Transitioning to Concept-Based Curriculum and Instruction

Transitioning to Concept-Based Curriculum and Instruction : How to Bring Content and Process Together

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This accessible guide is a must-have for teachers, curriculum designers, and school leaders, providing them with everything they need to know about developing curriculum and instruction for the K-12 classroom. takes a unique approach to the topic of curriculum development by bringing together Lynn Erikson's Structure of Knowledge and Lois Lanning's Structure of Process to help educators create Common Core-aligned, concept-based curriculum across subject areas and grade-levels.

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  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 175.26 x 251.46 x 15.24mm | 408.23g
  • SAGE Publications Inc
  • Thousand Oaks, United States
  • English
  • 1452290199
  • 9781452290195
  • 75,755

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"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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About H. Lynn Erickson

H. Lynn Erickson is an independent consultant assisting schools and districts nationally and internationally with curriculum design. From 1987 to 1994, she was the director of curriculum for the Federal Way Public Schools in Federal Way, Washington. She is a recognized presenter at national conferences, and is featured in the video "Creating Concept-Based Curriculum for Deep Understanding" (produced by the Video Journal) as well as in videos from the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. Her Corwin Press books include Stirring the Head, Heart, and Soul: Redefining Curriculum, Instruction, and Concept-Based Learning (3rd edition); Concept-Based Curriculum and Instruction for the Thinking Classroom; and Concept-Based Curriculum and Instruction: Teaching Beyond the Facts. Lois Lanning, Ph. D., is an independent consultant and adjunct professor.She 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. Dr. Lanning is a certified Trainer-of-Trainers and Concept-based Curriculum Specialist with Dr. Lynn Erickson. She presents and works with districts at the international, national and state levels in the areas of literacy and concept-based curriculum design. Lois is the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions. 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, and a chapter in

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