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Immanuel Primary School

Novar Gardens, SA 5040


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This workshop will focus on how to effectively plan and assess for conceptual learning. As many curriculums are moving to more of a conceptual framework, it is important that this translated into classroom learning and assessing.

‘Trying to teach in the 21st century without conceptual schema for knowledge is like trying to build a house without a blueprint.’ Lynn H Erickson

In this workshop teachers will have the opportunity to develop their understanding of the role of concepts in curriculum design and assessment. This will be enhanced through the opportunity to go through the stages of planning a unit of work with a focus on concepts and assessing understanding both summatively and formatively.

This workshop will unpack many of the ideas and models presented in ‘Taking the Complexity Out of Concepts’ a book that has been published by Hawker Brownlow in Australia.

Participants will:

  • Understand the importance of why to teach conceptually.

  • Unpack the difference between a conceptual framework and a topic based framework.

  • Use a model for developing units that are conceptually driven and have significance and relevance for learners in the 21st century.

  • Use a model for developing rubrics of understanding that can be used as a formative and summative tool for assessing understanding.

  • Develop summative assessment tasks that assess understanding.

  • Understand the importance of connecting and provoking students to the unit as a part of the planning process.

  • Plan formative assessments connected to understanding and therefore unit.

  • Understand the difference between a learning engagement and an activity and develop learning engagements that are inquiry focussed.

  • Build a repertoire of teaching strategies focused on conceptual teaching and assessing.


This workshop will be suitable for teachers and leaders that are using or moving to a conceptual framework for planning, teaching and assessing. This includes classroom teachers, single subject teachers or coordinators teaching in elementary to middle school.

It is suggested that, where possible, people attend this workshop as a collaborative group (2 or more), so that throughout the planning process there are opportunities to collaborate and discuss ideas with someone else planning the same unit.

What to bring:

Participants will need to bring a unit they wish to develop a conceptual overview for and plan and assess conceptually.

Workshop Leader Biography:

Tania LATTANZIO is an experienced international educator. Previously a teacher, coordinator, and manager with the International Baccalaureate, she is now Regional Director of Innovative Global Education. In this role she works as a consultant extensively in Asia Pacific and other parts of the world. This role involves developing and conducting professional development for teachers and leadership, modelling pedagogy in classrooms, developing and designing curriculum for schools and working intensively with teaching teams, through mentoring and coaching, to improve planning, teaching and assessment. A passionate educator Tania works closely with educational institutions to specifically meet their needs in supporting school reform, making significant shifts in pedagogy and curriculum in both local and international settings. Tania has co-written a book "Taking the Complexity Out of Concepts,' available through Hawker Brownlow Publishing in Australia.

M Ed (Curriculum and Administration), Grad Dip (Librarianship), Dip Ed

Workshop Timings:

Saturday 25 May

8.30 - 9.00 Introduction to the conference

9.00 - 10.30 Session One

10.30 - 11.00 Break (snacks provided)

11.00 - 1.00 Session Two

1.00 - 1.45 Lunch (lunch provided)

1.45 - 3.45 Session Three

Sunday 26 May

8.30 - 10.30 Session Four

10.30 - 11.00 Break (snacks provided)

11.00 - 12.30 Session Five (conclusion of workshop)


All participants will receive a certificate of participation for the workshop.


Early Bird Fee: US$350

Registration fee after the 25 February 2019:US$380.00

Registration fee after the 25 March 2019:US$410.00

Cancellation Policy

Please note that each workshop will proceed based on participant registration. Innovative Global Education will inform you by 25 April 2019 or earlier if the workshop is to be cancelled. If the workshop is cancelled your full payment will be reimbursed.

Workshop Participation

If Innovative Global Education is informed by 25 April 2019 that a participant is unable to attend the workshop, a full refund will be given. If notification of not being able to participate is after 25 April 2019 IGE will be unable to refund the registration fee.

If, for any reason, a school needs to either transfer a registered participant to another workshop from the workshop registered or change the name of the participant attending a workshop,

Innovative Global Education can make these changes on request from school or participant.

Accommodation Information

The following is suggested accommodation near the school.

Stamford Grand Glenelg


All guests will be entitled to 10% Off the Fully Flexible Room Only Rate at the time of booking on the 24th – 25th May inclusive. The rate on either side of this date will be subject to availability at the time of booking.

Please Note: This discount is not available on hotel packages, promotions or already discounted rates.

Please note that as no rooms are actually being held aside for this group, rates are subject to availability at the time of booking.

To receive this discount, guests will need to Call Reservations and quote the code IGE230519 at the time of booking. Guests will also need to provide a valid credit card number in order for us to confirm their reservation. All bookings will have a 24 hour cancellation policy.

To make a booking guests will need to contact our General Reservations department on the below details: Phone: 08 8376 1222 Email: reservations@sga.stamford.com.au

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