Seeking: Full-Time IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) and Diploma Programme (DP) Teacher of Science (Biology, Chemistry)

November 11th, 2016 by Tsukuba International School | Permalink

Tsukuba International School develops critical thinkers and lifelong learners by providing opportunities for inquiry, creativity, and discovery, where respect for self, others and the environment is a core value.

TIS is an IB World School authorized to implement the Primary Years Programme (PYP) and Middle Years Programme (MYP) of the International Baccalaureate (IB). We are a candidate school for the Diploma Programme (DP) and we are currently working toward gaining authorization to offer the DP from August 2017. (Note that candidate status does not guarantee that authorization will be granted.)

We are seeking a certified high school science (Biology, Chemistry) teacher to start in January 2017 (or as soon as possible). The successful candidate will work together with the current faculty to develop our DP curriculum and teach science in the MYP and DP. The teacher will share additional responsibilities (for example, pastoral care of homeroom students, organizing school events) with the other teachers at the school.

As TIS is an IB World School, experienced DP teachers will be given preference, although certified subject teachers with a strong interest in transdisciplinary studies, collaborative planning, and the International Baccalaureate programmes are encouraged to apply.

Pledge of Non-Discrimination

Tsukuba International School is an equal opportunity educator and employer. We will not discriminate against any student, prospective student, employee, or job applicant on the basis of race, color, gender, nationality, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. We will take measures to ensure against such discrimination in all of our services and practices.

Eligibility

The following are non-negotiable credentials for applying for this position.

  • Native English proficiency.
  • University degree in education (preferably with secondary specialization, i.e. ages 14 to 18) from a country with an English language-based curriculum. (A degree in “Teaching English as a Second/Foreign Language” is not sufficient.)
  • Qualifications to teach in a jurisdiction with primarily English-based education. (This means that the candidate must be a certified teacher in a country such as Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, or the United States.)
  • Valid and up-to-date first aid and CPR certifications (or willing to obtain or update certification within a few months of starting)

NOTE: All successful candidates will be required to submit a criminal history background check, or similar, for all countries that they have worked in, as a condition of employment.

Range of Experience

We will give preference to candidates with the following kinds of experience.

  • Experience teaching science (specifically biology and chemistry)
  • Experience teaching in a high school
  • Experience teaching the Diploma Programme of the International Baccalaureate
  • Experience teaching at an international school, or in a multicultural environment
  • Experience teaching non-native speakers of English
  • Experience with collaborative planning
  • Experience living in Japan, or living abroad

Working Conditions

Salary: based on experience
School Year: Late August to June
Vacation: 10 days paid personal leave, Japanese national holidays, plus fall, winter, spring, and summer vacations
Visa sponsorship: available
Relocation: will pay for flight to Japan (for applicants who are currently residing overseas) and assist in finding accommodations

Please see our page on Tsukuba to learn more about living and working in the city.

Application Process

Submit a resume outlining your education and employment history (including your current position). Attach a one-page cover letter stating why you are interested in this position and what you could contribute to our school. Applicants chosen for interviews will be required to provide three references, preferably former employers or mentor teachers, and copies of relevant degrees and certificates. Applications can be sent by email (preferred) or postal mail. Interviews may take place in person or by web conference. If you have a web camera and a Skype account, please mention that in your cover letter.

POSTAL ADDRESS
Tsukuba International School
Attn: Ms. Shaney Crawford
Kamigo 7846-1
Tsukuba, Ibaraki, JAPAN
300-2645

Please write: “DP Teacher Application” on the envelope.

EMAIL ADDRESS
jobs at tsukuba international school dot org
Please submit your documents as PDF files or in plain text. Use the subject “DP [Subject] Teacher 2016”.

Applications are due by December 1, 2016, but we encourage candidates to apply as soon as possible. Applications will be considered as soon as they arrive and the position will be filled as soon as a suitable candidate is found. We hope to make the final hiring decision by December 31, 2016, if possible.

Please note that Tsukuba International School is school where all classes are taught in English, NOT a private company that teaches English conversation lessons to children and adults; therefore, we will only consider applicants who have proper teaching qualifications (i.e. a degree in education, preferably specializing in elementary or middle school education). A TESL/TEFL certificate and/or Bachelor degree in a subject other than Education would not be enough to meet these standards.

