Close and Critical Reading

Facilitated by Nancy Frey and Douglas Fisher

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“Close reading” refers to a level of understanding that students of any age can achieve with the right kind of instruction. In this webinar, authors Nancy Frey and Doug Fisher share an overview of a research-based instructional plan that teachers, schools, and districts can use to stretch students’ capacity to read and comprehend text. Sharing strategies from their book, Rigorous Reading: Five Access Points for Comprehending Complex Texts, Frey and Fisher will discuss what it really means to “read closely,” and will share the five access points toward proficiency.

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Professor and Chair of Educational Leadership at San Diego State University | + posts

Douglas Fisher is professor and chair of educational leadership at San Diego State University and a leader at Health Sciences High & Middle College having been an early intervention teacher and elementary school educator. He is the recipient of an International Reading Association William S. Grey citation of merit, an Exemplary Leader award from the Conference on English Leadership of NCTE, as well as a Christa McAuliffe award for excellence in teacher education. Fisher has published numerous articles on reading and literacy, differentiated instruction, and curriculum design as well as books, such as PLC+: Better Decisions and Greater Impact by Design, Building Equity, and Assessment-capable Learners. He can be reached at

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