Reading Apprenticeship

Reading Apprenticeship is a literacy program which trains all secondary content teachers in effective content literacy instruction.  Its premise assumes that all students benefit from instruction in reading with text that is specific to the studied discipline.  The benefit of this kind of instruction is two-fold: students understand content at a deeper level and students overall reading proficiency increases.

Working within a countywide initiative coordinated by WISD, building facilitators have been trained for each of the comprehensive high schools.  These facilitators are released for two periods of their teaching assignment on a daily basis.  During this released time they monitor student achievement data, develop in-service and workshop activities, and conduct coaching and demonstration lessons.  The following chart shows the assigned facilitators in each building.

Building

Reading Apprenticeship Facilitators

Huron

Maryan Mastey
Lori Wotowicz

Pioneer

Amy Deller

Skyline

Dusty Vincent

 Ann Arbor Tech Jerron Bryant
 Community  Ken McGraw

Training and professional development for Reading Apprenticeship is rigorous and ongoing.  The initial session is a four-day workshop.  Subsequently, RA teachers meet on a monthly basis for a half-day in a Reading Apprenticeship Professional Learning Community.  Currently, our RA learning cohorts meet in conjunction with other school districts throughout the county for this work.

In previous years RA achievement has been measured with the Degrees of Reading Power (DRP) test as this assessment was supported by WISD.  DRP scores have shown positive results for this program as compared with national norms but never against a comparison group in the district or county.

We are now using our district’s formative reading assessment, the Scholastic Reading Inventory (SRI) that we administer universally in grades 5 through 12.  2008-2009 is the first teaching episode in which we have pre and post data for students who are in the program and students who are not in the program.  The following table shows that average Lexile scores are enhanced for students who are exposed to Reading Apprenticeship instruction.

Reading Apprenticeship - 2008/2009

School

Grade

RA Exposure

N Students

Avg. Lexile Growth

Huron

9

N

117

37.8

Huron

9

Y

200

72.2

Huron

10

N

95

26.6

Huron

10

Y

280

38.7

Huron

Both Grades

N

212

32.8

Huron

Both Grades

Y

480

52.7

 

 

 

 

 

Pioneer

9

N

68

25.4

Pioneer

9

Y

283

50.2

        Pioneer

10

N

235

20.3

Pioneer

10

N

260

19.4

Pioneer

Both Grades

N

301

21.5

Pioneer

Both Grades

Y

543

35.4

 

 

 

 

 

Pioneer and Huron

9

N

190

33.7

Pioneer and Huron

9

Y

489

58.9

Pioneer and Huron

10

N

350

22.9

Pioneer and Huron

10

Y

563

28.2

Pioneer and Huron

Both Grades

N

540

26.7

Pioneer and Huron

Both Grades

Y

1052

42.5

Beginning four years ago with a cohort of 4 teachers trained as facilitators, we now have 112 teachers in Ann Arbor who are trained and implementing Reading Apprenticeship. Our building facilitators are licensed by West Ed, research designers of Reading Apprenticeship, to train teachers within Washtenaw County.

Over 80% of all high school teachers in the Ann Arbor Public Schools have been trained in RA practices and strategies.

We have presented at two recent annual MSAN conferences.  As a result of our first presentation and a subsequent visit to Huron High School, Farmington Schools have begun a large-scale implementation of Reading Apprenticeship.

Because of student achievement and teacher enthusiasm we have begun an expansion of Reading Apprenticeship to the middle school level.  A building facilitator for each of the five middle schools is currently in their training year.  Training sessions will be held this summer for middle school teachers as we expand this successful program.