Since the 2002-03 academic year, the CSU has offered professional development institutes in reading instruction for high school teachers and university faculty in an effort to improve the preparation of high school students before entering college. These institutes are an essential part of our early assessment and academic preparation effort and are critical to assist teachers to effect change in the basic skills of entering freshmen.
As part of the larger Early Assessment Program, RIAP provides professional development for teachers across all high school grade levels and content areas. RIAP addresses the foundational concepts that are the building blocks for college readiness. Professional development for the Expository Reading and Writing Course (ERWC) is integrated within the institutes. English teachers participating in RIAP receive full training in ERWC; other content area teachers participating in RIAP receive professional development in literacy as appropriate for their content areas. In addition campuses statewide are expanding the connections between RIAP and preservice teacher education as another method for increasing the capacity of all teachers to prepare students for college-level work in English.
Through participation in RIAP, school teams of teachers and administrators assume leadership roles in their departments and at their school sites to fully implement the Early Assessment Program.To begin, they present information about the EAP and college readiness, including the Expository Reading and Writing Course, to all school administrators, teachers, counselors, and other staff in order to plan how EAP will be implemented at the school. Connecting with the EAP Coordinator on sponsoring CSU campuses is an important part of this work.