This is my 9th year teaching high school math, and I must say, I am now one of the converted. I believe that teaching "reading" is every teacher's job. I didn't always think that way, or more accurately, give it a thought.
In that past few years I've consistently seen some kids start to read a word problem, or try to read their math textbook and IMMEDIATELY give up and declare, "I don't understand" and then wait for me to explain and decipher the gobbledygook. I guess they are used to reading novels or fiction or magazine stories where you basically get it on the first pass through.
Our school just received a big grant to promote/push/enhance literacy throughout our curriculum, and with it came a large floppy text of ideas and thoughts and reasons. We also had some uppy-ups visit our school to see if we are on the right starting track. I also thus had visitors to my 1st period class. So then since we were reviewing for a quiz the next day, I made up a review sheet that was filled with READING and words words words that asked them to explain everything and basically justify their reasoning on why the processes that we were learning worked and meant what they meant.
Oh my. It's a good thing the visitors were there BEFORE we started that, and so they got to see the "good" part of class where we were going over homework, and I asked them to explain things orally. (As one of my students said after the visitors left in 10 minutes: we made you look good, huh, miss?) because ..... the SECOND they saw the review sheet, they immediately froze up and felt like they couldn't do anything. After some coaxing, they worked through most of it, but this told me that we HAVE to, have to, have to do more of this throughout the lessons, and not just every so often.
Sheesh, must keep this in the forefront of my mental to-do list while preparing classes.