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Become a Concept-Based Curriculum and Instruction Workshop Leader.

This institute provides the opportunity for you to become a qualified Concept-Based presenter and trainer.  Once certified, you will have permission to use Dr. H. Lynn Erickson’s and Dr. Lois Lanning’s copyright training materials. This seven-day summer institute will deepen your knowledge and understanding of Concept-Based Curriculum and Instruction.   You will learn to guide other educators in understanding the principles and practices of Concept-Based Instruction, including the process of unit design and evaluation.  You will have the opportunity to practice your presentation skills to clearly articulate key components of the Concept-based model to different audiences.

Dr. Erickson and Dr. Lanning are dedicated to leaving a passionate cadre of people to carry on thier life’s work. The summer 2015 was intended to be the seventh and final H. Lynn Erickson Concept-Based Certification Institute, however, since then, Rachel French, Director of Professional Learning International and a certified Concept-Based trainer, found a way to continue the Institute by assuming the considerable responsibility for planning and organizing. We are thrilled to be able to continue the highly successful and valued institutes for international audiences.

We invite you to consider this amazing opportunity to learn how to design curriculum and instruction using a three-dimensional model that ensures the ability to transfer concepts and ideas through time, across cultures and situations.  In a complex world with a burgeoning knowledge base, it is essential to understand how knowledge and process are structured—and how facts and skills relate to the conceptual structures of all disciplines.

Rachel French will ensure that this institute meets the highest standards for logistics and presentation. She will be an integral part of the team of institute presenters. We will also have additional certified specialists providing focused discipline specific training during the week in the areas of; Mathematics, Social Studies, English Language Arts and Science. 

This Institute will follow the same format as previous Institutes, with the goal being to certify educators to be quality trainers of Concept-based Curriculum and Instruction.


  • Participants will understand how teaching search skills to students changes the questions we ask in the classroom.
  • Participants will learn to utilize videos, images, and media to engage students and think differently about projects.
  • Participants will explore a host of connected tools that turn students into creators not just consumers.
  • Participants will learn how blogs used as e-portfolios can be a powerful learning and reflection tool across the grade levels.

“My week at the Professional Learning International CBCI institute was challenging, thought-provoking and ultimately very rewarding. The experience of working with Lynn Erickson and Lois Lanning, combined with the opportunity to work with colleagues from around the world was inspiring. The materials and content of the course provided perfectly supported our learning journey, and we were continuously challenged to put student learning first. I have come away from the institute with new ideas and strategies to use both as a classroom practitioner and as a teacher trainer. The support team and the administration at the Institute was first-class. Organisation of the sessions and practical arrangements was seamless and detailed, indeed truly professional. I would like to thank everyone involved and would highly recommend it to any professional educator”.

Paul Horkan
Assistant Principal & IB MYP Coordinator, Pechersk School International, Kyiv, Ukraine

As an experienced teacher trainer herself, Rachel understands all aspects of organizing a successful professional development event.  Not only was the planning of content appropriately challenging, the breakout sessions modelled 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 practising their craft in specialized areas.  Logistics was expertly organised, 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”.

Angeline Aow
PYP Workshop Leader and Concept-based Curriculum and Instruction Presenter/Trainer

“The week at 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.”

Ashish Trivedi
MYP School Services Manager, Asia Pacific, International Baccalaureate

“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 road map to tackle these problems, especially at the classroom level. Lynn Erickson’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”.

Sudha Sunder
ICT and Curriculum Integration Coordinator, Universal American School, Dubai
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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 Classroom2ndedition, (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.

Lois 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 2019 book, co-authored with Tiffanee Brown, explains how to create conceptual literacy lessons to support understanding and transfer. This book is a natural extension of her three previous books in the Corwin Press Publisher’s Concept-Based collection including: Designing a Concept-based Curriculum for English Language Arts, (2013), by Lois A. Lanning, Concept-Based Curriculum & Instruction for the Thinking Classroom 2nd edition (2017), by H. Lynn Erickson, Lois A. Lanning and Rachel French, and Transitioning to Concept-Based Curriculum and Instruction,(2014), by H. Lynn Erickson and Lois A. Lanning.

In addition, Lois is 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 (2009), and a chapter in The Best of Corwin: Differentiated Instruction in Literacy, Math, and Science (2001), Leslie Laud, Editor.

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 educational awards and recognitions.

Her hobbies include reading, biking, hiking, and traveling. Lois currently lives in Massachusetts USA with her husband. She has two children and two grandsons, whom she absolutely adores.

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's second book 'Concept-Based Inquiry in Action: Strategies to Promote Transferable Understanding' co-authored by Carla Marschall and published by Cowin is now available for pre-order.