Only those candidates who have been selected for an interview will be contacted. Documents that are submitted to the school will not be returned.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Seeking: Full-Time IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) and Diploma Programme (DP) Mathematics Teacher

November 11th, 2016 by Tsukuba International School | Permalink

Tsukuba International School develops critical thinkers and lifelong learners by providing opportunities for inquiry, creativity, and discovery, where respect for self, others and the environment is a core value.

TIS is an IB World School authorized to implement the Primary Years Programme (PYP) and Middle Years Programme (MYP) of the International Baccalaureate (IB). We are a candidate school for the Diploma Programme (DP) and we are currently working toward gaining authorization to offer the DP from August 2017. (Note that candidate status does not guarantee that authorization will be granted.)

We are seeking a certified high school Mathematics teacher to start in August 2017 (an earlier start date may be possible). The successful candidate will work together with the current faculty to develop our DP curriculum and teach Mathematics in the MYP and DP. The teacher will share additional responsibilities (for example, pastoral care of homeroom students, organizing school events) with the other teachers at the school.

As TIS is an IB World School, experienced DP teachers will be given preference, although certified subject teachers with a strong interest in transdisciplinary studies, collaborative planning, and the International Baccalaureate programmes are encouraged to apply.

Pledge of Non-Discrimination

Tsukuba International School is an equal opportunity educator and employer. We will not discriminate against any student, prospective student, employee, or job applicant on the basis of race, color, gender, nationality, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. We will take measures to ensure against such discrimination in all of our services and practices.

Eligibility

The following are non-negotiable credentials for applying for this position.

  • Native English proficiency.
  • University degree in education (preferably with secondary specialization, i.e. ages 14 to 18) from a country with an English language-based curriculum. (A degree in “Teaching English as a Second/Foreign Language” is not sufficient.)
  • Qualifications to teach in a jurisdiction with primarily English-based education. (This means that the candidate must be a certified teacher in a country such as Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, or the United States.)
  • Valid and up-to-date first aid and CPR certifications (or willing to obtain or update certification within a few months of starting)

NOTE: All successful candidates will be required to submit a criminal history background check, or similar, for all countries that they have worked in, as a condition of employment.

Range of Experience

We will give preference to candidates with the following kinds of experience.

  • Experience teaching Mathematics
  • Experience teaching in a high school
  • Experience teaching the Diploma Programme of the International Baccalaureate
  • Experience teaching at an international school, or in a multicultural environment
  • Experience teaching non-native speakers of English
  • Experience with collaborative planning
  • Experience living in Japan, or living abroad

Working Conditions

Salary: based on experience
School Year: Late August to June
Vacation: 10 days paid personal leave, Japanese national holidays, plus fall, winter, spring, and summer vacations
Visa sponsorship: available
Relocation: will pay for flight to Japan (for applicants who are currently residing overseas) and assist in finding accommodations

Please see our page on Tsukuba to learn more about living and working in the city.

Application Process

Submit a resume outlining your education and employment history (including your current position). Attach a one-page cover letter stating why you are interested in this position and what you could contribute to our school. Applicants chosen for interviews will be required to provide three references, preferably former employers or mentor teachers, and copies of relevant degrees and certificates. Applications can be sent by email (preferred) or postal mail. Interviews may take place in person or by web conference. If you have a web camera and a Skype account, please mention that in your cover letter.

POSTAL ADDRESS
Tsukuba International School
Attn: Ms. Shaney Crawford
Kamigo 7846-1
Tsukuba, Ibaraki, JAPAN
300-2645

Please write: “DP Teacher Application” on the envelope.

EMAIL ADDRESS
jobs at tsukuba international school dot org
Please submit your documents as PDF files or in plain text. Use the subject “DP [Subject] Teacher 2016”.

Applications are due by December 31, 2016, but we encourage candidates to apply as soon as possible. Applications will be considered as soon as they arrive and the position will be filled as soon as a suitable candidate is found. We hope to make the final hiring decision by January 31, 2016.

Please note that Tsukuba International School is school where all classes are taught in English, NOT a private company that teaches English conversation lessons to children and adults; therefore, we will only consider applicants who have proper teaching qualifications (i.e. a degree in education, preferably specializing in elementary or middle school education). A TESL/TEFL certificate and/or Bachelor degree in a subject other than Education would not be enough to meet these standards.

Only those candidates who have been selected for an interview will be contacted. Documents that are submitted to the school will not be returned.

We look forward to hearing from you.

