MS French/Spanish Teacher Part-Time

Job Status: Definite

Description

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 offers the Primary Years Program. 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.

Middle School Program

The middle school includes almost 200 students in grades 6–8 and has developed a strong identity as a unique learning environment, separate from the high school. We provide a quality education to our multi-cultural student body by focusing on inquiry and skills for critical thinking, collaboration, leadership, creativity and effective communication through standards-referenced courses. Our teachers incorporate 21st century models of teaching, which promote, among other things, global citizenship and media literacy skills that will prepare our students for a rapidly changing world. Teachers work together regularly to co-plan units and activities by grade level teams and with teaching partners where applicable. Each grade level currently includes about 60 students, and is shepherded by a team of core teachers that work closely together. Daily advisory and weekly community times (including assemblies and cross-grade level house activities) develop a sense of community and belonging within the larger school.

The middle school is organized in a block schedule, with four rotating 85-minute periods every day; students are scheduled into eight different blocks (core courses and exploratory courses). A full time teaching load is five blocks every two days, plus daily grade-level advisory time and scheduled team meetings. Collaborative team meetings are scheduled into common planning blocks (twice per eight day cycle) and support collaboration among grade level teams.

Regular communication with parents is expected.

Position Description: Middle School French/Spanish Teacher Part-Time

ICS Addis is recruiting an inspirational and experienced part-time French language teacher to join our school’s thriving world languages program. The candidate we seek will bring several years of dynamic teaching experience, a positive approach to teamwork and collaboration, plus a bachelor’s degree and teacher certification. Successful experience in differentiating for varying student learning needs, as well as successful teaching experience either at the middle school level or the IB High School in similar international schools is required. Experience with PowerSchool, Atlas Rubicon, UbD, Moodle, NoodleTools, standards-referenced assessment practices and integrating Web 2.0 tools into student learning is essential. Experience and willingness to work in a highly collaborative environment within a Professional Learning Community (PLC) is essential. An ability to teach Spanish is an advantage.

The teaching assignment is part-time and includes sections of French and/or Spanish. The specific assignment is yet to be determined. Only locally hired teachers will be considered.





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