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 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 learn to do new things each day.

The 2019 “Dr. H Lynn Erickson and Dr. Lois A. Lanning Certification Institute for Concept-Based Curriculum and Instruction Trainers and Presenters” will be held at the Carlton Square Hotel in Haarlem, The Netherlands. Haarlem is located 20min drive from the Amsterdam, Schiphol International Airport.

Please note the institute fee includes the hotel room, single occupancy from 6th-13th of July.  Those participating in the pre-institute training will be required to book one additional nights accommodation for the 5th of July. As you make your travel plans please be aware that hotel check-in is from 2:00p.m. and check-out  is at 12:00. If you have a travel companion joining you in your hotel room you are responsible for informing the hotel, there is no additional room charge but there is an additional charge if they choose to have breakfast.

For more information about the Carlton Square Hotel visit their website

+31 (0)23 531 90 91

To reserve additional nights accommodation please contact: . If you are extending your reservation please make sure that you inform the hotel that you are booked for the nights of 6th-13th of July through the Professional Learning International Institute so that you are not required to change rooms. 



The cost of a taxi from the Schiphol International Airport will be approximately € 50.00.


From the Central Station Haarlem:

The following bus connections can be taken; 3, 50, 51, 53, 90, 140, 175 and 176. Take one of these buses to bus stop ‘Houtplein’ or ‘Tempelierstraat.’ Go to the left at the ABN-AMRO bank, where the hotel is situated around the corner.

From Amsterdam / Halfweg or Aerdenhout / Zandvoort:

Take the Connexxion bus 80 and get out at the bus stop ‘Tempelierstraat.’ Go to the left at the ABN-AMRO bank, where the hotel is situated around the corner.

From the direction Schiphol Airport / Hoofddorp:

Take the special bus connection “ZuidTangent,” which leaves every seven minutes. Get out at the bus stop ‘Gedempte Oude Gracht’ and walk through the shopping street ‘Grote Houtstraat.’ (Go to the right at the V&D shopping mall.) Go to the left at the ABN-AMRO bank at the square ‘Houtplein,’ where the hotel is situated around the corner.

Alternatively you can take the train from the airport to Haarlem and a taxi from the train station will cost €10-€15 .


From Utrecht:

From the A2 motorway, take the ‘A9 Haarlem/Schiphol’ exit. Next, take the ‘N205 Haarlem-Zuid/Zandvoort’ exit. See further.***

From The Hague/Schiphol:

Follow the signs for A5 Haarlem. Follow the ‘A9’ exit towards Haarlem. Next, take the ‘N205 Haarlem Zuid/Zandvoort’ exit. See further.***

From Alkmaar:

Take the A9 motorway towards Haarlem/Amsterdam. After passing the ‘Rotterpolder junction’, take the turnoff towards Haarlem Zuid/Schiphol. Next, take the ‘N205 Haarlem Zuid/Zandvoort’ exit. See further.***

***….Continue straight on until you get to Haarlem. After you cross the white bridge over the Spaarne Canal, take a right turn at the traffic lights. After continuing straight on for about 500 metres, you will find a set of traffic lights, where you continue straight ahead and soon see the hotel on your right-hand side opposite a white villa.

Paid parking

Directly underneath the Carlton Square, you can find the spacious, public underground parking “Houtplein.” Tickets can be paid at the reception deks of the hotel. Please note that the parking facility provides direct access to the hotel.

Parking fee Parking Houtplein: The parking fee in the garage is € 1.60 for 39 minutes from 08.00 – 19.00 hours and on Thursday from 08.00 – 21.00 hours. The fee from 19.00 – 08.00 and on Thursday from 21.00 – 08.00 is € 2.84 for the entire night.

Per 24 hours the fee is approximately € 30.00. Weekcards can be bought at the ticket machine in the parking garage at € 61.26.

Free parking

– Next to the hotel, you can park for free on Saturday from 23.00 hours and on Sunday the entire day. – Within 10 minutes walking distance, parking is for free. These parking can be found at:

De Dreef (from the ‘Paviljoen’)

– At Spaarnwoude trainstation you will find a ‘Park and Ride’ where you can park for free. From this station you can take bus number 80 which departs every 15 minutes. This bus stops at busstop Tempelierstraat which is situated around the corner of the hotel.

– At the east side of trainstation Overveen ‘Park and Ride’ Overveen is situated where you can park for free. From this station please take the train to Haarlem Central station and take bus 3, 50, 140, 175 or 176 which stops at busstop Tempelierstraat which is situated around the corner of the hotel.


