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Dr. Douglas Fisher, Chair

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Douglas Fisher, Ph.D.,  joined the Department of Educational Leadership in 2011 having served as Professor of Language and Literacy Education in the Department of Teacher Education at San Diego State University since 1998. In addition, he is a teacher and administrator at Health Sciences High & Middle College. He has served as a teacher, language development specialist, and administrator in public schools and non-profit organizations, including 8 years as the Director of Professional Development for the City Heights Collaborative, a time of increased student achievement in some of San Diego's urban schools.

He is the recipient of an International Reading Association Celebrate Literacy Award, a member of the California Reading Hall of Fame, the Farmer award for excellence in writing from the National Council of Teachers of English, as well as a Christa McAuliffe award for excellence in teacher education. In 2011, his book "Implementing RTI with English Learners" won the innovation award from the Academy of Educational Publishers.

Doug is a researcher who is interested in school improvement, especially in the area of quality instruction. He has published widely on school improvement and has written several books on the topic, including:

  • "Using Data to Focus Instructional Improvement" (with Drs. James-Ward and Frey)
  • "Common Core English Language Arts in a PLC At Work:  Leader's Guide" (with Drs. Frey and Uline)
  • "How to Create a Culture of Achievement in Your School and Classroom" (with Drs. Frey and Pumpian)
  • "The Formative Assessment Action Plan" (with Dr. Frey)
  • "A Principal's Guide to Teaching English Learners" (with Dr. Frey)

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Contact information 

Doug Fisher, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Educational Leadership
Office: NE162C
Department of Educational Leadership | 619-594-4063