Ruth Schoenbach

Co-Director, Strategic Literacy Initiative

Ruth Schoenbach founded the Strategic Literacy Initiative 1995 and has nurtured it into a vital force for improving subject area literacy in middle school, high school, and community college. Her early work in the San Francisco school system as a teacher, curriculum developer, and humanities and language development project director informs her leadership and contributed to the development of the Reading Apprenticeship Instructional Framework that is the core of all SLI work. Currently, Ruth is co-director of the five-year scale-up RAISE project that is bringing Reading Apprenticeship to 600,000 high school students and their teachers in five states. Funding is provided by a federal Investing in Innovation (i3) grant. Ruth is also directing a second i3 grant, iRAISE, to translate face-to-face Reading Apprenticeship science professional development into an online course for STEM teachers and to develop a program of leadership development for a future scale-up of the STEM course across the country. Her experience developing online professional development includes a suite of courses for community college instructors: a popular introductory course in Reading Apprenticeship, and courses for instructors who want to deepen their Reading Apprenticeship instruction and coaching skills or participate in a leadership community of practice. She is co-author of the best-selling, Reading for Understanding, now in a second, revised and expanded edition. In addition, she is a co-developer of the Reading Apprenticeship Academic Literacy Course curriculum and co-editor of an anthology that supports that course. With SLI colleagues, she has also published numerous articles in journals and other professional publications. 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. Becky Graf is Director of Secondary Curriculum and Instruction at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS), located in the Charlotte, North Carolina region. CMS provides academic instruction, rigor and support each school day to more than 146,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grade in 170​ schools throughout the cities and towns of Mecklenburg County. CMS believes setting high standards for all students creates a greater opportunity for future success – in our communities, within the region and across our diverse and global society. Each day, CMS students are prepared to be leaders in a technologically savvy and globally competitive world. Eric Turman, Principal and Nicole Dysart, ELA Teacher represent Reading Senior High School (RSHS), also known as the Castle on the Hill. The Pennsylvania Department of Education has designated Reading High School as a Distinguished Title I School for its advancement in closing the achievement gap. Reading High is one of 96 schools in the state to receive this honor.