Consulting at Fisher & Frey

Douglas Fisher

Douglas Fisher

Douglas Fisher, Ph.D., is Professor of Educational Leadership at San Diego State University and a teacher leader at Health Sciences High and Middle College. Previously, Doug was an early intervention teacher and elementary school educator. He is the recipient of an International Reading Association William S. Grey citation of merit and an Exemplary Leader award from the Conference on English Leadership of NCTE. He has published numerous articles on teaching and learning as well as books such as The Teacher Clarity Playbook, PLC+, Visible Learning for Literacy, Comprehension: The Skill, Will, and Thrill of Reading, How Tutoring Works, and most recently, How Learning Works. Doug loves being an educator and hopes to share that passion with others.

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Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • PLC+
  • Teacher Clarity Playbook
  • Visible Learning for Literacy 
  • Visible Learning for Math
  • Developing Assessment-Capable Visible Learners
  • This is Balanced Literacy
  • Close & Critical Reading
  • Engagement by Design


Online Professional Development through Virtual Learning Communities: This seminar demonstrates how any district and school can conduct powerful and sustainable professional development by combining well-designed online instruction with the energy of peer-to-peer collaboration using Alexander's unique Learner-Learner model.


I’m so incredibly encouraged by this experience! I came in having a strong picture of where we are as a school and where we want to be, but I was so conflicted about what action to take. This has provided me with increased clarity and tools to tackle what has seemed a monumental task. I have protocols, deep questions, and frameworks at my disposal. I know how to engage my teams as learners and have a greater sense of focus, to motivate staff with diverse needs in a common purpose.

Stephanie Brink, MTSS Coordinator

The PLC+ framework with the integration of equity changed my perspective forever, how easy it is for us as educators to set our students up for failure by stereotyping then in our own minds. We disadvantage them in the race for education but more importantly for their race in life. That barrier will come down in my instruction and my life!

Michael E Foster, 5th Grade Teacher