Fall IB: Managing the extended essay, Category 3

Category 3 workshops are designed to provide a forum for experienced IB educators to build on and enhance their professional development portfolios. Participants will engage in in-depth investigation into specific areas of interest and expertise.

As a process the extended essay provides a valuable learning experience that supports lifelong learning.  Each school plays an important role in providing a structure that enables students to build on their own learning experiences when developing the extended essay. Schools can increase student achievement in the extended essay by taking a systematic approach to managing the extended essay process and by preparing teachers to assume supervisory roles and responsibilities. Participants will examine the 2018 Guide and share best practices in order to gain an understanding of various methods for preparing students to be successful with writing the extended essay as they explore the guidelines and required reflections. Participants will consider timelines and how to monitor progress throughout the process. A school–based plan will be developed for coordinating the extended essay process to include training of supervisors, developing well-focused research questions, consideration of timelines and how to monitor both student and supervisor progress. This workshop is suitable for both new and experienced extended essay coordinators, supervisors, IB coordinators and librarians who wish to explore ways of developing effective school procedures for managing the extended essay.

Topics will include the following:

+ Analyze and score sample extended essays
+ Examine the assessment criteria along with the subject specific criteria to derive a best fit approach to predicted grades
+ Investigate the Teacher Support Materials available on the Online Curriculum Center
+ Develop an understanding of the three required reflections for students
+ Explore the critical role of the extended essay supervisor and develop a plan for supervisor training
+ Understand the importance of developing a strongly focused research question
+ Develop a school-based plan for integrating the extended essay process into the IB curriculum


Section Instructor Format Schedule start date
CCR42217 Doreen Chonko On-campus 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Sunday and Monday; 9 a.m.-noon, Tuesday Sunday, October 8, 2017

INSTRUCTOR: Doreen Chonko
FORMAT: On-campus
SCHEDULE: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Sunday and Monday; 9 a.m.-noon, Tuesday
START DATE: Oct. 08, 2017

Instructor: Doreen Chonko

Doreen Chonko teaches Theory of Knowledge and is the Extended Essay Coordinator at Palm Harbor University High School in Palm Harbor, Florida. She is an IB examiner for Theory of Knowledge and a National Board Certified Teacher in Library Media. Ms. Chonko received an MA degree from the University of South Florida in Library Science. Her BA degree is in Psychology from Montclair State University.  

Term: Fall 2017

Start Date: Oct. 08, 2017

End Date: Oct. 10, 2017

Schedule: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Sunday and Monday; 9 a.m.-noon, Tuesday

Length: Sunday-Tuesday

Location: Rice campus

Fee: $880

Early Registration: $830 (until July 8)

Late Registration: $930 (after September 24)

  • All Category 2 and 3 participants are now required to bring their own Subject Guides for the Rice IB DP Workshops.
  • Laptop, tablet or other electronic device to access DropBox files
  • Electronic copy of the Extended Essay Guide First Exams 2018
  • Your school-based timeline for the extended essay, if available