Reporting to the Middle School Principal, the Middle School Choral Music Teacher is responsible for planning and implementing differentiated Choral Music instruction for Grades 6-8 based on ongoing assessment; communicating clearly with parents and colleagues; coordinating support with the best interests of each individual child in mind.
Duties and Responsibilities
Communicate, collaborate, and cooperate with colleagues, supervisors, and students.
Demonstrate command of the choral music content and curriculum.
Collaborate with Performing Arts department colleagues in the planning and implementation of two divisional concerts.
Partner with the Theatre Arts teacher as music director of MS productions, if needed, for an additional stipend.
Develop effective lesson plans and instructional materials.
Plan and implement developmentally appropriate, interactive learning experiences that generate interest, enthusiasm and academic excellence in the classroom.
Provide small group and individualized instruction to maximize learning experiences.
Evaluate and modify activities and resources to match learners’ needs and to meet the curriculum standards.
Establish and maintain standards of pupil behavior to achieve an effective learning atmosphere.
Utilize technology effectively to plan, teach, and assess.
Monitor students’ progress in learning through a variety of techniques.
Provide assessments that measure student achievement of objectives.
Create a classroom environment that promotes an exemplary learning community: enriched by differences, informed through inquiry, global in reach.
Communicate regularly with parents outside normal classroom day by means of class bulletins, letters, notes, telephone calls, conferences, emails, websites, etc.
Execute distance education when directed and needed to include alternative teaching and learning delivery methods: develop online courses reflecting best practices, provide student support to include alternative assignments and assessments, collaborate with colleagues, supervisors, and students online to build a connected and positive learning environment.
Commit to continuous improvement of pedagogy craft through professional development and other learning opportunities.
Serve as a student advisor, if needed, to a group of Middle School students for an additional stipend.
Exhibit willingness to contribute to educational and communal aspects of the school.
Demonstrate regular and punctual attendance of instructional periods.
Attend meetings and events during the school day and parent-teacher conferences.
Demonstrate willingness to be available to students within contractual hours in addition to instructional time.
Prepare adequately for responsibilities to be assumed when absent.
Assist Performing Arts department in the running and maintenance of the theatre space
Previous choral or vocal music teaching experience of 3-5 years is preferable
Demonstrated ability in choral or vocal music directing with school-aged children
Passion for WIS’s mission
Strong communication skills, a sense of humor, humility, and empathy
Commitment to diversity and inclusion
Previous experience at an international school and/or cultural fluency derived from international experience is a plus, but not required
About Washington International School
Founded in 1966, Washington International School is a private, non-profit, Preschool-12 school profoundly committed to its mission: to be an exemplary learning community—enriched by differences, informed through inquiry, global in reach. Serving its full community of 900 plus students on two campuses, the school is multinational, multicultural, and multilingual.
The school’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 Preschool 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 gra...duates 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-School, 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.