Concept-Based Instruction: Designing Effective Lesson Plans Using Tools to Support
Inquiry and Transfer
By Lois A. Lanning And Tiffanee M. Brown

3rd February 2019, Zurich
  What does Concept-Based Instruction actually feel like? How do you move from a written Concept-Based Curriculum unit to what is actually taught in the classroom? How do you design your lessons to help students uncover important transferable understandings? Learning experiences are what bring a Concept-Based classroom to life and what engage the hearts and minds of students. In this hands-on, inquiry-based workshop, you will experience Concept-Based Curriculum in action with a focus on literacy instruction. Suggestions for tools that cultivate a deep conceptual understanding will be shared. There will be guided time to begin designing a Concept-Based lesson for your own classroom. This workshop is tailored to teachers who have previously participated in a two-day Concept-Based Curriculum and Instruction unit design workshop.
  9:00 A.M. - 10:45 A.M.
  Concept-Based Literacy in Action
  • Engage in a Concept-Based Literacy lesson
  • Reflection
  • Review lesson in relation to Concept-Based Lesson Planner
  10:45 A.M. -11:00 A.M. Break
  11:00 A.M. -12:30 P.M.
  A Closer Look at Learning Experiences
  • Structuring learning through inductive inquiry
  • Balancing inductive inquiry and explicit instruction
  • Role of high-impact literacy techniques
  Moving Beyond Skill to Understanding: Transforming Your Literacy Toolbox
  • Four Tips to transform instructional techniques and skill based learning activities
  • Practice moving familiar techniques beyond skill to understanding
  12:30 P.M. - 1:30 P.M. Lunch
  1:30P.M. - 4:00 P.M.
  Putting it All Together: Designing Concept-Based Literacy Lessons
  • 1. Lesson Planning Flow Chart
  • Step 1: Reference the Concept-Based Curriculum Unit
  • Step 2: Think through the conceptual focus
  • Step 3: Lesson opening
  • Step 4: Learning experiences
  • Step 5: Lesson closing
  • Step 6: Differentiation and assessment
  Lois A. Lanning
  Ph.D., is an author and independent education consultant. She presents and works with districts at the international, national and state levels in the areas of literacy and Concept-Based Curriculum design.

Her upcoming 2018 book, co-authored with Tiffanee Brown, is titled, Moving Literacy Beyond Skills to Understanding and Transfer: Designing Concept-Based ELA Lessons, Corwin Press Publisher. In addition to writing professional articles and teacher resources, Lois is the author of the bestselling book, Four Powerful Strategies for Struggling Readers Grades 3-8: Small Group Instruction that Improves Comprehension, a joint publication between Corwin Press and the International Reading Association, c. 2009, Designing a Concept-based Curriculum for English Language Arts: Meeting the Common Core with Intellectual Integrity, K-12. Corwin Press, c. 2013, a chapter in The Best of Corwin: Differentiated Instruction in Literacy, Math, and Science, Leslie Laud, Editor, c. 2011, Corwin Press, Transitioning to Concept-Based Curriculum and Instruction, co-authored with longtime colleague and friend, H.L. Erickson, Corwin Press, c. 2014, and Concept-Based Curriculum & Instruction for the Thinking Classroom 2 nd edition, (2017), co-authored with H. Lynn Erickson and Rachel French.

Lois was a classroom teacher, K-12 reading consultant, special education teacher, elementary school principal, district curriculum director, adjunct professor, and finally, an assistant superintendent of schools for the last 12 years of her career in public schools.

Lois is the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions. Her hobbies include reading, biking, hiking, and traveling. Lois currently lives in West Hartford, Connecticut with her husband. She has two children, and two grandsons, Christopher and Ryan, whom she absolutely adores.
  Tiffanee M. Brown
  MS SpEd, is an Independent Dr. H. Lynn Erickson and Dr. Lois A. Lanning Concept-Based Curriculum and Instruction Presenter and Trainer. She is a National Board Certified English language arts teacher, an educational consultant, and a teacher-leader in her school district. Before transitioning to her current position as the English Language Arts Consultant Teacher for the Burlington-Edison School District, she taught language arts, social studies, reading interventions, service learning, and various middle school elective classes. Tiffanee currently facilitates the development of Concept- Based Curriculum and Instruction, supports K-12 literacy across the district, and assists with the new teacher induction and mentoring program. Tiffanee is highly trained in the areas of Concept-Based Curriculum and Instruction, literacy, inquiry, social studies, and special education. Tiffanee is the coauthor of The Concept-Based Guide to Planning ELA Lessons: Moving Literacy Beyond Skills to Understanding (in press).

Tiffanee currently lives in Mount Vernon, Washington with her husband, Kyle, and their two very active children, Alexa and Gavin.
  USD- 550/- Early Bird Offer till 1st October, 2018
  USD- 600/- Closing Date 15th December, 2018
Discount Offer: If you also register for the Two Days workshop of Lois A. Lanning on 1st - 2nd February 2019, you will be given a discount at the rate of USD: 450
  Zurich International School
  8:30 am to 3:30 pm
Registration at 8.30 am on the 3rd of February 2019.
  Shonal Agarwal

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