Leading for Literacy Online

Professional Development

Middle School – High School – College

Leading for Literacy Online

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Leading for Literacy Course Overview

About the Course

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

The main course text, Leading for Literacy: A Reading Apprenticeship Approach, provides clear, on-the-ground guidance, tools, and examples for improving student reading across secondary schools and colleges. This companion to the landmark Reading for Understanding guides teacher leaders, coaches, and administrators through the nuts and bolts of implementing the Reading Apprenticeship Framework.

What You Learn

  • How to create communities of practice that sustain a student-centered culture of literacy
  • How to use formative assessment to promote teacher and student growth
  • How to cultivate literacy leadership
  • How to provide support for literacy across the disciplines
  • How to deepen Reading Apprenticeship classroom practices

Margot Kenaston ⋅ mkenast@wested.org ⋅ 415-615-3225

Who Should Participate

  • Middle school and high school teacher leaders of all subject areas and levels
  • Faculty leaders of all subject areas and levels
  • Instructional coaches
  • Administrators
  • We strongly recommend that participants have previous Reading Apprenticeship experience (either in-person or online). If you have not had any prior work with Reading Apprenticeship, please read Chapter Two of our earlier book, Reading for Understanding, before beginning this course.


Winter Session Jan 12-Apr 5, 2020 Register by Jan 8

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Course Overview

This 15-hour course is designed to provide guidance and support for building strong inquiry communities to strengthen disciplinary literacy. Course activities include professional reading, viewing video, posting to online discussions, and trying out protocols at your school. You must have access to a group of colleagues with whom you can try out what we are learning in the course: the format of the course is online learning, followed by practice and implementation, then reflection.

The approximate amount of time you will need to devote to the reading, viewing, and posting in the course is two and a half hours per module, which will take place over two weeks. Participants should also set aside additional time during each two week period to meet with their teams and apply what they are learning. Guidance and feedback is offered by peers in the course and the facilitator who has extensive Reading Apprenticeship and coaching experience.

1 Setting the Social and Personal Foundations for Inquiry
2 Consulting with Colleagues
3 Looking Closely at Student Work
4 Building Pedagogical Knowledge
5 Observing in Colleague’s Classrooms
6 Inquiring into Teacher Practice
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Technical Requirements

  • Operating Systems: Windows 7 (and newer), Mac OSX 10.6 (and newer), Linux – Chrome OS
  • Computer Speed and Processor: Use a computer not more than 5 years old when possible, 1GB of RAM, 2GHz processor
  • Internet Speed: Minimum of 512kbps


  • $800/person
  • For teams of 4+ paying together: $750/person
  • All prices include a copy of our course text, Leading for Literacy, for each participant
  • Refund Policy: We do not offer refunds for this course, however if you are unable to complete the course for any reason, you may re-enroll in the next session for a one-time re-enrollment fee of $50. If you are unable to complete the course on your second attempt, any subsequent enrollment would revert to the full cost of registration

Margot Kenaston ⋅ mkenast@wested.org ⋅ 415-615-3225