Teacher Institutes at Your Site

Professional Learning Solutions

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.

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

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

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