The RIAP program is collaboratively sponsored by the California State University system.  Channel Islands is excited to be part of a state-wide collaborative consisting of 16 other CSUs.  Each Institute follows a similar format. All workshops are conducted by teachers for teachers using research-based strategies for the teaching of reading and writing in all content areas. Each participant receives at least 5 new books on vocabulary development, comprehension strategies, content area literacy, adolescent literacy, and more. Commitment is for a total of 80 hours which includes workshops, independent study, team work and a case study of a student in your class. Honoraria of $750.00 is disbursed at the conclusion of all institute activities.  (See Honoraria)

The reading institute participants will work together to prepare high school students to:

  • Achieve at a level on the joint California Standards Test and CSU Early Assessment Program that would exempt the student from English Placement Test
  • Demonstrate proficiency on the CSU English Placement Test (EPT) by scoring above 150 with no need for future reading and writing remediation.

Reading institutes will support university/school teams to:

  • Implement research-based diagnostic assessment and instructional practices
  • Improve the reading and writing of students in grades eleven and twelve
  • Focus on reading informational and narrative text and analytical writing
  • Utilize the assignment template and course modules designed for the 12th Grade Expository Reading and Writing Course and
  • Provide leadership for the Early Assessment Program at school sites and districts.

Institute participants will:

  • Understand and implement standards-based approaches to improve academic literacy
  • Use case studies and other forms of assessment to monitor student improvement in critical reading and writing skills
  • Expand their repertoire of teaching strategies to match the academic learning strengths and needs of college-eligible students and
  • Collaborate with school teams/colleagues to plan and implement effective assessment and instructional strategies, including the use of the assignment template and course modules designed for the 12th Grade Expository Reading and Writing Course.