Reading for Understanding: Literacy for Learning in the 21st Century
Strategic Literacy Initiative at WestEd
Apr 8, 2013 to May 6, 2013
Cost per enrollment: Free
- Provides opportunities to interact with the instructor or students
- Uses discussion forums
- Contains external social networking participation or elements
- Some of your work will be assessed by peers
- You will not be given a final grade in this course
- You will be expected to work with a group of other students
- Intended for educators or professionals
Full course description
In this course, we will actively explore a powerful framework, Reading Apprenticeship©—described in the book, Reading for Understanding. Through video clips, readings and practice, this course provides snapshots of a proven approach to helping readers use and master a set of powerful literacy tools that will help them enjoy and understand high-quality, complex texts in and beyond school.
This course is for:
- Anyone interested in deepening literacy with innovative, proven strategies
- Teachers (K-16), parents, and others supporting readers in school or at home
- Administrators, curriculum specialists, and teacher leaders looking for literacy professional learning that will support their schools in meeting Common Core State Standards
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.
For over 25 years, Ruth Schoenbach has developed programs, curricula, and professional development to help students become more successful readers and writers. As Co-Director of WestEd's Strategic Literacy Initiative (SLI), Schoenbach has worked since 1995 to increase higher-level literacy learning for middle school, high school, and community college students. Building on prior research and locally based research, Schoenbach and SLI Co-Director Cynthia Greenleaf developed the Reading Apprenticeship® instructional framework, which they describe in their best-selling WestEd book, Reading for Understanding: A Guide to Improving Reading in Middle and High School Classrooms. This book has become the catalyst for an international movement of educators who use the Reading Apprenticeship framework in their local schools — from elementary schools to community colleges to teacher education courses.
In addition, Schoenbach has co-edited two other books — Building Academic Literacy: An Anthology for Reading Apprenticeship, and Building Academic Literacy: Lessons from Reading Apprenticeship Classrooms, Grades 6-12 — and has co-authored numerous articles appearing in professional journals. In 2010, Reading Apprenticeship scored highest of all Investing in Innovation (i3) grants in the validation category for ""scaling up"" a proven educational approach. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, this five-year effort, known as RAISE, is supporting large-scale dissemination of Reading Apprenticeship disciplinary literacy professional development. RAISE will reach more than 2,500 high school content teachers and over 400,000 students in five states (California, Indiana, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Utah).
Schoenbach received a BA in social sciences from the University of California, Berkeley, a Bilingual Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential from San Francisco State University, and an EdM in Teaching, Curriculum, and Learning Environments from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Project Coordinator, SLI/WestEd
Heather works as a project coordinator in the teacher professional development program for the Strategic Literacy Initiative at WestEd. She was an instructional coach in Reading Apprenticeship and an eighth grade science teacher for Howell Public Schools in Howell, Michigan for 12 years.
She was first trained in Reading Apprenticeship in 2007 and has been implementing it in her classroom since that time. She was trained as a facilitator at the Leadership Institute in Reading Apprenticeship in 2008 and became a consultant for WestEd in 2010. Along with continuous literacy work in her home district and county, she has been facilitating trainings across Michigan and in other states. Her classroom work is featured on the U.S. Department of Education’s website, “Doing What Works” and she co-authored an article about Reading Apprenticeship that was published in the Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy.
Heather is a graduate of Madonna University with a major in Biology. She has also earned her Master’s Degree in Teaching and Learning from Nova Southeastern University.