Area of Work


WestEd understands the importance of literacy as the foundation for all learning. Students’ linguistic and literacy competencies impact their success in reading, writing, speaking, and listening, extending to all academic content areas.

We create and deliver innovative ideas, research, and solutions to help all students in early learning environments, K–12, and postsecondary education succeed in literacy. For example, randomized controlled studies of WestEd’s Reading Apprenticeship® professional development have found statistically significant gains on standardized tests in reading comprehension, biology, U.S. history, and English language arts.

Featured WestEd Experts

Making a positive difference in the field

  • Cynthia Greenleaf

    Cynthia Greenleaf

    Cynthia Greenleaf co-directs the Strategic Literacy Initiative, where for two decades she has conducted cutting-edge research in adolescent literacy and translated it into powerful teacher professional development. Her work co-developing the Reading Apprenticeship Instructional Framework has changed classrooms for hundreds of thousands of secondary and college students and their teachers.

    Greenleaf has published extensively, including serving as co-author of the best-selling Reading for Understanding.