WestEd’s Reading Apprenticeship program has been awarded an $8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to improve subject-area literacy at the secondary level, working in partnership with rural districts in North Carolina.
The four-year competitive grant was awarded from the department’s Education Innovation and Research program (EIR). The project enables the Reading Apprenticeship program to extend its award-winning professional learning to 600 high school teachers in subjects across the curriculum.
Reading Apprenticeship supports educators in all academic subject areas to improve their teaching of academic reading and writing. The program engages teachers who have expertise in subject areas and helps them mentor students in discipline-specific reading strategies, while also giving them new ways to explicitly support students’ social-emotional learning.
The project will be led by Dr. Linda Friedrich, WestEd’s Director of Literacy, who said, “We’re honored to work with educators in North Carolina.” She notes, “Too often programs present teachers with a false dichotomy between academic and social-emotional learning. Reading Apprenticeship engages teachers in integrating their content area learning goals with literacy and social emotional learning outcomes.”
Under this grant, WestEd will work both directly with teachers from 50 districts and 600+ teachers during the grant period.
Reading Apprenticeship has helped more than one million students from middle school through college to become better readers and thinkers. 25 years of research has documented the positive effects of Reading Apprenticeship. Its effectiveness is rated as Strong by EvidenceforESSA.org and it is one of a few high school interventions listed as effective by CASEL, the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning.
Contact for more information:
Secondary/Professional Development Coordinator
(828) 774-5681 ext #103
Dr. Deborah (DJ) Jones
Educational Leadership Consulting, LLC
Partnership Development Director