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Professor Douglas Fisher

Speaker Summary

One of America’s brightest minds in improving literacy, visible learning and school leadership, Professor Doug Fisher is an award-winning educator and a prolific best-selling author of dozens of books on reading and literacy, differentiated instruction, resilience, and professional learning. Based on the west coast of the U.S, Doug’s influence now reaches a global audience that is deservedly taking notice of his stellar impact over the last two decades on professional learning communities and student achievement. Modern, adaptive, and focused exactly on what most impacts student attainment, there is no better tonic for 2020 than Douglas Fisher.

Areas of Expertise

Literacy – Leadership and Management – Visible Learning – Curriculum – Policy – Whole-School Improvement

Full Profile

Douglas Fisher is the Professor of Educational Leadership at San Diego State University a role he has held for nearly a quarter of a century. In 2007, he co-founded Health Sciences High and Middle College, an award-winning open-enrolment public school in San Diego, where he currently sits as the Dean of Faculty Affairs.

Over the course of almost four decades in education, Douglas’s work has been dedicated to the knowledge and skills of caring teachers and school leaders needed to help students attain their goals and aspirations. He has worked variously as a teacher, as a language development specialist and as an administrator for public schools and other educational organisations. As a credentialed English teacher in his homestate of California, Professor Fisher’s focus is on creating classrooms and schools that promote student development of literacy and critical thinking from the onset of their education.

Doug has served for 8 years as the Director of Professional Development for the City Heights Collaborative in San Diego, where he successfully oversaw dramatic increases in student achievement in some of the urban schools under his jurisdiction. He has served on the board of directors for multiple literacy associations, including the California Reading Association, the Literacy Research Association, and the International Reading Association.

Professor Fisher’s stellar work for American literacy and teacher education has long been recognized by his state, his country and internationally. He is the recipient of the International Reading Association Celebrate Literacy Award, the Farmer Award for excellence in Writing from the National Council of Teachers of English, as well as a Christa McAuliffe Award for excellence in teacher education. He is a member of the California Reading hall of Fame, and his books on the subject of promoting literacy regularly feature among best-selling lists around the world.


Douglas has written countless articles and best-selling books on a vast array of educational subjects, some of these include:
- The Distance Learning Playbook, Grades K-12: Teaching for Engagement and Impact in Any Setting (2020)
- Visible Learning for Literacy, Grades K-12: Implementing the Practices That Work Best to Accelerate Student Learning (2016)
- Developing Assessment-Capable Visible Learners, Grades K-12: Maximizing Skill, Will, and Thrill (2018)
- The PLC+ Playbook, Grades K-12: A Hands-On Guide to Collectively Improving Student Learning (2019)

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