Have you ever left a professional development workshop, or reviewed a new literacy resource, excited about the ideas, only to return to the classroom and say, “Now how do I do this?” Like many of you, I have had this frustrating experience. My passion is to offer highly practical and engaging professional learning that transforms theory into a regular part of classroom practice.

Concept-Based Literacy is not for educators looking for a curriculum to implement or a program to follow, rather it appeals to one's intellect and expertise. As an experienced educator, you know that reading a text and answering questions does not inspire a life long love of literacy in our students. Our students deserve to have choice, to inquire, to engage their minds, and to be immersed in authentic contexts and compelling ideas.

Join me and the network of other literacy teachers pushing boundaries in our classrooms through Concept-Based learning. Together, we can refine our craft as we design high-quality, conceptual lessons that provoke thinking, facilitate inquiry, and ultimately, result in deep, transferable literacy learning for our students.

Whether you are an educator that is new to Concept-Based learning or an educator looking to deepen and refine current practice, you will gain a collection of actionable, time-saving strategies that will help you move student learning beyond skills to conceptual understanding and transfer in our literacy classrooms.



The guide for designing and implementing Concept-Based Literacy lessons.

A Concept-Based Curriculum is designed to help students uncover important, transferable understandings about what it means to be a capable reader, writer, speaker, viewer, listener, and thinker. But, too often, a well-designed, conceptual curriculum does not translate into conceptual teaching. Concept-Based Literacy Lessons helps bridge that divide, and provides practical support for teachers designing literacy lessons that guide students to a conceptual level of understanding.

Written especially for literacy teachers, participants will find:

  • Step-by-step help with lesson planning for conceptual understanding and transfer
  • Ideas for supporting inductive learning
  • Classroom Snapshots that showcase familiar literacy practices in Concept-Based classrooms
  • Strategies to promote critical, reflective, and conceptual thinking
  • Model elementary and secondary Concept-Based lesson and unit plans
  • A chapter devoted to answering frequently asked questions

For educators looking for practical ways to implement a curriculum and instruction model that's more inquiry-driven and idea-centered, look no further than this book.