Reading Apprenticeship: Knowledge-Building Dimension

Professional Development

Middle School – High School – College

Reading Apprenticeship: Knowledge-Building Dimension

knowledge building course


Reading Apprenticeship: Knowledge-Building Dimension Course Overview

About the Course

Prerequisite: Reading Apprenticeship Introduction Online (2-course series) or Reading Apprenticeship Introduction Live (3 days)

This facilitated digital learning experience is designed to provide an introduction to the knowledge-building dimension of the Reading Apprenticeship Framework. The course offers specific metacognitive routines that teachers can embed in their instruction to increase students’ abilities to mobilize personal schema and build knowledge about disciplinary text, language, and concepts.

The learning activities in this course include reading and responding to texts and videos, contributing to discussions and trying out new classroom routines. You must be an active teacher or a coach/administrator with access to a classroom where you can try out what we are learning in the course.

What You Learn

  • How to help students access and build on their schema to support engagement and learning
  • How to help students vary their reading processes to meet the unique demands of texts in your discipline
  • How to help students use the academic language of your discipline
  • How to use students’ reading, thinking, and talking about reading in your discipline to support growing competence and changing needs
  • How other participants are implementing Reading Apprenticeship in their classrooms

Margot Kenaston ⋅ ⋅ 415-615-3225

Who Should Participate



Spring Session Feb 23-Apr 5, 2020 Register by Feb 19 REGISTER

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Course Overview

This fifteen-hour course is designed to provide an introduction to the knowledge-building dimension of the Reading Apprenticeship Framework. You will need to devote approximately two hours to reading, viewing, and posting for each module in the course environment (see pacing guide for more information). You must have access to a class of students with whom you can try out what we are learning in the course: the format of the course is online learning, followed by practice and implementation, then reflection. Guidance and feedback is offered by peers in the course and the facilitator who has extensive Reading Apprenticeship and coaching experience.

1 Setting the Foundations for Inquiry
2 Building Content and World Knowledge
3 Building Knowledge of Texts
4 Building Knowledge of Language
5 Building Knowledge of Disciplinary Discourse and Practices
6 Monitoring Your Students’ Growth
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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


  • $450/person
  • For teams of 4+ paying together: $425/person
  • Textbook (must purchase at time of registration unless already owned): Reading for Understanding
  • Refund Policy: We do not offer full refunds for this course unless it is cancelled due to low enrollment. 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.

Margot Kenaston ⋅ ⋅ 415-615-3225