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.
The primary function of the Middle School Counseling Program at the International School of Panama is to help students successfully navigate the multiple challenges and opportunities they will face during their time in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades. This requires nurturing executive functioning, decision making, social, emotional, and academic growth. The role of a counselor includes supporting school policies/regulations and goals by promoting healthy attitudes of self-esteem, respect and an appreciation of the cultural differences of others.
The position of the MS Counselor will be under the direct supervision of the Middle School Principal and is a member of the Middle School Leadership Team.
SPECIFIC DESCRIPTION OF ROLE :
Serves as a consultant to administration and teachers to guide them in ways to meet the social and emotional needs of students.
Provides individual support to students with social, emotional, personal and academic needs.
Leads the development of a strong advisory program.
Collaborates with Department of Student Services to support our response to intervention process
Fosters tolerance, understanding, and appreciation of diversity among students, and promotes positive relationships within the school and community.
Assists in crisis situations and maintains appropriate follow-up in order to avoid escalation and reoccurrence. Utilizes restorative practices when working with students.
Facilitates schedule changes requested by students, teachers, or parents by meeting with students, assessing the need for the change, and following the procedures to implement them.
Develops transition programs for rising 6th graders and students new to ISP, and works in collaboration with the high school counselor(s) to support the transition of 8th-grade students to high school.
Provides an orientation for new students. Coordinates with other stakeholders.
Identifies and utilizes community resources and establishes effective working relationships with all available referral resources.
Serve as primary child protection officer for middle school
Reviews placement test results and academic records of new students and helps in their course selection and appropriate placement.
Provides student and parent workshops on various topics, e.g. drugs and alcohol, anti-bullying, etc.
Meets with the principal and resource teacher about progress reports and follows-up by meeting with students on academic probation.
Compiles data and prepares reports as requested.
Keeps current by participation in educational activities, conferences, and through professional organization membership.
Helps students and parents with tutor contacts upon request.
Completes other duties as assigned
Certification as School Counselor
Masters Degree in school counseling or relevant field
Dedication to the social and emotional well-being of every student
Cultural competencies to work with a diverse student population
Good communication skills, both written and oral
Ability to handle sensitive information in a confidential manner
Highly effective collaboration, innovation, and creativity
Very resourceful, flexible, and adaptive, eager to embrace constant change, growth, and learning
Organization, time management, and problem-solving skills
Demonstrated high degree of professionalism and a commitment to excellence in education
Bilingual in English and Spanish
Experience in development of advisory program
Experience working with adolescents
Experience in an international setting