Past Projects

Research & Impact

Reading Apprenticeship remains relevant and effective due to iterative cycles of research, development and practice in multiple contexts over the course of 20+ years. The core Reading Apprenticeship model has been shown to improve teacher practice and student learning in multiple independent studies, many of which can be accessed on this website. Additionally, SLI engages in ongoing learning and program improvement by working with researchers to examine the implementation and impact of Reading Apprenticeship innovations that include cross-disciplinary learning, digital and blended learning environments, and well as varied models of scale and dosage.

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Past Projects

Reading Apprenticeship Community College STEM Network

The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust • 2014–2017

This three-year effort was designed to create a sustainable network of California community college STEM faculty whose instructional practices increased students’ retention and success in STEM courses. About 160 faculty and administrators participated in professional development that supported them to incorporate the Reading Apprenticeship framework in their instruction, to build knowledge about how metacognitive conversation can enhance learning in college STEM courses, and to extend inquiry into these practices across their home campuses—reaching more than 1,000 instructors and 160,000 students. The California Community Colleges Success Network (3CSN) partnered with the Strategic Literacy Initiative to develop the network and to disseminate RACCSN’s work throughout California.

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Internet-Based Reading Apprenticeship Improving Science Education

Investing in Innovation (i3), U.S. Dept. of Education • 2013–2016

iRAISE (Internet-Based Reading Apprenticeship Improving Science Education) was awarded a three-year Investing in Innovation (i3) grant from the U.S. Department of Education to develop and test an online version of the rigorously researched face-to-face Reading Apprenticeship Improving Secondary Education (RAISE) model of Reading Apprenticeship professional development.

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Reading Apprenticeship: Writing Connections

Supporting Effective Educator Development (SEED), U.S. Dept. of Education • 2013–2016

This three-year project was designed to deepen teacher teams’ understanding of the reading-writing connection in science, history, and English language arts. The blended online and face-to-face model of professional development was designed to take advantage of both formats to increase teachers’ access and learning. In addition, the project provided support structures and leadership development opportunities to increase a schools’ capacity for implementing the project’s approaches across the faculty and over time.

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