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About Us

Reading Apprenticeship and the Strategic Literacy Initiative

The Strategic Literacy Initiative (SLI) at WestEd is a nationally recognized leader in literacy professional development and research. SLI is best known for developing the Reading Apprenticeship instructional framework, which is the theoretical foundation for all work conducted by SLI.

Reading Apprenticeship professional development serves educators in middle school, high school, and college with a practitioner-tested and research-validated approach that promotes students’ engagement and achievement in subject area literacy.

Three federally funded randomized controlled studies found that high school students whose teachers participated in Reading Apprenticeship professional development made significant gains in literacy and disciplinary knowledge, and developed more positive attitudes toward reading and learning.

At the college level, Reading Apprenticeship initiatives are under way in 25 states. In California, the statewide California Community College Success Network (3CSN) sponsors Reading Apprenticeship events and faculty scholarships to participate in Reading Apprenticeship professional development.

SLI researchers regularly contribute to the field of adolescent literacy with publications in professional books and journals. SLI also publishes directly for teachers, notably with its updated best-seller, Reading for Understanding.