FOUNDATIONS & FRAMEWORKS online Basic Course

Confidently equip students with deep text comprehension skills
F&F Basic Online Course — June 3 - July 29, 2024Notify me when enrollment opens

Enjoy the flexibility of online learning

Participate in rich discussions

Receive individualized feedback

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. The course is now available online.

How it works

1

ENROLL
when course enrollment opens

2024 COURSE DATES
June 3 – July 29

2

RECEIVE
the required materials

The Architecture of Learning (book) by Kevin D. Washburn, Ed.D.

Foundations & Frameworks Basic Course Book and Toolbox 

3

WATCH
the sessions & participate in assignments

Discussion boards, optional Zoom sessions, and feedback provide meaningful learning that sticks

4

DESIGN
your reading instruction with confidence

Equipped with feedback, materials, and strategies, you’re ready for these challenging times

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.

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

Course Layout

PART 1

TEACHING SKILLS, BUILDING COMPREHENSION

Defining comprehension and identifying its skills

PART 2

SEEING COMPREHENSION

An introduction to visual tool use for deep comprehension

PART 3

VOCABULARY: MAKING WORD DEPOSITS

How rich text provides context for greater retention

PART 4

COLLABORATIVE COMPREHENSION

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

PART 5

MEASURING WHAT MATTERS

Research-based assessment strategies that ensure learning for life

RECOGNIZE CRITICAL COMPONENTS

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

CONFIDENTLY DESIGN INSTRUCTION

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

WITNESS GROWTH

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

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can attend the Foundations & Frameworks Basic Online Course?
This Online Course is an excellent option for:
1) an individual participating in a curriculum review and desiring an in-depth understanding of the program, or
2) a teacher from a school that has a certified F&F Course Instructor on staff, or
3) a teacher from a school that has received Foundations & Frameworks Course instruction previously, but does not have a certified F&F Course Instructor on staff; this teacher must commit to take both the Online Course and attend the Advanced Course in January 2025 for the purpose of becoming the school’s certified Course Instructor
4) a teacher from a school that is conducting a blended training approach (Online Course + Onboarding Workshop)
5) a homeschooling parent who will use the program for his/her children only
Is the Architecture of Learning Basic Course still a part of the Foundations and Frameworks Basic Course?

No. Architecture of Learning is now available as a separate online course. Since Foundations & Frameworks instruction is created using the Architecture of Learning design model, we recommend that you take the Architecture of Learning Basic Course.

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

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

Is this course self-paced, or does it meet at certain times?

This course is open for six weeks. Participants can move through the course at their own pace and can attend optional Zoom sessions. PLEASE NOTE: The course is divided into five parts and each part has its own completion date.

Will this course certify me to attend the Foundations and Frameworks Advanced Course?

Successful completion of this course certifies a participant to implement Foundations & Frameworks in his/her own classroom.

This Online Course certifies the following individuals to attend the Advanced Course:
  • a teacher from a school that has a certified F&F Course Instructor on staff, or 
  • a teacher from a school that has received Foundations & Frameworks Course instruction previously, but does not have a certified F&F Course Instructor on staff; this teacher must commit to take both the Online Course and attend the Advanced Course in the following January for the purpose of becoming the school’s certified Course Instructor
  • a teacher from a school that is conducting a blended training approach (Online Course + Onboarding Workshop)
Will we be able to access course videos after we complete the course?

You will be able to access course videos during the six weeks the course is open. Once it closes, the videos are no longer available.

Where do we buy materials?

Course materials are sold online by Make Way for Books. Materials include: The Architecture of Learning: Designing Instruction for the Learning Brain (book), The Foundations & Frameworks Basic Course Book (2021 update), and The Foundations & Frameworks Toolbox (2021 update). NOTE: Course materials are included with online course enrollment.

Is graduate credit offered for this course?

No, graduate credit is not available at this time.

When will the online Basic Course be offered?

June 3-July 29, 2024
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Can this Online Course be used in any way for a brand new, school-wide Foundations & Frameworks implementation?

YES! Schools can opt for a blended training approach:

The Online Course can be combined with the Onboarding Workshop as a strong option for a new, multi-grade/school-wide Foundations & Frameworks implementation. Here’s how it works:

1. All teachers who plan to implement in the coming year attend the Foundations & Frameworks Basic (Online) Course, and

2. All teachers who plan to implement in the coming year attend a two-day Foundations & Frameworks Onboarding Workshop that takes place at the school before the school year begins, ideally just after teachers have completed the course.

The Online Course enables teachers to progress at their own pace over six weeks. They are required to interact through online forums (not real-time), and receive personalized instructor feedback through the forum. The Onboarding Workshop gives teachers a significant amount of time to practice Foundations & Frameworks unit components and to be coached by Kevin for growth in understanding and confidence. Additional instruction on reading comprehension, visual tools, collaborative comprehension, vocabulary, and assessment is included as needed.

Cost for teachers to attend Foundations & Frameworks Basic (Online) Course + Onboarding Workshop:

$490 per participant, includes course fee and course materials fee, plus
$4000 trainer/consultant fee* for a two-day Onboarding Workshop (approximate, discounted rate; includes ALL trainer expenses)

For example:
The approximate TOTAL cost to train 7 teachers would be:
$4000 + (7 x 490) = $7430

*trainer/consultant fee may vary; contact us to confirm pricing

Summer 2024 | June 3 – July 29, 2024
Enrollment Closed

Course questions: 888.622.6932

 

Required texts include The Foundations & Frameworks Basic Course Book and the Foundations & Frameworks Toolbox and the book, The Architecture of Learning: Designing Instruction for the Learning Brain. They will be shipped upon course payment and enrollment.

However, if you’d like to get a headstart reading chapters 1-3 (required),  this book is available from several places in several formats. Be sure to let us know you have the book BEFORE enrolling. You’ll receive a coupon code to discount your enrollment fee.

Amazon
Paperback 9780984345908
Kindle ASIN: B004M8S4MM 

Barnes & Noble
Nook BN ID: 2940012516503

Make Way for Books
Paperback 9780984345908