Overview: What should you expect if you decide to become a RIAP participant? The content of the Reading Institutes includes academic literacy, classroom instruction and assessment, standards-based planning, reading comprehension, academic vocabulary, academic language, and academic writing. Participants learn to use the assignment template and course modules designed for the Expository Reading and Writing Course. They learn strategies to support college readiness and success. In addition, they prepare for EAP leadership in high schools and school districts. English teachers participating in RIAP receive all materials and professional development needed to implement the ERWC in their schools.
Reading Institutes require 80 hours of professional development activities, including institute days (60 hours of contact time), independent study (5 hours), and a College Access Study (15 hours). The institute days include 50 hours of professional development and 10 hours of teamwork conducted at the institute site. Teams comprised of high school and university educators are encouraged to participate in Reading Institutes. High school educators may include teachers of English-language arts and other content areas, department chairs, counselors, and administrators. Participants who successfully complete all institute requirements and required hours earn an honorarium of $750.