As instructional staff, a teacher at ISZ is expected to:
- Know the content s/he teaches;
- Recognize the interconnectedness of subjects, content areas, and disciplines;
- Plan and deliver effective and pertinent instruction;
- Differentiate instruction and meet the learning needs of each child;
- Plan assessment with learning in mind and use various assessment techniques to provide the student with meaningful feedback;
- Create a positive learning environment and establish healthy relationships with students, families, and other staff at the school;
- Embrace diversity in the school;
- Work collaboratively and be a leader at the school and in the greater ISZ community.
The typical work schedule is 25-30 contact periods per week (Monday through Friday). Attendance at school is required between the hours of 7:30 and 15:30, where after- school activities may extend until 16:00. At times, a teacher will be asked to perform duties that are not normally part of contracted responsibilities. The role of a private institution in an international setting
demands a deeper sense of involvement on the part of the teacher that in most cases is beyond what is demanded in the teacher's home country. For many of our students, ISZ is the only or the primary source of extra-curricular activities. Thus, a teacher at ISZ is expected to be involved with students beyond the classroom. It is in the everyone’s best
interest for school staff to have a spirit of sharing and community involvement.
Performance evaluations are complex and need to reflect different aspects of professional conduct to include, but not limited to, such professional standards as:
- Lesson Planning & Instruction
- Assessment for Learning & Feedback
- Learning Environment & Classroom Management
- Leadership & Professionalism
In order to obtain an accurate picture of teacher performance, observations need to be frequent and reflect the different circumstances of a teacher's daily routines. At ISZ, teacher observations will include, but are not limited to:
- 'Walkthroughs' - short classroom visits of 5+ minutes;
- Announced observations - to include a pre-observation conference, observation, and post-observation debrief;
- Unannounced observations;
- Feedback which will include input from the observed teacher.