Professional Resources

Visible Learning: A Synthesis of Over 800 Meta-Analyses Relating to Achievement

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By John Hattie

This unique and ground-breaking book is the result of 15 years of research and synthesizes over 800 meta-analyses on the influences on achievement in school-aged students. The research involves many millions of students and represents the largest ever evidence based research into what actually works in schools to improve learning. Areas covered include the influence of the student, home, school, curricula, teacher, and teaching strategies.

Visible Learning for Literacy, Grades K-12

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By Douglas Fisher, Nancy Frey, and John Hattie

“Every student deserves a great teacher, not by chance, but by design” — Douglas Fisher, Nancy Frey, & John Hattie

Building from Dr. Hattie’s meta-analyses, Visible Learning for Literacy explores the specific strategies of the most effective influences applied to literacy learning. The authors move from surface to deep to transfer learning with effective practices to accelerate student learning. The text includes a companion website with handouts and videos to support continued professional learning.

Teaching Literacy in the Visible Learning Classroom

Visible Literacy K-5

K-5 Classroom Companion

By Douglas Fisher, Nancy Frey, John Hattie

Visible Literacy 6-12

6-12 Classroom Companion

By Douglas Fisher, Nancy Frey, John Hattie, and Marisol Thayre

These texts take a deeper dive into many of the influences with the biggest effect sizes in Hattie’s research. Each chapter presents several strategies with directions for learning with greater impact and frames the practice with methods to evaluate effectiveness in each classroom.


Mastering Short-Response Writing: Claim It! Cite It! Cement It! By Alan Sitomer.

A former National Teacher of the Year, Sitomer melds his experience in the classroom with his expertise as a published author to provide a structured approach to demystifying a writing process for students. Novice and experienced teachers will appreciate helping students move beyond practicing writing skills to developing deep critical thinking with evidence-based responses.

Close ReadingThe Challenge of Challenging Text , by Timothy Shanahan, Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey, explains why it is critically important for teachers to understand what makes a text complex and how to better support students in reading those texts.

A Close Look at Close Reading

A Close Look at Close Reading: Teaching Students to Analyze Complex Texts, Grades K-5, by Diane Lapp (Author),‎ Barbara Moss (Author),‎ Maria Grant (Author),‎ Kelly Johnson (Author)

7 Actions that Teachers Can Take Right Now: Text Complexity, by Elfrieda H. Hiebert, explores the steps teachers can take to make sure all students can access a staircase of complex texts. From The Text Project.

Navigating Text Complexity

Achieve the Core Text Complexity Resources

Achieve the Core Text Set Resources