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South Texas College Regional Workshop

Engaged Academic Literacy for All With Reading Apprenticeship

Workshop Description

Have you ever worried about whether your students are reading and/or comprehending the texts you assign? Have you found yourself planning around the text? Do you want to encourage students to use their course texts as a key part of their learning and to gain independence in doing so? This workshop explores the Reading Apprenticeship framework, which helps instructors support students across all disciplines and levels to become motivated, strategic, and critical readers, thinkers, and writers; to develop positive literacy identities; and to engage with challenging academic texts. Workshop participants engage in metacognitive conversations centered on complex disciplinary texts. By discovering and reflecting on their own ways of unlocking course content, they experience ways the Reading Apprenticeship approach helps students master core concepts and helps instructors explicitly support academic literacy in their discipline.

By the end of this workshop, participants know or are able to:

  • Demonstrate their own reading processes and see reading as a discipline-based, problem-solving activity.
  • Describe Reading Apprenticeship as an instructional framework connecting rigorous academic work with social-emotional aspects of learning through text-based metacognitive conversations.
  • Experience and analyze the impact of several metacognitive routines in order to begin planning classroom applications.
  • Analyze students’ reading, talking, and writing skills with a focus on equity and on building on students’ strengths rather than deficits.


  • Participate in text-based metacognitive routines, reflective pair and small group activities, a student video-case study, and classroom planning exercises.

Participants can claim a digital badge and certificate upon completing the workshop and a post-workshop survey.

Preliminary Schedule

April 16, 2021
10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Workshop
12:00 – 12:30 p.m. Lunch Provided by NISOD


South Texas College - Pecan Campus
Student Union East and West Ballroom
3201 West Pecan Boulevard
McAllen, TX 78501


Registration Type
Early Registration
on or before
March 19, 2021
Late Registration
March 19, 2021
Host College (Member) $139 $189
Member $169 $219
Non Member $219 $269

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Cancellation and refund requests must be received in writing prior to April 2, 2021. A refund of the workshop fee, minus a $25 administrative fee, will be given for cancellations received by April 2, 2021. Refunds will not be given after April 2, 2021 or for no-shows. Registrants who have an outstanding balance and do not attend the workshop are responsible for the $25 administrative fee. Substitutions are accepted at any time prior to the workshop by submitting a written request to Kelley Berley. The individual requesting the transfer is responsible for all financial obligations (any balance due) associated with the transfer.

Consent to Use of Photographic Images

Registration and attendance at, or participation in, NISOD meetings and other activities constitutes an agreement by the registrant to the use and distribution of the registrant or attendees’ image or voice in photographs, videotapes, electronic reproductions and audiotapes of such events and activities by NISOD.

About the Facilitator

Dr. Nika Hogan is Associate Professor of English at Pasadena City College (PCC), a coordinator for the California Community College Success Initiative (3CSN), and the Reading Apprenticeship College Coordinator for the Strategic Literacy Initiative at WestEd (SLI). She coordinated the Reading Apprenticeship Community College STEM Network, funded by the Helmsley Trust, from 2014-2017. Her work is focused on developing transformative inquiry-based learning opportunities that help educators and students reach their full potential. Nika has been involved in many learning communities through PCC’s Teaching and Learning Center and helped to develop the First-Year Pathways program, which was awarded the California Community College’s Chancellor’s Office Award for a Student Success Initiative. She has a B.A. in English and Women’s Studies from the University of Michigan and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Multiethnic U.S. Literatures from the University of Massachusetts.

Hotel Information

Embassy Suites by Hilton McAllen Convention Center
800 Convention Center Blvd
McAllen, TX 78501
(956) 688-8329 

Homewood Suites by Hilton McAllen
3801 W Expy 83
McAllen, TX 78503
(956) 630-0500 

Home2 Suites by Hilton McAllen
525 S Ware Rd
McAllen, TX 78501
(956) 391-2964 

SpringHill Suites by Marriott McAllen Convention Center
1800 S Ware Rd
McAllen, TX 78503
(956) 682-6336

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