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Cynthia Greenleaf

Cynthia Greenleaf Receives Distinguished Scholars Award for Literacy Research

This award honors scholars who are members of the National Council on Research in Language and Literacy and whose work has made major contributions to language and literacy research.

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High School Students

Making Historical Thinking Visible for English Learner Students

In social studies classrooms, multimodal texts such as maps, photographs, and film can be powerful tools to develop historical understanding.

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School Leaders

Announcing Spring and Summer Professional Learning Opportunities

Strengthen leadership, knowledge, and skills with research-informed professional development this summer.

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Students

States Push to Improve Secondary Literacy Across All Subject Matters

Maryland is undertaking large-scale implementation of the Reading Apprenticeship model to improve literacy across the curriculum.

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Reading Apprenticeship Professional Learning

Reading Apprenticeship Online: Building a Foundation for Engaged Learning

Help students develop the literacy competencies, subject-area knowledge, and the learner dispositions they need to succeed.

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Linda Freidrich

Equity and Student Literacy Outcomes: Q&A with Linda Friedrich

Reading Apprenticeship moves the balance of talk and meaning-making from teacher to student, shifting who speaks in the classroom and who produces knowledge.

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Middle Schooler reading

September Focus: Literacy Across Content Areas

In this post, we introduce the work of three language and literacy initiatives – Reading Apprenticeship, Quality Teaching for English Learners, and Leading with Learning, and offer a variety of tools and resources to inform your practice.

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Published Articles by WestEd

Cindy Litman and Cynthia Greenleaf Receive Reading Research Quarterly Award

Congratulations to WestEd’s Cindy Litman and Cynthia Greenleaf, whose article “Argumentation Tasks in Secondary English Language Arts, History, and Science: Variations in Instructional Focus and Inquiry Space” received the Reading Research Quarterly Award as one of the journal's top downloaded recent papers.

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First Graders

Scaffolding Young Children’s Story Writing

Words of advice before trying the Teaching Learning Cycle to support children’s engagement with complex stories and their story writing: planning is key, start with one new strategy, and have fun.

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High School Students

Sustaining Reform as Steady Work: Fordson High School

People often comment on how rare Reading Apprenticeship’s research base is in the landscape of education reform. Even more rare, however, is education reform that gets sustained over time.

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