Reading Apprenticeship Essentials

Professional Learning Solutions

Middle School – High School – College

Reading Apprenticeship Essentials

“Reading Apprenticeship has changed my perspective, and therefore, how I present concepts to my students… Students feel more empowered. They can figure things out on their own… We build on what kids do, turning them into experts.”

— Michigan high school English teacher

This course is designed to provide educators with a strong understanding of the Reading Apprenticeship framework. Participants will experience best practices and tools for inquiry-driven instruction (online and face-to-face), and come away with evidence-based teaching routines that increase student engagement, collaboration, and reading comprehension. Learning activities include reading, classroom video analyzing, collaborating in online discussions, and more.

What You Learn

  • How to recognize and model for students the reading strategies you use as an expert reader in your subject area
  • How to engage students in understanding their own thinking processes—the power of metacognition
  • How to integrate and accelerate students’ subject area learning and subject area literacy
  • How to foster learning dispositions of persistence, stamina, problem solving, and collaboration
  • How to turn the sustained work of learning back to students, successfully
  • How to plan lessons that incorporate all dimensions of the Reading Apprenticeship framework
  • How to translate traditional classroom practices and tools into digital spaces and processes using video conferencing and online annotation tools

Emma Fujii ⋅ efujii@wested.org


Who Should Participate

  • Middle school, high school, and college teachers of all subject areas
  • Administrators, coaches, and instructional support personnel
  • Teams of two or more are highly recommended

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Course

Kick-off Synch Modules Jan 12-14, 2021
4pm Pacific/7pm Eastern each day
Register by Jan 5, 2021

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Course Overview

Kick-off Synchronous Modules (online)
These kick-off modules consist of three, daily 2-hour synchronous sessions, as well as asynchronous learning activities for a total time commitment of 14 hours over three days.

Module Topic Details
Advance Work Reading, Posting, and Introductions Two hours on the Canvas platform
Module One Personal and Social Dimension Two hours synchronous on Zoom and two hours of asynchronous work including reading, lesson design, and productive dialogue (both written and verbal) per day
Module Two Capturing the Reading Process
Module Three Metacognition and Think Aloud
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Job-Embedded Learning and Support (online)
Ongoing learning and support consists of six, 2-hour modules for a total time commitment of 12 hours. Participants choose from two options: (a) asynchronous (text-based learning and dialogue on your own time) or (b) synchronous (video conference session with a small group at a scheduled time).

Module Topic Details
Module Four Scaffolding Academic Conversation Both synchronous and asynchronous tracks will include: discussing reflections/questions/insights about your own practice and that of others, classroom video analysis, receiving supportive feedback from expert facilitators and colleagues, and more
Module Five Questioning
Module Six Language: Word Wall, Sentence Detective, Word Detective
Module Seven Text Complexity
Module Eight Extensive Reading
Module Nine Formative Assessment

FAQ

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How do I decide between the asynchronous and synchronous tracks for the job-embedded support?

If you prefer the most flexible option (say you like to learn by reading and writing, and you like to work very late or very early), the asynchronous track is likely to be a better fit for you.

If you prefer “real time” dialogue and a set schedule, the synchronous track is likely to be a better fit for you.

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How is Essentials different from Reading Apprenticeship Introduction Live?

Essentials is online and learning continues over the school year. Reading Apprenticeship Introduction Live is a 3-day, in-person event.

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How is Essentials different from Reading Apprenticeship Introduction Online (RAIO)?

One of the biggest differences is that RAIO requires teachers to be actively teaching in a classroom because the learning is job-embedded; Essentials does not, so teachers can participate in summer. Also:

  • Coaches and administrators who are not able to work with students directly should participate in Essentials.
  • RAIO is more intensive during school, requiring two hours per week over twelve weeks during the school year, with no learning occurring during the summer.
  • Essentials includes six 2-hour modules during the school year.
  • Essentials features synchronous learning; RAIO is all asynchronous.
  • Essentials has an immersive kick-off, so teachers need to be available three consecutive half-days; RAIO is more intensive during the school year.
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How is Essentials different from Reading Apprenticeship 101 for College Instructors?

One of the biggest differences is that Reading Apprenticeship 101 requires college instructors to be actively teaching in a classroom (or to otherwise have access to students) in order to complete “Making it Real” assignments each week. Essentials does not, so instructors or other educators can participate even if they are not teaching. Also:

  • Reading Apprenticeship 101 is more intensive overall, requiring five hours per week over seven weeks during the school year, with no learning occurring during the summer.
  • Essentials includes six 2-hour modules during the school year.
  • Essentials features synchronous learning; Reading Apprenticeship 101 is all asynchronous.
  • Essentials has an immersive kick-off, so teachers need to be available three consecutive half-days.
  • Reading Apprenticeship 101 is eligible for 3 Continuing Education Units through CSU, Monterey Bay.

Technical Requirements

  • Operating Systems: Windows 7 (and newer), Mac OSX 10.6 (and newer), Linux – Chrome OS
  • Computer Speed and Processor: Use a computer not more than 5 years old when possible, 1GB of RAM, 2GHz processor
  • Internet Speed: Minimum of 512kbps

Cost

  • $900 per person
  • Price includes an ebook of our course text, Reading for Understanding, for each participant
  • Refund Policy: We offer full refunds up to 2 weeks prior to course start. Once the course begins, and up to seven calendar days thereafter, participants may withdraw for a 50% refund.

Emma Fujii ⋅ efujii@wested.org