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Taking the Complexity Out of Concepts - A Continuation

  • 26 October 2018
  • 15:30
  • 28 October 2018
  • 12:00
  • American International School of Johannesburg


Taking the Complexity out of Concepts is designed to assist educators in making the shift from a content-based curriculum to a conceptual curriculum. The authors’ aim is to do what the title suggests, taking the complexity out of concepts in learning by providing practical strategies and ideas for teachers that can be implemented in any educational setting.

KEY AUDIENCE: Teachers, Teacher Teams, Teacher Leaders, Coaches, Instructional Leaders.

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When curriculum content is shifted into a conceptual framework, facts and skills are seen as layers within a more conceptually driven context. Units are developed and analysed to ensure they are significant, compelling and intriguing for students; therefore, students are involved in learning that has purpose and engages their curiosity.

Research indicates that one of the benefits of learning through concepts is that "organizing information into a conceptual framework allows for greater transfer; that is, it allows the student to apply what was learned in new situations and to learn related information more quickly" (Bransford, Brown & Cocking 2000, How people learn: Brain, mind, experience and school, p.17).

Learners attending this institute can expect to:

  • Develop, review and write units, revising and re-imagining curriculum to be structured within in a conceptual framework. 
  • Open up the opportunity for student-led inquiry. 
  • Make learning more meaningful and connected by leveraging the way in which the brain processes information, contextualizing curriculum content.
  • Feel more confident teaching conceptually.


Tania Lattanzio is an experienced international educator. Previously a teacher, coordinator, and manager with the International Baccalaureate, she is now Regional Director of Innovative Global Education. In this role she works as a consultant extensively in Asia Pacific and other parts of the world. This role involves developing and conducting professional development for teachers and leadership, modeling 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 Publishing in Australia.

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 Membership  Full Affiliate  Individual 
 Early-Bird Rate  US$ 415  US$ 435  US$ 435
 Full Registration  US$ 435  US$ 460  US$ 460

Early-Bird Date: 27th August 2018

Cancellation Date: 25th September 2018



The American International School of Johannesburg (AISJ)

Knopjeslaagte, Midrand,

Johannesburg, South Africa.

Visa and Health

Refer to the South Africa VISA Information and Exemptions website for information.


Hotel Name: City Lodge Hotel

Physical Address: Cnr Montecasino Boulevard & Witkoppen Roads; Fourways, Johannesburg.

Phone No: +27 11 244 6000

Single Occupancy Rate (Bed & Breakfast): ZAR 952.80

Double Occupancy Rate (Bed & Breakfast): ZAR 1,117.80

Booking Process

To make a booking, fill in the Booking Form and send it the Reservations Team at with your check in/out details.

Airport Transfers

To arrange for an airport transfer, send an email to Marco at Avala Transport ( with your itinerary details. Marco can also be reached at +27 827715885

Hotel – School Transport

The Host School will provide a shuttle to pick participants from the City Lodge Hotel in the morning and provide a return trip in the evening.

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