Washington International School, a preschool through grade 12 independent, international school located in NW DC, has a newly added opening for a full-time French teacher for the 2017-18 year. New teacher orientation is August 16-18, teachers return on August 21 and classes begin on August 28.
You love teaching French to students in Middle School (grades 6 to 8), who are beginners or near beginners up to intermediate level. Language acquisition is a core competency at WIS. Students who proceed to the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program must be fluent in at least one additional language.
WIS incorporates the principles of Harvard's Project Zero throughout our curriculum and pedagogy and sponsors an annual, week-long institute open to all local educators; WISSIT.
Who are you? You are a native French speaker. You have a relevant degree in French, French as an Additional Language or Education, perhaps obtained abroad, perhaps in the USA. You have been teaching Middle School for at least 2-3 years and really enjoy helping your students learn and grow into fluent French speakers. You deeply understand differentiation and inclusion in your lessons and want every student to shine.
You are eager for the next challenge in your career as an educator and always strive for excellence.
Additional Salary Information: Salary is determined by a staff association scale, based on years of full-time teaching and an advanced degree. Excellent benefits are offered, including, a 75% subsidy for health and dental insurance, generous match if you join the retirement plan (with immediate vesting), free parking, and much more.
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 schoo...l’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 worldwide 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-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.