Douglas Fisher, PhD, is professor of educational leadership at San Diego State University and a teacher leader at Health Sciences High and Middle College in California. He teaches courses on instructional improvement, lesson design and delivery, policy, research, and literacy. As a classroom teacher, Dr. Fisher focuses on English language arts instruction. He works to create classrooms and schools that ensure all students develop literacy and critical-thinking skills as they prepare for careers.
Dr. Fisher received an International Reading Association Celebrate Literacy Award for his work on literacy leadership and the Exemplary Leader Award from the Conference on English Leadership of the National Council of Teachers of English. He has served on the boards of directors for the California Reading Association, International Reading Association, and Literacy Research Association.
Dr. Fisher has written numerous articles on reading and literacy, differentiated instruction, and curriculum design. His books include Checking for Understanding, Better Learning Through Structured Teaching, and Rigorous Reading.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in communication, a master’s degree in public health education, an executive master’s degree in business, and a doctoral degree in multicultural education. He is a credentialed English teacher and administrator in California.