Singapore: Conceptual Learning in the Early Years

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Australian International School Singapore

1 Lor Chuan

Singapore, 556818


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This workshop will focus on how to effectively plan and teach for conceptual learning within an Early Years settings. Whilst curriculums are moving to more of a conceptual framework, many are focussed on practices aimed beyond the experience of very young learners. This workshop will focus on how to notice conceptual meaning making in play, how to plan in response to young children’s fluid theories, interests, ideas and preferences. In this hands-on workshop participants will have the chance to work through their curriculum documents to identify concepts that can be used to develop meaningful conceptual units for young children that promote learner agency and the opportunity to follow student’s interest.

Participants will:

  • Understand the importance of conceptual learning and teaching.

  • Unpack the difference between a conceptual framework and a fact-based framework.

  • Explore the idea of theory building and what this means for us as educators of young children

  • Consider appropriate strategies to observe and document children’s developing understanding of conceptual ‘big ideas’.

  • Develop provocations that will invite students to be curious and inquire.

  • Consider how to plan learning engagements in response to children’s thinking, ideas and evolving theories.

  • Go through a process of developing units of learning for Early Years that are conceptually focussed.

  • Explore what evidence of conceptual learning might look and sound like.

Audience: Early Childhood Practitioners and Curriculum Coordinators

What to Bring:

  • Laptops

  • Documentation of children’s work/thinking

  • Evidence you may have of conceptual learning with Early Years

  • Units of learning you currently use

  • Planners you have - a unit of learning

Workshop Presenter Biography:

Tania Lattanzio

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

Joshua Blue

For more than 16 years, Josh Blue has been living and learning as an international educator in the Asia-Pacific region. Josh Blue is Vice Principal and PYP Coordinator at ESF Kennedy School in Hong Kong. He has been in Hong Kong for the last 15 years working within the local and international sectors with learners from age three to adult. Josh has his Masters Degree in Educational Leadership and Change. He leads workshops regularly for the IB, in particular on Play, Symbolic Languages of Children and the Early Years. Josh has worked with Early Childhood educators across the Asia-Pacific region as a workshop leader, school evaluator and consultant. In January 2016, Josh had the fortunate opportunity to travel to The Hague to be part of the PYP Review. He served for several years as the Chair of the Hong Kong/Taiwan PYP Network of school. Josh has a passion for play and picture books—two big ideas he ties into everything he does, whether it’s working with three year olds or forty-three year olds. In December 2016, Josh presented, “Du Iz Tak?: The Power of Picture Books—Tapping into the Symbolic Languages of Children” at the AISC conference in Hong Kong. Josh is very excited to be working with Innovative Global Education and thrilled to be working with you in Singapore.


Conference Schedule:
Saturday 29 February 2020

0830-0900 Welcome

0900-1030 Session one

1030-1100 Break (snacks provided)

1100-1300 Session two

1300-1345 Lunch (lunch provided)

1345-1545 Session three

Sunday 01 March 2020

0830-1030 Session one

1030-1100 Break (snacks provided)

1100-1230 Session two (conclusion of workshop)


All participants will receive a certificate of participation for the workshop

Workshop Registration Fee

Early Bird Fee: US$320.00

Registration fee after the 02 December 2019: US$350.00

Registration fee after the 02 February 2020: US$380.00

Note: Request for an invoice and alternative payments (electronic transfer) to the Eventbrite online registration payment system:

Please note that by requesting an invoice for payment and therefore to send money electronically you agree to the following terms and conditions:

Additional Administration Costs: An additional administration fee of US$100.00 . This fee will be included in the invoice.

Late Payments: If paying by invoice and payment for participants is not made prior to the workshops commencing, a late payment fee will be incurred of US$40.00 per person. The school will be invoiced for this following the workshops.

Cancellation Policy: Please note that each workshop will proceed based on participant registration. Innovative Global Education will inform you by 29 January 2020 or earlier if the workshop is to be cancelled. If the workshop is cancelled your full payment will be reimbursed. If the workshop is proceeding you will not receive an email.

Workshop Participation: If Innovative Global Education is informed by 29 January 2020 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 29 January 2020 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 by the 8 February 2020 free of charge.

Important: Innovative Global Education must be informed by 8 February 2020 of any changes. If any changes are requested after this date, please note, for the change to go ahead there will be an administration fee of US$30.00 charged by invoice for each requested change.

Accommodation: Innovative Global Education is pleased to partner with Studio M Hotel in Singapore.

Studio M Hotel: No. 3 Nanson Road Singapore, 238910



Room Category: Studio Loft @ SG$177.00++ (single) per room per night

Room Category Loft @ SG$190.00++ (double) per room per night

The above rate is subject to 10% service charge and prevailing rates.

Rates include:

Unlimited wifi

Daily buffet breakfast

Transfer to and from the Australian International School Singapore on Saturday and Sunday

To book this accommodation please contact Lee Pui Wan via email at:


When contacting them please state you are a registered participant at the Innovative Global Education Conference

Bus Departure and Pick Up Times:

Saturday 29 February 2020

8.00 am: Bus will depart from Studio M Hotel to Australian International School

4.00 pm: Bus will depart from Australian International School to Studio M Hotel

Sunday 01 March 2020

8.00 am: Bus will depart from Studio M Hotel to Australian International School

12.45 pm: Bus will depart from Australian International School to Studio M Hotel

PLEASE NOTE: The transport provided is ONLY for participants booked in at Studio M Hotel

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