Full course now available as a live hosted online course.

Six sessions – 9.5 hours of direct tuition spread over 2 full PD days.

I have developed a combined live/pre-recorded workshop format which has proved to be successful. Each of the six sessions will begin with me live and then will move to a pre-recorded session. While the recording is playing I will be available on chat to answer written questions. I will be back live at the end of each session to recap and answer questions.

This course is designed to be accessed by individual schools interested in having all or a large proportion of their staff on the workshop, working together and building an across-school program that will benefit all students.

There is a minimum number of participants of 25 but within one school there is no maximum number of teachers who can attend. The more the better because the best way to get an ATL program working at your school is to involve your whole school in its design.

For all participants I will supply

a 25 page workbook for the full course
links to all the ATL skills in Excel file frameworks for working on during the workshop
one month’s full free access for all participants to my lalatat.com platform of MYP & DP ATL skills exercises

Course Structure:

Day 1:

Topic 1. Lessons from Covid – 1.5 hours

What are the significant implications for pedagogy and school organisation from the Covid19 pandemic and school shutdowns?
What are the ATL skills of the self-managed, remote learner?
What is the connection between self-management and self-regulation of learning?
How can teachers help students to take responsibility for their own learning and develop into self-managed, remote learners?
How do you teach a skill?
What are the levels of proficiency of ATL skill acquisition?

Topic 2. Designing a Core ATL Skills program – 2 hours

Differentiating between Core and Subject-Specific ATL skills
Structural frameworks of Core ATL skills
Core ATL skill Introduction, Practice and Mastery – across all programs
Achieving ATL Core skill development across a student’s school life from K-12
Mapping Core ATL skill articulation horizontally and vertically
Teaching strategies for Core ATL skills

Topic 3. Teaching Affective ATL Skills – 2 hours

Character, mental health and Affective ATL skills
What is the role of attribution and causality in success, failure and motivation?
How can students (and teachers) learn how to “fail well”?
How can students learn to be more resilient and more self-motivated?
How can Affective ATL skills be implemented across all programmes?
What are strategies for “teaching” Affective ATL skills?

Day 2:

Topic 4. Implementing Subject Specific ATL Skills – 2 hours

Aligning ATL skills with summative assessments and the nature of each subject.
Subject Specific ATL skill Introduction, Practice and Mastery
What is the connection between self-management and self-regulation of learning?
Mapping Subject Specific ATL skill articulation horizontally and vertically
Teaching strategies for Subject Specific ATL skills

Topic 5. Metacognitive Assessment of ATL Skills – 1 hour

Meta-cognitive knowledge and performance.
How can teachers raise meta-cognitive awareness in students?
Is it possible to assess ATL skills in isolation?
How can students improve their own performance through meta-cognitive assessment of subject matter, ATL skills and learning strategies?
Developing self-assessment practices

Topic 6. POSBGIL: Process-Oriented, Skills-Based, Guided Inquiry Learning – 1 hour

What are the teaching/learning practices that generate student motivation and achieve highest levels of understanding?
POSBGIL – constructing and managing different styles of inquiry learning
Utilising good quality internet resources to design inquiry based blended learning experiences
How can teachers design learning experiences that use ATL skills, achieve subject objectives and promote the development of self-managed learning at the level of self-regulation?
Aligning inquiry based teaching practice with assessment


Applying the skills of effective learning for success at school.

After each student learning course one of our presenters will be available to run a one hour after-school seminar for teaching staff for no charge. This seminar introduces the idea of using the classroom experience to develop within each student, the skills of the self-regulated learner. Helping teachers learn how to shift from a transmission teaching style to a more facilitative one by utilising excellent digital resources in every subject area. How to focus on the skills of learning being employed by the students and improving those while enabling students to gain the content knowledge they need through inquiry learning.

There is no limit on numbers for this seminar.


One of the difficulties in designing standard courses to help all schools to move ahead down the 21st C or ATL skills teaching path is that every school is at a different point in their development and has different needs. In recognition of these differences the workshop programme you will see below has been divided up into nine specific topics each with a descriptor and a time frame for delivery.

Each topic can stand alone as a short workshop or can be built together into a maximum of three full days of workshop delivery. Schools are encouraged to build their own programme out of the topics listed below and to consult thoroughly with Lance before delivery to make sure that their programme meets their specific needs.

