AISA Online Deep Dive: Teaching Assistants Supporting Inquiry in The Classroom

The aim of this session is to provide teaching assistants with resources and strategies for inquiry, ELL, classroom management, and environmental engagement support in learning communities.
  • Deep Dives
  • Elementary Teaching Assistants in IB schools (Ideally 2nd through 5th grade)
  • Virtual
  • September - 2021
  • This Deep Dive session will run over a period of 5 weeks



The role of teaching assistants is pivotal in maximizing learning in the classroom. Our 5 week Deep Dive will provide opportunities for participants to build a professional playbook, or toolkit, for teaching assistants. Our weekly synchronous workshops will provide teaching assistants with opportunities to interact and collaborate with colleagues from around the continent whilst learning good practices to use in the classroom. The asynchronous explorations will support our discussions from the sessions and provide tangible strategies for classroom implementation.

As a result of attending this deep dive session, participants will explore:

  • Trans-Languaging strategies
  • Cultural dynamics that support classroom management
  • Inquiry based learning protocols

The AISA online Deep Dives are a balanced mix of Synchronous (interactive online learning involving external expert and peer to peer collaboration) and Asynchronous (distance, self-paced and peer-to-peer learning) learning facilitated over a period of 5 weeks.

1 Tue. 14 Sept. 2021 15:30 – 16:30 Introductory Meeting
2 Tue. 21 Sept. 2021 15:30 – 16:30 Interactive Workshop
3 Tue. 28 Sept. 2021 15:30 – 16:30 Interactive Workshop
4 Tue. 05 Oct. 2021 15:30 – 16:30 Interactive Workshop
5 Tue. 12 Oct. 2021 15:30 – 16:30 Summative Meeting



  • Brad Chumrau
    International School of Dakar
    IB PYP Coordinator / Instructional Coach

    Greetings, I am in my 21st year as an educator and this is my 13th year working overseas. I previously worked at schools in The Philippines, Germany, El Salvador and, of course, the USA. This is my 5th year in Dakar where I serve as the elementary school’s PYP Coordinator and instructional coach. A big part of my job is helping my colleagues find their “flow” in inquiry-based, process-focused learning paradigms. I strongly believe that play, choice, relevance, and opportunities for creative application increase agency among our students. I am looking forward to working with this collective of African schools as we strive toward building warm, safe and engaging learning communities for our youngest global citizens.

  • Liz DenHartigh
    International School of Dakar
    Elementary School Assistant Principal

    I am an educator, mother, partner, leader, daughter, learner and more. My different hats/roles keep me accountable, make me who I am and hope to continue to be. I grew up, like many of our students, as a third culture kid (TCK) for the initial 16 years of my life. After university in the USA, I was drawn back overseas. Since that initial international move, I have lived and worked in China, Japan, Korea, Sudan, India, and Bangladesh with my family for over 22 years. I would consider myself as a generalist teacher; I have been a homeroom teacher in most grades, taught ELL KG-12th grade, been a learning support teacher and finally taught in the Early Years. I believe these experiences allow me to have a broader understanding of educators roles and needs within the school. I am currently living in Dakar, Senegal where I work at the International School of Dakar (ISD) as the ES Assistant Principal. I hope to provide a safe space to share ideas, inquire and learn.

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