Workshops by Rachel French and Carla Marschall

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"Hello there, I’m Rachel French. I’m an Erickson and Lanning Concept-Based Curriculum and Instruction (CBCI) Certified Trainer, experienced educator and curriculum coordinator, and best-selling author. 


As Director of Professional Learning International, I work with teachers and school leaders around the world, helping them implement a Concept-Based Inquiry approach to support their students in building confidence and developing transferable understanding. I hold a Masters of Education in Leadership & Management from Bath University."

Rachel French, MA Ed, Rachel is a full-time educational consultant and presenter. Through workshops and ongoing consultation Rachel supports schools around the world with the planning and implementation of Concept-Based Inquiry. She also coaches and provides feedback to teams of teachers on curriculum development. She is experienced in aligning Concept-Based Inquiry and the IB programmes.


Rachel is an international teacher, who has worked in schools in South America, Africa, Europe, and Oceania. She is a certified Independent Consultant, Presenter and Trainer with Lynn Erickson and Lois Lanning. Rachel has presented numerous workshops in Europe and Asia, including workshops with Dr. Erickson, Dr. Lanning and Carla Marschall.

Rachel is also the director of Professional Learning International (PLI), a company she founded to support international schools and educators in accessing leading professional development opportunities. Through PLI, Rachel French is now the sole provider of the annual Dr. H. Lynn Erickson and Dr. Lois A. Lanning Certification Institute for Concept-Based Curriculum and Instruction Trainers and Presenters.

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"And, I’m Carla Marschall. I am also an Erickson and Lanning CBCI Certified Trainer, experienced in curriculum development and implementation for Pre–K to Grade 12. 

I have worked in a variety of curriculum leadership roles in IB schools in Switzerland, Germany, and Hong Kong, and am currently the Director of Teaching & Learning at UWC South East Asia in Singapore.


I facilitate workshops internationally and work directly with schools interested in bringing Concept-Based Inquiry into the classroom. I hold master's degrees in Elementary Education and Applied Educational Leadership & Management from Teachers College, Columbia University and the Institute of Education at the University of London."

Carla Marschall is experienced in Pre-K to Grade 12 curriculum development and implementation, having worked in a variety of curriculum leadership roles in IB schools in Switzerland, Germany and Hong Kong over the past ten years. She currently works as Head of Curriculum Development and Research and Vice Principal at United World College South East Asia in Singapore.

A certified Lynn Erickson Concept-Based Curriculum and Instruction Consultant and IB workshop leader, Carla has facilitated Concept-Based workshops with Lynn Erickson, Rachel French and independently around the world. She also works directly with schools interested in developing Concept-Based Inquiry in the classroom.


Carla holds a Masters in Elementary Education from Teachers College, Columbia University and a Masters in Applied Educational Leadership and Management from the Institute of Education, University of London.

Our Story


We met in 2012 at the Erickson and Lanning CBCI Trainer Certification Institute, where we instantly connected over our excitement about the powerful potential of a Concept-Based approach to engage students and honor their intellect as thinkers capable of making meaning. 


At the time, we were both working as curriculum coordinators, and we continued to meet up at conferences each year. At one of these conferences, we were sitting together chatting about how so many dedicated and passionate teachers are unsure about how to translate Concept-Based unit design into Concept-Based lessons and a cohesive unit of inquiry that balances curriculum demands with student agency.


We decided to take action...


This collaboration led to the development of the Concept-Based Inquiry Model (French & Marschall, 2016), followed by the publication of our book, Concept-Based Inquiry in Action: Strategies to Promote Transferable Understanding (Marschall & French, 2018). 


Now, after eight years of research, observation, trialing strategies, and collaboration with teachers around the world, we have designed a course that guides teachers to bring Concept-Based Inquiry to life and realize its full potential!

Concept-Based Inquiry in Action 
(8-Week Online Course)

Course Period: Week of 09 Sep to 03 Nov 2022

Group Coaching Sessions: Every Thursday, 8:30am to 9:30am SGT (GMT+8hr)

Venue: Online Course Portal & Zoom


Concept-Based Inquiry is an approach that integrates teacher scaffolding and student agency into an effective model that empowers students to pose and answer questions to develop conceptual understanding.


In this eight-week course, you will learn specific teaching strategies that guide you to use an inductive process to support students in coming up with their own understanding, using our Concept-Based Inquiry Model.


Rachel French and Carla Marschall will show you exactly how to adopt a Concept-Based Inquiry approach, using self-paced video modules, group and individual coaching, book study (you will get an e-book copy of our book!), group collaboration and hands-on lesson design!


If you are passionate about Concept-Based Inquiry and believe in your students as capable thinkers and inquisitive learners, and you are ready to take the next step, this course is for you.