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Wested Introduction to Reading Apprenticeship

Wested Introduction to Reading Apprenticeship

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  • 1. Strengthening Post-Secondary Student Literacy through Reading Apprenticeship ® http://www.WestEd.org/ReadingApprenticeship
  • 2. WestEd’s Strategic Literacy Initiative (SLI ) <ul><li>A professional development and research organization focusing on improving academic literacy in diverse populations of adolescents and post-secondary students using Reading Apprenticeship, a research-based instructional framework. </li></ul>
  • 3. Reading Apprenticeship <ul><li>A partnership of expertise between the teacher and students, drawing on what content area teachers know and do as skilled discipline-based readers and on learners’ unique and often underestimated strengths </li></ul>
  • 4. Dimensions of Reading Apprenticeship
  • 5. What does a Reading Apprenticeship Classroom Look Like? <ul><li>A focus on comprehension and metacognitive conversation </li></ul><ul><li>A climate of collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>An emphasis on student independence </li></ul>
  • 6. Where is Reading Apprenticeship Implemented? <ul><li>RA is making learning visible in. . . </li></ul><ul><ul><li>35+ California community colleges and </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>10 community colleges in Michigan, Arkansas, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, Texas, Washington and Saskatchewan </li></ul></ul>
  • 7. History of Reading Apprenticeship in Community Colleges <ul><li>SPECC Project (Strengthening Pre-Collegiate Education in Community Colleges), Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching </li></ul><ul><li>2004-2008 Reading Apprenticeship Leadership Institutes </li></ul><ul><li>2006 Faculty Inquiry Groups </li></ul>
  • 8. Faculty Inquiry to Improve Teaching and Learning <ul><li>SLI’s Community College Literacy Research Group (CCLRG) </li></ul><ul><li>Lumina Foundation support for CCLRG 2007-2010 </li></ul><ul><li>10 community college teachers representing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>CA, WA, PA, TX, MS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>English, Science, Developmental Studies, Adult Basic Education, ESL </li></ul></ul>
  • 9. Student Outcomes <ul><li>More reading </li></ul><ul><li>Increased engagement and confidence as readers </li></ul><ul><li>Development of a range of strategies to support comprehension </li></ul><ul><li>Higher levels of interaction between and among teachers and students </li></ul><ul><li>Increased retention </li></ul>
  • 10. Teacher Outcomes <ul><li>New ways of looking at student thinking and reading difficulties </li></ul><ul><li>Wider repertoire of resources and tools for addressing student reading difficulty </li></ul><ul><li>Increased sense of responsibility for addressing reading and literacy in subject area classes </li></ul><ul><li>Growth in teacher leadership </li></ul>
  • 11. Campus-wide Outcomes <ul><li>Increased student focused interactions with colleagues </li></ul><ul><li>Campus-wide emphasis on literacy improvement </li></ul><ul><li>Agreements about a common language and strategic approaches to reading </li></ul><ul><li>Professional learning communities: inquiry and use of protocols for looking at classroom practices, student work </li></ul><ul><li>Interactions with other RA practitioners becomes a source of information sharing, learning and support </li></ul><ul><li>Growth of campus leaders in literacy </li></ul>
  • 12. Outcomes of my own classroom research while introducing RA routines: <ul><li>ESL 21B, Fall 2007/Spring 2008: </li></ul><ul><li>Increase in reading comprehension scores </li></ul><ul><li>Increase in the variety of reading strategies that students report using </li></ul><ul><li>Shift in “classroom culture” </li></ul>
  • 13. Outcomes of my own classroom research while introducing RA routines: <ul><li>ESL 251B, Fall 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>Students work with more challenging texts and </li></ul><ul><li>Produce more interesting and complex writing. </li></ul><ul><li>Skills-based writing lessons did not produce better grammar or organization than freer written responses to challenging readings. </li></ul>
  • 14. Teacher training site and complete research reports: http://tinyurl.com/6oshf4

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