Supervisor Training for The Extended Essay

Teacher & IB Coordinator Workshop

This workshop focuses on empowering teachers to be the most effective Extended Essay Supervisor possible. Methodically built as an extension of the Extended Essay mark scheme, this workshop guides Supervisors through the Subject Specific Guidance from their Subject Area, thus providing the necessary link for student success. Each Supervisor will build a unique four-step process for their specific Extended Essay Subject Area for their students to follow.

Saturday, December 3, 2022

1:00 PM to 4:00 PM EST (New York Time)

Supervisor Training for the Extended Essay

  • The Mark Scheme - The answers are all in the mark scheme--and thus the mark scheme is the foundation of our understanding the what the Extended Essay actually "needs to do".

  • Subject Specific Guidance - Here in lies the keys to the task in every Subject Area! As Extended Essay Supervisors we must know our Subject Specific Guidance thoroughly and completely.

  • The Reflections - This is a critical piece of an Extended Essay! We will dig deep to understand how to guide students to effectively write evaluative reflections.

  • The Process - Each one of us will take an in depth look at our own specific parameters of Supervising an Extended Essay at our schools.

  • A Plan - The culminating moment of the workshop will be where we each construct a unique four-part plan to Supervise our students over the multi-month Extended Essay process at our own individual schools.

  • The Promise - You will finish the workshop with a thorough understanding of what being an effective Extended Essay Supervisor involves by taking control of your own individual situation!

Brad Cartwright

Founder | Instructor

Brad Cartwright created this site in 2018. He was most likely making himself some mate on a Tuesday morning. For some odd reason, everything always seems to happen on a Tuesday in Chile.  If you are wondering, mate is a South American - Andean tea, that is served in a gourd and sipped pretty much endlessly.  (If you want to know more, click here

Brad went to Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, where he was a highly-competitive soccer athlete and double-majored in History and Public Policy.  As he traveled through Europe and Asia playing sports, his curiosity about countries, cultures, people and stories started shaping his life and his purpose. 

From traveling several for months through Southeast Asia, to becoming a United States Peace Corps Volunteer, where he lived and worked in the developing community of Los Marranitos in the Dominican Republic, Brad’s understanding of the importance of education became pivotal for the rest of his career in education. 

“The World is Our Classroom” is the lens through which Brad sets about his work as an educator.  The impact of education lies in curiosity, in diversity, in discovering, in researching, and experience.  The world and other people’s realities enhance our studies from textbooks. 

Brad has worked in diverse school settings: The all-girls college preparatory school in Atlanta, Georgia, The Atlanta Girls’ School, the American Nicaraguan School in Managua, Nicaragua, and The International School Nido de Águilas in Santiago, Chile.  His work includes serving as High School Principal in Nicaragua, leading curriculum strategic planning in all schools mentioned above, IB Economics teacher, Theory of Knowledge teacher, and Extended Essay Coordinator. 

Currently he is living in Santiago, Chile—at least for now—and dedicates his time not only to IB Economics, but also modest simple things like: visiting the Pacific coast, carpentry, gardening, yoga, and planning his future beekeeping project. 

Kurt Supplee

Co-Instructor with Brad

Kurt joined in 2021 as an IB Workshop Instructor and colleague.  He brings with him over 27 years of educational experience as a teacher and IB Examiner of IB Physics and IB Math, and most significantly as the IB Diploma Coordinator at the International School Nido de Águilas for the last five years.

Kurt holds an undergraduate degree in Industrial Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Education from the United States.  His journey began at a small ski academy in Crested Butte, Colorado which set the foundation for his passion to connect with high school students both inside and outside of the classroom.  After stops in California and Caracas, Venezuela, Kurt currently resides with his family in Santiago, Chile


A life-long outdoorsman, Kurt is happiest when out from under a roof, be it skiing, hiking, surfing, or just listening to the crackle of an early evening campfire.

- IB Teacher Workshop Testimonials -

Hear it straight from IB Teachers and IB Coordinators who attended previous workshops!

“I have been to a great many IB trainings, both MYP & Diploma Programme. This is the first training I walked away from feeling re-invigorated and excited about making changes for our program. This training was practical, applicable, and relevant. I am looking forward to a customized training experience!”

Shannon | IB Coordinator Extended Essay Cohort Model Workshop | October 2022

“This was undeniably one of the most informative, well organized and applicable IB trainings that I have encountered. It also has many useful resources that you can access after the workshop! The Q&A cumulative session was a wonderful bonus! Thanks Brad and Kurt for sharing your wealth of knowledge and experience! ”

Tamisha | IB Coordinator Extended Essay Cohort Model Workshop | October 2022

“I am so glad that I attended Brad Cartwright’s IB Extended Essay Workshop, since it was insightful, informative, and useful. His practical, specific, and encouraging approach really outlined the role of the supervisor and how to guide the student to his/her best abilities. Thank you for showing us “what and how” we can bridge the objectives of the tasks and the mark scheme. I would absolutely recommend this, and all of his other workshops, whether you are a new or experienced IB teacher. ”

Sofia | Extended Essay Teacher Workshop | March 2021

“Best value for money IB course in the market. If you are realtively new in delivering the IB Economics course, your students will see a marked improvement in your delivery of the content from week 1 and will thank you for taking the course! Also, a great opportunity to meet fellow IB Economic teachers from around the world who are committed to improving the classroom learning experience of Economics for their students, as well as help foster a life long interest in the subject.”

