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Ruth Schoenbach

Ruth Schoenbach is Co-Director of the Strategic Literacy Initiative (SLI), which she co-founded in 1995 and has nurtured into a vital force for improving subject area literacy in middle school, high school, and community college.

Her early work in the San Francisco school system as a teacher, curriculum developer, and humanities and language development project director informs her leadership and contributed to the development of the Reading Apprenticeship Instructional Framework that is the core of all SLI work.

Schoenbach serves as Co-Director of the five-year scale-up RAISE project that is bringing Reading Apprenticeship to 600,000 high school students and their teachers in five states. Funding is provided by a federal Investing in Innovation (i3) grant.

She also directs a second i3 grant, iRAISE, to translate face-to-face Reading Apprenticeship science professional development into an online course for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics teachers.

Her experience developing interactive online professional development includes a suite of courses for community college instructors: a popular introductory course in Reading Apprenticeship, and courses for instructors who want to deepen their Reading Apprenticeship instruction and coaching skills.

She is co-author of the best-selling, Reading for Understanding, now in a second, revised and expanded edition.

With SLI colleagues, she has also published numerous articles in journals and other professional publications.

Schoenbach received a BA in social sciences from the University of California, Berkeley; a bilingual multiple subjects teaching credential from San Francisco State University; and an EdM in teaching, curriculum, and learning environments from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.