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Doug Fisher – Visible Learning for Literacy

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  • March 12, 2020 - March 13, 2020
    12:30 pm - 3:15 pm

“Visible Learning for Literacy”


                                                    March 12, 2020


Douglas B. Fisher

Doug Fisher is a Professor of Educational Leadership in the Department of Teacher Education at San Diego State University and a teacher leader at Health Sciences High & Middle College.  He is the recipient of an International Reading Association Celebrate Literacy Award, the Farmer Award for excellence in writing from the National Council of Teachers of English, as well as a Christa McAuliffe Award for excellence in teacher education.  He has published numerous articles on reading and literacy, differentiated instruction, and curriculum design. Doug Fisher, along with Nancy Frey, may be one of the most prolific authors in the area of K-12 literacy education, with a following that includes tens of thousands of teachers and administrators. Across their more-than-a-dozen titles, they have addressed everything from how to increase rigor in reading, structure lessons with learning goals in mind, implement formative assessment, and teach content literacy to how to set up an effective PLC.  Very few educators can match Doug’s depth and breadth of expertise.

Overview:  Educators have been in search of “what works” for decades.  Our collective search for better ways to reach students and ensure that they develop knowledge and skills has resulted in thousands and thousands of books, hundreds of thousands of research articles, and countless websites. The truth is nearly all things teachers do work when we ask what improves student achievement.  But only a few things work at ensuring that students gain a full year’s growth for a year of enrollment in school.  We think it’s time we focused on what works, what doesn’t work, and what can’t hurt. Join us as Doug Fisher unpacks his findings on the foundational importance of surface knowledge, as well as the link between deep learning and transfer.



Participants will:

  • Learn how to apply the principles of Visible Learning research to the literacy classroom.
  • Understand the three phases of learning—surface, deep, and transfer—-and the unique importance of each.
  • Learn which literacy practices have the greatest impact on student growth (and which have the least) to maximize and strategize teaching time.
  • Understand how to use the right approach at the right time, to intentionally design classroom experiences that hit the surface, deep and transfer phases of learning.


Location & Time:

Fairfield Inn and Suites

700 National Parkway

Schaumburg, Illinois

8:30 am—3:15 pm

Registration and Continental Breakfast 8:00 am – 8:30 am

Lunch is provided.

Program Fees:

Early Bird Individual Member or Partner District Member $205 (with book $235)

Individual Member or Partner District Member $220 (with book $250)

Non-Member/Non-Partner $300 (with book $330)





700 National Parkway, Schaumburg, Illinois, 60173, United States

Additional Information
  • All registrations will be confirmed by email.
  • If you register 10 people, the 10th registration is free. Call 847-851-2256 or email to receive this discount.
  • Cancellations must be received at least 5 business days before the program event in order for refunds to be made. A $10 cancellation fee applies to all cancellations.
  • If you have questions or need assistance in registering, call Tresie at 847-851-2256 or email her at .