Price $225.00

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Course Features
Language: English
7-Week, Facilitated Course
Graduate Course: 3 Credit Hours
Study Level: Advanced
College of Charleston Transcript


This course is centered on the text, Visible Learning for Literacy: Implementing the Practices that Work Best to Accelerate Student Learning, which seeks to cut through the myriad theories on instructional practice and figure out what actually accelerates student learning based on research. The authors review 150 different instructional strategies and rank them according to their demonstrated effect. This particular book advances the thinking in John Hattie’s Visible Learning Meta-Study (2009) and applies it to the specific context of literacy.

This course is for professional development credit only. VirtualSC PD courses do not count towards any type of degree.

Course Outline

Week 1: Student Orientation
Week 2: An Introduction to the Text
Week 3: Laying the Groundwork for Visible Learning in Literacy
Week 4: Surface Literacy Learning
Week 5: Deep Literacy Learning
Week 6: Teaching Literacy for Transfer
Week 7: Determining Impact, Responding When Impact is Insufficient, and Knowing What Does Not Work


This is an advanced level course for teachers, literacy coaches, curriculum specialists, professional development specialists, or other school personnel. Participants are expected to have regular access to computers with Internet access. They will also need speakers and a microphone (or a headset or telephone) to participate in the Virtual Meeting sessions. In addition, participants should be proficient with browsing the Internet, uploading and downloading content, navigating to computer files, and with using word processing software, email, and attachments.

This course is one of four that leads to certification as a literacy specialist. Prior to completion of this course, the participant should have already successfully completed each of the following courses:

Required Materials

Visible Learning for Literacy: Implementing the Practices that Work Best to Accelerate Student Learning by Fisher, Frey, & Hattie is a required professional book for this class. It can be ordered from Amazon as a digital edition for $25, or in paperback for $27. Please download a QR Code Reader app (there are many good free options available for both Android and iOS devices) so that the videos embedded in the course can be viewed in the context of the reading. All materials in this course are the property of the South Carolina Department of Education Office of VirtualSC PD. All course materials needed/required for the workshop, other than the book listed above, are available online.


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