---------  Invite to 2020 Dr. Lynn Erickson and Dr. Lois Lanning Certification Institute   ---------
Are You Ready to Become a Certified Concept-Based Curriculum and Instruction Trainer?  
 Lead Professional Learning and Curriculum Design to take your career to the next level!
From The Desk Of Rachel French
Greytown, New Zealand

Dear Fellow Educator,

 Are you passionate about utilizing Concept-Based Curriculum to empower students to become independent thinkers? 

 Are you looking to lead professional development that can ignite educational change?

 Are you one of a special breed of educators that really enjoys curriculum design and unit planning?

If you answered yes to all three questions then becoming a Dr. Lynn Erickson and Dr. Lois Lanning certified trainer is the next step in your career.

Before I tell you more about the opportunity, let me make this very clear...

Becoming a certified trainer will require work on your part before, during, and after the 8-day Certification Institute.

But if you are ready to invest in your own learning and work hard to establish yourself as a trainer

You can become a leader in the field of Concept-Based Curriculum and Instruction.
Why A Concept-Based Certification Institute?
Having now retired from leading workshops, Dr. Erickson and Dr. Lanning are dedicated to leaving a passionate cadre of people to carry on their life’s work.

Once a year Lynn and Lois  join Tiffanee Brown and me in the Netherlands to certify a carefully selected group of teachers and educational leaders from around the world.

The Certification Institute is designed to prepare you to lead workshops and support schools with curriculum design.

Before I go any further allow me to introduce myself….

I am Rachel French and in 2012 I attended the Institute myself and have since become a full-time educational consultant.

I have led workshops in Europe, Asia, North America, Africa and in my home country of New Zealand.

I am the director of Professional Learning International, and together, Tiffanee Brown and I, now lead the Lynn Erickson and Lois Lanning Certification Institute each year.

I have co-authored two best-selling books, Concept-Based Curriculum and Instruction for the Thinking Classroom’ (2nd edition) with Dr. Lynn Erickson and Dr Lois Lanning and Concept-Based Inquiry in Action’ with my colleague, Carla Marschall, who I met at the CBCI Institute back in 2012.

I have had opportunities to present at conferences, consult with schools, and work in more than 20 different countries.

I share this with you to illustrate what is possible once you become a certified trainer.
But don’t just take it from me, here is what some of our past participants had to say….

Sudha Sunder

“Catch phrases such as ’21st century learning skills’, ‘conceptual understanding’, and ‘student motivation’ are floating around all over academics these days. But rarely does someone articulate and develop a clear road map to tackle these problems, especially at the classroom level. Lynn Erickson and Lois Lanning’s Concept-Based certification training is powerful and different in that it not only enables us to ‘unpack’ these issues at a meta-cognitive level, but also goes further into developing practical strategies to ensure that these understandings transpire into actual classroom practice in teaching and learning”

Ashish Trivedi
MYP School Services Manager, Asia Pacific, International Baccalaureate

“The week at the Concept-Based Curriculum Institute was full of excitement and rich discussions. Lynn, Lois and all the presenters, with their hands-on and minds-on learning engagements, kept the heads and hearts of all participants inspired. It was one of the best professional development experiences I have ever had.”

Angeline Aow 

“As an experienced teacher trainer herself, Rachel understands all aspects of organizing a successful professional development event. Not only was the planning of content appropriately challenging, the breakout sessions modeled teaching and learning practices that culminated in a performance task and written assessment. The comprehensive CBCI curriculum in practice! Rachel and her team of specialists supported Dr. Erickson and Dr. Lanning in multiple ways balancing their face-to-face contact time with experts who are actively practicing their craft in specialized areas. Logistics was expertly organized, making all of the above possible. The institute not only deepened my understanding of CBCI, but also successfully equipped me with the knowledge and skills to become a certified trainer, ready to lead others”.
As Concept-Based Curriculum and Instruction gains momentum in schools around the world...
 We need more trainers like you to support teachers and schools in understanding and implementing this approach. 

But, I want to be completely honest with you…

Once you are certified, the work will not just fall in your lap-- you will have to promote and establish yourself as a trainer.

Each of us (including Lynn Erickson and Lois Lanning) has worked hard to establish ourselves as presenters and educational consultants.

We will give you lots of tips and advice in this area but we can’t do it for you.

Working as a consultant is one of the many different paths that a certified trainer may chooses to take.

Each year, about one third of our participants become Certified Concept-Based Curriculum and Instruction Trainers in order to lead curriculum design and implementation within their own school or organization.

Many of our trainers lead International Baccalaureate workshops and use their new learning in that context.

We encourage trainers to go on to establish their own niche within their discipline or area of special interest.

So how will you use this training?

What impact will you have in leading implementation of Concept-Based Curriculum?

This Exclusive Event Is Very Different From Any Other Professional Development Opportunity

Tiffanee Brown, Lynn Erickson, Lois Lanning and I come together with a team of four subject areas specialists.

This means you will have eight trainers and eight intensive days of learning to develop the depth of understanding and presentation skills necessary to successfully facilitate CBCI workshops.

Over the course of eight-days, we will focus on building your knowledge and understanding of Concept-Based Curriculum.

We will give you the practice you need to hone your skills as a curriculum designer so you can craft strong generalizations and guiding questions to scaffold student thinking.


We prepare you as a presenter so you can clearly articulate and confidently share your learning with others.

