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Literacy

Middle Schooler reading

September Focus: Literacy Across Content Areas

In this post, we introduce the work of three language and literacy initiatives – Reading Apprenticeship, Quality Teaching for English Learners, and Leading with Learning, and offer a variety of tools and resources to inform your practice.

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Published Articles by WestEd

Cindy Litman and Cynthia Greenleaf Receive Reading Research Quarterly Award

Congratulations to WestEd’s Cindy Litman and Cynthia Greenleaf, whose article “Argumentation Tasks in Secondary English Language Arts, History, and Science: Variations in Instructional Focus and Inquiry Space” received the Reading Research Quarterly Award as one of the journal's top downloaded recent papers.

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First Graders

Scaffolding Young Children’s Story Writing

Words of advice before trying the Teaching Learning Cycle to support children’s engagement with complex stories and their story writing: planning is key, start with one new strategy, and have fun.

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High School Students

Sustaining Reform as Steady Work: Fordson High School

People often comment on how rare Reading Apprenticeship’s research base is in the landscape of education reform. Even more rare, however, is education reform that gets sustained over time.

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Reading Apprenticeship

Boost Literacy Skills and Create Independent Readers

Learn how to help students develop the literacy competencies, subject-area knowledge, and the learner dispositions that will serve them throughout school, college, and beyond.

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Top Summer Reads

July Focus: Summer Reads Guaranteed to Inform and Inspire

Check out these resources to learn about supporting English learner students, implementing restorative-justice practices, and more.

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Elementary Students

Raising the Bar on Instruction: 21st Century Learning Standards

Visit the Raising the Bar website to access research-based tools, resources, and services designed to help teachers transition to college- and career-ready standards.

AccountabilityAssessmentCollege & careerLiteracyMathematics

Register for Reading Apprenticeship Online Courses

New to Reading Apprenticeship or looking to implement Reading Apprenticeship at your site? Our popular online courses are filling up quickly, but there’s still time to grab a spot! Sign up today!

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Navajo Radio

How Navajo Families Are Developing Children's Math Skills at Home

Learn about the Early Mathematics Training Network's hands-on workshop with the Navajo Nation in Window Rock, Arizona.

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Middle School Students working together

Actionable Principles of Formative Assessment

In this book excerpt, authors Heidi Andrade and WestEd's Margaret Heritage discuss the three key principles for effective implementation of formative assessment.

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