Symposium Details

Friday, March 13

Pre-Conference Workshops

Reading Apprenticeship
Facilitated by Nelson Graff
Nelson Graff

Working with the texts of our discipline is an “insider’s” game. Our students often feel painfully outside of our disciplinary traditions, conventions, and practices, but we can invite them in! When we build on students' underestimated strengths as readers and problem solvers and create instructional opportunities for "apprenticing" them into discipline-specific academic literacies, we can create engaged, equitable learning environments that also support robust disciplinary learning. We’ll begin to explore HOW in this session.  Specifically, participants will be invited to:

  • become aware of their own and others’ reading processes and to see reading as a problem-solving activity,
  • learn about Reading Apprenticeship as an instructional and equity framework, and
  • participate in activities that can be used in the classroom to help us analyze students' reading, talking, and writing about their reading in ways that promote equity by surfacing and fostering students' strengths.

This workshop is open to faculty who teach at any level, from introductory, first-year courses through upper-division courses in the major. Questions about the workshop Reading Apprenticeship? Please contact Nelson Graff.

An Introduction to Inquiry-Based Learning
Facilitated by Stan Yoshinobu & Robin Wilson

Robin Wilson Stan Yoshinobu

Inquiry based learning  (IBL) is a form of active learning that challenges students to work individually or in small groups to solve and make sense of carefully sequenced problems. This workshop will provide an introduction to IBL methods. While examples will be sourced from math courses, the active, student-centered instructional methods can be applied to a wide range of course. Specifically this workshop will provide opportunities for participants to:

  • learn about IBL classes via video case study
  • discuss ways to engage students
  • investigate sample course structures and
  • explore Think-Pair-Share as a general strategy. 
All faculty interested in engaging students are welcome to attend and participate! Questions about the workshop or IBL?
Please contact Stan Yoshinobu or Robin Wilson.

Friday, March 13

Keynote Speaker 

Deborah A. Santiago
CEO Excelencia in Education 


 Deborah A. Santiago is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Excelencia in Education. For more than 20 years, she has strategies from the community to national levels to improve educational opportunities and success for all students. She co-founded Excelencia in Education to inform policy and practice, compel action, and collaborate with those committed and ready to act to increase student success. Before co-founding Excelencia in Education, she was Vice President for data and policy analysis at the LA County Alliance for Student Achievement, a policy analyst at the Library of Congress’ Congressional Research Service on legislative issues in higher education, and informed programmatic and budgetary efforts in the Office of Postsecondary Education at the US Department of Education. She also served as the Deputy Director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans, working with federal agencies and communities across the nation to improve awareness and education opportunities for Latinos and to the ASPIRA Association.She has been cited in numerous publications for her work, including The Economist, the New York Times, the Washington Post, AP, and The Chronicle of Higher Education. Deborah is an Aspen Institute Pahara fellow and serves on the board of the TheDream.US and Higher Achievement.