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Reading Apprenticeship for Middle/High School: Promoting Student Engagement and Achievement

Help students become better readers, writers, and problem solvers. Reading Apprenticeship offers teachers strategies to help students, grades 8-12, construct text-based arguments and communicate clearly what they are learning. Not just in English class, but in every subject.

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What You Will Learn

By combining social-emotional learning with academic literacy routines, Reading Apprenticeship classrooms for middle and high school students become environments for collaborative sense-making. Participate in our professional development and you will learn how to:

  • Recognize and model for students the reading strategies you use as an expert reader in your subject area
  • Engage students in understanding their own thinking processes — the power of metacognition
  • Integrate and accelerate students’ subject area learning and subject area literacy
  • Foster learning dispositions of persistence, stamina, problem solving, and collaboration
  • Turn the sustained work of learning back to students, successfully
  • Plan lessons that incorporate all dimensions of the Reading Apprenticeship framework
  • Participate in engaging online learning and independent activities for deep, generative learning
  • Support ongoing professional learning at your site

Who Will Benefit

  • Middle school and high school teachers of all subject areas
  • Administrators who will be supporting teachers’ implementation of Reading Apprenticeship

Service Details*

On-site Professional Development

Reading Apprenticeship Introduction Live

For individuals and smaller teams, Reading Apprenticeship Introduction Live offers a rich professional learning experience designed to help you boost student motivation and collaboration while working with content area texts. Learn how to recognize and model for students the reading strategies you use as an expert reader in your subject area. Also offered online.

Teacher Institutes at Your Site

On-site Reading Apprenticeship Teacher Institutes with flexible dates are available for school or district teams of up to 40 people.

Comprehensive District or School Services

We offer 1-3 year options to build toward increasing local capacity to sustain Reading Apprenticeship work as part of overall improvement efforts.

On-Site Coaching

Schools and districts interested in personalized support for teachers can schedule coaching and consulting to augment Reading Apprenticeship professional development.

Online Professional Development

In addition to our on-site options, Reading Apprenticeship offers engaging online professional development focused on helping educators to promote student engagement and achievement in subject area literacy. Virtual trainings include live facilitated learning and independent activities for deep, generative learning. Duration of the trainings range from one-day sessions to online courses that take place over several days or weeks.

New! Reading Apprenticeship E-ssentials I and II

Reading Apprenticeship E-ssentials I and II are designed to provide educators with a strong understanding of the Reading Apprenticeship framework. Participants will experience best practices and tools for inquiry-driven instruction in online and face-to-face settings and come away with evidence-based teaching routines that increase student engagement, collaboration, and reading comprehension. Learning activities include reading, classroom video analyzing, collaborating in online discussions, and more.

Reading Apprenticeship Introduction Online

This course provides an introduction to the Reading Apprenticeship framework, focusing on building student motivation and collaboration while working with content area texts. You will also learn new ways to help students develop reading stamina through extensive reading and gain new formative assessment tools which will sharpen your responsive teaching skills. Activities include professional reading, viewing classroom video, posting to online discussions, and more.

Reading Apprenticeship: Cognitive Dimension

This in-depth professional learning experience promotes an inquiry-based approach to specific strategies and metacognitive routines that increase students’ reading comprehension, collaboration, and stamina for problem solving. Building on concepts from online and face-to-face introductory courses, this course continues Reading Apprenticeship’s field-tested approach to improving classroom teaching across all content areas.

Reading Apprenticeship: Knowledge-Building Dimension

Reading Apprenticeship: Knowledge-Building Dimension explores identifying and expanding the knowledge readers bring to a text and further developing that knowledge through personal and social interaction with that text. This course continues the Reading Apprenticeship field-tested approach for improving classroom teaching across all content areas.

Leading for Literacy Online

This facilitated digital learning experience guides teacher leaders, coaches, and administrators as they support and sustain Reading Apprenticeship implementation at their school site.

For additional information about Reading Apprenticeship professional development opportunities, please contact Margot Kenaston at or 415.615.3225. More details are also provided in the links above or at

What Makes This Service Unique

For over two decades, Reading Apprenticeship has bridged the science of adolescent literacy to real tools and practice with proven results.

Since 1995, the Strategic Literacy Initiative at WestEd has been conducting literacy research, facilitating Reading Apprenticeship professional development, and changing students’ relationships to subject area reading, writing, and reasoning — in middle school, high school, and college.

Teachers using the Reading Apprenticeship framework regularly model disciplinary-specific literacy skills, help students build high-level comprehension strategies, engage students in building knowledge by making connections to background knowledge they already have, and provide ample guided, collaborative, and individual practice as an integral part of teaching their subject area curriculum.

As a result, students develop the literacy competencies, subject area knowledge, and the learner dispositions they need — for school, college, careers, and life.

Visit the Reading Apprenticeship website to learn more about our impact, research studies, success stories, and more.

Learn More

To learn more, please visit the Reading Apprenticeship professional development page or contact Margot Kenaston at or 415.615.3225.

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