Comprehensive District or School Services

Professional Learning Solutions

Middle School – High School

Comprehensive District or School Services

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“When we first started Reading Apprenticeship five years ago, our biggest concern was we didn’t want it just to be another new thing coming down the pipe. We were really looking at how we could change things systemically.”

—Wayne Roedel, High School Principal (currently District Superintendent)

  • Integrated literacy and subject area support
  • 1- to 3-year options

What Services Do We Offer?

  • Options to build toward increasing local capacity to sustain Reading Apprenticeship work as part of overall improvement efforts
  • Cross-disciplinary and/or discipline-specific professional learning for teachers at your site
  • Separate or additional professional learning for teachers of the Reading Apprenticeship Academic Literacy course
  • Professional development for administrators, online or at your site
  • Leadership development to build local capacity to sustain Reading Apprenticeship implementation
  • Pathways for developing local expertise to facilitate Reading Apprenticeship professional learning
  • Coaching at classroom and leadership levels
  • Periodic consultation and support for effective implementation outcomes

Sharon Sáez ⋅ ssaez@wested.org ⋅ 301-997-1891


Why Choose Reading Apprenticeship?

  • Relevance: Reading Apprenticeship supports teachers in preparing students for success in college and career.
  • Flexibility: Our framework works with a wide range of instructional materials, in all subject areas, and with diverse student populations while emphasizing and supporting the role of SEL.
  • Evidence-Based Results: Three national, randomized controlled studies have investigated the effectiveness of Reading Apprenticeship at the high school level. These studies found statistically significant gains in students’ reading comprehension and disciplinary learning. On some measures, students were more than a year ahead of control students.

Federal Funding

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) recognizes four levels of evidence. The top three levels require findings of a statistically significant effect on improving student outcomes or other relevant outcomes. Based on the law’s definition, Reading Apprenticeship qualifies as a “strong” evidenced-based professional development model that states, districts and schools can utilize to advance their specific adolescent literacy initiatives. To support these efforts, state and local leaders can look to braid federal funding streams such as Title I, Title II-Part A and B, and Title III.

Sharon Sáez ⋅ ssaez@wested.org ⋅ 301-997-1891