Strategic Literacy Initiative

The Strategic Literacy Initiative (SLI) at WestEd is a nationally recognized leader in literacy professional development and research. SLI is best known for developing the Reading Apprenticeship® instructional framework, which is the theoretical foundation for all work conducted by SLI.

Reading Apprenticeship professional development serves educators in middle school, high school, and college with a research-based and research-validated approach that promotes students’ engagement and achievement in subject area literacy.

Multiple randomized, controlled studies found that students exposed to Reading Apprenticeship made significant gains in literacy and disciplinary knowledge, and developed more positive academic identities and dispositions toward reading and learning.

SLI researchers regularly contribute to the field of adolescent literacy with publications in professional books and journals, including the American Educational Research Journal, the Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, and the Handbook of Adolescent Literacy Research.

SLI also publishes directly for teachers, with its updated best-selling books, Reading for Understanding (check out the video below) and Leading for Literacy, and articles in publications such as Phi Delta Kappan, English Journal, and Voices from the Middle.