What's New

Posted on August 8, 2017

Middle School-High School What's New

RAAD Learning in Texas

Whether they teach science, music, English or math, middle and high school teachers are also teaching discipline-specific ways of reading, collaboration and problem solving. This summer, 1,000 teachers from California, Illinois, Michigan, New York, Texas and Wisconsin are gaining new knowledge and tools to understand the complex relationship between literacy and content area learning by participating in Reading Apprenticeship professional learning, through a SEED grant project known as “Reading Apprenticeship Across the Disciplines (RAAD).”

Teachers will begin their journey with a three-day summer institute which they attend in school teams of three to six teachers. Their learning then becomes job-embedded as the fall semester begins and they try out new collaboration and literacy learning routines throughout the year, while reflecting upon this work with small professional learning groups facilitated online by Reading Apprenticeship experts.

Support for teachers’ continued learning in their own classrooms over the school year is critical, and no one knows this better than our partner in Texas, Jeanifer Caldwell from the Texas Center for Educator Excellence (TxCEE). As a state coordinator RAAD, Jeanifer provides ongoing support to teachers throughout the year. This support includes convening teacher leaders and helping them guide their school teams through deeper dives into their teaching practice, and also direct support.

I’m really excited to have the chance to visit alternative high schools in Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD this year – their campuses have made reading comprehension their primary goal. At least half of their teachers participated in the Summer Institute and will be implementing Reading Apprenticeship in their classes this year. I am excited to work alongside their administrators to coach and support their teachers to best support their student growth. We will have made plans to attend campus team meetings as well as conduct walk-throughs and develop support plans together throughout the year.

The RAAD project is made possible by a Supporting Effective Educator Development (SEED) grant to WestEd from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Innovation and Improvement. Learn more about RAAD and the SEED grant on our website or contact Mira Katz, Project Director, at mkatz@wested.org.

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