RAISE: Collaboration and Transformation Pave the Way to Higher College and Career/Workplace Readiness

Research & Evidence

RAISE: Collaboration and Transformation Pave the Way to Higher College and Career/Workplace Readiness

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A dominant feature of Reading Apprenticeship is its emphasis on creating a collaborative culture. Over five years, English, Biology and U.S. History teachers supported each other through professional development and in applying Reading Apprenticeship in their classrooms. Similarly, students learned how to work collaboratively in groups and to rely on their classmates for meaningful discussion and learning.

Collaboration brought transformation. Students attending more than one class using the Reading Apprenticeship framework were able to carry and apply skills from one class to another and more efficiently learn the material.


Students gained new confidence, surprising their teachers and themselves.

Teachers saw students at all levels gain confidence as they used the Reading Apprenticeship strategies, often surprising teachers and themselves.


Classrooms transformed from teacher-led to student-centered.

Teacher leaders and teachers saw students move from expecting them to provide the answers, to grappling with the text themselves and each other, talking about what it meant, and how they figured it out.


Students learned to dig deeply into texts independently and together.

Students used Reading Apprentice routines such as “talking to the text”, and “thinking aloud” to help them unpack and understand difficult passages, building academic dispositions and skills that will serve them well in the future.


Schools provided consistent content literacy support through professional collaboration.

Cross-subject teams of social studies, science teachers and English teachers saw that students came to classes more prepared to use Reading Apprenticeship routines because they were already practicing them in the other team members’ classrooms.