Concept-Based Curriculum Consultancies I have offered for IB World Schools and Papers presented at International Conferences on Concept-Based Approach to Curriculum and Instruction

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2016 International School Of London, Qatar - 2 days consultancy IB PYP teachers


The role of evidence-based writing in aligning to the ELA standards. MENA Common Core Conference- October 16-17, 2015.

The role of Crosscutting Concepts in unpacking the Next Generation Science Standards: MENA Common Core Conference- October 16-17, 2015. American University of Dubai.

Understanding and delivering concept-based curriculum and instruction- The Association of International Schools in India- (TAISI) Leadership Conference- Mumbai. September 24-26th, 2015.

American United School of Kuwait - Laying the foundation for literacy k-12 through a concept-based approach- August 24th - 30th, 2015.

Concept-based curriculum and instruction for teaching of Foreign Languages - Universal American School- May 4th 2015.

A concept-based approach to Teaching of English for Special Purposes - Expanding the ESP Boundaries: Change. Challenge. Opportunity - TESOL Arabia Conference - Emirates College for Advanced Education in Abu Dhabi. April 24th 2015

"Teacher Perceptions about concept-based curriculum development and instruction- Tales from the Chalk Face”

Where: The 3rd TESOL Arabia Teacher-Led Research Mini Conference. February 2015.

"Tackling content saturation through teaching for conceptual understanding"

Where: Michigan State University, the 3rd Dubai International Conference in Higher Education- Dubai, UAE. February 2015.

“IB MYP Framework within the IGCSE leading to the IB DP- Conceptual engagement within this model”- 2 days consultancy

Where: ABA Oman IB World School, February 2015.


Workshop 1: “The Role of Evidence-Based Writing in Aligning to the ELA Standards”

Workshop 2: “The Role of Crosscutting Concepts in unpacking the Next Generation Science Standards”

Where: Common Core Conference- Middle East and North Africa - 24th and 25th October, 2014.

“Cultural Values and Student Expressions in an inquiry-based PYP classroom”

Where: Ecole Mondial IB World School, Mumbai, India: Alliance for International Education conference (10-12th October, 2014)

“American Curriculum Schools in the UAE and aligning to the Common Core”.

On the Education Panel : Radio 1 Dubai Eye 103.8: Dubai Studio City. September 23rd, 2014.

“Scaffolding Conceptual Understanding through Structured Inquiry in a PYP Classroom”

Where: GEMS World Academy, IB World School, Dubai, UAE. 20th May, 2014.

“Ensuring quality in learning and teaching through teaching for conceptual understanding”

Where: Michigan State University, Dubai campus : The 2nd Dubai International Conference in Higher Education: Sustaining Success Through Innovation: Michigan State University, Dubai, UAE. January 19th , 2014

“Concept-based curriculum and instruction for the thinking classroom”. Facilitator in Lynn Erickson's workshop, Dubai. Chapters International workshop- January 24th and 25th 2014- ).

“Scaffolding Generalizations in the Inquiry based PYP classroom” Full day consultancy-Where: Emirates International School, IB World School, Dubai. (February 6th, 2014)

“Teaching for conceptual understanding in the PYP classroom” Half-day consultancy- Where: Universal American School, IB World School, Dubai:. (March 3rd, 2014)


"The Learner in focus - the starting point when aligning to Common Core Standards in ELA". November 1-2 , 2013. MENA Common Core Conference.

Where: ESOL Conference- IB World Schools, Dubai, UAE. October 4th – 6th , 2013.

Workshop 1: “Leading concept based curriculum- challenges and strategies”.

Workshop 2: “Effective Scaffolding of Generalizations and developing Guiding Questions in the inquiry based PYP classroom”.

Where: Beykent Schools, IB World School, Istanbul, Turkey [for the 12th Turkish National Day IB conference]. April 13th, 2013. (full day consultancy)

A. Presentation: “Clarifying Conceptual-Misconceptions”.

B. Presentation: “Teaching for Conceptual Understanding in the PYP”

C. Presentation: “The MYP Transdisciplinary Classroom and The Power of a Conceptual Lens”

"How we use compelling questions to drive inquiry-based learning in the English and Arabic language classrooms at middle and high school stages"

Where : Zayed University - Knowledge and Human Development Authority in Dubai Schools Inspection Bureau. [DSIB]- What Works in Literacy- February 12th, 2013.

“Leadership Roles for the Concept-based Curriculum”

Where: Universal American School Dubai- February 3rd and 4th, 2013.

Audience: Middle/High school teachers.


“Conceptual engagement in the IB PYP classroom”

Where: GEMS World Academy, IB World School, (full day consultancy), November 4th, 2012.

“Teaching for Conceptual Understanding- what does this mean?”

Where: Universal American School, Dubai, August 26th, 2012.

“Clarifying Misconceptions”

Where: Universal American School, Dubai. August 28th, 2012.