Teaching, Learning & Assessment

STEM Reading Apprenticeship 3-Day Summer Retreat

8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. daily

CSUMB, Alumni Visitor Center

Light breakfast & lunch included

Faculty Development Opportunity - Free by 3CSN

Open to lecturers & tenure-line faculty members

Co-sponsored by the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Assessment and the Communication Across the Discipline program

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Why STEM faculty should attend:

  • Do you want to learn new strategies for helping students​ make the most of the STEM texts you assign?
  • Do you want to learn how to improve student apprenticeship into STEM academic and disciplinary ways of thinking?
  • Do you want to help students better understand and solve problems in STEM disciplines (including the kinds of math, chemistry, physics, computer, biology, and other STEM discipline problems they will need to solve on exams)?

This highly interactive workshop will engage participants in metacognitive conversations centered on complex disciplinary texts that challenge and often defeat many students. By discovering and reflecting on their own ways of unlocking STEM graphs, charts, illustrations, and problems, and so forth, participants will experience ways the Reading Apprenticeship approach helps students master core concepts and helps instructors explicitly support academic literacy in their discipline.

The Reading Apprenticeship framework draws on the strengths students and faculty bring to build confidence and power to their work with texts, concepts, and each other.

About Reading Apprenticeship

Reading Apprenticeship instructional routines and approaches are based on a framework that describes the classroom in terms of four interacting dimensions that support learning: Social, Personal, Cognitive, and Knowledge-Building. They have been used extensively in community colleges and increasingly in four-year universities.

CSUMB Testimonials

Nelson Graff, CSUMB Communication Across the Disciplines Director

“One of the advantages of Reading Apprenticeship and metacognitive conversation is that students learn strategic thinking and problem-solving from each other.”

Ryne Leuzinger, CSUMB Research and Instruction Librarian

“Reading Apprenticeship provides a flexible model that can be useful for supporting student engagement with a wide variety of course texts and across disciplines, from FYS to capstone, humanities to STEM.”

Danielle Burchett, CSUMB Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology

"Reading Apprenticeship allows instructors to model how we struggle in our comprehension of written material, demonstrating that it's fine to feel confused and how we get through challenging texts."

​​Swarup Wood, CSUMB SNS Professor and FYS Coordinator

“I loved the way Reading Apprenticeship pulled implicit strategies for interrogating disciplinary reading out of the faculty at the workshop, and it made them explicitly available to use with our students.”

Lesley Stampleman, Cooperative Learning Center

"When I introduce Reading Apprenticeship to peer tutors, their feedback reflects renewed interest in a reading strategies toolbox that enables all students to do college-level work."

Rebecca Kersnar, CSUMB SNS Lecturer and TLA Faculty Associate

“Each time I go to a classroom and try this out, students are so engaged in the content and their thinking.”

Tori Derr, CSUMB SNS Assistant Professor

“Reading Apprenticeship empowered my students to reflect on and advance their personal strategies for reading within their discipline. Many students were excited by the utility of this approach. I’m looking forward to taking the upcoming RA intensive!”