Professional Learning for International Educators

Dr. Lynn Erickson

March 23rd, 2016 by admin

Dr. Lynn Erickson is a private consultant assisting schools and districts with concept-based curriculum design and instruction. During the past 17 years Lynn has worked extensively with K-12 teachers and administrators on the design of classroom and district level curricula aligned to academic standards and national requirements. She was a consultant to the International Baccalaureate Organization for the development of the Middle Years Programme—the Next Chapter.

Lynn is the author of four best-selling books, Transitioning to Concept-based Curriculum and Instruction: How to Bring Content and Process Together,©2014 co-authored with Lois Lanning; Stirring the Head, Heart and Soul: Redefining Curriculum and Instruction, 3rd edition ©2008; Concept-based Curriculum and Instruction for the Thinking Classroom, ©2007; and Concept-based Curriculum and Instruction: Teaching Beyond the Facts, ©2002, Corwin Press Publishers. She has a chapter in Robert Marzano’s book, On Excellence in Teaching, ©2010, Solution Tree Press.  

Lynn is an internationally recognized presenter/consultant in the areas of concept-based curriculum design, and teaching for deep understanding. She has worked as a teacher, principal, curriculum director, adjunct professor, and educational consultant over a 46-year career. In addition to her work in the United States, Lynn has presented and trained educators across the world in different regions and countries including southeast Asia, Australia, the United Kingdom, Finland, Germany, the Netherlands, Austria, China, Saudi Arabia, and Cyprus.

Lynn currently lives in Everett, Washington with her family. She and Ken have two children, and two grandsons, Trevor and Connor, who continually stir her heart and soul.


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Rachel French, MA Ed. is an experienced international educator, having worked in schools in  South America, Africa, Europe and Oceania.  She is currently work part-time as a PYP Coordinator at Frankfurt International School. Rachel is the Director of Professional Learning International a company founded to support international schools in accessing leading professional development opportunities.  

Rachel is certified as an Independent Consultant, Presenter and Trainer using the Lynn Erickson Concept-Based Curriculum and Instruction Materials.  She has presented with Dr. Erickson at workshops in Cyprus, England, Luxembourg and Germany.  Rachel has presented on concept-based learning at the AEM International Baccalaureate Conferences and the AGIS conference (Association of German International Schools).   Rachel has led workshops in Europe and Asia on Concept-based Curriculum and Instruction supporting educators in articulating their curriculum and understanding what Concept-based Curriculum looks like in action. Rachel continues to work as a consultant supporting schools in planning and implementation and providing feedback to teachers on unit planners. Rachel and her colleague Carla Marschall are currently working on producing a DVD ‘Inside the Concept-based Classroom’ with examples of best practice from around the globe. 

Rachel is an IB trained PYP workshop leader, she is able to make connections between Concept-Based Curriculum material and the IB programmes. Rachel holds an MA in Educational Leadership and Management from the University of Bath.

Rachel and her husband are currently exploring the concepts of growth and change as their young daughter learns to do new things each day.




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