September 29, 2017

Achieve3000 Partners with Renowned Education Innovator Dr. Douglas Fisher to Deliver Industry-Leading Teacher Development and Instructional Practice

Fisher’s Expertise to Shape Read-Discuss-Read Model, 30 Days to Improving Instruction Series, and Educator Professional Learning Services


Lakewood, NJ – September 29, 2017 – Reflecting its commitment to build on the proven strength of its literacy platform for PreK-12 and adult education, Achieve3000® today announced an innovative partnership with acclaimed educator and thought leader Dr. Douglas Fisher. Focused on accelerating learning gains for students and building capacity for educators, Dr. Fisher is working alongside Achieve3000 on new blended professional learning models and instructional routines to increase student achievement through improved classroom instruction.

“A partnership with Dr. Doug Fisher will allow us to help even more students realize the greatest possible effect in reading growth,” explains Chief Executive Officer Saki Dodelson. “Students using Achieve3000 twice per week are already making two or more years’ worth of growth in a single year, and with the new Read-Discuss-Read instructional model, we believe we will see an even greater impact.”

Through this partnership with Dr. Fisher, Achieve3000 is taking the best research from Dr. Fisher’s book Visible Learning for Literacy, cowritten with Dr. John Hattie and Dr. Nancy Frey, to accelerate student learning with a new instructional model called Read-Discuss-Read, designed to increase student comprehension through repeated readings, classroom discussion, and debate. These instructional methods are proven to yield significant gains in a school year (effect sizes ranging from 0.67 to 0.82.) A second initiative is a video series, 30 Days to Improving Instruction. Over the course of 30 days, Dr. Fisher will help teachers build their own skills and practice, enabling them to apply new strategies effectively in their classrooms every day.

“Achieve3000 has used decades of scientific research to develop its highly effective literacy platform,” says Dr. Doug Fisher. “That’s why it works. The data is clear: When implemented correctly and used regularly, Achieve3000 steadily increases student literacy. With this new 30-day professional learning opportunity, teachers will learn concrete ways to improve their classroom instruction, with the singular focus on student achievement.”

Achieve3000 continues to offer the only literacy platform in English and Spanish that provides differentiated instruction with embedded assessments to automatically deliver grade-appropriate content at students’ individual reading levels, with editions that are customized for state, district, and country curricula and assessments. The Achieve3000 platform is powered by built-in blended learning, actionable data, and proven efficacy, ensuring equity of access to core instruction while accelerating student learning, improving performance on high-stakes assessments, and preparing all students for college and career success. 

About Achieve3000
Achieve3000 is the leader in online differentiated literacy instruction, serving nearly 3 million students worldwide. For more than 16 years, Achieve3000’s patented and proven literacy platform has been reaching students at their individual reading levels to deliver significant learning gains, often double to triple the expected gains in a single school year. Based on decades of scientific research, Achieve3000’s solutions—Smarty Ants® (grades PreK-2), KidBiz3000® (grades 2-5), TeenBiz3000® (grades 6-8), Empower3000 (grades 9-12), Spark3000® (adult learners), and eScience3000® (grades 6-8)—support core curriculum, Response to Intervention, English language learner, and special education instructional models, as well as 21st-century education initiatives. From learning how to read to preparing for the workforce, Achieve3000 empowers all learners to develop the college and career literacy skills needed for academic, professional, and personal success. Achieve3000 is based in Lakewood, New Jersey. Learn more at or call 888-968-6822.

About Dr. Douglas Fisher
Douglas Fisher is a professor of educational leadership at San Diego State University and a teacher leader at Health Sciences High & Middle College. He is a member of the California Reading Hall of Fame and was honored as an exemplary leader by the Conference on English Leadership. Dr. Fisher has published numerous articles on improving student achievement, and his books include The Purposeful Classroom: How to Structure Lessons with Learning Goals in Mind; Enhancing RTI: How to Ensure Success with Effective Classroom Instruction and Intervention; Checking for Understanding: Formative Assessment Techniques for Your Classroom; How to Create a Culture of Achievement in Your School and Classroom; and Intentional and Targeted Teaching: A Framework for Teacher Growth and Leadership.

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