It is essential to our success in the IB classroom that we figure out how to fill the gap between what is expected of us by the IB and how to actually do it  

Figuring out the how  does not have to be a burden behind closed doors, filled with uncertain decisions.  

As a result, I've created Launching the New School Year!  A four-week training that begins on September 4th and runs through September 25th.  

Together we will study every section of syllabus, every IB assessment, every mark scheme, and discuss practical teaching strategies that will allow us to reclaim control and ease in the classroom.

Whether you are NEW to teaching IB Economics or are a seasoned veteran, I have no doubt that this Launching the New School Year! will transform your teaching!

Saturday, September 4th - Building from the Ground Up!

  • Introduction to the Launching the New Year! - We will begin with a comprehensive overview of the one-month program to get you ready to teach ease and calm.

  • Introduction to the IB Program - A comprehensive overview of the two-year IB Diploma Program from the student perspective.

  • The Core of the IB Diploma Program - A discussion of the Extended Essay, Theory of Knowledge, and CAS (Creativity, Activity, and Service).

  • The Promise - You will finish Week #1 with a thorough understanding of the core components of the IB Diploma Program, so that we can fully appreciate the task of teaching IB Economics via the student experience.

Saturday, September 11th - Teaching IB Economics - Roadmap to Success!

  • Introduction to IB Economics - This week we will focus on the balance we must find between managing content and teaching the skills necessary for student success.

  • The Content - We will focus on what we teach during the two-year course of study - Introduction to Economics, Microeconomics, Market Power, Macroeconomics, and the Global Economy.

  • The Assessments - A thorough look at the requirements for Paper 1, Paper 2, Paper 3, the Internal Assessment, and The Extended Essay in Economics.

  • The Five Essential Skills - Equally important to content is how well we teach the skills necessary for student success.

  • The Pacing - We will pace out the entire two-year course of study for various teaching models based on typical constraints of schools.

  • The Promise - You will finish Week #2 with a clear roadmap laid out of your entire 2-year path to teach IB Economics.

Saturday, September 18th - Framing the IB Assessments!

  • The Five Essential Skills - We will take a comprehensive look at the five essential skills for student achievement in IB Economics as a framework around which to understand all IB Assessments.

  • Paper 1 - We will take a comprehensive look at Paper 1 - The Essay Question - and discuss the demands of the paper and how to prepare students for success

  • Paper 2 - We will take a comprehensive look at Paper 2 - The Data Response Question - and discuss the demands of the paper and how to prepare students for success

  • Paper 3 - We will take a comprehensive look at Paper 3 - The Policy Paper - and discuss the demands of the paper and how to prepare students for success

  • The Internal Assessment - We will take a comprehensive look at the Internal Assessment and discuss the demands of the IA and how to prepare students for success

  • The Extended Essay - We will take a comprehensive look at the Internal Assessment and discuss the demands of the IA and how to prepare students for success

  • The Promise - You will finish Week #3 with a thorough and practical framework in your mind of the demands of all the IB Economics Assessments.

Saturday, September 25th - Launching the Semester!

  • First Semester Plan - One of the most difficult aspects of being an IB Economics teacher is pacing out the course.

  • Unit Plans - We will discuss each unit specifically - how many days to allot, how to structure lessons, how to assess, how to connect to real-life examples, where to slow down, where to speed up.

  • Daily Plans - The beauty of teaching IB Economics is the creative thrill of teaching students content and skills simultaneously. Here we will tap into our collective experiences and prep daily lessons.

  • The Promise - We will leave this workshop with our first semester prepped and planned out!

  • A Community of IB Economics Teachers
    1. Access to a private community of IB Economics teachers to share resources, ideas, stresses, successes via Slack that will extend beyond the training--a $550 value.
  • Weekly Group Q & A Sessions
    1. Access to weekly Zoom class with me and other IB Economics teachers in the program--a $400 value. 
  • A Teacher Resource eBook of Your Choice
    1. Choose one of the five Teacher Resource eBooks giving you access to hundreds of pages of PowerPoint Slides for Every Lesson, Key Terms, Review Questions, and IB Exam Practice Questions--a $79 value.
  • Annual Teacher’s Subscription to the Website
    1. You will receive a year of free access to over 400+ Video Lessons covering the entirety of the new IB Economics curriculum--a $180 value.

Launching the New School Year!

"Filling the gap between what is expected of us by the IB and how to actually do it."

IB Economics Teacher Workshops Testimonials

Hear it straight from IB teachers who attended last year!

“This workshop wasn’t “extra” for my professional development. I would say it was ESSENTIAL! As someone new to the IB curriculum and teaching Economics, the workshop covered all the vital concept I need 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 present it in a way it becomes useful to teachers, with different levels of experience. In terms of what we covered and were able to achieve in only 2 days exceeded all 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

“I am so glad 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

“I highly recommend Brad’s Extended Essay Teacher Workshop, regardless of your experience level in teaching IB Economics. The biggest problem that the majority of us face as IB teachers is the lack of certainty on 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 have attended. The fact that he explained each area of the Extended Essay process in a non-judgmental way made it easy for everyone to ask any question that they wanted. Finally, it comes through 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

“Brad's workshop was just what I needed to feel more confident when teaching Market Power. He clearly explained IB expectations, had great teaching ideas, 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 workshops and his online materials—they are very helpful!”

Wendy | Teaching Market Power Workshop

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

John | New Teacher Workshop

“The most helpful part of Brad's workshop was the clarification on 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 continued ability to answer my questions throughout to ensure that I fully understood what was being communicated and could challenge some of my current practice. The session was very interactive and almost personalized.”

Fiona - The Internal Assessment Teacher Workshop

“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

A little bit about me...

I currently teach IB Economics in Santiago, Chile. I have also served as the IB Extended Essay Coordinator for the past four years.  I have 20 years of classroom experience, ten of which have been teaching both High Level and Standard Level IB Economics.  

Prior to moving to Chile in 2012, I spent four years at the American School of Nicaragua. Three of those years I taught high school history, one of them I spent as High School Principal.  I began my teaching career in 2002 at the Atlanta Girls’ School in the United States. Prior to teaching, I served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the central mountains of the Dominican Republic. I am a graduate of Duke University where I studied Public Policy Studies and History.  

Teaching IB Economics has been the most rewarding experience of my twenty-year career and I would love to share a bit of what I've learned along the way.  Please don't hesitate to send me an email to brad@bradcartwright.com if you have any questions.

Wishing you all the best out there.  

Stay safe and healthy!

Brad