Reading Apprenticeship Across the Disciplines (RAAD)

Research & Evidence

Reading Apprenticeship Across the Disciplines (RAAD)

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More than 2,200 middle and high school educators experienced evidence-based teacher professional learning and improved their teaching practice by participating in this 2015-2019 project. WestEd won this Supporting Effective Educator Development (SEED) grant in a competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education. Reading Apprenticeship Across the Disciplines (RAAD) included the first randomized controlled trial of a less time-intensive, cross-disciplinary, blended (live and online) professional development model at the middle school level. It also supported the refinement of new supports for capacity building via teacher leader development and partnerships with regional service providers.

Reading Apprenticeship Across the Disciplines had three main goals:

  • Goal 1: Increase the number of highly effective secondary teachers serving high needs students by engaging 2000 educators in Reading Apprenticeship professional learning.
  • Goal 2: Improve high needs students’ reading comprehension and academic achievement by increasing opportunities to learn.
  • Goal 3: Build local capacity for strong and sustained implementation and dissemination of effective academic literacy practices through teacher leader development, school and regional network support.

RAWC By the Numbers

RAWC By the Numbers: Blended Professional Learning for Middle School Teachers

  • 4 Years: 2015-2019
  • 231,400 grade 6-11 students
  • 2,240 teachers
  • 570 middle & high schools
  • 4 states: California, Illinois, Michigan, New York, Texas, Wisconsin
  • subject areas included: English Language Arts, Science, History, Math, and more

Please review the “Model” and “Evaluation” overviews or our reports and publications for a fuller understanding of the RAAD project.