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Transitioning to Concept-Based Curriculum and Instruction


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List of Figures and Tables Foreword by Malcolm Nicolson Acknowledgments About the Authors Introduction Purpose of the Book Audiences Chapter Overview Chapter 1. Curriculum Design: From an Objectives-Based to a Concept-Based Model A Short Retrospective, From the Authors, on Educational Swings The Value of Know, Understand, and Able to Do in Concept-Based Models Problems With Traditional Content Objectives Discussion Questions Summary Chapter 2. Two-Dimensional Versus Three-Dimensional Curriculum Models Contrasting the Two-Dimensional and Three-Dimensional Models Introducing the Structures of Knowledge and Process The Interplay of Process and Knowledge Contrasting Instructional Descriptions Discussion Questions Summary Chapter 3. The Structure of Knowledge Understanding the Relationships in the Structure of Knowledge How the Structure of Knowledge Guides Curriculum Design Designing Disciplinary Curriculum Frameworks at the National, State, or Local Levels Mathematics as a Concept-Driven Discipline Examples of Concepts and Subject-Specific Generalizations Discussion Questions Summary Chapter 4. The Structure of Process The Structure of Process How the Structure of Process Guides Curriculum and Instruction Discussion Questions Summary Chapter 5. The Developing Concept-Based Teacher Bridging the Gaps Between Knowing, Doing, and Understanding Collaborative Concept-Based Lesson Planning Common Terminology Used to Describe Quality Instruction The Developing Concept-Based Teacher Do The Developing Concept-Based Teacher Rubrics Have a Place in Teacher Evaluation Plans? Discussion Questions Summary Chapter 6. The Developing Concept-Based Student What About Thinking? The Relationship Between Critical Thinking and Concept-Based Teaching and Learning Developing Critical Thinking The Developing Concept-Based Student Why These Categories? Discussion Questions Summary Chapter 7. What Do Teachers Need to Understand About Concept-Based Pedagogy? The What and Why of Concept-Based Curriculum and Instruction The How of Concept-Based Curriculum and Instruction Four Critical Aspects of Concept-Based Pedagogy Quality Pedagogy Concept-Based Classrooms Discussion Questions Summary Chapter 8. What Do Principals and Instructional Coaches Need to Understand? Implementing and Sustaining Concept-Based Curricular and Instructional Models in Schools Setting the Stage for Curriculum Implementation Staff Development Staff Support With Accountability: Building System-Wide Synergy The Collection and Analysis of the "Right" Data Discussion Questions Summary Chapter 9. What Do District Leaders Need to Understand About Concept-Based Curriculum Designs? District Leaders Discuss Concept-Based Curriculum and Instruction Discussion Questions Summary Chapter 10. Summary and the Road Ahead Curriculum and Instruction: The Warp Concept-Based Learning: The Weft The Path Forward Discussion Questions Resources Resource A. Concept-Based Mathematics Unit Resource B. Concept-Based Science Unit Resource C. Concept-Based Art Unit Resource D. Concept-Based World Language Unit Resource E. Concept-Based Music Unit Resource F. Adapted Learning Activities for Chapter 7 References Index

About the Author

H. Lynn Erickson, Ed.D., is an independent consultant assisting schools and districts with concept-based curriculum design and instruction. During the past 20 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 three best-selling books, Stirring the Head, Heart and Soul: Redefining Curriculum and Instruction, 3rd edition (c)2008; Concept-based Curriculum and Instruction: Teaching Beyond the Facts, (c)2002; and Transitioning to Concept-based Curriculum and Instruction: How to Bring Content and Process Together, co-authored with Dr. Lois Lanning, (c) 2014, Corwin Press Publishers. This publication, co-authored with Lois Lanning and Rachel French is the 2nd edition of Lynn's popular book, Concept-based Curriculum and Instruction for the Thinking Classroom: Teaching Beyond the Facts. She also has a chapter in Robert Marzano's book, On Excellence in Teaching, (c)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 long 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 Asia, Australia, South America, Canada, the United Kingdom, Finland, Germany, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Austria, China, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates 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 A. Lanning, PhD, 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. This book is a natural extension of her three previous best-selling 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 and Instruction for the Thinking Classroom (2nd ed., 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 (2011), 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 with her husband. She has two children and two grandsons, whom she absolutely adores.


"With the onset of the Common Core and new national content standards, concept-based learning is now more crucial than ever. Erickson and Lanning are "ahead of the curve" in providing teachers and curriculum leaders with rich instructional strategies to meet these challenging standards. This is an essential book for planning tomorrow's curricula today." -- Douglas Llewellyn, Educational Consultant and Author of Inquire Within, Third Edition
"Powerful teaching engages minds with powerful ideas. At its core, such transformative teaching is neither transmission of information nor practice with inert skills. Rather it is a careful choreography between a mind and an idea such that the mind comes to own the idea in a form that is true to the discipline and expansive for the learner. Erickson and Lanning teach teachers to be choreographers of learning-understanding both what makes content worth knowing and how to engage young minds with that content in ways that extend their capacities to understand it at a deep level, use it, transfer it, and ultimately create with it." -- Carol Ann Tomlinson, Ed.D., Chair of Educational Leadership, Foundations, and Policy
"As educators we all think we understand concept-based curriculum, but those who read this text will have a comprehensive understanding of the meaning and value of concept-based curriculum. This text clearly explains concept-based teaching for the educator to use and develop a change in their teaching to effectively reach and engage students in critical thinking that will enable them to be productive citizens and lifelong learners." -- Mrs. Karen Creech, Loudoun County Teacher
"High school department heads take notice! You will want to read this book with your curriculum supervisor and with your teachers before you re-design your courses to align with the aspirations of the CCSS and NGSS. The curriculum model and specific examples in this book provide you with a clear guide for designing complex, intellectually stimulating curriculum while integrating the new standards." -- Dr. Carol Spencer, Director of Curriculum, K - 12
"Providing today's students with the skills to become critical, analytical, and life-long learners is an obligation each teacher must make. The authors present a clear path to transition from fact-based learning curriculum to concept-based curriculum. They have provided us with a clear, researched-based approach to help us advocate at our school and district level to make this critical change in curriculum." -- Betty Rivinus, Learning Specialist / Autism Consultant

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