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 in all grades.
Major Functions and Responsibilities
The Language and Instructional Support Teacher will:
Coordinate mission-driven department goals and objectives, and foster atmosphere of intellectual stimulation and pedagogical improvement through encouragement of regular and sustained exchanges of ideas.
Review and further develop written language curriculum, ensuring vertical and horizontal alignment.
Support teachers in implementing the written language curriculum.
Facilitate in-house professional development on language learning (whole department, small groups, and individual teachers), and identify appropriate external professional development for faculty.
Collaborate and plan with teachers to foster differentiation (including support and enrichment), to promote best practices.
Oversee subject specific budget, and collaborate with the Librarian, Learning and Technology Coordinator, and Director of Teaching and Learning to review resources and make purchasing proposals.
Identify students who need support through SST recommendations, teacher recommendations, assessment data, and classroom observations.
In SST meetings, contribute to planned accommodations and strategies for support.
Adapt in-class resources for differentiated instruction for individuals and small groups based on learning needs.
Work with students in grade 1-5 who need support (individuals or small groups) in reading, writing and/or oral language, through a combination of push in and pull out support.
Oversee and coordinate language assessments in all grades. Make recommendations to refine assessment tools used.
Assist in administering beginning and end of year assessments in grades 1-5.
Assist with testing accommodations.
Facilitate parent information sessions about language learning.
Read and evaluate admissions materials for candidates (for a stipend).
Minimum of 3 years' experience supporting students in grades 1-5 with English - reading, writing
Relevant degree in Elementary Education, English (Master's preferred)
Strong collaborative skills
Leadership skills - acts as English Subject Coordinator
Experience in an international school or setting preferred
Additional Salary Information: Excellent benefits; medical/dental subsidized 75%, generous company match for retirement, robust professional development and much more.
About Washington International School
Founded in 1966, Washington International School is a private, non-profit, Pre-School-12 school profoundly committed to its mission: to be an exemplary learning community - enriched by differences, informed through inquiry, global in reach. Serving over 900 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); the Asia Society; and Project Zero, based in the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University. From Pre-School 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 gr...aduates attend highly selective colleges and universities.
Commitment to the intensive study of a second language is central, 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, Spanish or Dutch. Chinese is offered beginning in Grade six. Typically, one half to three-quarters of WIS graduates earn the Bilingual IB Diploma. Upon graduation, approximately two-thirds attend American universities and one-third universities abroad.
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.