ES Classroom Teacher (Grades 3-5)

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School Overview

The International Community School of Addis Ababa was established in 1964 to serve the expatriate and local communities of Addis. We currently educate 950 students from 60+ countries. Our students come from a wide variety of educational backgrounds and most speak English as a second or third language.

Our mission is to nurture the talents, character and intellect of all learners, challenging them to be a positive influence and empowering them to excel in their world.

Our vision for learning at ICS Addis includes:

  • engaging learning experiences through inquiry and reflection
  • a broad range of local, global and virtual opportunities
  • innovative and flexible use of resources

All elementary classrooms include a full time teaching assistant; many of our TAs have masters degrees in education from SUNY Buffalo. There are a limited number of TAs in the secondary. In the high school, we encourage all students to participate in the IB Diploma Program. Service learning is an integral part of learning at ICS and there are opportunities for teachers to be engaged in service projects as well.

ICS is an inclusive school, enrolling a small percentage of students with moderate or intensive learning support requirements. These students are integrated into our classrooms for much or all of the school day. We provide a merit scholarship program for 16 high-achieving Ethiopian students in the high school—four in each grade. Almost all of our students are involved in school activities and sports beyond the academic day. Teachers chaperone “Week Without Walls” trips within Ethiopia for grades 4–12. Teachers and teaching assistants also provide one hour per week (or more) of student contact time outside of class for two of our three activity seasons—in coaching, clubs or activities.

ICS teachers are expected to work collaboratively with colleagues each week around student learning, common assessments, unit planning, curriculum development or reflection, and professional growth. The ICS Learner Profile guides planning and assessment throughout the school. We use inquiry as a model and technology as a tool for teaching and learning at all grade levels. Our curriculum is available on the school website and is based on Common Core, NGSS, AERO and other standards. Programs in use at ICS to support learning and teaching include Atlas, Moodle, PowerSchool (with standards-based grading) and Google docs. There is an early dismissal every Wednesday and expectations for working together one or two times during the week.

Elementary School Program

The elementary school currently serves almost 550 students from early childhood to grade five. Our program is based on American standards (Common Core) and our primary mode of instruction is inquiry. We are currently an International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Program (PYP) candidate school. We focus on content, process, product, and action when planning interdisciplinary units of inquiry using the PYP unit planning model. Differentiation for students is paramount and we ensure the success of all students through the use of data-driven instruction. We subscribe to the multi-tiered Response to Intervention (RtI) model to customize instruction for our students. Teachers meet collaboratively each week to plan lesson and unit plans and attend Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) to monitor student growth and plan interventions and extensions. We maintain on-going contact with parents to share student progress through quarterly written reports, portfolios and student-led conferences. Our social, emotional and behavioral expectations are derived from the IB Learner Profile and the ICS Way, which exemplify the type of individuals we are developing here at ICS.

Position Description: Elementary School Classroom Teacher (Grades 3-5)

ICS Addis is recruiting an experienced upper elementary classroom teacher to join our elementary school team. Elementary teachers are expected to have strong and successful experience with collaboration and be able to work, plan, reflect, and communicate with others. Upper elementary school teachers should be comfortable delivering instruction in all of the major content areas, including science, social studies, math and literacy using an inquiry-based approach. A strong foundation in the five domains of reading, and current knowledge of best practices in teaching reading are essential. In addition, understanding the unique needs of second language learners is key to success at ICS. Applicants with International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program experience are preferred. Teachers are expected to foster a love for learning and develop the ICS Learner Profile in each and every student.

A highly qualified candidate will have knowledge, experience and skills in:

  • International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program (PYP)
  • Inquiry unit planning and implementation (UbD and/or PYP)
  • IB Learner Profile (international mindedness)
  • ICS uses Common Core in math and reading
  • ICS uses NGSS in science
  • Positive behavior management skills
  • Professional Learning Communities (PLCs)
  • Response to Intervention (RtI)
  • Differentiation within content, process, and product to enhance each individual student’s growth
  • Data-driven instruction
  • Curriculum Resources
    • Everyday Math
    • Teachers College Reading and Writing Workshops
    • FOSS Science Kits
    • Guided Reading
    • DRA2
    • Smartboards, doc cameras, iPads, etc.

ICS expects to have a number of upper elementary classroom positions available for the 2017-18 school year, but specific classroom assignments may be subject to student enrollment.

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