Reporting to the Principal, the MS/US Art Teacher is responsible for planning and implementing differentiated instruction for MS Art (grades 5th-8th) 9th and 10th grade Art (2D art, 3D art, and some digital art) and IB Art based on ongoing assessment; communicating clearly with parents and colleagues; and coordinating support with the best interests of each individual child in mind.
Duties and Responsibilities
Communicates, collaborates, and cooperates with colleagues, supervisors, and students.
Demonstrates command of the Art content.
Develops lesson plans and instructional materials and provides small group and individualized instruction to adapt the curriculum to the needs of each pupil.
Plans and implements developmentally appropriate interactive learning experiences that generate interest, enthusiasm and academic excellence in the classroom.
Communicates regularly with parents outside normal classroom day by means of class newsletters, notes, telephone calls, conferences, emails, websites, etc.
Establishes and maintains standards of pupil behavior to achieve an effective learning atmosphere.
Monitors students’ progress in learning through a variety of techniques.
Provides assessments that measure student achievement of objectives.
Utilizes technology effectively to plan, teach, and assess.
Evaluates, selects, and modifies resources and activities to match learners’ needs and meet the curriculum standards.
Prepares adequately for responsibilities to be assumed when absent.
Creates a classroom environment that promotes an exemplary learning community: enriched by differences, informed through inquiry, global in reach.
Commits to continuous improvement of your craft of teaching through professional development and other learning opportunities.
Serve as a student advisor to group of middle or upper school students if needed, for an additional stipend.
Exhibits a willingness to contribute to the educational and communal aspects of the school.
Regular and punctual attendance of instructional periods, attend meetings and events during the school day and parent-teacher conferences.
The supervision and discipline of students and the willingness to make themselves available to students within contractual hours in addition to instructional time.
Perform other duties as may be prescribed by the Middle School and/or Upper School Principal.
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent, from an accredited university or college and/or combination of experience and training in relevant subject. An advanced degree is preferred.
At least ten (3) years of relevant teaching experience. Experience working at in an IB school preferred.
About Washington International School
Founded in 1966, Washington International School is a private, non-profit, Preschool-12 school profoundly committed to its mission: to be an exemplary learning community—enriched by differences, informed through inquiry, global in reach. 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 Preschool 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 gra...duates 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.