Primary Language and Instructional Support Teacher
Washington International School
May 2, 2018
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Full Time - Faculty
4 Year Degree
Washington International School seeks an experienced teacher for the 2018-19 academic year.
Reporting to the Division Principal, the Language and Instructional Support Teacher works closely with the respective administrative team to promote and support differentiated language teaching and learning in English, French, or Spanish. The Language and Instructional Support Teacher, in coordination with Division administration and the Student Support Team (SST), will identify student support needs and provide small group support to students. Utilizing leadership, advocacy and collaboration, the Language and Instructional Support Teacher promotes classroom practices for language learning and works to develop the written, taught, and assessed language curriculum for all primary grades.
At least five years teaching in a primary school
Experience with transdisciplinary teaching, IB-PYP experience a plus
Strong pedagogical knowledge of inquiry-based practices in language instruction within a balanced literacy model
Experience with developing a written, taught, and assessed curriculum in language
Understanding of assessment practices for differentiation in reading, writing, and oral language
Experience providing professional development to teachers in research-based practices in reading, writing, and oral language instruction
Effective communication and collaboration skills
Organizational and time management skills
A positive attitude and genuine enthusiasm for working with children
International teaching experience is a plus
Additional Salary Information: We offer competitive benefits, including, 75% subsidy for health and dental insurance, 7% company match for retirement with immediate vesting, robust professional development and much more.
About Washington International School
Founded in 1966, Washington International School is a private, non-profit, Preschool-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 challenging 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 wor...ldwide 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-School, 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.