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Engaging Reading as an Inquiry Practice of Science

With examples from science classrooms, Cynthia Greenleaf explains key Reading Apprenticeship approaches that amplify the reciprocal nature of science and literacy instruction as exercises in inquiry. When literacy is properly understood as an investigation to construct meaning with and from texts, science texts, then—with their conceptual and linguistic complexity and multiple representations of ideas in the form of graphs, diagrams, data sets, and so forth—are perfect for stimulating authentic inquiry into the meaning of the ideas being presented.

  • Presenter: Cynthia Greenleaf
  • Venue: NSTA Virtual Conference: Connecting Literacy and Science with NGSS and Common Core
  • Date: August 6, 2014
  • Location: NSTA Learning Center (online)

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Apprenticing Adolescents to Academic Literacy in the Subject Areas:

The Reading Apprenticeship Instructional Framework

For diverse secondary students to become increasingly independent, capable, and critical in their thinking, reading, writing, and speaking in varied disciplinary domains and in the complex literacy tasks of daily life, they need learning opportunities that help them develop dispositions, text-based problem-solving capacities, discipline-based literacy practices, and resilient learner identities. In this presentation, Dr. Greenleaf shared the Reading Apprenticeship instructional framework and its research base, focusing on case studies of subject area classrooms and individual student literacy performances to demonstrate the framework and its impact on students’ growth toward engaged academic literacy.

  • Presenter: Cynthia Greenleaf
  • Venue: University of Auckland, Distinguished Visitor Seminar
  • Date: March 20, 2014
  • Location: Auckland, New Zealand

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Social-Emotional Learning Integrated with Academic Literacy Equals Secondary Students’ Common Core Success

This archived webinar helps teachers tap the social-emotional aspects of learning to reach diverse students: (1) How to engage students in the metacognitive conversations that introduce them to their own intriguing reading and thinking processes; (2) How to give students the learning experiences that build resilience, stamina, confidence, and competence; (3) How to integrate, and therefore accelerate, literacy and subject area learning (in science, history, and English language arts); (4) How the New Haven (CA) Unified School District implemented these strategies, and what teachers and students learned.
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  • Presenter: Cynthia Greenleaf, Abby Noche
  • Venue: Schools Moving Up Webinar
  • Date: November 7, 2013
  • Location: Oakland, CA

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Lifting Lives, Voices, and Minds in the Disciplines through Reading Apprenticeship

In this keynote address to the Wisconsin State Reading Association (Milwaukee, February 7, 2013), Cynthia Greenleaf asks her audience to consider the “non-cognitive” tools of agency, persistence, and resilience that students will need to meet new standards and to “turn the tables” on what counts for learning: What was confusing? How did you figure that out?

  • Presenter: Cynthia Greenleaf
  • Venue: Wisconsin State Reading Association annual meeting
  • Date: February 7, 2013
  • Location: Milwaukee, WI

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Successful Literacy Learning for English Learners in the Era of Common Core

Professional Development and Classroom Practices

In this overview of the Strategic Literacy Initiative and Reading Apprenticeship, SLI co-director Cynthia Greenleaf incorporates a particular focus on how Reading Apprenticeship has been successful for promoting subject area literacy for English learners.

  • Presenter: Cynthia Greenleaf
  • Venue: Regional Educational Laboratory West, West Comprehensive Center's English Learner Collaborative
  • Date: May 29, 2013
  • Location: San Francisco, CA

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Literacy Instruction in the Content Areas

In the academic rustling before the emergence of the Common Core, Rafael Heller and Cynthia Greenleaf wrote an important monograph for the Alliance for Excellent Education, calling for discipline-based literacy instruction in secondary school. In this presentation, Heller and Greenleaf lay out their argument, bolstered with examples from the Strategic Literacy Initiative.

Read the related report: Literacy Instruction in the Content Areas: Getting to the Core of Middle and High School Improvement

  • Presenter: Rafael Heller, Cynthia Greenleaf
  • Venue: Alliance for Excellent Education
  • Date: June 12, 2007
  • Location: Washington, DC

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