Learning That Transfers: Designing Curriculum for a Changing World

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 Learning That Transfers empowers teachers and curriculum designers alike to harness the critical concepts of traditional disciplines while building students’ capacity to navigate, interpret, and transfer their learning to solve novel and complex modern problems. Using a backwards design approach, this hands-on guide walks teachers step-by-step through the process of identifying curricular goals, establishing assessment targets, and planning curriculum and instruction that facilitates the transfer of learning to new and challenging situations. Key features include

 Thinking prompts to spur reflection and inform curricular planning and design.
 Next-day strategies that offer tips for practical, immediate action in the classroom.
 Design steps that outline critical moments in creating curriculum for learning that transfers.
 Links to case studies, discipline-specific examples, and podcast interviews with educators. 
 A companion website that hosts templates, planning guides, and flexible options for adapting current curriculum documents.


How do social studies teachers maximize instruction to ensure students are prepared for an informed civic life? This book shows how the field is more than simply memorizing dates and facts—it encapsulates the skillful ability to conduct investigations, analyze sources, place events in historical context, and synthesize divergent points of view. Best practices for applying visible learning are presented through:

  • A scaffolded approach including surface-level learning, deep learning, and transfer of learning
  • Examples of strategies, lessons, and activities best suited for each level of learning
  • Planning tools, rubrics, and templates to guide instruction



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The goal of learning is to develop strong thinkers and problem-solvers who can apply what they have learned in the classroom to innovate in the real world. That’s learning transfer. This On-Your-Feet Guide to Learning Transfer will help you break down the steps needed to implement this important strategy to engage and motivate your students and make your classroom relevant. This On-Your-Feet Guide provides:

  • A step-by-step method for ensuring that learning transfer happens in your classroom
  • Guidance on how to identify the concepts in learning outcomes
  • Examples showing how to write concept questions to help students make their own connections between key concepts
  • Prompts to help students apply conceptual relationships to increasingly dissimilar contexts



Nurture young learners’ innate curiosity about the world and bring intellectual rigor throughout the developmental stages of childhood. Concept-based teaching helps students uncover conceptual relationships and transfer them to new situations. Readers of this must-have road map for implementing concept-based teaching in elementary classrooms will learn

  • Why conceptual learning is a natural fit for children
  • Strategies for introducing conceptual learning
  • Instructional strategies to help students uncover and transfer concepts
  • How to write lessons, assess understanding, and differentiate in a concept-based classroom
  • How concept-based teaching aligns with best practices and initiatives

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Innovators don’t invent without understanding how the world works. With this foundation, they apply conceptual understanding to solve problems. We want students to not only retain ideas, but relate them to other things they encounter, using each new situation to add nuance and sophistication to their thinking. Discover how to help learners uncover conceptual relationships and transfer them to new situations. Teachers will learn:

    • Strategies for introducing conceptual learning to students
    • Lesson frameworks to help students uncover conceptual relationships
    • How to assess conceptual understanding, and
    • How to differentiate instruction

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