Then comes the fun part…

Our specialist team flies in from all over the world to model Concept-Based lessons where you take on the role of student and experience first-hand the power of Concept-Based Instruction.
The Erickson and Lanning Institute is specifically designed to prepare you as a leader in Curriculum Design and Professional Learning 
At this Institute you will...
  • ​ Develop a deep understanding of Concept-Based Curriculum and Instruction so that you are able to accurately, fluently, and confidently explain the principles to others.   
  • ​Practice crafting clear generalizations, or conceptual understandings, so you can confidently lead curriculum design. 
  • ​Practice in coaching others to write generalizations beyond your area of expertise so you can confidently support the High School Math teacher AND the Kindergarten teacher.   
  • ​Understand how to help teachers fix common curriculum design errors so you can cut through the frustration. 
  • ​Practice your coaching skills so that you can offer clarity in curriculum design and unit writing.  
  • ​Participate in a series of Concept-Based lessons so you can experience the power of scaffolding thinking to support understanding. 
  • ​Deconstruct lessons so that you can design your own learning experiences that empower students to think conceptually. 
  • ​Learn the difference between assessments of facts and skills versus assessments of conceptual understanding so you can raise the bar for students.
  • ​Use the bank of resources that we provide to create a coherent and logical presentation suited to the needs of your particular audience.
  • ​Learn from the highly experienced experts who have field tested CBCI presentations so the structure follows a logical sequence and audiences are able to comfortably process the flow of ideas concluding, "This makes so much sense!"
  • ​Be prepared to answer the commonly asked questions and address misconceptions with confidence providing a succinct, clear, and accurate responses. 
Becoming Certified…
There are three key components to becoming a certified trainer:

1. Full participation in the 8-days of training. 

It takes place only once each year in Haarlem, The Netherlands. The next training is in July, 2020. 

Professional Learning International is the sole provider of this training.

This is a face-to-face event; it is not offered online.  

If you are not able to attend the full eight-days of training, unfortunately, you will have to wait until next year to apply for the July 2021 training. 

2. You must pass a written assessment with a score of 80% or higher, to demonstrate that you know and understand the key components of Concept-Based Curriculum and Instruction.

3. You will present two modules from a Concept-Based Curriculum and Instruction workshop in a 20 minute performance assessment. This is your opportunity to demonstrate your command of the content and of the skills necessary to clearly articulate key messages with confidence.

The assessment are rigorous, but don't worry! We provide substantial support to make sure everyone is well prepared.
This Event will Prepare you for Success…
Tiffanee and I begin the week by taking you through a Lynn and Lois signature workshop.  

You will engage in the workshop as participants to experience the learning as you will present it to others. 

As we present the workshop we will share tips along the way for presenting to different audiences.
Over the first 3-days, you will work collaboratively to design a unit so that you can better internalize each of the key components of Concept-Based Curriculum design.

On day four and five, our team of subject area specialists team will hone your skills as a prospective CBCI trainer in small group breakout sessions.

You will practice spotting errors in generalizations and learn the types of questions and scaffolding used to support teachers in more clearly articulating their thinking and in crafting stronger generalizations.
Our specialists will also guide you through a process of evaluating CBCI units and providing appropriate feedback.

On day six and seven, you will begin your performance assessments presenting to Lynn Erickson, Lois Lanning, Tiffanee Brown or myself. 

You will use Lynn and Lois’s copyrighted slides in your presentation.
This performance assessment is the first step in becoming a certified trainer.

The specialists will be available throughout the week to help you prepare for your presentation and to answer questions you may have in preparation for the written test on Saturday morning.

While people rotate in and out of their presentations on Thursday and Friday, you will benefit from further training with the specialists’ team as they teach model lessons.

This is an opportunity for you to assume the role of a student in a CBCI classroom and experience first-hand the power of CBCI.

The Institute concludes with a written assessment on day eight. This is the final step to becoming a certified trainer.

Every Lynn Erickson and Lois Lanning Certified Trainer Receives: 
A complete set of Lynn Erickson and Lois Lanning’s copyrighted PowerPoint Slides used for training.

** Just a note- you do need to maintain a citation that the slides were developed by H. Lynn Erickson and or Lois A. Lanning.


To support you with your own professional learning, we also provide copies of Dr. H. Lynn Erickson and Dr. Lois A. Lanning's latest books:

Dr. Erickson’s, Dr. Lanning and Rachel French’s latest book: Concept-Based Curriculum and Instruction for the Thinking Classroom, second edition., © 2017, Corwin Press Pub

Dr. Lynn Erickson and Dr. Lois Lanning’s book: Transitioning to Concept-Based Curriculum and Instruction: How to Bring Content and Process Together, © 2014, Corwin Press Pub.

Dr. Lanning’s book, Concept-Based English Language Arts: Meeting the Common Core with Intellectual Integrity, © 2012, Corwin Press Pub.

So Here’s What to Do Next...
If you are ready to lead others in developing their understanding of Concept-Based Curriculum and Instruction, click the button, "Find Out More About the 2020 Institute," below. It will take you to a page that provides more information including:

• Dates
• Times
• Venue
• And the Investment

 When you click apply now on the next page you will be able to schedule an interview time to find out if the Dr. Erickson and Dr. Lanning Certification Institute is a good fit for you. 

Places are strictly limited.  Last year, we had 73 applications for 43, places so please get you application in now to reserve your spot!

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