Reporting to the Primary School Principal, the English Support Teacher is responsible to teach students who are new to the English language how to speak, read, write and understand English in a language rich interactive environment, through a push in and pull out support model. In addition, the English Teacher is responsible for providing small group support for all students in grades 3-5.
Essential Functions and Responsibilities
The PS English Support Teacher will:
Assess students and conduct ongoing assessment to inform individual instruction.
Work with students on oral, written and listening skills.
Plan for individualized and small group instruction in order to adapt to the curriculum and learning needs of each student.
Develop or adapt materials to support students within the classroom and in coordination with the classroom teacher.
With the classroom teacher, communicate with parents regarding ongoing progress.
Work with students who need support (individuals or small groups) in reading, writing and/or oral language (with a focus on grades 3-5).
With the English Instructional Support Teacher, identify students who need support through teacher recommendations, classroom observations and assessments.
Collaborate and plan with teachers to foster differentiation (including support and enrichment), to foster best practices and vertical alignment of the curriculum.
Assist in administering beginning and end of year assessments in grades 1-5.
Assist with testing accommodations.
Participate in Student Support Team meetings for grades 3-5.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS (EDUCATION, CERTIFICATION, YEARS EXPERIENCE):
- Bachelor Degree or foreign equivalent, Masters degree preferred
- Bilingual or Proficiency in more than one language
- Minimum 3 years as a Primary School Teacher
- Previous experience in a PYP school and/or trained as a PYP teacher
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.