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Empowering Teaching Assistants

Harrow International School, Beijing

May 11-12, 2018

Essential Learning Question: What do I need to know and be able to do to create and sustain a positive learning environment for students?

Our Goal: For participants to leave with the confidence and tools necessary to play a larger role in managing classroom activities, communication with students and parents, as well as ensure a positive learning environment.

Our Ideal Audience: Teaching Assistants. Facilitation for workshop will be in Mandarin Chinese and English, but materials will be prepared in Chinese and participant groupings will allow for activities to be done in Chinese, if required.

Welcome to Empowering Teaching Assistants!

Everyone working in a school should be considered an educator; no matter what role they have in a school. Unfortunately, our teaching assistants, who have the ability to contribute the most in the classroom, are often relied upon the least to support student learning. Empowering Teaching Assistants is a highly interactive 2-day seminar designed to help teaching assistants take a larger role in influencing the classroom-learning environment.

Participants will experience how developing the relationships with one-self, students, colleagues and parents can:

  1. Strengthen the learning community;
  2. Ensure a safe learning environment;
  3. Develop trust; and
  4. Improve student learning.

Additional outcomes from applying the skills taught in this program will also ensure teaching assistants model and reinforce social-emotional and leadership skills.

Presenter Profile:

Summer Li loves education and has been working in education for over 11 years, both as a teacher and in operations and leadership. Her operational role was the Learning Center Manager of Yue Cheng Education Research Institute, affiliated with Beijing City International School, where she was responsible for professional development programs, introduced advanced and Western educational philosophies, research, teaching methodologies and best practices to Chinese national educators.

In Summer’s current role in KaiWen Education, she is responsible for communicating and cooperating with overseas universities, educational institutions and educators to improve the internationalization of education.

Summer holds a bachelor degree in English Literature and a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. In addition to her work in international education, Summer spends considerable time researching parent roles in education, communication, organizational management and leadership. Summer is a Certified Positive Discipline in Classroom Educator, Certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator, has expertise in non-violent communication (NVC), and will soon finish her Cognitive Coaching certification.

Franziska Herting is Harrow Beijing’s current Head of Early Years. She joined the School in 2014 and has worked both in Early Years and Key Stage 1. Having worked in the UK, Australia and now China for nearly 20 years, she has a wealth of experience in leading and managing staff in quality Teaching and Learning and Early Years provision.

“I am passionate about Early Years education and its positive impact on future academic outcomes. Children learn and develop through playing, exploring, being active, being creative and being asked questions to help their thinking. A high quality Early Years education is pivotal for children to acquire the necessary skills and talents to ensure a successful entry into the compulsory years of schooling.”

Throughout her teaching career, Ms. Herting has developed a deep understanding of the importance of pastoral care and how it positively affects pupil achievements. She continues to apply this knowledge to Harrow Beijing’s youngest learners by working to establish a safe, caring and happy learning environment for them.

One of Ms. Herting’s main area of interest is English literacy development as well as second language acquisition. Ms. Herting is an accredited Jolly Phonics Trainer and has led the implementation of this programme at Harrow Beijing. Using Jolly Phonics has contributed to the Reception classes making excellent progress in early reading and writing. In her capacity as a Trainer, Ms. Herting has run various teacher training sessions across the wider Beijing community.

Two-Day Agenda:


  • Roles and responsibilities of TAs
  • How to collaborate better with home teachers
  • Strategies that support collaborate teaching
  • How school management could support TAs
  • Case Study: Exploration and practices of Harrow International School Beijing

Day 1


Learning in the 21st Century

Research shows that learning in the 21st century has changed a lot compared with the last century. The classroom has become more and more student-centric and knowledge is no longer the only focus in the classroom. Developing a student's socio-emotional intelligence and global mindedness has taken a larger role. This module will explore and discuss the characteristics of today's classroom.


Challenges and Expectations

Discuss current challenges and the expectations we have for students. Practical guidance will be given on how to be firm, yet fair, with students.


Classroom Observation

Harrow staff will demonstrate how they promote a collaborative environment in the classroom and discuss the challenges that their teaching teams have had to overcome to achieve that collaborative approach.



Reflect, Synthesize and Connect to Practice

Day 2

Time ActivityPurpose

Collaborative Teaching

Presenters will introduce a systematic approach to understanding cultural that can influence an individual's thinking and behavior. With this knowledge, staff can strengthen credibility, communication, relationships and collaboration.

10:15-12:15Cross-cultural CommunicationStudents come to the classroom with their own background. In international schools, we try to provide quality-learning opportunities for the students and cultivate them as a global citizen, but what does this really mean and how do we achieve it?


Project Based Learning

Discuss the concept and understand how to support PBL in the classroom.


Project Based Learning

Practicum: Design and present projects for your home room.

Host School Information:

Harrow International School Beijing

Address: No. 287 Hegezhuang Village, Cuigezhuang County, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China 100102

Phone: +86 10 6444 8900


The school has recommended the following hotels:

1. Crowne Plaza Lido, Beijing

Address: Building A, No. 6 Jingtai Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing 10004

Phone: +86 10 6437 3388

The hotel is conveniently located at Chaoyang district in the center of the Lido area, famous for its up-market residents, international medical centers, restaurants & bars. The hotel is only 20 minutes’ drive from Beijing International Airport and close to Wangjing area. Commute easily to other parts of the city with the nearby Metro L14 &15 and the readily available taxis in the district.

All of the hotel guestrooms feature flat-screen TV, satellite channels, a large workspace and high-speed Internet access. The hotel is a 20-minute taxi ride from Harrow Beijing School. The room rate with this hotel is normally over CNY1,000 per night.

2. Metropark Lido Hotel

Address: No. 6 Jiangtai Road, Chaoyang district, Beijing 100004

Phone: +86 10 6437 6237

The Metropark Lido Hotel,Beijing (Former Holiday Inn Lido Beijing), was established in 1984. On January 1st 2011, the hotel changed the name to Metropark Lido Hotel (former Holiday Inn Lido Beijing). It is a comprehensive 4-star-hotel integrating Accommodation, Restaurants & Bars, Apartment, Office Tower, Sports Club, Leisure Facilities, and International School & Kindergartens.

Just 17 km from the Beijing Capital International Airport, and the hotel is conveniently close to China International Exhibition Centre and 798 Art Zone, as well as within easy distance of many of Beijing's famous tourist attractions (Temple of Heaven, Great Wall, Ming Tomb, Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Houhai). The hotel is a 20-minute taxi ride from Harrow Beijing School. The room rate with this hotel is normally under CNY1,000 per night.

Empowering Teaching Assistants Friday, May 11, 2018 - Saturday, May 12, 2018
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
For more information contact: Michael Iannini
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When: Friday, May 11, 2018 to Saturday, May 12, 2018
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Where: Harrow International School Beijing
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Tea breaks and lunch are included for both days.

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