Metacognition & Mindfulness – Third Annual Reading Apprenticeship® Conference

Metacognition and Mindfulness: Academic Literacies for the 21st Century

Metacognition and Mindfulness conference invitation

Third Annual Regional Reading Apprenticeship® Conference

March 10-11, 2017

Renton Technical College
3000 NE 4th Street, Renton, WA 98056

Join us for the third regional Reading Apprenticeship® conference bringing together the leadership from the Reading Apprenticeship Leadership Community of Practice to learn how community college faculty and staff are using Reading Apprenticeship across their campuses.  This powerful framework has gathered momentum in our region by helping faculty and staff approach reading in new and effective ways, empowering students to become expert readers in their fields, and improving the student achievement points through increased retention and persistence.

Why attend?

Reading Apprenticeship at WestEd is a research-based framework that helps community college faculty members support students to become motivated, strategic, and critical readers, thinkers, and writers.

Colleges implementing Reading Apprenticeship find that it can produce a dramatic, positive transformation of students’ engagement and achievement not only in literacy, but also in learning across all academic disciplines.

Have you already registered, but need to select your Friday workshop? Click here!

Registration Category

Cost per attendee





Early Bird Registration until 2/1/2017



Individual Registration starts 2/2/2017



Group Registration (10 + people)



Important Conference Details

The conference will be a day and a half held at Renton Technical College on March 10 and 11, 2017.

Friday, March 10, 2017

2:00 p.m.

Registration opens in the Cafeteria in Building I.

3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

2 hour intensive workshops that meld theory and practice

5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Dinner, wine, raffles, and entertainment

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Give One/Get One Book Exchange – ongoing all day Saturday

Bring a book or two that you have read and pick up a book or two

7:00 a.m.  

Registration and networking

7:45 to 8:45 a.m.


9:00 to 10:30 a.m.

Concurrent Session 1 

10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Concurrent Session 2

12:30 to 1:30 p.m.


1:45 to 3:15 p.m.

Concurrent Session 3   

3:30 to 4:00 p.m.

Raffles and end of the conference Gallery Walk

Friday Afternoon Session Require Pre-Registration 

Applying the Reading Apprenticeship Framework in Science Courses   
Lilit Haroyan, East Los Angeles College
Registration Drop-Down Title – Applying R.A. in Science Courses   

Participants will

  • Learn various Reading Apprenticeship tools (routines) and their potential that can improve student conceptual understanding in science courses
  • Participate in an exercise as students in a community of readers
  • Practice applying these tools in a learning community

This session is a must-attend for STEM instructors who struggle helping students onramp to scientific texts.

Bringing Reading to Life: Anatomy and Physiology, Pathophysiology, and Kinesiology in Action     

Zefire Skoczen, Renton Technical College
Registration Drop-Down Title – Bringing R.A. to Life…Kinesiology in Action

Participants will

  • See the social dimension at play. RTC Massage Therapy’s hybrid program works across the four dimensions of Reading Apprenticeship using engaging on-line discussion assignments and assessment that scaffold students’ development and application of schema.
  • Explore engaging activities to build students’ sense of self-efficacy and success with STEM printed and on-line reading
  • Discover scaffolding for under-prepared learners metacognitive engagement with complex texts
  • Participate in integrating Universal Design for Learning concepts with Reading Apprenticeship routines with clay

This session is a must-attend for faculty working with students in the health sciences.  This session is limited to 35 attendees. First come- first serve registration.  

Hand In Hand: Understanding the Reading Apprenticeship Framework in the Context of Universal Design for Learning

Elizabeth Demong, Renton Technical College
Registration Drop-Down Title – Hand in Hand…Universal Design in Learning              

Participants will

  • Examine and relate the Reading Apprenticeship framework to the principles of Universal Design for Learning
  • Take part in and reflect upon basic studies classroom activities for language arts, social students, science and math
  • Collaborate with session colleagues to design a classroom activity

This session is a must-attend for faculty that focus on GED and high school completion.               

Introduction to Reading Apprenticeship                           

Cindy Hicks, WestEd/Strategic Literacy Initiative
Registration Drop-Down Title – Introduction to R.A.

Participants will

  • Learn about the Reading Apprenticeship Framework
  • Discover ways faculty are using Reading Apprenticeship across the United States
  • Develop some working knowledge on the effectiveness of Reading Apprenticeship in community college classrooms.

This session is a must-attend for instructors who want to learn more about the basics of Reading Apprenticeship.  

Reading Apprenticeship: Starting with the Social Dimension in a Polarized Society

Rhonda Daniels and Leo Hopcroft, Whatcom Community College
Registration Drop-Down Title – R.A….in a Polarized Society

Participants will

  • Develop and select strategies to foster a safe learning environment.
  • Reflect on the relationship between literacy and power.
  • Consider ways to encourage students to notice and appropriate others’ ways of reading.

This session is a must-attend for faculty who want to build social dimensions in their classrooms and the connections between literacy and power.                                              

Thinking About Thinking About the Research Paper: Engaging Metacognition Throughout the Student Research Process

Zoe Fisher, University of Denver
Registration Drop-Down Title – Thinking about Thinking about the Research Paper

Participants will

  • Identify Reading Apprenticeship routines to use at various points in the research process, including searching for sources, reading sources, and integrating sources
  • Model and practice RA routines to use in the classroom
  • Reflect on how to integrate RA routines into existing research paper assignments

This session is a must-attend for librarians and English composition instructors.

Using Reading Apprenticeship to Build a Community around Reading for Aerospace & Industrial Production Technologies Students

Michele Lesmeister, Renton Technical College
Registration Drop-Down Title – Using R.A. to Build Community… Technologies Students

Participants will

  • See and practice Reading Apprenticeship Routines in a highly technical program
  • Learn what the challenges are to developing a community of readers in technical courses
  • Transform a reading or two of coursework moving from passive routines to active engagement.

This session is a must-attend for faculty trying to improve the reading skills of trade and technical students.

Conference Hotel Information

 Red Lion Inn

1 South Grady Way, Renton, WA 98057

Standard Guest Room                   $99.00

Must book before 3/3/2017.  To book call the hotel directly at 425-226-7700 and mention the group name: Renton Technical College – Reading Apprenticeship. on our website at  The Group Code is: RTCR0310 (zero-three-one-zero) 


4710 Lake Washington Blvd. NE,  Renton, WA 98056

Guest Room with 1 queen bed $64.00

Guest Room with 2 queen beds  $74.00

Call the hotel directly at 425-228-2858 and provide the Group Name:  Renton Technical College – Reading Apprenticeship. 

Quality Inn
1850 Maple Valley Highway, Renton, WA 98057

If booked before March 1, 2017

1 single room King bed - $82.00 + tax

1 room two queen beds - $99.00 + tax 

If booked after March 1, 2017

1 single room King bed -  $85.50 + tax

1 room two queen beds - $107.10 + tax

Call the hotel directly at 425-226-7600 and provide the Group Name:  Renton Technical College – Reading Apprenticeship.