Concept-based Curriculum and Instruction for the Thinking classroom


J. Rafael Angel is a graduate of Dr. Lynn Erickson and Dr. Lois Lanning Concept-Based Curriculum and Instruction (CBCI) Institute and is certified to conduct Dr. Lynn Erickson and Dr. Lois Lanning’s workshops on CBCI.

In this workshop, participants will become acquainted with the principles of CBCI and will develop their pedagogical skills to develop powerful generalizations, guiding questions, and performance-based assessments that will empower them to write effective concept-based unit planners and to design a solid concept-based class. In this workshop, participants will also deepen their understanding of different types of concepts, and will practice the scaffolding of sophisticated conceptual understandings.
This workshop supports schools that are or continue to transition from a traditional model to a conceptual curriculum, as it helps educators and administrators o standardize practices and homogenize understandings.

This workshop will help participants answer the following questions:

• What does the thinking classroom look like?
• How can we develop enduring understandings to guide our teaching and learning?
• How can I develop an interdisciplinary approach to teaching through concepts?
• How scaffold thinking in order to add sophistication to our learning experiences?
• How can I develop performance-based assessment tasks in order to assess understanding?

This workshop can be customized to cater to Language and Literature teachers only.


Sessions are customized depending on group composition, location & needs of organizing school or organisation.

 if you would like to organize this workshop at your school or organisation.


J. Rafael Angel
Concept-Based Curriculum and Instruction Trainer & Consultant Content and Course Design Specialist

J. Rafael Angel started teaching in his native home country, Mexico, in 2000 and has been teaching in International Baccalaureate (IB) Schools since 2005. He has taught Spanish Language & Literature, and Language Acquisition Spanish, English and French as an additional Language in Mexico, the United States, Argentina, Jordan, India, China, the U.A.E and Belgium. His involvement with the IB covers areas such as design and standardization of the Teacher Support Materials, collaboration in the MYP Language Acquisition Curriculum Review team, leading workshops and contributing to multiple projects. He is a Concept-Based Curriculum and Instruction (CBCI) certified independent trainer, a Sheltered Language Support Trainer, and currently serves as Pedagogical Director at Bogaerts International School - North Campus in Brussels, Belgium. He is the author of 'From inception to fruition: Concept Based Language teaching and learning, which is available in English, Spanish and will soon be translated in Korean and other languages. His articles on Approaches to Teaching and Learning skills in virtual environments have been published in the International Journal of Continuing Engineering Education and Life-Long Learning in 2013 and 2015. He holds a BA in Foreign Language teaching and Learning from the University of Guadalajara; and an MA in Education with a focus on Approaches to Teaching and Learning from the Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM). Rafael has also worked alongside Dr Lynn Erickson, Dr Lois Lanning and Rachel French in the CBCI Institute as a World Language Specialist.