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Fisher, Douglas; Frey, Nancy – Education Sciences, 2018
In this article, we address the common criticisms of the Visible Learning research and offer a long-term view of the potential presented with this body of knowledge. We contextualize our view with some experiences in a high school that is focused on improving student learning.
Descriptors: High School Students, Evidence Based Practice, Instruction, Teaching Methods
Smith, Dominique; Frey, Nancy; Fisher, Douglas – Educational Leadership, 2018
Educators often encourage students to take risks and work hard to achieve well in school--an approach called "academic press." An assumption behind this approach is that students trust educators enough to take risks and embrace academic challenge; but when a safe, trustworthy environment isn't in place, students won't take risks and may…
Descriptors: Educational Environment, Instructional Leadership, Trust (Psychology), Risk
Fisher, Douglas; Frey, Nancy; Smith, Dominique – Educational Leadership, 2016
Suspension and expulsion rates have doubled in the past four decades. As a result, more students than ever--particularly black, Latino, American Indian, and those with disabilities--are being excluded from classroom instruction. These discipline practices rarely allow students to repair the harm they've done as a result of their transgressions or…
Descriptors: Suspension, Expulsion, Minority Group Students, Disabilities
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Fisher, Douglas; Frey, Nancy – Journal of Staff Development, 2016
The following comment was inspired by an English teacher at Health Sciences High & Middle College in San Diego, California: "There's still a question on the table. How can we get our students to read more and better? They read what they have to, and they're doing OK, but how do we ensure that they are ready for what comes after high…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Goal Orientation, Reading Skills, Reading Habits
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Frey, Nancy; Fisher, Douglas; Lapp, Diane – Reading & Writing Quarterly, 2015
We explore the use of iPads in a diverse urban high school and the ways in which teachers and students were supported to integrate these tools into their instruction. We provided 4 English teachers with 20 iPads with little or no professional development about how to integrate them into their instruction. Using a formative experiment design, we…
Descriptors: Handheld Devices, Urban Schools, High School Students, Formative Evaluation
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Fisher, Douglas; Frey, Nancy – Literacy Research and Instruction, 2014
Close reading is an instructional practice that has gained attention of late. It involves reading a complex text, annotation, and repeatedly reading to answer text-dependent questions. Although there are a number of recommendations for the use of close reading, there has not been a systematic analysis of student or teacher perceptions of this…
Descriptors: Reading Instruction, Teaching Methods, Reader Text Relationship, Questioning Techniques
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Fisher, Douglas; Frey, Nancy – Journal of Learning Disabilities, 2013
This case study chronicles the efforts of a small high school over a 2-year period as it designed and implemented a response to intervention (RTI) program for students at the school. Their efforts were largely successful, with improved achievement, attendance, and grade point averages and a decrease in special education referrals. Major themes…
Descriptors: Response to Intervention, High Schools, High School Students, Secondary School Teachers
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Fisher, Douglas; Lapp, Diane – Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 2013
In this article, we focus on instructional support for 91 students who speak African American Vernacular English and who are at high risk for not passing the required state exams. We profile the instruction that was provided and the results from that instruction, providing examples of how students' language was scaffolded such that they could code…
Descriptors: Black Dialects, African American Culture, At Risk Students, State Standards
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Frey, Nancy; Fisher, Douglas – Planning and Changing, 2013
This study focuses on district leadership designed to improve student achievement. We employed a formative experiment design methodology, a type of design study, to investigate the leadership efforts to improve student and teacher learning. The findings suggest that leadership through professional development and an instructional framework led to…
Descriptors: High School Students, Student Improvement, School Districts, Academic Achievement
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Fisher, Douglas; Frey, Nancy – Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 2012
A great deal of attention is being paid to the lack of reading and academic success for adolescent males. In this article, we discuss three structures in a school where boys read (and perform) as well as girls. When instruction is guided by inquiry, when teachers model their thinking while reading, and when book choices are honored, all students…
Descriptors: Thinking Skills, Males, Reading Motivation, Academic Achievement
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Lapp, Diane; Fisher, Douglas – Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 2012
Inside a ninth-grade classroom, we witness one teacher's very intentional instructional attempts that resulted in her students being able to convey well-crafted reasoning and text-supported evidence to mount persuasive arguments. Through personal examples and Internet resources, the teacher concretized pathos, logos, and ethos. The teacher and…
Descriptors: Persuasive Discourse, Internet, Grade 9, Teaching Methods
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Wolsey, Thomas DeVere; Lapp, Diane; Fisher, Douglas – Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 2012
Academic writing is a mainstay of expression in secondary schools. However, many students think of academic writing in terms of local operations that include spelling, punctuation, use of third person, and so on. Teachers may expect mastery of local operations, but often they want students to navigate the terrain of the content area or discipline…
Descriptors: Writing Assignments, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes, Spelling
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Fisher, Douglas; Frey, Nancy – NASSP Bulletin, 2012
School improvement efforts often focus on students who perform below grade level. These improvement efforts typically focus on improving instruction, often through a framework and professional development. The question remains, how do students who are gifted and talented respond to this type of instruction? We observed 48 students in their…
Descriptors: Academically Gifted, Teaching Methods, Educational Change, Small Group Instruction
Fisher, Douglas; Frey, Nancy; Lapp, Diane – Solution Tree, 2011
Empower students to take ownership of their reading and learning with "Teaching Students to Read Like Detectives." In this comprehensive guide, the authors explore the relationship between text, learner, and learning through discussion and rhetorical writing at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. Prompt students to become the…
Descriptors: Educational Strategies, Reading Instruction, Web 2.0 Technologies, Reading Strategies
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Frey, Nancy; Fisher, Douglas – Clearing House: A Journal of Educational Strategies, Issues and Ideas, 2011
This article focuses on structures that should be in place to engage students in academic discussions. The authors focus on establishing purpose, using language frames, and productive group work. The authors provide multiple examples of students engaged in structured conversations that ensure they practice both content and language.
Descriptors: Speech Communication, Interpersonal Communication, Middle School Students, High School Students
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