What is Concept-based Education? Parent Education workshop


J. Rafael Angel employed his experience as an International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Program, Middle Years Program (MYP), and DP (Diploma Program) educator, as well as Head of Department, Program Coordinator, and Teaching and Learning Director to craft this educational workshop for parents whose children are enrolled in a school that fosters concept-based teaching and learning.
In this workshop, parents will have the opportunity to experience a concept-based series of learning experiences in order to understand how learning happens in concept-based learning classrooms. Rafael will guide parents to deepen their understanding on concept-based learning and will support them to explore how to turn their homes into an extension of the concept-based classroom. Similarly, parents will become aware of a series of strategies they can employ to take action and follow up on teacher feedback, bond with their children through learning engagements, and use report cards to collaborate with their and set new challenges or learning targets. Rafael will share a variety of strategies that will parents to rediscover learning and witness the transformation of their children as they learn in concept-based learning environments.

In this workshop, participants will inquire into the following questions:

• How is concept-based different from traditional education methods and approaches?
• How does the assessment for understanding differ from traditional assessment methods?
• How is learning reported in a concept-based learning environment?
• What is evidence of learning that I may observe in my children?
• How should I engage with my children’s concept-based journey?

Workshops can be customized according to schools’ needs.


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, and English and French as a Foreign Language in Mexico, the United States, Argentina, Jordan, India, China and the U.A.E. His involvement with the IB includes his collaboration in the design and standardization of the Teacher Support Materials for the IB Middle Years Program (MYP) Next Chapter and his role as part of the MYP Language Acquisition Curriculum Review team. He is a Concept-Based Curriculum and Instruction (CBCI) certified independent trainer, a Sheltered Language Support Trainer, and currently serves as MYP Coordinator at GEMS International School in Dubai, U.A.E. He is the author of 3 of the Spanish for IB MYP, and the Spanish Ab Initio for IB DP of the By Concept Series published by Hodder Education. 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 also works alongside Dr Lynn Erickson, Dr Lois Lanning and Rachel French in the CBCI Institute every summer as a Foreign Language Specialist.