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Dr. Lynn Erickson

June 10th, 2015 by admin

Dr. Lynn Erickson is a private consultant assisting schools and districts with Concept-Based Curriculum and Instruction design. 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 Classroom2nd edition, (2017) co-authored with Lois Lanning and Rachel French; 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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Screen Shot 2016-09-05 at 21.05.18Lois Lanning, Ph.D., is an independent education consultant. She presents and works with districts at the international, national and state levels in the areas of literacy and Concept-Based Curriculum design.

Her most recent publication is Concept-Based Curriculum & Instruction for the Thinking Classroom 2nd edition, (2017), co-authored with H. Lynn Erickson and Rachel French. In addition to writing professional articles and teacher resources, Lois is also the author of the bestselling book, Four Powerful Strategies for Struggling Readers Grades 3-8:  Small Group Instruction that Improves Comprehension, a joint publication between Corwin Press and the International Reading Association, c. 2009, Designing a Concept-based Curriculum in English Language Arts:  Meeting the Common Core with Intellectual Integrity, K-12. Corwin Press, c. 2013, a chapter in The Best of Corwin: Differentiated Instruction in Literacy, Math, and Science, Leslie Laud, Editor, c. 201, Corwin Press, and co-author, with longtime colleague and friend, H.L. Erickson, Transitioning to Concept-Based Curriculum and Instruction, Corwin Press, c.2014.

Lois was a classroom teacher, K-12 reading consultant, special education teacher, elementary school principal, district curriculum director, adjunct professor, and finally, an assistant superintendent of schools for the last 12 years of her career in public schools.

Lois is the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions.  Her hobbies include reading, biking, hiking, and traveling. Lois currently lives in West Hartford, Connecticut with her husband. She has two children, and two grandsons, Christopher and Ryan, whom she absolutely adores.   

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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 a certified Independent Consultant, Presenter and Trainer with Lynn Erickson and Lois Lanning.  She is the Director of Professional Learning International (PLI) founded to support international schools in accessing leading professional development.  

Rachel French, Lynn Erickson and Lois Lanning co-authored the second edition of Concept-Based Curriculum and Instruction for the Thinking Classroom, (2017). Rachel and her colleague Carla Marschall are currently working on producing a DVD ‘Inside the Concept-based Classroom: Concept-Based Inquiry in Action’ with examples of best practice from around the globe.

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

Rachel is currently employed part-time as a PYP Coordinator at Frankfurt International School.  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 two young children learns to do new things each day.

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