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Concept-Based Literacy Lessons: Designing Learning to Ignite Understanding and Transfer

Facilitator(s): Tiffanee Brown
Date:November 19, 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-120

Target Audience

Teachers (Grades 4 to 12)

Also Recommended For

School-based Administrators; Instructional/Learning Coaches; District Leaders/Consultants

About this learning opportunity


Moving student learning beyond practicing strategies and skills to deeper conceptual understandings develops disciplinary expertise and better enables students to transfer complex skills to new situations. We must cultivate readers, writers, speakers, and listeners who are confident transacting with any type of text they will encounter in the future, and who have the skill set needed to communicate their own ideas through platforms that we haven’t even dreamt yet.

In this hands-on inquiry based workshop, participants will experience Concept-Based Literacy in action while also learning effective tools for designing learning experiences that cultivate deep conceptual understanding and transfer.

In this workshop, we will explore questions such as:

  • What does Concept-Based Literacy actually look and feel like?
  • How can I move student learning beyond strategies and skills to conceptual understanding and transfer?
  • How can I help students meet the required learning outcomes while embracing personal relevance, authentic contexts, and student choice?
  • What role do my familiar instructional techniques play in a Concept-Based Literacy classroom?

Participants will receive a copy of Concept-Based Literacy Lessons: Designing Learning to Ignite Understanding and Transfer (Lanning-Brown, 2019).

This workshop will include a follow-up webinar. Participants will have the opportunity to reflect on current practice, submit questions, and engage in a collaborative dialogue. 

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).