JOB DESCRIPTION – ELD - English Language Development
Brasilia International School (BIS) is located in Brazil's capital city. Brasilia is a purpose-built city, designed in the late 1950's as the federal district of the country. Like Washington, DC, it is not a municipality or state. The original city is designed in the shape of an airplane where the seat of government is in the "cockpit"; the hotels, TV tower, and major road arteries are in the middle body; and the residential areas and businesses are in the wings. BIS is located near the top of southern tip of the south wing which is also the area where our expat staff lives. Brasilia has 2.8 million people with many living in 'satellite cities' surrounding the original "airplane" city. Brazil is the 5th largest country in the world and Brasilia the 4th largest city. Brasilia is home to 133 embassies which contributes to the great diversity of the city and school. Brasilia has amazing weather, a spacious city park, accessibility to beautiful waterfalls, a great assortment of restaurants and sidewalk cafes, and delicious local foods including tapioca and acai. There is much to see and enjoy.
BIS is unique in Brasilia as the only international school that is not required to have Brazilian accreditation. This allows us the flexibility to pursue academic and spiritual excellence without having to compromise to government or ministry regulations. BIS has a ELC3 through12th grade program with the majority of students in the elementary school. BIS is fortunate to have the freedom to share and integrate our Biblical worldview throughout all the curriculum and into the community. Our campus is situated on 2 lots in the "school zone" of the south wing. The leased campus and buildings were built to be a school and there is area to grow on these lots in the future. Currently BIS has 160 students from 22 countries. Peak enrollment is always in January and last year BIS had 192 students from 37 countries. We are thankful to God to be here in Brasilia!
The ideal highly-qualified, mission-minded ELD teacher will be able to teach English across our school (grades K-10) to those who test non-proficient in English on the WIDA test. This teacher must be able to follow the BIS curriculum map/guide (including scope & sequence, standards, benchmarks and resources) and couple it with his/her own personal, creative curriculum planning. These courses must be delivered from a Christian worldview with Biblical truth illuminated in the unit/lesson planning, and direct instruction. BIS teachers are dedicated and committed to the eternal lives of our students and community and the work they do facilitating success in the school.
A love for teaching English to students across the school who are learning English as a second language. Ability to work in small classroom settings and a desire to be a resource for regular classroom teachers (push-in, pull-out understanding). Ability to clearly communicate and represent BIS well to the community, families and students. Have an understanding of curriculum mapping and an enthusiasm to revise last year's maps with new ideas and practices. Demonstrate a reasonable level of computer literacy including a basic proficiency in keyboarding, e-mailing, and accessing the Internet. Ability to manage the classroom and bring enthusiasm for learning to the students. Be a believing Christian with a consistent testimony coupled with a passionate desire to see the lost hear the good news and be saved! Willingness to live in a community.
The candidate must possess:
- Minimally hold a bachelor’s degree in Education, endorsed in English and/or English as a Second Language (highly-qualified).
- Stateside/provincial certified as an educator and/or ACSI certified as a teacher.
- Must have 2 years experience for Brazil work visa.
- Ability to clearly communicate and represent BIS to the community.
- Ability to work closely with the teachers, staff and parents.
- Flexibility, passion, excitement and a love for working with secondary students.
- Desire to illuminate Biblical truth in teaching, sharing God's work in your life, and in witnessing.