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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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Making a positive difference in the field

  • Linda Friedrich

    Linda Friedrich

    Director, Literacy

    Linda Friedrich is the Director of the Strategic Literacy Initiative (SLI), which has a proven track record for improving disciplinary literacy in middle school, high school, and college.

  • Mary Stump

    Mary Stump

    Associate Director, Strategic Literacy Initiative

    Mary Stump is Associate Director of the Reading Apprenticeship program at WestEd. She works closely with Reading Apprenticeship and WestEd management on strategic planning for sustainability, resource development, and organizational capacity building.

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    Cynthia Greenleaf

    Senior Research Scientist

    Cynthia Greenleaf is a Senior Research Scientist with the Strategic Literacy Initiative. For two decades, she has conducted cutting-edge research in adolescent literacy and translated it into powerful teacher professional development.