The Yongsan International School of Seoul (YISS) project was initiated through the work of a task force organized by the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Energy (MOCIE) in May 2003 as an effort to improve the educational environment of foreign families in Korea. In December of 2003, the task force identified the expatriate community’s need for a school, which was then addressed with a decision by the Foreign Investor Committee to consider the funding and establishment of a new school.
In 2004, the Korea Foreign Schools Foundation (KFSF) was created with the approval of the MOCIE to establish, operate, manage, and administrate Yongsan International School Seoul (YISS), a new international school facility in Hannam-dong. According to the KFSF, "the mission was to establish a renowned, world class educational institution for the children of foreign investors in Korea in efforts to stimulate foreign direct investment which [would] be mutually beneficial to both the Korean economy and the foreign investors as well.”
In 2006, YISS was established. The project was supported by financial contributions from the national government and businesses. The KFSF leased the land for the campus from the Seoul Metropolitan Government and built the school facilities. The operator selected by the KFSF was the International Christian School of Seoul (ICS), which NICS/Oasis had been operating in Korea since 1990 and had an enrollment of over 500 students. ICS - Seoul then moved to the new campus and changed its name to Yongsan International School Seoul (YISS).
Since the move to the current campus in 2006, YISS has doubled in size, increased its Advanced Placement (AP) course offerings, and added many other programs. YISS has maintained a curriculum and climate which reflects the Christian values upon which it was built; however, after being selected by the KFSF, the school began offering parents a choice between a secular track (Oasis) and Christian track (NICS).
The KFSF has remained active in the operations of YISS by providing continued support, guidance, and scholarships. The KFSF has expanded its buildings and facilities in order to further develop and improve the school. Enhanced facilities have enabled YISS to offer more classes and broaden the curriculum, thus greatly increasing the competitiveness of the school.
Job Summary/Objective:This full-time position would serve as a coach to all high school teaching staff and work in collaboration with the high school administration. This role is multifaceted, and would be used to serve the need as a mentor and collaborator to ensure the high performance of all our teachers.
-Support the instructional development of all teachers in understanding and
implementing YISS prioritized instructional strategies and general best practices.
- Build strong relationships with teachers, administrators, and other coaches.
- Provide direction and coordination for how the curriculum is taught consistent with
YISS initiatives and recognized best instructional practices.
- Assist teachers in understanding the YISS mission and core values.
- Assist teachers with resources, materials, tools, information, etc. to support classroom
instruction and planning, including new resources.
- Support teachers and administrators in using data to improve instruction on all levels.
- Assist teachers with planning and pacing of lessons, the development of differentiated
lessons, and the selection of best practices to meet the needs of their students.
- Support teachers by sharing multiple instructional strategies/processes during planning
- Informally observe (non-evaluative) lessons and provide feedback for a teacher’s
professional growth and students’ success.
- Develop staff members’ knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviors through a variety of
professional development targeted topics and designs.
- Develop coaching plans for teachers to ensure student improvement in collaboration
- Utilize Adult Learning Theory to motivate adult learners to improve professional
- Contribute to the development systems and structures to improve teacher practice
- Provide job-embedded informal professional learning beyond the coaching
- Support the development of the Professional Learning Community (PLC) model within
each department and the division.
- Submit a weekly coaching log and any pertinent data requests/coaching documentation
- Participate in and host professional development for in-service days, staff meetings,
and other times as needed.
- May teach a course or two within this role as needed or desired within the division.
- Certified in any specific teaching area Minimum 10 years of experience in teaching,
with a record of successfully impacting student achievement and working successfully
with students who have the greatest needs.
- Proven ability to work cooperatively and effectively with colleagues, including the ability
to create and nurture a professional community of adult learners.
- Demonstrated leadership qualities and strong interpersonal skills, including giving and
receiving constructive feedback.
- Proven ability in using student-level data to guide instructional decisions.
- Demonstrated Teacher Leadership.
- Strong pedagogical knowledge and content expertise.
- Demonstrated expertise in oral and written communication.
- Strong interpersonal skills.
- Models continual improvement, demonstrates lifelong learning, and applies new
learning to help all students achieve.
- Demonstrates evidence of professional growth, including leadership and participation in
a wide range of significant professional development activities.