--- Invitation to the 2020-2021 Erickson and Lanning CBCI Trainer 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,

I would like to ask you:

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

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

 Are you looking to lead professional development that can ignite educational change and take your career to the next level?

If you answered yes to all three questions, then becoming an Erickson and Lanning Concept-Based Curriculum and Instruction (CBCI) Certified Trainer is the next step for you.

Our 2020-2021 Online Certification Institute will begin on the 17th of October 2020, and we are now accepting applications!
Why a Concept-Based Curriculum and Instruction Trainer Certification?

Concept-Based Curriculum and Instruction is gaining momentum around the world as schools recognize the value of Concept-Based education as an approach that develops students' confidence while preparing them to apply what they learn in school to the diverse and novel contexts of modern society.

Unlike the traditional two-dimensional model, CBCI is a three-dimensional design that focuses on teaching not only for knowledge and skills, but also for transferable, conceptual understanding

This is a very powerful approach that requires training and experience to implement effectively.

A CBCI Certified Trainer supports teachers and schools in understanding and implementing the Concept-Based approach to transform the quality of education they can offer to students.

As a CBCI Certified Trainer, you can choose your direction.

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 IBEN trainers use this training to lead International Baccalaureate workshops. Yet others become independent education consultants. 

This approach is cross-disciplinary and you will be able to establish your own niche within your discipline or area of special interest.

How could YOU use this training? What IMPACT can you make in education?

Before I go any further, let me introduce myself!
My name is Rachel French, and in 2012 I was certified by Dr. Erickson and Dr. Lanning as a Certified Trainer myself. 

Since then, I have become a full-time educational consultant. I have had opportunities to present at conferences, consult with schools and lead workshops in more than 20 different countries in Europe, Asia, North America, Africa and my home country of New Zealand.

In between, I have co-authored two best-selling books. The first one was Concept-Based Curriculum and Instruction for the Thinking Classroom (2nd edition) with CBCI founders Dr. Lynn Erickson and Dr. Lois Lanning themselves! The second one was Concept-Based Inquiry in Action with my colleague and good friend Carla Marschall, whom I met at the CBCI Institute back in 2012.

I founded Professional Learning International, and I now co-lead the Lynn Erickson and Lois Lanning Certification Institute each year, together with talented educator and CBCI Trainer Tiffanee Brown.

Why am I sharing this? Only to illustrate what is possible once you become a CBCI Certified Trainer!
An Experience Unlike Any Other Professional Development Opportunity
Each year, Professional Learning International offers training and certification to a select group of passionate teachers and educational leaders from around the world.

Teachers would typically travel to attend an intensive 8-day Certification Institute retreat, but this year's circumstances have led us to think creatively about how to continue to meet the demand for the CBCI Trainer Certification.

So this year, we are offering the very first Online Erickson and Lanning Concept-Based Curriculum and Instruction Trainer Certification Institute as a year-long online learning and coaching experience!

The new online format will allow us to make the Certification Institute accessible to even more educators worldwide and give us a chance to really explore the Concept-Based approach at a slower pace with greater depth and more personalization

Granted, as a year-long commitment that culminates in a three-part assessment to earn your CBCI Trainer Certification, this program will require hard work on your part -- however, it is an incredible opportunity.

When you join us for the Online Certification Institute you will become a member of a global learning community and learn from world leaders in Concept-Based Curriculum and Instruction including Dr. Lynn Erickson and Dr. Lois Lanning themselves.

Once you become a Certified CBCI Trainer, you will be prepared to lead workshops and support schools with implementing this powerful approach. 

Get ready for this exciting, challenging and rewarding experience!
Here is what some of our past participants have said:

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 roadmap 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 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 course. 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”.
The Online Format of the Erickson and Lanning CBCI Trainer Certification Institute
In the Online Certification Institute, Tiffanee Brown, Lynn Erickson, Lois Lanning and I come together with a team of four additional subject areas specialists to deliver a highly engaging learning experience.

