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Foundations & Frameworks—a time-tested, research-based program—begins with this dynamic basic course that covers essential foundations and frameworks for building deep text comprehension in students. Updated Summer 2020, the course is now available as an online graduate workshop through Friends University.

How it works


to the brand new video libraries

One-year access to the complete Foundations & Frameworks AND Architecture of Learning video libraries makes course review easy for strong program implementation 


the updated materials for each participant

The Architecture of Learning (book) by Kevin D. Washburn, Ed.D. (read this one before your course)

The Foundations & Frameworks Basic Course Book (2021 update)

The Foundations & Frameworks Toolbox (2021 update)


in the course as a team

Online lectures, in-person instructor guidance, and school-centric discussions develop a confident team


scheduling a visit

Extend your team’s knowledge base and deepen mission connection with additional course material, classroom observations, feedback, and Q&A

Already familiar with Foundations & Frameworks? 

If it’s been more than three years since you attended training, this online course is the best way to become aware of new research and better practices for today’s reading classrooms. Here’s a brief summary of what you can expect in the updated course and completely revised teacher materials.

Course Layout



Defining comprehension and identifying its skills



An introduction to visual tool use for deep comprehension



How rich text provides context for greater retention



Why exciting teacher-directed, student-dominated conversation is critical 



Research-based assessment strategies that ensure learning for life


See the power of interwoven tools and strategies designed for deep text comprehension.


Use a plan that teaches the way the brain learns so students thrive.


See how meaningful tools and dynamic collaboration equip students with skills that matter for life.

Would you say your reading comprehension instruction is like a “three-course meal?”

Three activities in Foundations & Frameworks strengthen reading comprehension in different ways—I think of them as a three-course meal:

  1. The Collaborative Comprehension Preparation is an appetizer, exciting students with new words and some more insight into the upcoming lesson (“meal”).
  2. Our Collaborative Comprehension Session is the main course—a multitude of conversations (“food choices”).
  3. The Intellectual Art is the finishing touch (“dessert”).

Students are able to have a rich experience with the text in different scenarios (whole group, small groups, independent). As students go through this learning process, they are taking more control and developing individualized ways of learning and understanding content.

Cecelia Blake

Teacher, Lincoln Leadership Academy Charter School

Is your vocabulary process something you “love because it is effective and not too time consuming?”

I love this Vocabulary process because it is effective and not too time consuming.

I started using this way of introducing vocab words after the PD last school year and I saw a huge difference in student application. It gave them multiple opportunities to practice using the word and gave me a chance to see their improvement. They were more likely to retain the word and able to use it more broadly because they had multiple examples to select from.

When I did introduce words visually, they focused on recalling them as fact, not how to manipulate the word in different contexts. Each time students practice using new words, we are guiding them to dig for deeper understanding.

This approach promotes appropriate and achievable levels toward mastery of content very well.

Cecelia Blake

Teacher, Lincoln Leadership Academy Charter School

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the Architecture of Learning Basic Course still a part of the Foundations and Frameworks Basic Course?

No, it is not required, but is recommeneded.

You can schedule the Architecture of Learning Basic Course for the three days prior to your Foundations & Frameworks course (a discounted course fee would apply). 

Are graduate credits for this course transferable?

Friends University is a fully accredited institution so its credits are transferable. However, you will want to make sure your current institution will accept these credits. Reference the Foundations & Frameworks Basic Course Syllabus for details if necessary.

We became familiar with Foundations & Frameworks several years ago. What has been updated?

Check out our Updates at a Glance included with our online course release announcement.

Is a subscription required for the hybrid option?

Yes. Your school’s certified Foundations & Frameworks instructor will use these videos for instruction and an Instructor’s outline for discussion and activity guidance.

Approximately 25 videos for Foundations & Frameworks and 25 videos for Architecture of Learning will be available immediately. You will have unlimited access to these video banks for one year. Any videos added to the bank during that time—unit modeling, additional instruction, classroom samples, etc.—will be available to you at no additional charge.    

Where do we buy materials?

Course materials are sold online by Make Way for Books. The Foundations & Frameworks Basic Course Book (revised 2021) and The Foundations & Frameworks Toolbox (revised 2021) will be available early 2021. An Instructor’s Outline will be included with your subscription. 

When will the Foundations & Frameworks Advanced Course be available?

We are working to have an updated Advanced Course available early 2022. 

The hybrid Foundations & Frameworks Basic Course subscription is $345 per school. This 1-year subscription provides access to the new Foundations & Frameworks Video Library AND the Architecture of Learning Video Library AND any videos added as extra resources during that year.

Course questions: 888.622.6932

While the Foundations & Frameworks Toolbox update is currently in development (anticipated availability May 2021), the Foundations & Frameworks Basic Course Book update is complete and will be printed soon. Get a headstart reading The Architecture of Learning: Designing Instruction for the Learning Brain by course instructor, Kevin D. Washburn, Ed.D. This text is available from several places in several formats:

This text is available from several places in several formats:

Paperback 9780984345908
Kindle ASIN: B004M8S4MM 

Barnes & Noble
Nook BN ID: 2940012516503

Make Way for Books
Paperback 9780984345908