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WestEd understands the importance of literacy as the foundation for all learning. Students’ linguistic competencies impact their success in reading, writing, speaking, and listening, extending to all academic content areas.

We pursue new ideas, conduct research, and create solutions that help all students succeed in literacy. For example, randomized controlled studies found that students whose teachers had participated in WestEd’s Reading Apprenticeship® professional development were more than a year ahead of their peers on standardized tests in reading comprehension, biology, U.S. history, and English language arts.

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  • Cynthia Greenleaf

    Cynthia Greenleaf

    Senior Research Scientist

    Cynthia Greenleaf co-directs the Strategic Literacy Initiative, where for two decades she has conducted cutting-edge research in adolescent literacy and translated it into powerful teacher professional development. Her work co-developing the Reading Apprenticeship Instructional Framework has changed classrooms for hundreds of thousands of secondary and college students and their teachers.

    Greenleaf has published extensively, including serving as co-author of the best-selling Reading for Understanding.