Reading Apprenticeship at Orange Coast College

On Friday, February 20, 2015, community college faculty from the Orange County Learning Network gathered at Orange Coast College for an afternoon Reading Apprenticeship (RA) workshop. Current RA practitioners Mario Robertson, Dalva Dwyer, and Susan Gaer offered an overview of the RA framework, which includes the social, personal, cognitive and knowledge-building dimensions. The leaders guided […]

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Reading Apprenticeship Continues to Grow in 2015

The Reading Apprenticeship Community of Practice grew tremendously in Fall 2014 and it looks like the same will happen in 2015. To ring in 2015, 3CSN and several California Community Colleges hosted 1-Day Reading Apprenticeship workshops around the state that engaged 150 community college faculty in conversation about academic literacy. To start, in early January, […]

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College of San Mateo: What happens when a handful of faculty and a single administrator share a vision for change?

In the summer of 2012, Math and Science Dean Charlene Frontiera from the College of San Mateo (CSM) attended a statewide leadership institute run by the California Community Colleges Success Network (3CSN). She was drawn to 3CSN’s Community of Practice in Reading Apprenticeship and to the idea that students could be apprenticed into more meaningful […]

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Equity and Excellence through Reading Apprenticeship

The American Association of Colleges and Universities recently singled out Reading Apprenticeship at Pasadena City College as an example of “inclusive excellence.”  Why should you have to be economically privileged to experience a real First Year Experience and be properly introduced and invited to college?  At PCC we have demonstrated that all students–regardless of their […]

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West Los Angeles College: We’ve Got RA!

By Nancy Sander The West Los Angeles Reading Apprenticeship Faculty Inquiry Group started one and a half years ago.  The students can tell the RA story best. Siddiga Garushi is an ESL student from Sudan who began to use Reading Apprenticeship two levels below English 101. Her ESL course at that time was paired with […]

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2014-2015 Reading Apprenticeship Project Scholarship Application Released

2014-2015 Reading Apprenticeship Project Scholarship Application Released Our new First Year Seminar course, and the faculty professional learning that accompanies it, are based on Reading Apprenticeship principles.  Our whole campus is engaging in metacognitive conversation! My VP of Instruction asked me to create a new basic reading course for our struggling students.  I convinced her […]

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Reading Apprenticeship in Math: Metacognition saves time

Carrie Starbird, Pasadena City College (Math) I was introduced to Reading Apprenticeship through LACCD’s Faculty Teaching and Learning Academy (FTLA) and 3CSN’s Basic Skills Initiative Leadership Institute (BSILI).  I have come to believe in the power of RA, and have begun to spread the word to colleagues across campus that RA can be a way […]

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RfU2 is FINALLY here!

The long-awaited second edition of Reading for Understanding was finally released in summer of 2012, and it is GOOD. With the authority of several large randomized controlled trials proving the efficacy of this method and with the heart of dozens of “classroom close-ups” featuring the extraordinary work of teachers and students in high school and […]

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Leadership Community of Practice in Reading Apprenticeship Launches

The Leadership Community of Practice (LCoP) in Reading Apprenticeship, a new model for developing community college faculty leaders, launched to rave reviews in June of 2012.  This year long, credit bearing, hybrid training-of-trainers experience, which prepares faculty to lead professional development in Reading Apprenticeship at their own colleges, is a significant revision of the previous […]

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Comments from the Online Course

Faculty from across the disciplines, the levels, and the state love the six-week online course, RA for Community College Instructors.  Here are a few of their reasons why: From a Math Instructor: Through effective modeling and the development of routines that help students discover, develop and share their mental processes, I am convinced students can […]

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