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Taking the Complexity Out of Concepts

  • 14 October 2019
  • 08:00
  • 15 October 2019
  • 16:00
  • American School of Antananarivo

This workshop is designed to assist educators in making the shift from a content-based to a conceptual curriculum. As the title suggests, the aim is to take the complexity out of concepts in learning by providing practical frameworks, strategies and ideas for teachers that can be implemented in any educational setting. 


KEY AUDIENCETeachers, Teacher Teams, Teacher Leaders, Coaches, Instructional Leaders

When curriculum content is shifted into a conceptual framework, facts and skills are seen as layers within a more conceptually driven context. Units are developed and analyzed to ensure they are significant, compelling and intriguing for students; therefore, students are involved in learning that has purpose and engages their curiosity. Research indicates that one of the benefits of learning through concepts is that "organizing information into a conceptual framework allows for greater transfer; that is, it allows the student to apply what was learned in new situations and to learn related information more quickly" (Bransford, Brown & Cocking 2000, How people learn: Brain, mind, experience and school, p.17). 

As a result of attending this institute, participants can expect to:

  • Develop, review and write units of learning to focus on concepts, and to engender agency, action and/or creativity.
  • Use a Backwards by Design approach to planning a unit of learning.
  • Explore and develop rubrics where the focus is on evidence of understanding.
  • Plan in order to open up opportunities for student-led inquiry.


 Membership  Full Affiliate  Individual 
 Early-Bird Rate  US$ 415  US$ 435  US$ 435
 Full Registration  US$ 435  US$ 460  US$ 460

Early-bird Deadline: 15th August 2019
Cancellation Date: 13th September 2019

Tania Lattanzio is an experienced international educator and Director of Innovative Global Education. Previously she was a teacher, coordinator, and manager with the International Baccalaureate, she is now Director of Innovative Global Education. In her role as Director she works as an education consultant extensively in Asia Pacific and other parts of the world. This role involves developing and conducting professional development for teachers and leadership, modeling 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 Publishers 
M Ed (Curriculum and Administration), Grad Dip (Librarianship), Dip Ed 



American School of Antananarivo 
Lotissement Le Park Alarobia
Antananarivo, Madagascar

Visa and Health
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All visitors must hold a passport valid for 6 months.


IBIS Antananarivo Ankorondrano Hotel

Physical Address: Route des hydrocarbures, Antananarivo, Madagascar 
Phone No: +261 322 355 555
Single Occupancy Rate (Bed & Breakfast): Euro 78 (Approx. US$ 88)

Booking: To make your hotel reservation at the Ibis hotel, contact Fara Rakotondrabe via email at with the reference AISA Conference 2019/ASA or via telephone at +261 344 405 010.
You can also request for airport transfer services as you make your reservation.

Hotel – School Transport
The Host School will provide a shuttle to pick participants from the Ibis Antananarivo Hotel in the morning and provide a return trip in the evening.

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