Featured Projects

Research & Evidence

Reading Apprenticeship remains relevant and effective due to iterative cycles of research, development and practice in multiple contexts over the course of 20+ years. The core Reading Apprenticeship model has been shown to improve teacher practice and student learning in multiple independent studies, many of which can be accessed on this website. Additionally, SLI engages in ongoing learning and program improvement by working with researchers to examine the implementation and impact of Reading Apprenticeship innovations that include cross-disciplinary learning, digital and blended learning environments, and well as varied models of scale and dosage.

Download a 2-page summary of our evidence-base.

Further sources attesting to the strong evidence-base of Reading Apprenticeship include:

  • Reading Apprenticeship is ranked in the Evidence for ESSA website for middle/high school as programs with a strong evidence base. (www.evidenceforessa.org)
  • Reading Apprenticeship is 1 of 9 middle and high school programs recommended for effective social-emotional learning by the Collaborative for Academic Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL.org/guide)
  • Reading Apprenticeship in the IES What Works Clearinghouse (ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/Intervention/728)
  • SLI has won five major innovation awards for evidence-based programs from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Innovation and Improvement. (https://innovation.ed.gov)

Featured Projects

Reading Apprenticeship SEED Grant

Supporting Effective Teaching with Disciplinary Inquiry


Supporting Effective Educator Development, U.S. Department of Education • 2018-2021

The goal of this three-year effort is to improve teacher effectiveness and student learning at the secondary level by providing evidence-based professional learning to 1500 teachers. Educators will participate in five days of face-to-face learning, as well as facilitated online and on-site team meetings. Teacher Leaders from each participating school will have opportunities for further development. Additionally, a STEM Inquiry Design Group will develop new resources for the field that deepen teaching and learning for science and engineering: topically aligned text-sets and tasks coupled with inquiry teaching guides that are open sourced. The Design Group will enable teachers to orchestrate science and engineering tasks with authentic forms of texts – including graphs, diagrams, visual models, and explanations characteristic of these disciplines – to support the development of discipline-specific reading and reasoning practices for their students.

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Key Project Features

  • Dissemination of evidence-based PD
  • Teacher leader development
  • Research & evaluation
  • Develop open source science text sets

Grades 7 – 12
  • All subjects areas, but an emphasis on science teachers
  • Evaluation focused on outcomes for science teachers and students
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Project READI

Reading, Evidence, and Argumentation in Disciplinary Instruction


Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Dept. of Education • 2011-2016

In the five-year READI project, the Strategic Literacy Initiative contributes its expertise in disciplinary literacy, teacher professional development, and science education to a national consortium investigating the role of evidence-based argumentation for increasing the reading comprehension of students in grades 6–12, both developmentally and in specific disciplines (history, science, and English literature). In fact, Project READI defines reading comprehension as the ability to support an argument, using discourse principles appropriate to the different disciplines. The project is collecting classroom data, collaborating with teachers, and developing instructional materials, formative assessments, and teacher professional development tools and materials. Reading Apprenticeship teachers and classrooms are helping to inform the research. SLI Co-director Cynthia Greenleaf is Co-principal Investigator on the project.

Key Project Features

Federal “moon shot” to improve reading comprehension
Key partner in national consortium developing
  • research
  • teacher professional development
  • curriculum
  • assessments

grades 6–12
  • science
  • history
  • literature

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