Professional Learning for International Educators
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Inside the Concept Based Classroom: Concept-Based Inquiry In Action

Cyprus - 23 & 24 September 2017, 8.30am - 3.00pm

This workshop will support educators in learning how students develop conceptual understanding and what this looks like in the classroom. In this interactive workshop participants will be engaged in a variety of teaching practices that help students think conceptually. Video clips of Concept-Based Inquiry will be shared to illustrate key strategies. Participants will have the opportunity to consider how specific, practical instructional strategies can enhance units they are currently teaching in schools. Educators will leave with a toolkit of strategies that can be immediately implemented in the classroom. 

Rachel will facilitate exploration of questions such as:

  • How do students acquire concepts?
  • How is concept formation different than developing generalizations?
  • How can we design instruction to achieve synergistic thinking between the factual and conceptual levels?
  • What instructional strategies support conceptual thinking?
  • What does Concept-Based Inquiry look like in the classroom?
  • What role does the classroom environment have in fostering a culture of conceptual thinking?

Target Audience – This workshop is appropriate for Early Years and Elementary Teachers and School leaders who are looking to develop Concept-Based approaches to teaching and learning in their schools.  Rachel is an experienced IB educator and will make connections between her work and the IB Programmes.


Day One – September 23rd: What does Concept-Based Inquiry look like?

8:30-10.00: Welcome & Logistics

Components of a Concept-Based Curriculum     

10.00-10.30: Break

10.30-12.30: The Concept-Based Inquiry Model

12.30-1.15: Lunch

1.15-3.00: Engage and Focus: Strategies for Concept Formation


Day 2 – September 24th: How Can We Develop Conceptual Thinking?

8:30-9:15: Engage and Focus: Strategies for Concept Formation (Cont’)

9:15 -10:00: From Exploration and Representation to Conceptual Understanding

10:00-10:30: Break

10:30-12:30: Scaffolding Student Thinking – Making Connections and Developing Generalizations

12:30-1:15: Lunch

1:15-3:00: Promoting Application and Transfer of Understanding


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Rachel French

Rachel French, MA Ed, is a certified Independent Concept-Based consultant, presenter and trainer with Dr Lynn Erickson and Dr Lois Lanning.  She is the Director of Professional Learning International (PLI) founded to support international schools to access leading professional development.  Rachel is also the sole provider of the annual “Dr H Lynn Erickson and Dr Lois A. Lanning Certification Institute for Concept-based Curriculum and Instruction Trainers and Presenters.”

Rachel French, Dr Lynn Erickson and Dr Lois Lanning co-authored the second edition of “Concept-Based Curriculum and Instruction for the Thinking Classroom”, published by Corwin, February 2017. Rachel is currently working on a second book and video series “Concept-Based Inquiry in Action” with her colleague Carla Marschall, due to be published April 2018.

Rachel has presented numerous workshops in Europe and Asia, and she has presented on Concept-Based Learning at the AEM International Baccalaureate Conferences and the AGIS conference (Association of German International Schools).  Rachel works as a consultant supporting schools to plan and implement Concept-Based Units.  She also coaches and provides feedback to teams of teachers on curriculum development.  Rachel is experienced in aligning Concept-Based Curriculum material and the IB programmes.

Concept-Based Curriculum and Instruction 2nd Ed

Workshop Fees

  • 2-day workshop with Rachel French – €600 per participant – Registration closes 15th September 2017.
  • Group Discount Rate (5+ participants) – €550 per participant – Registration closes 15th September 2017.
  • Early Bird discount on sale until 15th August 2017 – €550 per participant.
  • Late Registration Processing Fee applies from 16th September 2017 – €50 per participant.

You may register online and make a payment by credit card or request an invoice online.

The workshop fee includes lunch on Saturday and Sunday.

Important Booking Information

This workshop will run subject to a minimum number of participants. Please do not book travel or accommodation until you receive confirmation that the workshop will take place. 

We do not refund fees. However, you may send a different participant from your school in your place if necessary. If this occurs, please email workshop organizers to inform them (

Professional Learning International reserves the right to cancel the workshop in the event of any unforeseen circumstances. Professional Learning International will not be responsible for any expenses relating to your travel if the workshop is rescheduled or canceled, please be sure to take out travel insurance. In the event of rescheduling or cancellation, Professional Learning International will issue a refund of the workshop fee.

Cyprus - 23 & 24 September 2017

AISC logoThe Workshop will be held at the American International Cyprus:
Kasou, Strovolos, Cyprus
+357 22 316345



Hotel Facilities


We have negotiated a special rate at the Cleopatra Hotel for workshop participants:

Standard Room:  Single – €65.00, Twin –  €71.50
Executive Room:  Single – €80.00, twin – €88.00

These rates are per room per night inclusive of buffet breakfast, taxes and service. Free internet is included, along with access to the outdoor swimming pool, gym area, gym classes and parking facilities.
8 Florinis str 1065
PO Box 21397, 1507 Nicosia, Cyprus
Tel: +357 22 844000,
Fax: +357 22 844222

Cleopatra hotel Cyprus