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 as an online graduate workshop through Friends University.
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 seven weeks
Request a private online course for your school
Move through the conveniently scheduled course together as a staff
Schedule hybrid instruction:
online course modules +
Ideal for schools certified to conduct F&F Basic Training
AVAILABLE SUMMER 2021
How it works
in the course
Friends University will process all enrollments and grant three graduate credits upon course completion
the sessions & participate in assignments
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:
- The Collaborative Comprehension Preparation is an appetizer, exciting students with new words and some more insight into the upcoming lesson (“meal”).
- Our Collaborative Comprehension Session is the main course—a multitude of conversations (“food choices”).
- 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.
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.
TEACHING SKILLS, BUILDING COMPREHENSION
Defining comprehension and identifying its skills
An introduction to visual tool use for deep comprehension
VOCABULARY: MAKING WORD DEPOSITS
How rich text provides context for greater retention
Why exciting teacher-directed, student-dominated conversation is critical
MEASURING WHAT MATTERS
Research-based assessment strategies that ensure learning for life
RECOGNIZE CRITICAL COMPONENTS
See the power of interwoven tools and strategies designed for deep text comprehension.
CONFIDENTLY DESIGN INSTRUCTION
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.
Are these credits transferable?
Friends University is a fully accredited institution so its credits are transferable. However, you will want to make sure your current institution will accept these credits. Reference the Foundations & Frameworks Basic Course Syllabus for details if necessary.
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 $285 for three credit hours and is handled by Friends University, a fully accredited institution.
Foundations & Frameworks course details will be in the Friends University online 2021 Fall Graduate Workshop Booklet (this link will go live when enrollment opens). (To search the booklet for this course: on a Mac, hit cmd-F and enter Washburn; on a PC, hit ctrl-F and enter Washburn.)
NOTE: To begin the enrollment process, you will be required to complete the Online Application for Graduate Workshop Attendance. The process is simple and will establish or update your online portal account with Friends University.
Enrollment questions: 316.295.5516
Course questions: 888.622.6932
While the Foundations & Frameworks Toolbox update is currently in development (available early 2021), get a headstart reading The Architecture of Learning: Designing Instruction for the Learning Brain by course instructor, Kevin D. Washburn, Ed.D. This text is available from several places in several formats: