FOUNDATIONS & FRAMEWORKS on-site Basic CourseConfidently equip students with deep text comprehension skills Schedule your school's on-site course
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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
Let us know your preferred on-site course dates and we’ll add it to our training calendar
in the course as a team
Lectures, interactive exercises, and school-centric discussions develop meaningful learning that sticks
a return instructor visit
Implementation support ensures program effectiveness and reassuring guidance
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.
TEACHING SKILLS, BUILDING COMPREHENSION
Defining comprehension and identifying its skills
An introduction to visual tool use for deep comprehension
VOCABULARY: MAKING WORD DEPOSITS
How rich text provides context for greater retention
Why exciting teacher-directed, student-dominated conversation is critical
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.
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:
- The Collaborative Comprehension Preparation is an appetizer, exciting students with new words and some more insight into the upcoming lesson (“meal”).
- Our Collaborative Comprehension Session is the main course—a multitude of conversations (“food choices”).
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
Where do we buy materials?
Course materials are sold online by Make Way for Books. The Foundations & Frameworks Basic Course Book (revised 2020) and The Foundations & Frameworks Toolbox (revised 2021) will be available early 2021.
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.
The fee for the Foundations & Frameworks On-site Basic Course is $11,970. This includes in-person Foundations & Frameworks Basic Course instruction, all instructor expenses for the 5-day course AND the 2-day follow-up visit (travel, lodging, meals). PLUS, 1-year access to the Foundations & Frameworks Basic Course video library AND the Architecture of Learning Basic Course video library.
The fee for the Foundations & Frameworks AND Architecture of Learning Basic Courses is $17,540. This includes in-person Architecture of Learning Basic Course instruction and in-person Foundations & Frameworks Basic Course instruction, all instructor expenses for the 5-day course AND the 2-day follow-up visit (travel, lodging, meals). PLUS, 1-year access to the Foundations & Frameworks Basic Course video library AND the Architecture of Learning Basic Course video library.
Course questions: 888.622.6932
While the Foundations & Frameworks Toolbox update is currently in development (available early 2021), 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: