Making Sense of Teaching for Conceptual Understanding and Learning Transfer, Foundation Day
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Making Sense of Teaching for Conceptual Understanding and Learning Transfer, Foundation Day
Presented by: Julie Stern
Wednesday, September 11, 2019 | 8:45 AM - 3:30 PM
Session Location:
Enmax Centre CWB Lounge 2510 Scenic Drive S, Lethbridge, AB
About the Session:

Innovators don’t invent without a deep understanding of how the world works. With this foundation, they apply conceptual understanding to solve new problems. This workshop provides tools for how to help students uncover conceptual relationships and transfer them to new situations.  

Foundation Day

This workshop demonstrates practical ways teachers can begin to build the schema in students’ brains that facilitates deeper understanding and the ability to unlock complex problems through learning transfer.

  • Investigate the role of conceptual understanding in the retrieval of information, depth of understanding and transfer of learning  
  • Understand that transfer is both a means and an end  
  • Examine the importance of quality thinking and metacognition in the transfer of learning  

Examples from classroom lessons and projects are used to support understanding throughout the session.   

Targeted Outcomes for teachers at the end of the day:   

  • I can compose transferable conceptual relationships and corresponding questions that build both breadth and depth of understanding.   
  • I can build understanding of single concepts and teach students how to make connections between concepts.    
  • I can use multiple, fact-rich contexts that illuminate conceptual relationships.  
  • I can provide opportunities for students to transfer their understanding and provide solutions to problems.   
  • I can teach the language of conceptual learning explicitly to students.   
  • I can make the goals visible using rubrics, success criteria, examples, think-alongs and more.   
K-4 Teachers, Superintendents, District Leads, School Administrators, Learning Leaders,and Educational Assistants who have not previously attended a session with Julie Stern are encouraged to attend
Grade Level:
About the Presenter(s):
Julie Stern

Julie Stern is the author of Tools for Teaching Conceptual Understanding. She is a teacher trainer and instructional coach, supporting educators in breaking free of the long-standing industrial model of schooling. Julie is a certified trainer in Visible Learning and Concept-Based Curriculum and Instruction. She is a James Madison Constitutional Scholar and taught social studies for many years. She is a Verified Master Trainer and has Coaching and Change Management Certificates from the Association for Talent Development (ATD). Julie previously served as the director of Curriculum Innovation for a network of schools in Washington, DC.

Registration Fee:


Registration Deadline:

September 10, 2019

Registration Notes:

 Registration fee includes lunch and refreshments, and the book "Tools for Teaching Conceptual Understanding" ($40 value)