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Middle School Drama Teacher

International School of Panama
Ciudad de Panama, Panama
Annual Incentive allowance provided at the beginning of the school year
Airfare ticket, for staff and dependents
Start date
Start August 2023
3 years
  • Middle School
  • Licensed Teacher
  • Bachelor
  • 3 years of teaching experience
  • Bachelor or Master Degree in the relevant subject area
  • Teaching Credential/License

What you'll bring:

  • Passion for working with and appreciation of Middle School students
  • Deep dedication to continual growth and development
  • Eagerness to collaborate with colleagues
  • A willingness to be flexible, adaptable, and committed to the unique nature of working in an international school
  • Organization, time management, and problem-solving skills
  • Experience designing authentic units and assessments using a backward design model
  • 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:

  • At least 3 years of experience in the relevant subject area or grade level
  • Experience teaching drama/theater classes - ideally experience working on a musical production
  • Experience with backward design and authentic assessment
  • Bachelor's or Master's Degree in the relevant subject area
  • High level of English proficiency
  • Cross-cultural sensitivity and an international mindset
  • Previous experience in an international school is desirable
  • Experience in Standards-Based Grading is desirable
  • Airfare ticket, for staff and dependents
  • Private Health and Life Insurance
  • Annual Incentive allowance provided at the beginning of the school year
  • $ 1,000 Shipping Allowance upon arrival and departure
  • $ 1,000 Relocation Allowance upon arrival

Our Mission:

To inspire and challenge every learner to reach their full potential and become curious, independent, and compassionate citizens of the world.

Our Core Values:

Commitment to Excellence - We tackle challenges willingly and persevere to succeed.

Compassion and Integrity - We care for, respect, and value one another

Strength in Diversity - We embrace our differences, enrich our community, and make meaningful connections, ensuring our global mindedness.

Innovative Spirit - We are creative and curious learners, empowered to adapt to a rapidly changing world.

Lasting Impact - We contribute to a sustainable future by taking care of our planet and leaving our environment better than we found it.

Our Definition of Learning:

  • Learning is a journey of authentic discovery to develop understanding, skills, and character.  This includes four principles:
  • Learning is Iterative - We learn through our mistakes, providing us opportunities to be creative and find solutions. 
  • Learning is Exciting - We learn when we are inspired, challenged, and active.
  • Learning is Meaningful - We learn and grow when we apply our knowledge, skills, and understandings to real-world situations.
  • Learning is Social - We learn through sharing, interacting, and collaborating 

Reports to:  Division Principal or designee

Collaborates closely with; Assistant Principals, Head of Department, Instructional Coach, K-12 Coordinators and Specialists, and other colleagues as appropriate.

Responsibilities: (Including but not limited to)

Classroom Responsibilities:  To provide learning opportunities for every child relative to his needs, abilities, and stages of development establish effective relationships with students based on mutual respect, recognize the individuality of each child, ensure an effective and challenging learning environment, and ensure the classroom is an attractive and welcoming place.

Planning, Curriculum, and Organizational Responsibilities:  To design authentic and meaningful units by starting with the end in mind. Use effective instructional strategies to make learning interactive, exciting, meaningful, and social. Develop and manage classroom resources. Provide students feedback to support their academic and social-emotional growth. Use standards to guide the evaluation of student work, and record results to provide an accurate assessment of student achievement.

Professional Development Expectations:  To embrace a growth mindset by keeping up-to-date on best practices, engaging in teacher development opportunities, participating in in-service courses, attending professional meetings as scheduled by Leadership, seeking out and using feedback from coaches and administrators, and participating in the ISP professional learning cycle as outlined in the evaluation process. 

Community Expectations:  Engage with our ISP community by sharing updates on the progress and development of the students in the teacher’s care, as well as important events happening in the classroom. Find opportunities to meet with parents, caregivers, and guardians to discuss the progress and development of the students, and collaborate to support the child’s specific needs, interests, and passions. Connect with our larger community by attending PTA events, athletics events, and various student performances

Drama at ISP
Students use theatre as a platform to express themselves as performers, designers, directors, and creators. The purpose behind the drama in Middle School is to help students fall in love with performing through creating, exploring, devising, and improvisation. These courses are designed to provide students with a broad experience of theatre and drama in different forms, providing them with the skills to use voice, body, imagination, concentration, and collaboration. Students have opportunities to perform in front of audiences and are also able to develop technical and production skills in our fully equipped black box studio.

What you'll do:

  • Support the ISP Teaching and Learning Philosophy by developing and teaching a curriculum that engages all learners in purposeful, connected, and balanced work that cultivates 21st-century skills
  • Plan with the end in mind (Understanding by Design or other backward design models) to develop units that are focused on essential questions and enduring understandings.
  • Produce and direct plays for school and public performances.
  • Design authentic assessments (and aligned standards-based rubrics) to measure student learning in a real-world setting
  • Provide frequent feedback to students to help guide them in their learning process. Report on student progress using standards-based grading
  • Build a robust learning atmosphere that leads students to value being at school and feel part of a challenging yet joyful and inclusive learning community
  • Help ensure that all students achieve key learning outcomes for the grade level, targeting instruction thoughtfully to address individual needs
  • Collaborate intensively and daily with colleagues both within the division as well as vertically (K-12) to continually improve student learning and school culture. Work collaboratively to create cross-curricular learning opportunities. 
  • Participate actively in ongoing, intensive professional learning
  • Support, guide, and advocate for a group of 8-12 students through our advisory program. Through, the delivery of our advisory curriculum, facilitate discussions based on the CASEL Framework to help support the social and emotional development of students
This is a Direct to School Job
This is a Direct to School Job

We are recognized as a leader in international education, offering world-class opportunities for students from Pre-K (3yr olds) to 12th Grade.

ISP operates under the license of the Ministry of Education of Panama and is accredited by Cognia. As an authorized IB World School, we offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme & Certificates, for students in grades 11 and 12.  In addition, we offer a unique Innovation and Entrepreneurship Certificate and AdvancED certified STEM programs.

Building on a strong foundation and vision, ISP continues its forward-thinking tradition, always striving to improve teaching and learning in state-of-the-art facilities, while remaining true to the bold and fearless vision of our founders, to offer a forward-thinking world-class education in Panama.

 At the International School of Panama we embrace learning as a lifelong adventure, we are conscientious inquirers with a pioneering spirit, we are courageous individuals who are unafraid to stand out. We believe in community, and in creating friendships that last for a lifetime.

This is a Direct to School Job
This is a Direct to School Job
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