Reading Apprenticeship and Disciplinary Argumentation

Professional Development

Middle School – High School

Reading Apprenticeship and Disciplinary Argumentation

group work

This institute is for educators who are implementing Reading Apprenticeship and want to deepen their understanding and practice. Working in both discipline-alike and cross-disciplinary groups, Reading Apprenticeship and Disciplinary Argumentation (RADA) will feature the inquiry-based, experiential ways of teaching and learning that are at the heart of Reading Apprenticeship. Expect to inquire into disciplinary literacy (the ways we read, think, reason and argue in our disciplines) and argumentation (the ways we read to create and support claims) with your colleagues in a collaborative learning environment.

What You Learn

You will:

  • Inquire into argument in your discipline
  • Make the invisible processes of reading and developing argument visible
  • Experience routines that support reading to create and support claims with evidence
  • Experience routines that support reasoning that connects evidence to claims
  • Study video cases of classroom practice
  • Integrate and align your understanding of the Reading Apprenticeship Framework
  • Develop a learning progression for your students

Lorelle Wien ⋅ ⋅ 415-615-3208

Who Should Participate

  • Middle school and high school teachers of English, social studies, core, science or history who have completed at least five days of Reading Apprenticeship professional learning and are practicing Reading Apprenticeship in their classrooms
  • School teams of two or more are highly recommended to support ongoing school-level implementation
  • Administrators or coaches are encouraged to attend with teachers from their school team to support uptake of new practices


Participants must have:

  • completed five days of Reading Apprenticeship professional learning
  • be very familiar with our core text, Reading for Understanding, and
  • have implemented Reading Apprenticeship in their classrooms.

*Professional development may have been completed at a school site, or as part of our grant-funded projects known as RAAD, RAWC and RAISE. This course builds on understandings, routines and practices common to these Reading Apprenticeship learning progressions.


Aug 1-3, 2018 San Francisco, CA Cancelled due to low enrollment
2019 Dates TBA

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  • $1,600 per person
  • Groups of 4 or more: $1,400 per person
  • Breakfast and lunch provided each day

Note: Travel and lodging are not included.

What to Bring

  • Your copy of Reading for Understanding
  • A couple of texts you might use in your class that would lend themselves to an argumentation task
  • A laptop or tablet



  • What is argument?
  • What language do we use to talk about it?
  • What is the relationship between reading and argumentation?
  • What reading and reasoning processes do we use when we create and support claims?
  • What roles do reading and student talk about reading play in argumentation?

Argumentation in Science/ELA/History

  • What is argumentation in science/ English Language Arts/ history?
  • How do we construct arguments in science/ English Language Arts/ history that others will respect?
  • How do we support students in learning to do this work?


  • What is critical information literacy for the digital era?
  • How do we support students to develop critical information literacy?
  • How do disciplinary literacy and argumentation align with Reading Apprenticeship and other frameworks, like the NGSS, C3 Framework for Social Studies, and Common Core?
  • What progression of learning disciplinary argumentation makes sense for my classes?
  • How do I design lessons for disciplinary argumentation?

Federal Funding

Reading Apprenticeship professional development qualifies as ESSA “Evidence-Based Professional Development” for Title I, III, V, and VII, Part A; and for Title II, Part A and B.

Lorelle Wien ⋅ ⋅ 415-615-3208