College & Career

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College & Career

New standards for K–12 schooling underscore the importance of integrating literacy instruction across the disciplines. At the college level, students are increasingly required to engage in “signature work” which asks them to bring distinct disciplinary perspectives to complex, unscripted problem solving.

College faculty nationwide are answering the call to design curriculum that:

  • Intentionally builds from the cultural assets that students bring with them and demonstrates the relevance of academic work to their lives and communities
  • Focuses on approaching complex, unscripted social problems
  • Explicitly teaches students how to problem solve from distinct disciplinary perspectives

Reading Apprenticeship helps instructors to design instruction that supports students in these 21st century learning contexts. Faculty report that integrating attention to disciplinary literacies increases student engagement, persistence, and success. Learning accelerates. When students engage in authentic, discipline-specific problem solving, and gain confidence in their ability to do so, they take up the kind of independent learning that transfers across academic contexts and into the workplace and beyond.

Since 2008, faculty at 230+ colleges in 25 states have experienced Reading Apprenticeship through small seminars, online courses, faculty inquiry groups, and communities of practice. The numbers are growing as word gets around.


“I had been teaching for a long time doing what most of us do—stand and lecture. I was getting the same results over and over. Really strong students can survive, but many students were not learning. I told my students, ‘You guys are going to need to read the textbook. We’re not doing lecture anymore.”

—Michael Kelcher, Community College Chemistry Instructor