Fourth Annual Statewide Conference – “Literacy at the Heart of Institutional Change”

May 3-4, 2019, at Hotel Irvine

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We have exciting news to share about our Fourth Annual Reading Apprenticeship conference!  

With the Reading Apprenticeship framework, we aim to create coherent communities of practice for educators and students, reaching across traditional silos that disrupt meaningful collaboration, such as student and academic affairs, full-time faculty, contingent faculty, staff, and managers.  

Guided Pathways, College Promise, redesigning developmental education—all of these reform initiatives offer an opportunity to transform our practices and institutions.  Too often, though, transformative potential gets lost in the practical push for timely compliance. For educators and for students, how do we keep learning at the center of a completion agenda? Amidst the strain of major changes, how do we ensure that all stakeholder groups are learning more deeply than they were before?  How do we know, and how do we set the stage for continuous re-assessment and redesign of developing programs and practices? How do we evolve for aliveness in a time of dynamism?  

37564143_1873748842717694_1886731922852282368_nIt’s time to make transparent how literacy is the engine for ongoing learning and personal, professional, and institutional transformation.  It’s time for the Reading Apprenticeship conference to more transparently focus on reading and writing across the curriculum and literacy that is at the heart of institutional change.

This year’s Reading Apprenticeship conference title is Literacy at the Heart of Institutional Change.  This theme and title helps us name the fullness of apprenticeship and the complex disciplinary knowledge and skills we’re apprenticing students into.  


Like last year, we’ll open on May 3 with day-long Reading Apprenticeship workshops.

View the program here:

Friday, May 3

9:15am-9:45am: Breakfast, Welcome and Opening Remarks

10am-4pm: One Day Reading Apprenticeship Workshops:

  • Reading Apprenticeship and English Language Learners
  • Introduction to Reading Apprenticeship
  • Deeper STEM Learning through Metacognitive Conversation (an Introduction to Reading Apprenticeship for STEM practitioners)
  • Reading Apprenticeship for Student Services Contexts
  • Creating Equitable Learning Experiences with Reading Apprenticeship
  • Reading Apprenticeship and Learning Assistance
  • Integrated Reading and Writing in First-Year Composition

12:30-1:30pm: Lunch

4:15: Reception

On May 4, we’re inviting practitioners to share how they’re using the Reading Apprenticeship Framework to support literacy development and transformation.

Saturday, May 4

8:30am-9am: Breakfast

9am-9:30am: Welcome and Opening Remarks

9:45am-11:15am: Breakout 1

11:30-12:15: Spotlights

12:30pm-1:30pm: Lunch

1:45-3:15: Breakout 2

3:30-4pm: Closing

Ready to register?  Sign up here:

Lodging:  We have a limited number of rooms available at a group rate at Hotel Irvine. The rate will be $129/ night plus tax. Click here for booking. Overnight self parking will be discounted to $12.

Eager to learn more?  You may review the Third Annual CA Statewide RA Conference Program here: 2018 CA Statewide RA Conference Program

Questions?  Contact Nika at

We’re looking forward to continued collaboration, inquiry, and learning!