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Multiple Pathways to Conceptual Understanding

Facilitator(s): Tiffanee Brown
Michele Jones
Date:November 18, 2019
Time:9:00 am – 3:30 pm
(includes lunch, which is not prepared in a nut/gluten-free environment)
Location: Edmonton (Fantasyland Hotel)
17700 - 87 Avenue
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Course code: 20-NC-119

Target Audience

Teachers K-4 or K-6 or K-12; School-based Administrators; Instructional Coaches; District Leaders/Consultants

About this learning opportunity

In a Concept-Based classroom, the core instruction is rigorous yet accessible, structured yet flexible, and intentional yet driven by inquiry. The content is relevant, filled with opportunities for student choice, and invites students to bring their own thinking to the study. Learning goals transcend what students will know and are able to do, to encompass key conceptual understandings that transfer through time and across cultures.

In this hands-on inquiry based workshop, participants will experience Concept-Based learning in action while also gaining practical tools for designing accessible learning experiences that cultivate deep conceptual understanding and transfer. This includes ideas for gathering dynamic resources and tips for curating Inquiry Boxes to support Concept-Based teaching and learning.

Throughout the day, we will explore questions such as:

  • What does Concept-Based learning actually look and feel like?
  • How does working with concepts promote student choice, equitable access, and personal relevance?
  • How do we help students become responsible for the thinking, cognitive work, or meaning making in our lessons?
  • What is an Inquiry Box and what types of resources support Concept-Based learning?

Following this workshop, ERLC will facilitate two after-school opportunities to collaborate and curate Inquiry Boxes.

This workshop will include a follow-up webinar with Tiffanee Brown. Participants will have the opportunity to reflect on current practice, submit questions, and engage in a collaborative dialogue. Potential Dates: Wednesday, February 5; Wednesday June 10.

This session addresses the LQS competencies

  • #2: Modeling Commitment to Professional Learning
  • #6: Providing Instructional Leadership

This session addresses the TQS competencies

  • #2: Engaging in Career-Long Learning
  • #3: Demonstrating a Professional Body of Knowledge

This learning opportunity is being subsidized through funding from Alberta Education.

About the facilitator(s)

Tiffanee Brown is an experienced Concept-Based educator and a teacher-leader in her school district. As a Dr. H. Lynn Erickson and Dr. Lois A. Lanning Concept-Based Curriculum and Instruction Presenter and Trainer, she facilitates professional learning, collaborates with districts at both the regional and international levels, and serves as a thought-partner for teachers around the world. Holding National Board Certification in English language arts and a MS in Special Education, Tiffanee has a deep understanding of what it takes to bring Concept-Based learning to life in the classroom.

Through her current position as an Instructional Design Consultant Teacher on the Teaching and Learning Team for a school district in Washington State, Tiffanee leads the development of the district's new Concept-Based Curriculum in English language arts, science and social studies, and supports K-12 learning design and literacy across the district.

Tiffanee is the coauthor of, with Dr. Lois A. Lanning, Concept-Based Literacy Lessons: Designing Learning That Ignites Understanding and Transfer (2019). She has contributed classroom examples and resources for several recent books published by Corwin Press including, Concept-Based Curriculum and Instruction for the Thinking Classroom, 2nd Edition (Erickson, Lanning, and French, 2017), Concept-Based Inquiry in Action (Marshall and French, 2018) and Measuring Human Return (McEachen and Kane, 2018).

Michele Jones is the lead consultant for curriculum implementation and wellness education for the Edmonton Regional Learning Consortium. Michele’s work involves supporting districts and schools in transforming teaching and learning with a focus on student achievement. Her depth and breadth of knowledge combined with her work in multiple educational contexts over the last 20 years make her a great choice for leading professional learning opportunities. Email Michele at to share ideas with her any time!