The Director of World Languages provides the following services: leadership in the implementation of the proficiency-based world language and immersion programs that meets the needs of all students; professional development for instructional improvement based on current research, trends in language teaching, and student needs; and leadership in developing and carrying out extracurricular language activities for students; stays abreast of trends and issues in language education and brings innovation and renewal to instruction; collaborates with teachers to promote instructional consistency and a shared direction and with colleagues in other content areas on interdisciplinary curriculum and staff development; stays actively involved in foreign/second language organizations and provides up-to-date knowledge to all divisions; serves as a source of specialized information for language teachers and the community.
Leading the Learning
Articulate the vision for teaching and learning at SAS, support the vision with short and long-term plans for the world language and immersion programs, and sustain a culture conducive to continuous improvement across all school divisions.
Support coherent and consistent learning experiences for students by ensuring commonalities in the areas of content, skills, dispositions and expectations throughout and across grade levels and divisions.
Support coherent and consistent learning experiences for students by ensuring the use of authentic, meaningful assessment tools and that common assessments are utilized among PLC members and across vertical teams.
Improve student learning by supporting the ongoing collection, analysis, and use of information about student learning (both qualitative and quantitative) to identify next steps in learning, intervention strategies, curriculum adaptations, etc.
Lead learning-focused and collaborative world language and immersion teams aligned with the SAS strategic plan, using structures and resources provided. Build effective teams through recruitment, orientation, coaching, mentoring, and professional learning.
Provide leadership in the organization, delivery, and evaluation of PLCs across the world language department. Oversee the continued development of professional learning communities to foster a common PLC culture across the system. Supervise goal-setting processes for world language PLCs to assist with establishing professional learning opportunities to support the work of faculty members and divisions.
Provide direction in and maintain up-to-date knowledge of educational reform and its application in the world language context, and participate in on-going training to enhance professional skills and improve the school’s work towards its vision. Serve as an instructional leader role model.
Managing the Learning
Manage the time, energy and work of the world language department to have optimum impact on student learning. This will include:
Manage meetings within the world language and immersion PLC teams/divisions/vertically in order to have the maximum impact on student learning
Manage communications within the world language and immersion departments to have the maximum impact on student learning
Manage accurate and viable curricular information and its availability to have the optimum impact on student learning, in coordination with the Office of Learning
Provide leadership and effective supervision for staff members assigned to the world language department in order to stimulate each individual’s growth and improve instructional effectiveness (inclusive of regular classroom visitations)
Facilitate and develop positive and effective communication and relationships in a complex environment with the various constituents of the community including parents, students, faculty, division leadership, and central administration, as well as the international school network at large
Support the continuing development and implementation of the K-5 immersion program and corresponding 6-12 future program offerings (in conjunction with divisional leadership)
Recognize and strengthen personal performance through self-analysis of actions, participating in professional development activities, exploring educational research, participating in professional organizations, and through formal renewal programs.
Act as an active member of the P-12 Office of Learning, participating in meetings, presentations, and functions related to schoolwide priorities and support..
Perform other related duties and assume other responsibilities as assigned by the Chief Academic Officer.
Application close date: 15 Oct 2019
Terms of Employment: The successful candidate will be offered a two-year initial administrative contract, with subsequent year-to-year contracts dependent upon demonstrated achievement towards annual goals.
Advanced degree in Educational Administration or Language Education
Significant leadership experience in the area of language education and ability to speak with confidence and authority on world language and immersion learning in relationship to developing proficiency in communication
A demonstrated track record of successful teaching of any world language, curriculum development and assessment
Excellent interpersonal skills, facilitation skills and communication skills
Knowledge and understanding of research proven pedagogical practice, e.g. language proficiency levels, professional learning communities (PLC), personalizing learning.
Results-oriented, with demonstrated skills in using data to inform and improve student learning and world language programs
Self-motivated, energetic, and creative.
English (Native or Near Native)
Chinese (Advanced or Native) with additional advanced level Spanish or French preferred
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
About Singapore American School
Education in the past has been good at making kids fit the mold: the IB mold, the AP mold, the IGCSE mold. The mold often says what is possible and what is not. Singapore American School, however, is giving students possibilities like never before with personalized learning, new course offerings, and passion pathways. Students at SAS find their true selves rather than letting a system define who they can become and how far they can go.
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