We met in 2012 at the Erickson and Lanning CBCI Trainer Certification Institute, where we instantly connected over our excitement about the powerful potential of a Concept-Based approach to engage students and honor their intellect as thinkers capable of making meaning.
At the time, we were both working as curriculum coordinators, and we continued to meet up at conferences each year. At one of these conferences, we were sitting together chatting about how so many dedicated and passionate teachers are unsure about how to translate Concept-Based unit design into Concept-Based lessons and a cohesive unit of inquiry that balances curriculum demands with student agency.
We decided to take action...
This collaboration led to the development of the Concept-Based Inquiry Model (French & Marschall, 2016), followed by the publication of our book, Concept-Based Inquiry in Action: Strategies to Promote Transferable Understanding (Marschall & French, 2018).
Now, after eight years of research, observation, trialing strategies, and collaboration with teachers around the world, we have designed a course that guides teachers to bring Concept-Based Inquiry to life and realize its full potential!