Douglas Fisher, Ph.D., is Professor of Educational Leadership at San Diego State University and a teacher leader at Health Sciences High & Middle College. He is a member of the California Reading Hall of Fame and 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 is a board member of the International Reading Association and a past board member of the Literacy Research Association.

Douglas Fisher has also published numerous articles and books on improving student achievement as well presenting his renown workshop series across Australia “Making Literacy Visible”.

His books include many educational bestsellers including : Making Literacy Visible, Text Complexity Teaching Literacy in the Visible Learning Classroom, Unstoppable Learning, Better Than Carrots or Sticks, Engagement by Design and All Learning is Social and Emotional among many others.

Assessment-Capable Learners

We all know that collective efficacy is the new number one influence on students’ learning. And there is good reason for that. In part, efficacious teachers ensure that their students are assessment-capable, which means that students understand their current level of performance and compare that with the desired level of learning. Assessment-capable learners and their teachers select direct, dialogic, and independent learning approaches they know will help attain their shared learning goals. They also seek feedback from others, provide others with feedback, and monitor their learning from acquisition through consolidation to mastery.