Schools or organizations may submit more than one application if they wish.

Application Criteria:

The application requires recommendations (name and contact details only) verifying the applicant’s successful presentation skills:

  • A qualified teacher with two or more years teaching experience (K-12)
  • Ability to engage audience
  • Confident presentation style
  • Fluent speech

All participants must complete at least one day of prior training by Lynn Erickson, Lois Lanning and or Rachel French on Concept-based Curriculum and Instruction, (if you have not already participated in the training this can be attained during the 2018-2019 school year or 1 day prior to the start of the Institute). Lynn Erickson, Lois Lanning and Rachel French will offer this day of training for 200 Euro which is the cost of the materials and the per-participant hotel cost including lunch and an additional nights accommodation on July 5th. This training takes place from 8.30 a.m. to 3.30 pm on Saturday 6th of July. Participants not needing the pre-requisite training can arrive on July 6th as registration for the institute is from 4:00 p.m- 5:00 p.m and the first session of the Institute begins at 5.00 p.m. This is followed by dinner at 6.30pm. Attendance at this first session on the from 5.00 p.m. on the 6th of July is mandatory.  

Certification Requirements:

-Full participation in the institute between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. each day. The learning is intense yet stimulating.

-Written examination on the content of Concept-Based Curriculum and Instruction.

– 20-minute presentation to Dr. Lynn Erickson or Dr. Lois Lanning, using Lynn Erickson and Lois Lanning’s PowerPoint slides on two modules of Concept-Based Curriculum and Instruction. (Adequate time to prepare for the presentation is built into the Institute schedule.)  Participants will receive a scoring guide in the Institute notebook detailing the presentation expectations. Participants will receive a copy of their presentation on a USB to take home and review. 



  • Books/Support Materials by Dr. H. Lynn Erickson and Dr. Lois A. Lanning(Corwin Press Publishers)
  1. Dr. Lanning’s book, Concept-based English Language Arts: Meeting the Common Core with Intellectual Integrity, © 2012 Corwin Press Pub.
  2. Dr. Lynn Erickson and Dr. Lois Lanning’s book: Transitioning to Concept-based Curriculum and Instruction: How to Bring Content and Process Together, © January, 2014, Corwin Press Pub.
  3. Dr. Erickson’s, Dr. Lanning and Rachel French’s latest book: Concept-based Curriculum and Instruction for the Thinking Classroom, second edition c.2017 Corwin Press Pub.
  • A complete set of over 200 of Lynn Erickson and Lois Lanning’s copyrighted PowerPoint Slides used for training.
  • Participants will also receive any future slides developed by Lynn Erickson and or Lois Lanning to use in their trainings and presentations. They will need to maintain a citation that the slides were developed by H. Lynn Erickson and or Lois A. Lanning.
  • An institute binder containing all materials needed for the training.  The materials  includes many training activities that can be used by participants in their future trainings with other educators. 
  • A framed Certificate of Achievement as a Concept-Based Curriculum and Instruction Presenter/Trainer signed by Dr. H. Lynn Erickson and Dr. Lois A. Lanning after Certification Requirements are met. This certifies and licenses participants to use and present with all training materials. 


If a school or organization sponsors an employee(s) to participate in the institute then the participant will be certified and licensed to train within the sponsoring school or organization only. 

If an educator wishes to become an independent consultant he/she would pay the fees and expenses themselves; or if the school or sponsoring agency is in agreement they may select the school-supported option sharing the total cost, further information about the shared cost option is available here

In both the individual payment and the shared cost option, the participant would be certified to advertise themselves as an independent consultant and could present at conferences and accept national and international requests to train on Concept-based Curriculum and Instruction setting their own fee structure. They will not be required to pay any fees to Lynn Erickson, Lois Lanning or Professional Learning International following the training, but are asked to encourage schools, or other employing agencies, to purchase the co-authored book by Erickson, Lanning, and French Concept-based Curriculum and Instruction for the Thinking Classroom, c.2017 Corwin Press for each workshop participant. This book supports the trainer in conveying the principles and practices of Concept-based Curriculum and Instruction. 

Whether school sponsored or independent, certified trainers may advertise themselves as a H. Lynn Erickson and Lois A. Lanning Certified Trainer in Concept-based Curriculum & Instruction, and will be licensed to use all PowerPoint slides. Only the trainers who have paid individually, or with the “shared cost” option will be licensed to train for fees outside their sponsoring agency.

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The institute fee is €7,500 Euro per participant

This fee includes 7 nights accommodation from the 6th-13th of July at the Carlton Square hotel with a buffet breakfast and lunch.