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Area of Work

Literacy & Other Content Areas

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.

Boston Compact English Learner Initiative

This collaborative effort helped teachers and leaders in public, charter, and Catholic schools in the greater Boston area improve academic outcomes for English learners.

California State Superintendent’s Assessment Recommendations

Learn how WestEd helped shape the development of a next-generation, comprehensive student assessment system, K–12, for the state of California.

Common Core State Standards, Next Generation Science, & Other Standards: Raising the Bar on Instruction

This robust website offers research-based tools, resources, and services to help teachers plan and deliver highly effective instruction aligned with college- and career-ready standards.

iRAISE (Internet-Based Reading Apprenticeship Improving Science Education)

This project was designed to help teachers increase students' engagement in subject area reading — science in this case — and their comprehension of complex subject area texts.

Quality Teaching for English Learners

Quality Teaching for English Learners provides elementary and secondary school educators nationwide with the tools they need to accelerate language development, academic literacy, and disciplinary knowledge of all students, particularly English learners.

READi (Reading, Evidence, and Argumentation in Disciplinary Instruction)

This Institute of Education Sciences research initiative designed and tested an argument-based approach to disciplinary reading.

Reading Apprenticeship Across the Disciplines

This WestEd project aims to improve secondary school teacher effectiveness and student learning by providing literacy-focused, research-based professional learning experiences to 2,000 teachers.

Reading Apprenticeship Community College STEM Network

The Reading Apprenticeship Community College STEM Network aims to increase retention and success of all community college STEM students.

Reading Apprenticeship: Improving Academic Literacy and Social Emotional Learning for Middle, High School, and College Students

Reading Apprenticeship provides educators with a practitioner-tested and research-validated professional development approach that helps students develop the literacy competencies, subject area knowledge, and the learner dispositions they need—for school, college, career, and life.

Reading Apprenticeship: Writing Connections

Learn about a blended Reading Apprenticeship professional learning model that WestEd is creating and implementing to support teacher learning through the school year.

Research Partnerships

The Regional Educational Laboratory West partners with regional, state, and district research alliances of diverse education stakeholders to address their specific education concerns. This work involves two interdependent goals: improving educational practice and using high-quality data and research evidence to inform that process.

Research Studies

WestEd's Regional Educational Laboratory West (REL West) conducts research that addresses key questions of importance to regional stakeholders.

Strategic Literacy Initiative

The Strategic Literacy Initiative is a nationally recognized leader in literacy professional learning and research, best known for developing the Reading Apprenticeship® instructional framework.

Validating the Success of the Expository Reading and Writing Curriculum

How does the Expository Reading and Writing Curriculum support college readiness for high school juniors and seniors? WestEd researchers aim to find out.

Word Learning Strategies: A Program for Upper-Elementary Readers

Word Learning Strategies is a supplementary program to improve vocabulary and reading outcomes for fourth and fifth grade students in English language arts.