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ASCD Announces New Teaching and Learning Framework for Schools and Districts: The FIT Teaching Tool Kit by Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey

Posted Apr 22, 2014
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ASCD has announced a new teaching framework designed for schools and school systems to ensure that high-quality teaching and learning occurs in every classroom. The new teaching and learning framework, called FIT Teaching (Framework for Intentional and Targeted Teaching), is based on the work of Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey.

The FIT Teaching tool kit provides teachers with the resources to ensure the success of every learner and is based on four essential elements:

  1. School and Classroom Culture: The framework enables school leaders to build a school culture that is mission-driven, welcoming, and integrates academic outcomes.

  2. Establishing Purpose: The framework establishes intentional planning for designing instruction that provides students with a clear understanding of what they will know after the instruction, what specific skill they will learn, and how the lesson relates to other learning.

  3. Gradual Release of Responsibility: Teachers and instructional leaders will use the framework to learn how to intentionally design, deliver, and scaffold guided instructional practices that maximize student collaborative and independent learning.

  4. Formative and Summative Assessments: The framework also assists educators by offering descriptive and actionable feedback while using classroom data to inform targeted future instruction.

The FIT Teaching tool kit builds on an extensive body of work from Fisher and Frey, including the following best sellers:

  • How To Create a Culture of Achievement in Your School and Classroom (2012)

  • The Purposeful Classroom: How to Structure Lessons with Learning Goals in Mind (2011)

  • Checking for Understanding: Formative Assessment Techniques for Your Classroom(2007)

  • The Formative Assessment Action Plan: Practical Steps to More Successful Teaching and Learning (2011)

  • Better Learning Through Structured Teaching: A Framework for the Gradual Release of Responsibility (2008)

  • Guided Instruction: How to Develop Confident and Successful Learners (2010)

Professional development using the FIT Teaching tool kit is offered through the new ASCD Professional Learning Services, which customizes PD solutions based on the needs of a district or school. ASCD Professional Learning Services focuses on capacity building to enhance local expertise and ensure sustainability, preparing educators for continued success. The unit’s programs create opportunities for job-embedded learning, enabling professional development growth as part of the day-to-day work of educators. With a variety of signature capacity-building models to choose from and ASCD Faculty with expertise in a wide range of K–12 topics, ASCD Professional Learning Services offers the tailored professional learning and coaching support administrators and teachers need to succeed.

Douglas Fisher is professor of language and literacy education in the School of Teacher Education at San Diego State University and a classroom teacher at Health Sciences High & Middle College.

Nancy Frey is a professor of literacy in the School of Teacher Education at San Diego State University. Before joining the university faculty, she was a special education teacher at Broward County Public Schools in Florida, where she taught elementary and middle school students.

Source: ASCD,

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