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by Rachel French Teachers, This is not another one of those education “fads.” You will not find yourself sitting in a faculty meeting, shoulders slumped, eyes rolling, wondering if this new initiative is actually going to be helpful. Concept-Based Inquiry does what traditional curricula design cannot – it develops deeper thinking and promotes transferable understanding. […]

Why moving to a Concept-Based Inquiry approach just makes sense



by Angela Johnson Using the Concept-Based Curriculum and Instruction model to support skills development in the IB MYP The approach to learning (ATL) is a core element of all IB programs, but it can be challenging to fully integrate the ATL skills into the conceptual framework of a unit. All too often, ATL skills are […]

Conceptualizing the approaches to learning

by Meg Griswold and Karli Lomax Meg Griswold is a MS humanities teacher at Graded, The American School of São Paulo, Brazil. As part of the school’s professional learning initiative around deeper learning, Meg was introduced to concept-based teaching and learning. “While my teaching has always been about the big ideas and transferable concepts, I […]

Conceptual Collaboration



by Dr. Marie-Theres Whitehead One Teacher’s Journey to a Concept-Based Approach in World Languages Have you ever had that one moment in your teaching when you thought: “Wow, something needs to change?” Well, mine was when a student asked me: “Why do we learn about the French Revolution in French class? Isn’t it social studies?” […]

When Change is Needed

by Rachel French Welcome to our new ‘Myth Busters’ blog series, where we aim to debunk common misconceptions related to Concept-Based Inquiry (Marschall & French, 2018). Dispelling these misbeliefs is crucial so that educators like yourself are able to unlock the power of a Concept-Based Curriculum (Erickson, Lanning and French, 2017).  It is our mission […]

What role do facts and skills play in a Concept-Based Curriculum?



by Rachel French As educators, we know that we cannot possibly teach children everything they need to know and be able to do in the future. We also know that many of our students will work in jobs that do not yet exist.  So how do we prepare our students for this rapidly changing world?  […]

The Importance of Learning Transfer