This means you will have eight trainers working alongside you for a full year of learning to develop the depth of understanding and presentation skills necessary to successfully lead Concept-Based Curriculum and Instruction training and implementation.

You will also have ample opportunities to connect with colleagues in an international learning community.

Together, we will focus on building your knowledge and understanding of Concept-Based Curriculum through video modules, coaching sessions, virtual events, and group collaboration.

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.

The Erickson and Lanning CBCI Trainer Certification is specifically designed to prepare you as a leader in Curriculum Design and Professional Learning 
Join for this 12-month online program to...
  • 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 coaching others to write generalizations beyond your area of expertise so you can 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 highly experienced trainers 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 succinct, clear and accurate responses. 
Becoming Certified
There are four key components to becoming an Erickson and Lanning Concept-Based Curriculum and Instruction Certified trainer:

First, you must complete all of the online modules and course assignments and participate in 90% or more of the group coaching calls

In June 2021, you will complete an open-book assessment to demonstrate that you know and understand the key components of Concept-Based Curriculum and Instruction.  

You will then 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 that you have the skills necessary to clearly articulate key messages with confidence. This presentation will take place via Zoom to Dr. Erickson, Dr. Lanning, Rachel French or Tiffanee Brown.

Finally, in September and October of 2021, you will design your own Concept-Based Unit and teach or team teach at least one of the lessons from your unit. We will ask you to submit a unit plan, a lesson plan and a video of classroom practice or reflection on your lesson. We will meet with you on a final coaching call to give you feedback on this lesson. 

The assessments are rigorous, but don't worry! We provide substantial support to make sure everyone is well prepared. You will have an opportunity to rebsumit any of the components once, if necessary. 
Our Curriculum for this Exciting Year
 Virtual kick-off event on October 17th, 2020
We will come together over Zoom as a group of educators from around the globe to celebrate and kick-start the Institute! 

This will be an interactive, virtual orientation where you meet fellow Institute participants and get ready to begin your learning.
 Four online courses over a 12-month period
We have broken the CBCI Trainer Certification Institute material into four separate courses that focus on different aspects of the Concept-Based approach and how to guide teachers in applying it to different disciplines.

These courses will take place consecutively over the period of one year, from October 2020 to October 2021. During each of these online courses, you will gain access to new self-paced video modules each week. 
 Weekly group coaching calls over Zoom
On most Saturdays, you will join us and all the other participants for 1-2 hour coaching calls over Zoom, where we will answer questions and you will work collaboratively in small groups. 

In May 2021, we will host a series of special, extended group calls of 3-4 hours. During these meetings, we will simulate a Concept-Based Curriculum and Instruction workshop that you would lead and give you tips and advice from the facilitator's perspective.
 Virtual lessons over Zoom
In addition to the four online courses, you will also have 10 virtual lessons with our subject specialist team over the course of the year. 

Five lessons, led by each of the specialists, will focus on honing your skills as a Concept-Based Curriculum and Instruction Trainer. 

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.

During another five lessons, you will enter each subject specialist’s virtual classroom as a student and participate in a Concept-Based lesson to experience first-hand what it’s like to build conceptual understanding through an inductive process.
 Ongoing discussion in the Facebook group
In the private Facebook group for this course, you will be able to connect with your colleagues on a continuous basis to share ideas, discuss your reflections and talk about your experiences with implementing your learning. If you do not have Facebook we will set you up with a small accountability group so that you are able to stay connected.
Every Certified Trainer Receives: 
Dr. Erickson’s, Dr. Lanning and Rachel French’s latest book Concept-Based Curriculum and Instruction for the Thinking Classroom, second edition.
© 2017, Corwin 

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

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

Dr. Lanning and Tiffanee Brown's book Concept-Based Literacy Lessons: Designing Learning to Ignite Understanding and Transfer, Grades 4-10 
© 2019, Corwin 

And, once certified you will receive:

A complete set of Dr. Erickson and Dr. Lanning’s copyrighted PowerPoint Slides for facilitating CBCI workshops.

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 below to meet the course facilitators and subject area specialists and get all the details.

Then schedule your application interview with me!
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