From the Principal: Message to our Graduating Classes of 2016

June 23rd, 2016 by Tsukuba International School | Permalink

Tsukuba International School
Graduation Speech
Shaney Crawford, Principal
June 23, 2016

Thank you all for coming today to celebrate the graduation of our kindergarten students into Grade 1, our Grade 5 students into the Middle Years Programme, our Grade 10 students into the high school program, and our first ever graduate of our high school program.

This year, our school has reached an important milestone in completing the construction of this new building that we are sitting in today. This has effectively doubled the size of our school, and this, with the eventual addition of our full high school program, means that we have an even greater responsibility to think about why we are all here, and make sure that we can be confident in sending our graduates into the world.

At our school, we are not only trying to teach you the knowledge that you may need in your future lives, we are also concerned with what kind of people you will become. It is, of course, very important for you to understand who you are, how the world works, and how we organize ourselves. And it is also very important for you to be a caring, open-minded communicator, no matter what your future holds.

I’m afraid, though, that since we hear words like “caring” and “inquirer” all the time, these words sometimes lose their meaning. We can get into the habit of not thinking deeply about ourselves and not really reflecting on our own strengths and weaknesses. For example, you might think that because you lent one of your friends a pencil, and you received a pink card for it, that that confirms that you are caring. And it may be true that you were being caring in that case, but do you also talk about one of your classmates behind her back? Do you shout out answers in class before others have a chance to think? And when someone hurts your feelings, do you try to find ways to hurt them back? If so, then you can’t give yourself full marks for being caring just because you sometimes do nice things.

You may follow the rules during recess soccer games, so you think you are principled. But are you always principled? Do you always do what is right, even if no one is watching? And do you take the time to question what is right? Because you cannot just trust that what you think is right is actually right 100% of the time. Your thoughts about right and wrong come from many experiences that you have had, and other people have had different experiences, so they might have different ideas about what is right and what is wrong. If you do not open yourself to questions about your own beliefs, then you cannot get full marks for being principled.

And if I may digress for a moment, I do think that this problem of assuming that we are right, that we are more principled than other people, plays a part in many of the issues that we face in our global society today, such as intolerance, corruption, and warfare. These are big problems, and they may seem unsolvable, but their solution has to come from all of us being just a little bit more humble, and a little bit more reflective.

We don’t know what kind of person you are trying to become. Are you going to be a scientist, or a politician, or a parent who stays at home to look after your children? Do you need to know to perfect a spaceship so we can fly to other planets, or how to build a water-tight trough out of wood for cows to drink from, or how to teach someone how to sew? We really don’t know. A student once complained to one of our former math teachers that she didn’t understand why she had to learn about a particular concept in math. The teacher said that if she told him all of the things she planned to do in the future, he would promise to teach her only the math that she would need for that. Otherwise, he would just have to make his best guess.

So, here is my best guess. In order for you to find success in the world, and for you to make a positive impact on the world, and therefore, in order for the world to become a better place, you need to become a better person. You need to be more knowledgeable than you are now. You need to be more caring and more principled than you are now. You need to be a better risk-taker, and be more open-minded. Just because you are graduating today, does not mean that you are finished. You, like everyone else in this room, including the other students at our school, the parents, and the teachers, are not a finished product. Today marks the day of your graduation, but I hope it also becomes a day when you reflect deeply on who you are and what you believe in. I cannot tell you what the future has in store for you, but I do hope that by dedicating yourself to lifelong reflection, you will play a part in making our world a better, and more peaceful, place for all people.

From the Student Council President: Message to the School Community Upon Completion of our New School Building

May 22nd, 2016 by Tsukuba International School | Permalink

皆様、こんにちは。本日はつくばインターナショナルスクールにお越しいただきありがとうございます。

私は本校の生徒会長を務めております、沈水藍と申します。この度の本校の第二校舎の完成に際して、私からも一言お礼申し上げます。このような立派な校舎を建ててくださった理事長先生や校長先生をはじめ、関わってくださった全ての方々に感謝いたします。ありがとうございました。

私は本校に九年間在籍しております。入学当時はたった八名の生徒が前校長の加納正康先生のご自宅で勉学に励んでおりました。その後、第一校舎ができ、そして今回第二校舎まで完成致しました。まさに学校の成長と共に私も成長してきたと言えます。その過程では全ての環境が完璧に整っていたわけではありませんでした。

