Planning for Conceptual Understanding

March 7-8, 2020 | 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Registration Deadline

Friday, February 21, 2020

Please email Rochelle Santiago at for details.




Tania Lattanzio
Director of Innovative Global Education
Tania Lattanzia is an experienced international educator and Director of Innovative Global Education. She has a M Ed in Curriculum and Administration, a Graduate Diploma in Librarianship and a Diploma in Education.

Previously, Tania was a teacher, coordinator, and manager with the International Baccalaureate. She is now Director of Innovative Global Education. In her role as Director she works as an education consultant extensively in Asia Pacific and other parts of the world. This role involves developing and conducting professional development for teachers and leadership, modelling pedagogy in classrooms, developing and designing curriculum for schools and working intensively with teaching teams, through mentoring and coaching, to improve planning, teaching, and assessment. A passionate educator Tania works closely with educational institutions to specifically meet their needs in supporting school reform, making significant shifts in pedagogy and curriculum in both local and international settings.

Tania has co-written a book "Taking the Complexity Out of Concepts" available through Hawker Brownlow Publishers.



This workshop will be suitable for teachers and leaders that are using or moving to a conceptual framework for planning, teaching and assessing. This includes classroom teachers, core subject teachers or coordinators teaching in elementary to high school. It is suggested that, where possible, people attend this workshop as a collaborative group (2 or more), so that throughout the planning process there are opportunities to collaborate and discuss ideas with someone else planning the same unit.

Workshop Descriptor

This workshop will focus on how to effectively plan and assess for conceptual learning. As many curriculums are moving to more of a conceptual framework, it is important that this translated into classroom learning and assessing.

‘Trying to teach in the 21st century without conceptual schema for knowledge is like trying to build a house without a blueprint.’ Lynn H Erickson

In this workshop teachers will have the opportunity to develop their understanding of the role of concepts in curriculum design and assessment. This will be enhanced through the opportunity to go through the stages of planning a unit of work with a focus on concepts and understanding both.

This workshop will unpack many of the ideas and models presented in ‘Taking the Complexity Out of Concepts’ a book that has been published by Hawker Brownlow in Australia.

Participants will :

  • Understand the importance of why to teach conceptually.
  • Unpack the difference between a conceptual framework and a topic based framework.
  • Examine approaches and criteria for ‘what makes an effective unit of learning’
  • Use a model for developing units that are conceptually driven and have significance and relevance for learners.
  • Use a model for developing rubrics of understanding that can be used as a formative and summative tool for assessing understanding.
  • Develop ideas for formative and summative assessment that assess understanding.
  • Understand the importance of connecting and provoking students to the unit as a part of the planning process.
  • Understand the difference between a learning engagement and an activity and develop learning engagements that are inquiry focussed.
  • Build a repertoire of teaching strategies focused on conceptual teaching and assessing

What to Bring

Participants will need to bring a unit they wish to develop a conceptual overview for and plan and assess conceptually. A computer and/or ipad to access resources and to plan.


Location of School:

Surabaya Intercultural School

Jalan Sekolah Internasional, Sambikerep,
Kec. Sambikerep, Kota SBY, Jawa Timur 60225

Phone: (031) 7414300

The school is approximately 1 hour from the Juanda International Airport

EARCOS Member Schools $75 USD
Non-EARCOS Member Schools $175 USD
The registration fee includes snacks, lunch, refreshments and workshop materials. Breakfast is not provided – please eat breakfast at home or at the hotel before attending each day.

This workshop can accommodate a maximum of 50 participants. Places will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. If we are unable to accommodate your registration, you will be informed by email and you will be placed on a waitlist.



An invoice will be emailed to you once registration payment has been received. The registration fee may be paid through bank transfer.

Account Name: Surabaya International School
Bank Name: Bank Mandiri
Bank swift code: BMRIIDJAXXX
Bank Address: Jl. Basuki Rahman, Surabaya, Indonesia USD Account No. 142-000-478-3188

For Indonesian Schools, please pay using the following bank details. Please ask SIS for the updated currency exchange rate being used by the school prior to paying.

Bank Mandiri

Account Name: Surabaya International School Account Number: 142-00-0478317-0

Bank BCA

Account Name: Surabaya International School Account Number: 863-033-9899


Participants are responsible for booking their own hotel accommodation if required. These are the hotels that are nearby SIS:
Kana Citra Guesthouse
Ciputra Hotel and Golf Country Club
Vasa Hotel
Ascott Waterplace Hotel
Fave Hotel

If you are interested in staying at these hotels please contact the hotels directly. Contact information can be found on their websites. You may also use Agoda or to book your hotel accommodations.


Participants are responsible for organizing their own transportation between Juanda Airport to their hotel.

Taxi booths are available as soon as you passed the luggage x-ray machines. Cost of taxis range from 180,000 Rupiah to 260,000 Rupiah. Bluebird taxis are the most reliable taxis in Surabaya. Grab taxis are also available in the city, but not available if coming from Juanda airport.

SIS will provide a shuttle service to/from the school to Vasa Hotel, Ascott Waterplace Hotel, and Fave Hotel.

Visas for Entry to Indonesia

For participants traveling from overseas, please contact your travel agent to check if you require a visa.

Terms and Conditions of Registration:
  • SIS reserves the right to alter the program or presenter without further notice; however, the event is intended to run as advertised.
  • Upon receipt of payment, registration fees are nonrefundable.
  • Cancellations will not be refunded.
  • SIS reserves the right to cancel the event/s due to insufficient numbers. Registrants will be notified and refunded in full should this occur.