All topics will be delivered in a workshop style and are all designed to give schools clear practical strategies for design, mapping, vertical and horizontal articulation, implementation, administration, assessment and teaching of 21st C ( ATL) skills.

Feedback from teachers in Lance’s most recent workshops in schools in Doha, Dubai, Jakarta, Tokyo, Cebu & Nanjing (3):

  • Beneficial and gave me a great insight to how skills can be taught
  • Awesome, very knowledgeable on the subject very much involved in the IB
  • Well worth the time. Very useful information was shared
  • I found Lance to be engaging and thoughtful. Clearly extremely knowledgeable and experienced working with learners and educators.
  • He is a very good facilitator. He catered to all the questions with candor and ease. He knows what he is talking about.
  • The presenter is very engaging and encouraging towards the attendees
  • Very knowledgeable and shared practical examples of how to implement ATLs also shared good links
  • Persuasive, emotional, good public speaker
  • Great, he was very clear & precise also engaging & motivating! Very glad I attended this session.
  • Presented ATL as part of our tools to help our students learn

Feedback from teachers in Lance’s most recent workshops in schools in Doha, Dubai, Jakarta, Tokyo, Cebu & Nanjing (2):

  • Knowledgeable, friendly and listened to people’s comments
  • Very knowledgeable, asked interesting questions, thought provoking
  • Knowledgeable, had insightful input, able to show real examples and interact with participants
  • A unique and a great opportunity to learn more about ATL skills
  • Better than I expected and one of the best workshops I’ve attended
  • Very useful to me, I will transfer many strategies and information I have got to my school
  • Excellent and worth my weekend
  • Awesome and knowledgeable
  • Very knowledgeable and answered all questions
  • Knowledgeable, adaptable, engaging, helpful towards MYP & DP

Feedback from teachers in Lance’s most recent workshops in schools in Doha, Dubai, Jakarta, Tokyo, Cebu & Nanjing (1):

  • Worth giving up a weekend for, I have much to bring to my lesson planning and to share with my department
  • Full of teaching skills, a person who can inspire my teaching
  • Dynamic and made lessons attractive
  • Excellent presenter – good pace and level of understanding
  • Insightful and courageous – open questions with no fear
  • Clear and gave me good thoughts to consider and discuss with my school
  • Very knowledgeable and good at animating discussions
  • Enthusiastic and passionate
  • I definitely would recommend it to others
  • Absolutely amazing!

Feedback from teachers in Lance’s most recent workshops in schools in Singapore, Malaysia, Germany, Norway, England, India, Vietnam and Kazakhstan (3):

  • Excellent, above and beyond my expectations
  • Thorough, knowledgeable, approachable, helpful
  • Very clear and objective, providing a great balance between descriptive lecture and interactive exercises
  • Very professional, very advanced, utterly experienced, efficient, structured, balanced
  • Perfect!
  • Engaging, motivating, knowledgeable, pleasant to listen to, clear, inspiring
  • Dynamic, energetic, respectful, professional, knowledgeable. I appreciated the multifaceted use of technology to inform
  • An excellent investment of time and resources
  • Very knowledgeable. Accommodating to participants needs. High number of practical applications.

From Margy and John (New Zealand parents):

“xxxx hasn’t stopped talking about it (this morning and after school) and I believe Lance has instilled into her some fabulous tips for being a great learner. John and I got lots out of his presentation to the parents and we also haven’t stopped talking about it. At dinner tonight the four of us had fantastic discussions on “learning” – not the usual topic of conversation!.”

From Sue (a New Zealand parent):

“Yesterday you spoke to my daughter xxxx’s, Year 10 class at xxxx College.  She moaned about having to attend this while she was at home at breakfast day, thinking it would be one of those ‘find your learning styles’ things yet again…

HOWEVER…!  When I picked her up at the end of the day I had a different child.  She was so animated and excited about life.  She is keen to go on a trip to Cambodia and Vietnam but didn’t have the get up and go to fund-raise.  She came home, knew how she could do it, and promptly started on her plans.  She said she knows why she can be a little negative at times, what her weaknesses are etc and that she now understands how to turn these around to make positives.

xxxx has told me she feels like a new person!  I have heard about it ever since I picked her up yesterday!

Anyway, the main point of this email was just to say how impressed we all are and to say THANK YOU for your efforts.”

