Doug Fisher: Visible Learning for Literacy

Tuesday, June 5, 2018 9:00am - 2:00pm

Rutgers GSE Center for Literacy Development

Busch Student Center

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 of books of research articles, and countless websites. The truth is only a few things work at ensuring that students gain a full year’s growth. It’s time we focused on what works, what doesn’t work, and what can’t hurt. And we’ve turned to Visible Learning (Hattie, 2009) for help. As he noted, students must develop surface-level learning if they are ever going to go deep. We know that deep learning can facilitate transfer, which has been a goal shared by educators for as long as there have been teachers. We will focus on specific approaches that work at the surface level of learning and note that they are different from strategies that work at the deep and transfer levels. We will clarify which approaches work at which phase of learning: 

  1. Identify the difference between effective strategies for developing students surface, deep, and transfer learning. 
  2. Describe the effect sizes and rationale for specific strategies that impact students’ learning. 
  3. Identify ways to determine impact of specific approaches on students’ learning.

Registration for event:

$150/per person includes breakfast, lunch, and Professional Development hours 


Who to contact:

Lisa Mullin