Jane | Launching the New School Year | September 2021

“As a new Economics teacher, I was struggling to find the right pace while trying to fill the gap between what IB wanted students to know and what I needed to do as a teacher to facilitate this so my students would be well prepared for their exams. I had many questions - do I teach everything? how do I support my students so they not only know the content, the diagrams, the facts but have those critical skills to be able to analyse and evaluate with conviction? how do I know my IA marking is on par with the IB examiners? Not only I got answers to these questions, during the workshop I've also gained valuable skills and resources to teach confidently. Thanks to Brad, I feel my students are now well supported to not only succeed in their exams but become knowledgeable and critical thinker economists. ”

Barbora | Launching the New School Year | September 2021

“The Launching the School Year workshop was immensely helpful in ramping up for the school year. Having never taught IB DP Economics before, I entered the course not knowing where to begin or what to focus on. I felt like I learned, in four weeks, what it might otherwise take me three years to figure out on my own. The workshop not only laid out a clear architecture for thinking about the course; it also gave me ways to think and talk about and plan for the course that I could put to use with my students immediately. ”

Daniel | Launching the New School Year | September 2021

“I thoroughly recommend Brad’s workshops both for teachers new to IB economics and for those with a few years under their belt. The workshops are well organised and allow for active participation by participants. I have come away with fresh ideas of how to organise the material and have implemented many of them already. ”

Perry | Launching the New School Year | September 2021

“This is an ideal course for anyone who is starting to teach IB economics, whether they are familiar with the IB and not Economics, or familiar with Economics but not the IB. Brad covers every aspect of the course. Gives very useful and practical advice on how to teach, allocate time according to the topics and skills.”

Antonina | Launching the New School Year | September 2021

“This workshop wasn’t “extra” for my professional development, I would say it was ESSENTIAL! As someone new to the IB curriculum and to teaching Economics the workshop covered all of the vital concepts I needed to know to survive my first semester of teaching. Your workshop contained high quality content that was delivered with passion and a genuine desire to share your knowledge and to present it in a way that becomes useful to teachers even with varying levels of experience. In terms of what we covered and were able I am so glad that I attended Brad Cartwright’s IB Extended Essay Workshop, since it was insightful, informative, and useful. His practical, specific, and encouraging approach really outlined the role of the supervisor and how to guide the student to his/her best abilities. Thank you for showing us “what and how” we can bridge the objectives of the tasks and the mark scheme. I would absolutely recommend this, and all of his other workshops, whether you are a new or experienced IB teacher. to achieve in only 2 days, the workshop exceeded all of my expectations. The pace was fast but reasonable. You answered every question with grace, simplicity, and absolute competence demonstrating your mastery in the field. I loved your energy, passion, and generosity as a facilitator- and it is clear that it is your mission to help us become the best teachers we can be. ”

Maxine | The New Teacher Workshop | July 2020

“your level of experience teaching IB Economics. The biggest problem that the majority of us face as IB teachers is the lack of certainty of what and how to guide the EE process. Brad’s style of delivery is clear and well paced, and he provided us with solid strategies and resources to guide our students through the Extended Essay process. Another thing that Brad did was that he assumed zero prior knowledge. I loved this, because as a new IB Economics teacher I have felt a bit overwhelmed in the other workshops I’ve attended. The fact that he explained each area of the Extended Essay process in a non-judgemental way made it easy for everyone to ask any question that they wanted. Finally, it comes clear as day that Brad really cares. IB teachers need support, understanding and guidance, not judgement and ridicule. I got so much peace of mind from this workshop and left feeling empowered to guide my students. ”

Jonathan | Extended Essay Teacher Workshop | March 2021

“Brad’s workshop was just what I needed when teaching Market Power. He clearly explained IB expectations, had great teaching strategies, and shared resources that I immediately used in the classroom. Plus, it was super enjoyable, because Brad is a remarkable person and dedicated professional. I highly recommend his teacher workshops and all of his online materials -- they are very helpful! ”

Wendy | Teaching Market Power Workshop | December 2020

“The most helpful part of Brad’s workshop was the clarity on the structure of the Internal Assessment and the best type of articles to use to get the most out of the IA commentary. I was very grateful for Brad’s continuous ability to answer my questions throughout to ensure that I fully understood what was being communicated and could challenge some of my current practices. Even though the workshop was full, the session was very interactive and felt almost personalized. ”

Fiona | Internal Assessment Teacher Workshop | April 2021

“I can say without reservation that this was the best IB workshop I have ever attended. Not only was it completely beneficial in meeting my needs, but Brad’s relaxed and enthusiastic approach allayed many of the concerns I have as a first year IB Economics teacher. ”

John | New Teacher Workshop | September 2020

“The best part of Brad’s Internal Assessment workshop was the practical and easily actionable step-by-step approach he took us through. It was very much a “how to” workshop that cut through unnecessary material and explained to us exactly how to guide students through the Internal Assessment process. It was a very powerful and empowering workshop. I highly recommend any of Brad’s teacher workshops! ”

Jonathan | Internal Assessment Teacher Workshop | April 2021