From a Hong Kong parent:

“My 15 year old daughter xxxx attended your seminar at xxxx this spring and she came home as a different person. She was beaming and didn’t stop talking about what she had learned from your seminar. She sat her little sister down and told her everything she had learned from you. xxxx felt she had learned something that day that would make her a better student and something she felt she could use for her whole life. Thank you for that, Lance! That was a real gift you gave her.”

From Bauyrzhan Serikov – General Director, Tamos Education, Almaty, Kazakhstan:

“On behalf of Tamos Education, I wanted to extend our deepest gratitude for taking the time to join us and conduct the world-class IB workshop. Your expertise and insights into the International Baccalaureate program have been invaluable, and the feedback from our faculty and staff has been overwhelmingly positive.

The dedication you demonstrated in imparting knowledge and best practices of teaching 21-st century skills to our educators will undoubtedly have a lasting impact on the quality of our curriculum and, most importantly, the learning experience for our students. It’s rare to find someone who can present such intricate material with clarity and passion, and we feel privileged to have had you lead this workshop.

I’d also like to take a moment to appreciate the professional and approachable manner with which you addressed every question and concern. Your willingness to engage with our team, understand our unique challenges, and tailor your guidance accordingly was truly commendable.

I look forward to any future opportunities for collaboration and would be honoured to welcome you back to Tamos Education anytime.”

Feedback from teachers in Lance’s most recent workshops in schools in Singapore, Malaysia, Germany, Norway, England, India, Vietnam and Kazakhstan (1):

  • Clear, knowledgeable and engaging, easy to listen to and to follow
  • Energetic, knowledgeable and enthusiastic
  • Very well organized and worthwhile professional development
  • Absolutely brilliant and delivered the course in a very efficient and productive manner
  • Well worth it, rewarding and very informative
  • Really a positive course. Well spent time
  • Very clear, structured, a great listener with very valuable feedback to what was said by the teachers – challenging and keeping us engaged the whole time.
  • Excellent, very knowledgeable and good at listening/responding to the audience
  • Amazing!!
  • Excellent! Lance was entertaining, knowledgeable in his field and able to answer all questions and confirm our areas of concern as appropriate, personably and professionally.

Feedback from teachers in Lance’s most recent workshops in schools in Singapore, Malaysia, Germany, Norway, England, India, Vietnam and Kazakhstan (2):

  • Some of the best PD I have been on in years
  • Engaging, dynamic, confident and experienced
  • Excellent, one of the best bits of PD I’ve done in 13 years of teaching
  • Outstanding, truly an expert in his field. He had a very engaging easy way of making me understanding ideas that are new to me
  • Today was indeed very productive, enlightening and enriching
  • Useful and inspiring to see clear ways of helping my school move forward in this area
  • Very interesting and thought provoking, made me make connections between my department PYP, MYP and DP
  • Entertaining, thought provoking, engaging, interesting. Inspirational, transforming
  • Interesting, relevant, informative and supported by evidence

From Lies Goodchild, ex-Head of Learning Support, Kings College School, London:

“The pupils explore and work through a number of skills, which they need to be successful at
learning. In that process they raise their self-esteem and confidence and they learn the importance of being resilient. The impact is immediate and amazing.
A follow up workshop for staff and a separate workshop for parents complement this programme, thus ensuring that all parties in the “pupil, parent, teacher partnership” are aware of the strategies and the level of support which are required to make learning successful. That is where the strength of this programme lies. It allows for a whole school approach to learning, which is clearly set out, well understood and most importantly easy and fun to use.

Without any hesitation, I recommend this programme to any educational establishment.”

From John Rolfe, ex-Director of Studies, Shrewsbury International School, Bangkok, Thailand:

“Lance spent the whole day with all of our Year 11 pupils, the majority of whom were second language learners. In the time I spent with Lance and the pupils I saw that they were really interested in what he had to say, as I was myself. Talking to them afterwards their enthusiasm for the course was overwhelming; they were unanimous in their opinions of how useful and interesting it was, but also how much they enjoyed it. Much of this is to do with the friendly and approachable nature of Lance who seems to draw the pupils out of themselves.

Lance is friendly adaptable and utterly professional. He will adapt courses that he has to the needs of the school and the pupils; he also runs courses for parents and teachers. I would thoroughly recommend his organisation to other international schools.”