Teacher Institutes at Your Site

Professional Development

Middle School – High School

Teacher Institutes at Your Site

on-site collaboration

What You Learn

  • How to recognize and model for students the reading strategies you use as an expert reader in your subject area
  • How to engage students in understanding their own thinking processes—the power of metacognition
  • How to integrate and accelerate students’ subject area learning and subject area literacy
  • How to foster learning dispositions of persistence, stamina, problem solving, and collaboration
  • How to turn the sustained work of learning back to students, successfully
  • How to plan lessons that incorporate all dimensions of the Reading Apprenticeship framework
  • How to support ongoing professional learning at your site

Watch an excerpt of Reading Apprenticeship teacher professional development (4:27)


Sorting Frog Texts

High school history teachers may not know much about frogs, but in this professional development excerpt, they figure out what makes text about frogs easy—or hard.

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

Who Should Participate

  • Middle school and high school teachers and teacher leaders
  • Administrators who will be supporting teachers’ implementation of Reading Apprenticeship
  • Cross-disciplinary and/or subject-specific focus is possible


Teacher institutes include these daily areas of focus, with key topics also cycling throughout.

Days 1-3 Days 4-5 Days 6-10
Social Dimension Cognitive Dimension Supporting Ongoing Practice
Personal Dimension Knowledge Building Dimension
Metacognitive Conversation Formative Assessment
Extensive Reading Student Learning Goals

Cost and Included Resources

Costs for up to 40 participants are based on the number of training days and the number of trips that facilitators make to your location. Course materials are provided and include our best-selling book, Reading for Understanding and a course binder of participant materials. Your organization provides the meeting rooms, audio/visual resources, and refreshments for participants.

Federal Funding

Reading Apprenticeship professional development qualifies as ESSA “Evidence-Based Professional Development” for Title I, III, V, and VII, Part A; and for Title II, Part A and B.

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