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Jun 2017


San Diego State University 5998 Alcala Park San Diego , California 92110
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Making Literacy Visible Institute


Every student deserves a great teacher not by chance, but by design

What if someone slipped you a piece of paper listing the literacy practices that ensure students demonstrate more than a year’s worth of learning for a year spent in school? Would you keep the paper or throw it away? We think you’d keep it.

In this institute, speakers Douglas Fisher, Kristin Anderson, Laura Besser, Sonja Alexander, and Michael Smith show how using the right approach at the right time can help you more intentionally design classroom experiences that hit the surface, deep, and transfer phases of learning and more expertly see when a student is ready to dive from surface to deep. The alignment of high-impact literacy practices, as defined by Hattie’s seminal work, with phases of learning, will get you working smarter not harder. Join Douglas and Kristin as they address the Visible Learning research; its connections to surface, deep, and transfer learning as it relates to literacy strategies; and the tools for measuring the impact of visible learning for literacy.

Learning Intentions

You will

  • Understand the three phases of learning and the unique importance of each: surface, deep, and transfer.

  • Learn which literacy practices have the greatest impact on student growth (and which have the least) and how to implement high impact practices at the right phase in a student’s learning

  • Develop a plan for measuring one’s impact on literacy learning

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