Jason Forde and Dagan Ferrier started Forde-Ferrier in 1998 with the goal of providing high-quality, practical professional development to teachers in Texas. The concept grew out of their own classroom experience in Texas. Using the principles of the researched based instructional methods of Mastery Learning, the two teachers achieved pass rates of 100 percent and mastery rates well over 80 percent on the Texas standardized assessments at an At-Risk campus in south Texas. These incredible levels of success were maintained for over 10 years, at which time Forde and Ferrier began consulting with schools across Texas full-time.
The professional development system created by Forde and Ferrier was designed to provide high-quality training on the meaning of each student expectation listed in the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS), as well as proven instructional strategies for teaching each of these skills. Forde and Ferrier also dedicated themselves to learning how each skill would be assessed on the state assessment tests up through the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR). This knowledge has proven extremely useful in predicting how TEKS skills will be assessed on the state assessments, including STAAR, and has become an integral component of their professional development. The purpose of each professional development session is to help teachers ensure that every one of their students achieves mastery of the STAAR test.
Soon after launching the company and providing several campuses with professional development training, Forde-Ferrier began development of practice test items at the request of teachers who had benefited from their training sessions. Each item developed was designed to successfully emulate items on the actual STAAR test. In fact, Forde-Ferrier has been so successful at this, many items that appear on STAAR tests look very similar to items previously developed by Forde-Ferrier. All workbooks produced by Forde-Ferrier are filled with these items.
In addition to professional development and materials, Forde-Ferrier also provides model lessons using their proven strategies and intervention programs which have helped schools increase test scores as much as 50 percent.
By 2009 Forde-Ferrier expanded and became Forde-Ferrier, L.L.C. At this time several teachers joined the company, bringing their own classroom success along. One of these teachers, Hector Rivera, taught alongside Forde and Ferrier for many years, learned teaching strategies from them, used their materials, and achieved the same levels of success. Hector now serves as the Executive Director of Forde-Ferrier, L.L.C.
Forde-Ferrier, L.L.C. strives to build ongoing relationships with teachers, students, and school districts. All consultants truly believe in what they do and are excited when they help others succeed. The goal of the company always has been and always will be to help teachers and students achieve the highest levels of academic success.