and train-the-trainer models for literacy coaches.

Julie has over 27 years of teaching experience in elementary education, special education, bilingual education, and teaching English Language learners. She previously served as a Title I Reading Intervention Specialist for Santa Rosa County, Florida and has been a practicum mentor and reading instructor for teachers seeking their reading endorsement. Julie earned her bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and Spanish, her Master of Education degree in Teaching English as a Second Language and Bilingual Education, and completed her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction Leadership, with a concentration in Reading, Language, and Literacy.

In addition, Julie works to create an evidence-based, comprehensive literacy curriculum, including reading and writing workshop, guided reading, Tier 1 curriculum, and Tier 2 & 3 interventions. Julie has a wealth of resources readily available to assist districts with curriculum and instruction, professional development and teacher training, and is always up to date with the latest in literacy research.

Teaching & Education Licensure

  • Elementary Education, Grades K-5
  • Reading, Grades K-12
  • Special Education, Grades K-12
  • Teaching English Language Learners (ESL), Grades K-12
  • Educational Leadership & Administration



Doctorate of Philosophy (Ph.D.):

Curriculum and Instruction Leadership:

Reading, Language, and Literacy

Concordia University, Chicago


Master of Education degree (M.Ed.):

Bilingual Education & Teaching English Learners, Language & Linguistics

Rhode Island College, Providence, R.I.


Bachelor of Science degree (B.S.): Elementary Education

Bachelor of Arts degree (B.A.): Spanish

Keene State College, New Hampshire

You can find Julie on Jan Richardson’s website –