しかしこれは私にとってとても良い経験になったと思います。なぜなら、環境が完璧ではなかったため、どうすれば学校をより良い環境にできるか自ら考え、気づき、行動して、結果を出す力がついたからです。これは私だけではなく、他の生徒も同じです。完璧な環境ではなかったからこそ多くの学びがあったと思います。きっとそれは私達生徒だけではなくお世話になっている先生方や職員の方々も同じではないでしょうか。最初から完璧な教材、学習道具が整っていて沢山の生徒がいる事は素敵な事だと思います。しかし、私にとって自ら考え、気づき、行動して、結果を出す力を身につけさせてくれる学校は素晴らしい場所です。

そのため、ここ、つくばインターナショナルスクールで沢山の事が経験できる事に感謝しております。さらにこれから、私達は第二校舎で今まで以上に多くの事を学べると思います。

つくばインターナショナルスクールだからこそ経験できる事が沢山あると思います。第二校舎の完成に伴い、さらに生徒が増え、ここだから学べる事、ここでしか経験できない事を通して、生徒一人一人が素敵な人になれたら大変嬉しく思います。私もまだまだ未熟ですが、つくばインターナショナルスクールコミュニティの一人一人が楽しく過ごせるように、少しでも力になりたいです。つくばインターナショナルスクールに関わる全ての人と一緒にこれからも頑張っていきます。本日はどうもありがとうございました。

From the Principal: Message to the School Community Upon Completion of our New School Building

May 22nd, 2016 by Tsukuba International School | Permalink

What if…?
A Dedication to Our New School Building
Tsukuba International School
Shaney Crawford
May 21, 2016

The building that you are standing in today comes at a price. Of course, there was a financial price that we had to pay, and the costs that were borne through the time and effort of people like Hisae Kitazawa, Joanne Handa, Haruo Aizawa, Akira Yokota, Takayoshi Nishitani, the Kano family, the staff of BigBox, and various offices of the Ibaraki Prefectural government. And there was a cost to the environment, as we had to cut down countless trees, destroying the natural habitat of many forest creatures. Was it worth it? How can we guarantee that the value that we give back is larger than the value that we have taken? If we have done all of this and paid this huge cost to graduate students who excel at getting good grades on tests, then we have not made a good investment. No, we need to pay a higher price. We need to graduate respectful students who can be thoughtful stewards of our beautiful planet and who can find ways to work together graciously with all of the people on it: students who know how to try and fail, and try again and again.

Mr. Kano taught me to dream big. I was a volunteer at this school for many years before I started working here and I remember the very lean years. The children didn’t have a building of their own. They didn’t have grounds to play on. The only resources they had were ones that were donated. Mr. Kano looked at the school at that time and saw not what it was, but what it could be. He saw bright, cheerful children and dedicated teachers. He saw a community of parents who cared deeply about the education of their children. And instead of dwelling on the problems, he started to dream. What if…? What would happen if this tiny school of eight children were given a chance? Everything that you see here today, the students, the building, the curriculum, EVERYTHING, came from this one idea. What if…? Mr. Kano thought, “What if I quit my job and dedicated the rest of my life to making an internationally-recognized school here in Tsukuba?” And he didn’t just stop there; he communicated his “What if…?” to many people.

His spoke about his idea to his wife, and the rest of the Kano family, who have been one of the school’s strongest financial backers, and without whose help, guidance, and constant support, none of what you see today would be here. He convinced many notable people to join our board, and those people have been a constant source of knowledge, critical feedback, and wisdom. He was able to communicate the significance of the school to the city and prefectural government, so the budding school could finally be recognized as an asset to the citizens of Tsukuba and Ibaraki. He persuaded teachers to leave their comfortable positions at other, more established schools to gamble on his dream. And he communicated his big idea to parents and students who were eager to share in his vision of a little school in a luscious green forest with a big heart and an enormous dream. That idea, and the telling and retelling of it by all of us since then, is what brings us together today to dedicate this new building to the future of not just our school, but the future of IDEAS and COMMUNICATION, and using them to make the world a better place.

This school, and this building, exist because of ideas. And my dream for this school, and this building, with its science lab, music room, and large assembly room where we are standing today, is that it become the birthplace of a hundred thousand ideas: good and bad, practical and impractical, successful and impossible ideas. There is nothing else that has as much power to change the world as a person with an idea. And so, in payment for the great costs that this building has incurred, I hereby dedicate this building and this school to the FUTURE, to the power of COMMUNICATION, and to great, big, messy, exhilarating IDEAS.

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