Area of Work

Literacy & Other Content Areas

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 pursue new ideas, conduct research, and create solutions that help all students succeed in literacy. For example, randomized controlled studies found that students whose teachers had participated in WestEd’s Reading Apprenticeship® professional development were more than a year ahead of their peers on standardized tests in reading comprehension, biology, U.S. history, and English language arts.

Services to Help You

Discussion Builders Workshop: Promote K–8 Student Communication, Reasoning Skills, and Language Development

Lead effective discussions that boost collaborative and respectful critical thinking and use of academic language among your students.

Professional Development

Pepper: Common Core Online Professional Development for Teachers

Through online professional development, gain knowledge and confidence in teaching with the Common Core State Standards.

Professional Development

Reading Apprenticeship for Higher Education: Promoting Student Engagement and Achievement

Learn how to integrate high-impact pedagogical practices designed to help your college students develop discipline-specific reading, writing, researching, and problem-solving skills. Gain knowledge and access tools through Reading Apprenticeship professional ...

Professional Development

Reading Apprenticeship for Middle/High School: Promoting Student Engagement and Achievement

Help students become better readers, writers, and problem solvers. Reading Apprenticeship offers teachers strategies to help students, grades 8–12, construct text-based arguments and communicate clearly what they are learning. Not just in English class, but in ...

Professional Development