STEM Faculty 101 Course

Professional Development


STEM Faculty 101 Course

online learning stem

What You Learn

  • How to identify and leverage your own expertise reading the complex texts—including graphics—of your STEM discipline
  • How to build strong social/personal dimensions in the classroom to foster active learning environments in line with current research on conceptual learning in STEM
  • How to make metacognitive inquiry a standard classroom practice
  • How to foster learning dispositions of persistence, problem solving, and collaboration
  • How to step away from “delivering” content and move students toward independence
  • How to connect your deepening knowledge base of current research about discipline-specific literacies to texts you use with your own students
  • What other participants are discovering in their own classrooms

Emma Fujii ⋅ ⋅ 415-615-3271


Who Should Participate

  • Higher-ed (university, college, community and technical college) instructors of all STEM subject areas and levels, including transfer-level, developmental, and career-technical courses*
  • Requirement: Must have access to your own or a “borrowed” in-person or online classroom for trying out Reading Apprenticeship routines over the six-week period of the course

*Not a STEM instructor but interested in this course? Consider taking our standard Faculty 101 Course.


Spring Session March 16-May 20, 2020

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Course Overview

This course is designed to provide an introduction to the Reading Apprenticeship framework, its impact on student motivation and achievement, with an emphasis on participants’ practicing Reading Apprenticeship routines in the STEM classroom.

Course activities include professional reading, viewing classroom video, posting to online discussions, trying out Reading Apprenticeship routines in your classroom, and completing a final paper. You must have access to a classroom where you can try out with students what you are learning over the seven-week period of the course.

The course is designed to be completed in approximately 32 hours—about five hours per week on average, after a two hour starter module.

1 Getting Started 2 hours
2 Exploring the Challenges of Literacy in STEM 5 hours
3 Metacognitive Conversation as value added in understanding STEM 5 hours
4 What do we do as experienced STEM readers 5 hours
5 Reading as problem solving 5 hours
6 Leveraging disciplinary ways of thinking for deeper understanding in STEM 5 hours
7 Synthesizing and preparing to apply Reading Apprenticeship 5 hours


  • Cost: $750 payable to WestEd
  • Textbook (must purchase at time of registration): Reading for Understanding
  • CEUs will be available for an additional cost from California State University-Monterey Bay, College of Extended Education. Purchasing CEUs is completely optional, and not required for registration in the course. The CSUMB Reading Apprenticeship course catalog can be found here. CSUMB will open CEU registration a few weeks after the course has started. Check with your district office, as CEUs are not academic units.
  • Refund Policy: We do not offer refunds for this course, however if you are unable to complete the course for any reason, you may re-enroll in a future session (within 12 calendar months), space permitting. There will be a one-time re-enrollment fee of $50. If you are unable to complete the course on your second attempt, any subsequent enrollment would revert to the full cost of registration.

Emma Fujii ⋅ ⋅ 415-615-3271