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Christenbury, Leila, Ed.; Bomer, Randy, Ed.; Smagorinsky, Peter, Ed. – Guilford Publications, 2009
The first comprehensive research handbook of its kind, this volume showcases innovative approaches to understanding adolescent literacy learning in a variety of settings. Distinguished contributors examine how well adolescents are served by current instructional practices and highlight ways to translate research findings more effectively into…
Descriptors: English Curriculum, Visual Arts, Adolescents, Ability Grouping
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Montoya, Colleen, Ed. – R&D Alert, 1999
This quarterly newsletter covers educational issues affecting schools in WestEd's 4-state region (Arizona, California, Nevada, and Utah) and nationwide. This Summer 1999 edition contains a lead article entitled "Reading for Understanding: A Modern Urban Success Story," which describes a course in "academic literacy," developed by educators Ruth…
Descriptors: Critical Reading, Elementary Secondary Education, Paraprofessional School Personnel, Program Effectiveness
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Robinson, Dana Jones, Ed. – Laboratory for Student Success (LSS), The Mid-Atlantic Regional Educational Laboratory, 2003
The causes of reading failure are numerous and complex. If instruction provided by the school is ineffective or insufficient, even some otherwise capable learners will have difficulty learning to read. Improving literacy instruction through professional development is an ongoing process involving all of the members of a schoolwide literacy team in…
Descriptors: Learning Problems, Reading Failure, Professional Development, Reading Achievement
Schoenbach, Ruth; Greenleaf, Cynthia; Murphy, Lynn – Jossey-Bass, An Imprint of Wiley, 2012
Published in partnership with WestEd, this significantly updated second edition of the bestselling book contains strategies for helping students in middle school through community college gain the reading independence to master subject area textbooks and other material. Features of this book include: (1) Based on the Reading Apprenticeship…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Textbooks, Reading Improvement, Reading Achievement
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Schoenbach, Ruth; Greenleaf, Cynthia L.; Hale, Gina – Journal of Staff Development, 2010
Middle and high school teachers across academic disciplines face increased pressure to address the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English language arts and for literacy in history/social studies, science, and technical subjects. This means that the responsibility of preparing students to read, write, talk, and think critically about…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Literacy Education, High Stakes Tests, Apprenticeships
Jordan, Marean; Schoenbach, Ruth – Leadership, 2003
Describes collaborative efforts by the Strategic Literacy Initiative at WestEd and secondary teachers and administrators in California to develop and implement an interactive approach to reading improvement called Reading Apprenticeship in an effort to help adolescent readers break through the "literacy ceiling" in all their subject area courses.…
Descriptors: Adolescents, Content Area Reading, Interaction, Reading Improvement
Schoenbach, Ruth; Greenleaf, Cynthia – 2000
For the past five years, colleagues in the Strategic Literacy Initiative at WestEd have been designing and implementing a professional development program focused on enabling teachers to build their understanding of the complexities of reading. In developing this program, centered around what they call a "Reading Apprenticeship" framework, the…
Descriptors: Content Area Reading, High Schools, Inquiry, Knowledge Base for Teaching
Schoenbach, Ruth; Braunger, Jane; Greenleaf, Cynthia; Litman, Cindy – Phi Delta Kappan, 2003
Middle and high school teachers are taking the time to teach about reading in their disciplines implementing an approach called "Reading Apprenticeship," a partnership of expertise, drawing on what teachers know and do as readers in their disciplines and on adolescents' unique strengths as learners. (MLF)|
Descriptors: Adolescents, High Schools, Instructional Innovation, Intellectual Disciplines
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Greenleaf, Cynthia L.; Schoenbach, Ruth; Cziko, Christine; Mueller, Faye L. – Harvard Educational Review, 2001
In Reading Apprenticeships, teachers serve as "master readers" of texts, engaging in collaborative inquiry with students. Reading is demystified through metacognitive conversations that draw on readers' self-knowledge. Academically underperforming students gained an average of 2 years' reading growth in 1 academic year using the approach.…
Descriptors: Adolescents, Literacy, Metacognition, Reading Improvement
Schoenbach, Ruth; Greenleaf, Cynthia; Cziko, Christine; Hurwitz, Lori – 1999
Many middle school and high school students have difficulty reading and understanding academic texts, which limits their ability to meet today's high learning standards. This guidebook addresses this quiet but growing crisis. Aimed at content area teachers in secondary schools, the guidebook describes a successful approach to helping students…
Descriptors: Class Activities, Classroom Techniques, Content Area Reading, High Schools
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Schoenbach, Ruth – Journal of Staff Development, 1994
Describes a high school staff development project that successfully improved student communication skills. In the project, teacher reflection was critical in changing classroom practice, and it led to improved student outcomes. The article describes the project, vehicles for supporting teacher reflection, and lessons learned in using reflective…
Descriptors: Communication Skills, Educational Change, Faculty Development, High School Students