Early Childhood Teacher

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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. The elementary school's Primary Years Program authorization visit will be in February 2017. 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: Early Childhood Teacher

ICS Addis is recruiting an experienced early childhood teacher to join our elementary school team. The successful candidate will bring extensive knowledge about child development, a passion for working with young children, and a strong desire to collaborate with peers and parents. Our early childhood program uses the Gold Standards and teachers must be comfortable delivering instruction in each of the major content areas. A strong foundation in inquiry-based learning is required. In addition, understanding the unique needs of second language learners is key to success at ICS Addis. Early childhood positions are 80%, as the early childhood program is half-day. 80% positions at ICS provide full benefits to the employee.  

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

  • Bachelor's degree and teacher certification (or working on certification)
  • International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP)
  • Have experience with Professional Learning Communities
  • Play Based Learning
  • Positive behavior management skills
  • Differentiation within content, process, and product to enhance each individual student’s growth
  • Data-driven instruction
  • Highly cooperative and a strong communicator

The open position is in our new early childhood 2 program. Children in EC2 are not required to be toilet-trained, so teachers in the class will be expected to diaper children. The position will be filled with a locally hired teacher only.

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