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ALL pK-12 educators are welcome to attend this FREE event!


Douglas Fisher, Ph.D., is a professor of educational leadership at San Diego State University and a teacher leader at Health Sciences High & Middle College. He is the recipient of an 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 has published numerous books and articles on reading and literacy, differentiated instruction, and curriculum design, including Better Learning Through Structured Teaching, Rigorous Reading, and Text Complexity: Raising Rigor in Reading. He can be reached at dfisher@mail.sdsu.edu.



Saturday, April 11
Location: State of Iowa Historical Building, 600 East Locust, Des Moines, IA 50319; (515) 281-5111

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8:15 a.m.-8:45 a.m.           Check-in and networking
8:45-9:00                  Welcome and introduction of Dr. Doug Fisher
9:00-10:00                 Session One: Close Reading Complex Text
10:00-10:15               Break
10:15-11:15               Session Two: Productive Groups
11:15-11:45               Break--light refreshments and networking
11:45-1:00                 Session Three: The Purposeful Classroom
1:00-1:30                   Informal Gathering in the Atrium
                                  Book signing with Dr. Fisher (books will be available for purchase)

GV Education Students
Friday, April 10
Location: Viking Theatre and Johnson Wellness Center

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8:00 a.m.-8:30 a.m.          Check-in lobby of Viking Theatre
8:30-8:45                Welcome and introduction of Dr. Doug Fisher
8:45-9:45                 Session One: Close Reading of Complex Text
9:45-10:00               Break
10:00-11:00             Session Two: Productive Groups
11:00-11:15             Move to Johnson Wellness Center Room 122a and 122b
11:15-11:45             Lunch in Johnson 122a and 122b
11:45-12:00             Review the TeachMeet schedule and move to your selected room in Johnson
12:00-1:00               TeachMeet in Johnson 122a, 122b, 129
1:00-1:15                 Move to Viking Theatre
1:15-2:30                 Session Three: The Purposeful Classroom
2:30-3:00                 Closing and book signing