Confidently equip students with deep text comprehension skills
F&F Basic online Course Summer 2024: Jun 3 - Jul 29Notify 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


when course enrollment opens

June 3 – July 29


the required materials

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

Foundations & Frameworks Basic Course Book and Toolbox 


the sessions & participate in assignments

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


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



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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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 qualify me to attend the Foundations and Frameworks Advanced Course?

No. Successful completion of this course certifies a participant to implement Foundations & Frameworks in his/her own classroom. This online course does not qualify a participant to attend the Advanced F&F Course for Course Instructor Certification (see below for one exception).

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If your school has received F&F Basic Course instruction previously, and you have not attended the F&F Basic Course but intend to become your school’s certified F&F Course Instructor, you are welcome to take the F&F Basic Online Course combined with plans to attend the F&F Advanced Course the following year.


If you are a participating in a curriculum review for your school, are considering Foundations & Frameworks, and would like an in-depth understanding of the program, you may benefit from attending the F&F Basic Online Course. However, attending this course will not qualify you to attend the F&F Advanced Course for Instructor Certification. The F&F On-site course option qualifies teachers for the F&F Advanced Course.

Please contact us with any exception inquiries.

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

Summer 2024 | June 3 – July 29, 2024
Enrollment Open May 8-20, 2024

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.

Paperback 9780984345908
Kindle ASIN: B004M8S4MM 

Barnes & Noble
Nook BN ID: 2940012516503

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Paperback 9780984345908