ISP is a non-profit, student-centered, independent school, inspiring lifelong learners for a future without borders. We are recognized as a leader in international education, offering world-class opportunities for students since 3 years old at Early Childhood Center to 12th grade.
The International School of Panama operates under the license of the Ministry of Education of Panama and is accredited by AdvancED. As an authorized IB World School, we offer the International Baccalaureate Program (IB) for students in grades 11 and 12. In addition, we offer the unique Innovation and Entrepreneurship Certificate and AdvancED certified STEM programs.
Position: Learning Support Specialist
Starting date: July/August 2020
The primary function of The International School of Panama Learning Support Specialist is to facilitate the students learning process and create productive environments in which students can develop skills they might need at present or in the future. He or she provides within the classroom learning opportunities for the students and assists in other school programs working harmoniously with the administrative staff and parents in support of the ISP Teaching Philosophy, school policy, regulations, objectives, and goals.
High School At ISP:
Our primary mission is to meet the unique educational, emotional, and social needs of each and every student who walks through our doors. We accomplish this by providing a rich, holistic experience in a beautiful, state-of-the-art facility. All of the staff members at ISP share a common goal –to do whatever it takes to help our students reach their full potential as learners and as global citizens. We recognize that education is a complex, dynamic process, and we constantly evaluate our practice to ensure that students are engaged, appropriately challenged, and experience joy in learning.
We offer a research-based curriculum that emphasizes a strong foundation in literacy and numeracy as well as critical thinking, citizenship, and ample opportunities for creative expression. Our whole-child approach includes a challenging English, Spanish, social studies, science, and mathematics program. Students stay fit and healthy in our physical education classes, they may choose to experience STEM, theater, art and music in our effective classes, and as a bring-your-own-device school they get hands-on access to technology daily. At ISP, we believe that life-long learning is critical for everyone. Our early release time on Wednesdays is devoted to professional development activities designed to continually improve our services to students and families. Education is not static, and our staff understands the importance of keeping up with the latest research regarding effective educational practices.
WHAT YOU’LL DO
Be responsible for maintaining/updating the Resource Program at I.S.P. to best serve students with learning disabilities and/or attention deficit disorders.
Assist in the coordination of students who may need special resource assistance (i.e. extra help in the area of math, reading, writing and study skills).
Providing students with special needs the most appropriate program within the academic environment of I.S.P. This can also require contacting/working with outside professionals (neurologist, psychiatrists, psychologist, etc.)
Coordinating Student Support Team (SST) meetings for students who have been referred to the special needs program. The SST meets to discuss students that are not performing well academically or socially. The SST is made up of the Principal, Counselor, Teacher Representative, and Resource Teachers.
Be responsible for maintaining systems for documenting child studies, disseminating information, filing and the use of these records.
Be responsible for developing an Individual Educational Plan (I.E.P.) for every student in the special needs program.
Be responsible for meeting with parents when a student enters the program to discuss the I.E.P.
Be responsible for completing full battery of psycho educational tests with students when it is considered necessary and write a detailed educational report.
Write end of the year reports for each student in the program.
Teach and work with students an average of 3 periods a day. This can be an in-class or a pull-out program.
Complete other duties as assigned.
WHAT YOU BRING
Deep dedication to learning and developing the craft of teaching.
Highly effective collaboration, innovation, and creativity.
Very resourceful and adaptive, eager to embrace constant change, growth, and learning.
A willingness to be flexible, adaptable, and committed to the challenges of working in an international school.
Organization, time management, and problem-solving skills
A high degree of professionalism
Commitment to participating in the whole school experience including fostering joy as an authentic and important part of the learning process for students and staff.
BASIC QUALIFICATIONS FOR THE JOB
At least 5 years of experience in relevant subject area or grade level
Bachelor or Master Degree in Education or in relevant subject area with teaching experience as per above
High level of English proficiency
Cross-cultural sensitivity and an international mindset
Previous experience in an international school is desirable.
Candidates should note that in the event an outstanding applicant is identified early in the search process, ISP reserves the right to make an appointment before the deadline. For this reason, it is very important that interested candidates apply as soon as possible.