We all share the same vision:

All students will learn at deeper and higher levels.
All students will make continuous progress.

We make this vision reality, one small step at a time.

Virtual Mini Conference:
Opening up during COVID: Supporting Staff and Students in Stressful Times

with Jenni Donohoo, author of

Collective Efficacy: How Educators’ Beliefs Impact Student Learning


Collaborative Inquiry for Educators: A Facilitator’s Guide to School Improvement

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Session 1:

Social Learning during COVID - Jenni Donohoo with Christine Drew and Richard Erdmann

July 16, 2020 9 AM MDT

Whether it is feedback between students and teachers, collaboration among teachers, or support from leadership, the impact of social influences on learning will be more important than ever before and more difficult to sustain. How can technology support social influences for better impacts on student learning? How do we manage the challenge and turn it into opportunity? Join us for the conversation.

Session 2:

Opportunity in the Midst of Uncertainty: Using Technology and the Learning Sciences to Improve Impact with Christine Drew and Richard Erdmann, authors of MEGAThinking: Think BIG, try small

July 16, 2020 1 PM MDT

How do we leverage the science of learning into learning environments that include and even rely on technology? How can we create a more robust opportunity for all levels of learning as we expand technology’s role? What are good strategic plans to operationalize effective practices in our districts and schools? Come and hear ways to turn the adversity of COVID into an opportunity to learn.

A New Book from FASL

“…we share a lot of heroes in this work.  It is fascinating why this whole corpus seems unknown when the narrative of learning is so powerful. Best wishes with the book.  It needs to be well read by so many.”

– John Hattie

MEGAThinking – Use the science of learning to THINK BIG, try small, fail or succeed fast and adjust.

CLAS, NMCEL, & FASL Virtual Mini-Conference with John Hattie, author of Visible Learning and 10 Mindframes for Visible Learning, along with Christine Drew, Executive Director of FASL, and Richard Erdmann, CEO of Syfr Learning, and co-authors of MEGAThinking: Think Big, try small

Event has ended.

Participants, you can click here  to view the recordings of the events for your reference and deeper learning. If your organization would like to contact Corwin about John Hattie at your own event, please contact [email protected].

Small Steps for Transformative Results

Step One: Understand the Learning Sciences

Great leaps in understanding learning have occurred over the past 25 years. Most of that occurred in medical schools and departments of psychology, outside our areas of focus in education. Understanding the sciences of learning is fundamental to the future of great schools.

Step Two: Create Catalysts

We often attempt to create and sustain change from the outside or from the top down. Neither of these approaches have a very consistent track record. FASL inspires and provides fundamentals for change but the process is internal to the school itself.School leadership and aTeacher Leadership Cohort (TLC) become the catalysts for change.

Step Three: Design & Consolidate

Initiative overload and being pulled in multiple directions is a burdensome challenge.This step unifies existing initiatives and instructional materials for a common purpose: learning design based on the learning sciences and content standards. Working with the learning principles becomes a primary focus for all initiatives and creates a big return on investment.

Step Four: Develop Processes

Often there is no process for innovation; instead, it is a one ‘right answer’ approach, when there are actually many ways to do things right. Teachers need both space and permission to try out new ideas and practices. By focusing on fundamental learning principles, FASL encourages diverse and successful solutions from a solid foundation.

Step Five: Scale

How many times have we described teaching as a profession working in a silo? In any organization, effective scaling requires communication among peers. FASL takes advantage of social relationships and influencers within a school and works with leadership to develop and embed processes for continuous improvement. Social transmission or influence from visible success is easy if both formal and informal processes for communication are in place and encouraged by leadership. High expectations at this point become critical.

What We Do

School Improvement

FASL’s team-based, peer-to-peer, school improvement model uses the sciences of cognition, motivation, and social-emotional learning to move the needle of student growth school-wide.

Conference Design

FASL designs one- to three-day events to challenge participants and to act with new knowledge.


FASL consultants work with school, district, and state leadership to consolidate initiatives and align materials to the learning sciences. Increase your returns on investments with measurable growth.


Keynotes are paired with breakout sessions to move inspiration to innovation. Participants are asked to act on what they learned at the keynote address.

Teacher & Leadership Development

FASL works with teachers who want to become leaders in the learning sciences. Using webinar-based book studies and blended learning models, we explore the sciences of leadership and learning.

News From FASL

The Danger of Binary Thinking and Making It Work

When we work with teachers, we ask them to report student improvement results at each professional development session. The teachers with the most impressive results have at least one practice in common. They explain to their students what learning practices they are changing and why.

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The Importance of Prior Knowledge

When we work with teachers and school leadership, we use Learning Principles as foundations for Design Strategies. Principles in something as essential as learning should have application for all students, in all subjects, and all grade levels. In addition, they should extend well beyond the classroom.

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Create Processes

In 2018 we had a contract with the Rochester Public Schools. On one of our visits to the district we stopped by the Kodak Museum and there in one of the exhibits was the world’s first digital camera. It was made by Kodak in the 1970s for a space mission.

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