Are you an experienced PYP teacher who is eager to move to an administrative role? Are you keen to develop and articulate a uniform, detailed preschool through grade 5 curriculum, including vertical and horizontal linkages of curriculum? Are you committed to effective pedagogy and student assessment? Can you work individually with all teachers to support their practices and professional growth, including formally assessing and documenting their effectiveness and progress?
Washington International School's Primary School located in Georgetown, NW, DC, seeks an experienced educator with knowledge of organizational change, curriculum development and the design and implementation of student assessment and reporting systems to support the Primary Years Programme (PYP).
Major functions and responsibilities
The DOTL/PYP Coordinator will:
Champion the School’s mission, core values, and core beliefs while ensuring their alignment with teaching practices.
Lead the ongoing development of the Primary Years Programme, including the School’s Programme of Inquiry and PYP Exhibition.
Foster a “culture of thinking” among teachers and students, consistent with the School’s involvement with Project Zero.
Engage teachers in formative conversations about effective instruction, observe them regularly in their classrooms, serve as a resource for their professional development, and formally assess their progress.
Provide in-house professional development, and promote relevant professional development to faculty in line with school goals.
Oversee the curriculum for preschool through grade 5 to ensure the excellence of all academic programs, suggesting recommendations for improvement to the Principals and supporting new and innovative programs.
Ensure that teachers maintain and update the School’s curriculum mapping and its articulation to the public (i.e., online curriculum on WIS website).
Assist teachers in matching the School’s curriculum objectives to their formative and summative assessment of students.
Assure uniformity in assessment, parent reporting, and academic standards.
Support teachers in assigning effective and appropriate homework.
In collaboration with Information Services personnel, assist teachers with identifying and utilizing appropriate educational technology and resources.
Remain knowledgeable about external standards and expectations, in particular those of the International Baccalaureate. Work closely with the Middle/Upper School Director of Teaching and Learning to align curricular objectives and standards.
When required, clearly articulate the goals and objectives of the educational program to all pertinent constituencies through parent presentations and written communications.
Network with his or her counterparts at other schools, with a particular focus on dual language and PYP schools.
Facilitate the self-study process for reauthorization with the Primary Years Programme.
Attend conferences and professional meetings in order to remain current with relevant trends.
Prepare an annual report on the state of teaching and learning, including all changes to the curriculum.
Participate in school administrative meetings.
Manage the School’s relationship with external organizations, such as George Washington University, in conjunction with Middle/Upper School Director of Teaching and Learning.
Coordinate visits and/or internships for external parties interested in exploring the School’s practice and pedagogy.
Perform other duties as may be prescribed by the Head of School or Associate Head of School.
BA in Education with preference for Master’s Degree in Education
Experience as PYP Coordinator preferred
A minimum of five years successful teaching experience in a PYP school
Experience with dual language learning and/or Project Zero practices
Leadership experience in curriculum and staff development
Able to work a 12 month schedule vs. 10 month faculty schedule
Knowledge and Skills:
Leadership skills, with a focus on facilitating collaborative planning
Strong organizational skills
Communication skills including writing, speaking, and presenting
Understanding of organizational change and school improvement processes
Knowledge of and/or experience with facilitating curriculum development
Knowledge of and/or experience with designing and implementing student assessment and reporting systems
Knowledge of and/or experience with providing professional development in research-based best practices of teaching and learning
French or Spanish fluency is a plus
Interested candidates should send a cover letter with salary expectations, resume and list of three professional references to Melody Meade, Primary School Principal, at the email address listed below.
Additional Salary Information: Salary is commensurate with experience and benchmarked to independent school norms. Excellent benefit includ, generous and immediate company match for retirement, 75% subsidy for health and dental insurance, FSA, free parking and more.
Founded in 1966, Washington International School is a private, non-profit, PK-12 school profoundly committed to its mission: to provide a demanding international education that will challenge students to become responsible and effective world citizens. Serving its full community of 900 plus students on two campuses, the school is multinational, multicultural, and multilingual.
The school’s cha...llenging international program draws on classroom-based research on pedagogical practices and curriculum design from renowned organizations such as the International Baccalaureate (IB) and Project Zero, based in the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University. From Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 5 students follow the inquiry-based IB Primary Years Program; in Grades 6-10 they continue with a multidisciplinary and inquiry-based approach designed to enhance understanding and develop the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in the prestigious IB Diploma Program (DP). All students in Grades 11 and 12 are enrolled in the DP, which prepares them to take exams to receive the International Baccalaureate Diploma in addition to a WIS diploma. IB Diploma results are well above the worldwide pass rate, and WIS graduates attend highly selective colleges and universities in both the United States (about two-thirds in a typical year) and abroad.
Commitment to the intensive study of a second language is a core principle, with Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten classes taught entirely in French or Spanish. All instruction in Grades 1-5 is “dual language” in English and either French or Spanish. Chinese is an option beginning in Grade 6. Typically, one half to three-quarters of WIS graduates earn the Bilingual IB Diploma, demonstrating fluency in two languages.
The entire school community – alumni, parents, students, teachers, administrators and staff – are ardent advocates for international education. WIS has played a prominent role in setting a standard for a global perspective that many schools now emulate.
The school culture is highly egalitarian, with a strong emphasis on collaboration and understanding differing points of view. There is no typical WIS family: some households consist only of U.S. passport holders, others are all non-U.S. passport holders and many are a mix of nationalities. In addition to this global diversity, WIS also strives to achieve economic diversity: 14% of the students receive financial assistance.