FOUNDATIONS & FRAMEWORKS Basic Course is now online

Confidently equip students with deep text comprehension skills
F&F Basic Online Course — June 3 - July 29, 2024Online Course Enrollment Open - May 6-20, 2024 — ENROLL NOW!

Enjoy the flexibility of online learning

Participate in rich discussions

Earn three graduate credits

Foundations & Frameworks—a time-tested, research-based program—begins with this dynamic basic course that covers essential foundations and frameworks for building deep text comprehension in students. Updated Summer 2020, the course is now available online.

Three options for course participation:


Enroll in the online course as an individual

Move through the course at your own pace—the course is open for six weeks


Request an on-site course for your school

Move through the conveniently scheduled course together as a staff


Schedule hybrid instruction:
online course modules +
in-person training

Ideal for schools certified to conduct F&F Basic Training 

How it works


in the course and wait for your required texts to arrive

The Architecture of Learning (book) by Kevin D. Washburn, Ed.D.

F&F Basic Course Book and the F&F Toolbox (2021 update)


the sessions & participate in assignments when the course opens

Discussion boards, optional Zoom sessions, and feedback provide meaningful learning that sticks


your reading instruction with confidence

Equipped with feedback, materials, and strategies, you’re ready for these challenging times

Already familiar with Foundations & Frameworks? 

If it’s been more than three years since you attended training, this online course is the best way to become aware of new research and better practices for today’s reading classrooms. Here’s a brief summary of what you can expect in the updated course and completely revised teacher materials.

Would you say your reading comprehension instruction is like a “three-course meal?”

Three activities in Foundations & Frameworks strengthen reading comprehension in different ways—I think of them as a three-course meal:

  1. The Collaborative Comprehension Preparation is an appetizer, exciting students with new words and some more insight into the upcoming lesson (“meal”).
  2. Our Collaborative Comprehension Session is the main course—a multitude of conversations (“food choices”).
  3. The Intellectual Art is the finishing touch (“dessert”).

Students are able to have a rich experience with the text in different scenarios (whole group, small groups, independent). As students go through this learning process, they are taking more contraol and developing individualized ways of learning and understanding content.

Cecelia Blake

Teacher, Lincoln Leadership Academy Charter School

Is your vocabulary process something you “love because it is effective and not too time consuming?”

I love this Vocabulary process because it is effective and not too time consuming.

I started using this way of introducing vocab words after the PD last school year and I saw a huge difference in student application. It gave them multiple opportunities to practice using the word and gave me a chance to see their improvement. They were more likely to retain the word and able to use it more broadly because they had multiple examples to select from.

When I did introduce words visually, they focused on recalling them as fact, not how to manipulate the word in different contexts. Each time students practice using new words, we are guiding them to dig for deeper understanding.

This approach promotes appropriate and achievable levels toward mastery of content very well.

Cecelia Blake

Teacher, Lincoln Leadership Academy Charter School

Course Layout



Defining comprehension and identifying its skills



An introduction to visual tool use for deep comprehension



How rich text provides context for greater retention



Why exciting teacher-directed, student-dominated conversation is critical 



Research-based assessment strategies that ensure learning for life


See the power of interwoven tools and strategies designed for deep text comprehension.


Use a plan that teaches the way the brain learns so students thrive.


See how meaningful tools and dynamic collaboration equip students with skills that matter for life.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the Architecture of Learning Basic Course still a part of the Foundations and Frameworks Basic Course?

No. Architecture of Learning is now available as a separate online course. Since Foundations & Frameworks instruction is created using the Architecture of Learning design model, we recommend that you take the Architecture of Learning Basic Course. For your convenience, it is offered approximately two months prior to this Foundations & Frameworks Basic Course.

Is this course self-paced, or does it meet at certain times?

This course is open for seven weeks. You can move through the course at your own pace and can attend optional Zoom sessions. PLEASE NOTE: The course is divided into five parts and each part has its own completion date.

As graduate credit offered for this course?

At this time, graduate credit is not available for this course. CEUs granted through ACSI are available. Here is the Foundations & Frameworks Basic Course Syllabus.

Our school would like to attend, but these dates don’t work. Can we request dates we know our staff could attend?

Yes. Let us know your dates.

Course enrollment is $490 and includes all required materials. For more information:

Questions? 888.622.6932

The Foundations & Frameworks Basic Course fee includes the following required materials: The Foundations & Frameworks Basic Course Book (updated 2021), The Foundations & Frameworks Toolbox (updated 2021), and the book, The Architecture of Learning: Designing Instruction for the Learning Brain by course instructor, Kevin D. Washburn, Ed.D. If you would like to purchase the book ahead of time, contact us BEFORE enrolling to receive a coupon code that discounts your enrollment fee.

This text is available from several places in several formats:


Paperback 9780984345908
Kindle ASIN: B004M8S4MM 

Barnes & Noble
Nook BN ID: 2940012516503

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Paperback 9780984345908