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How can we help students use the concepts and skills of your course(s) to understand the world around them and take informed action in their communities? 

This in-depth course follows the structure of the bestselling book, Learning That Transfers. There are 8 modules, following the 8 chapters of the book, taking approximately 45 minutes - 1 hour per module. 

All activities are completely asynchronous. Optional live calls for connection and Q and A included. View the course syllabus here

Some familiarity with conceptual learning and transfer is recommended before taking this course, but beginners who are eager to learn are very welcomed to join! 

Participants can choose to aim for a level 1, level 2, or level 3 badge, by completing one ore more of the following:  

  • a course overview
  • a unit plan
  • an instructional calendar
  • a lesson plan for learning that transfers. 

Course finishers receive a certificate noting 15 hours and 1.5 continuing education credits (CEU), plus a badge to use in emails, resume, etc. 

We hope you'll join us! Group discount for 4+ participants. 

Please reach out with any questions: info@juliehstern.com 

Participants have access to the course material for one year from purchase date. 

Course curriculum

    1. Welcome Letter

    2. Course Goals & Overview

    3. Introduction & Course Community

    1. Module One Introduction

    2. Complex World Video

    3. How Learning Transfer Works

    4. The ACT Model

    5. Application Time

    6. Storyboard Exploration

    7. Envisioning Possibilities

    8. Module 1 Reflection

    1. Module Two Introduction

    2. Adapting to Changing Times

    3. The Role of Student and Teacher

    4. Teacher-Directed vs. Student-Directed Game

    5. Impact of Technology on Curriculum

    6. The Role of Curriculum and Instruction

    7. Strategies for Deeper Learning

    8. The Role of Assessments

    9. Application Time

    10. Module 2 Reflection

    1. Module Three Introduction

    2. Real-World Contexts

    3. Real-World Challenges

    4. The Purpose and Role of the Disciplines

    5. Student-Centered Disciplinary Literacy

    6. Selecting Disciplinary Lenses

    7. Application Time

    8. Module 3 Reflection

    1. Modern Literacies

    2. Education Evolution: Video and Discussion

    3. Real-World Challenges

    4. Bridge from Disciplinary to Modern Literacy

    5. Application Time

    6. Module 4 Reflection

    1. Module Five Introduction

    2. Video and Discussion

    3. Critical Steps for Arranging Content

    4. Crafting the Story of Your Course

    5. Selecting Anchoring and Subconcepts

    6. Drafting Conceptual & Compelling Questions

    7. Application Time

    8. Module 5 Reflection

About this course

  • $499.00
  • 71 lessons

Empower Your Students

Prepare them for an ever-changing world.

The ACT model of Acquire-Connect-Transfer is a way to help students and teachers alike to sift through the complexity and ground us amidst constant change. Leave this course with calm and purpose, armed with concrete steps to foster agency and adaptability with your students.

Learning Intentions and Success Criteria

Design learning experiences that use your course content to help our students make sense of the world and respond to its complex problems.

  • Explain why education needs to evolve and articulate how the ACT model helps students become adaptable.

  • Build a disciplinary vision that fosters disciplinary literacy.

  • Select Modern Literacies that prepare students to navigate a complex and changing world.

  • Write a story of the course that articulates the disciplinary vision and modern literacies that students will harness to transfer learning.

  • Draft unit plans that foster deep thinking and transfer of learning.

  • Design a summative assessment and a formative assessment plan for learning that transfers.

  • Create an instructional calendar that harnesses the ACT model to move students toward conceptual organization that transfers.

  • Create a lesson plan that helps students become more conscious of their learning and transfer their learning to new situations.

What people are saying:

Diane Cartier

Vice Principal, Medicine Hat Public Schools

“This learning opportunity deepened my understanding of conceptual teaching--from planning and delivery, to assessment and reflection--the modules were accessible and easily applied as I navigated this work with one of our teachers. The instructors are exceptional leaders in the way they deliver learning and provide support every step of the way!”

Shea Mellow

Instructional Coach, Horizon School Division

“As an instructional coach the Learning That Transfers resources and courses have revolutionized my role and responsibility as an educator."

Christine Haslett

Head of Primary, Dulwich College Shanghai Puxi

“By transferring concepts back into real life, real time examples, our children are making sense of the world that they are part of, and thinking critically about the behaviour of leaders.”


Julie Stern

Julie Stern is passionate about creating practical tools for educators to design learning that promotes sustainability, equity, and well-being. She is a four-time, best-selling author of Learning that Transfers, Visible Learning for Social Studies, The On-Your-Feet-Guide to Learning Transfer, and Tools for Teaching Conceptual Understanding, Elementary and Secondary. She is a certified trainer in Visible Learning Plus & Concept-Based Curriculum & Instruction. She is a James Madison Constitutional Fellow, previously served as Director of Curriculum Innovation for a network of schools, and taught social studies for many years. Julie moves internationally every few years with her family.

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