Below you will find information that helps inform your decision to bring Douglas Fisher, Nancy Frey, or a member of their collaborative in for extended professional learning on Close & Critical Reading in your school or district.
When two large, diverse, impoverished, and heavily Hispanic elementary school districts in Southern California sought professional development strategies to help educators pull language weak students, including significant populations of English language learners, up to proficiency levels more quickly, they turned to the consulting expertise of Doug Fisher and Nancy Frey, authors, teachers, and Corwin consultants who have had groundbreaking success with ELLs and other struggling students at Health Sciences High & Middle College (HSHMC), the middle and high school they co-founded.
"During the several years of professional development for administrators, grade level teachers, and instructional leadership teams we saw a transformation in how teaching and learning looked across all grade levels and schools. It was nothing short of miraculous. The professional learning involved two parts: 1) Content around the Gradual Release of Responsibility instructional model and Common Core State Standards and 2) processes to support implementation at school sites. Schools worked at their own rate to implement these best practices with the goal of improving learning for all students. As a result of these efforts CVESD continues to outperform other districts with similar demographics. A true testimony to the work of Drs. Fisher and Frey."
—John M. Nelson III, Ed.D., Retired Assistant Superintendent for Instructional Services
Chula Vista Elementary School District
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