CIS PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND AQUATICS TEACHER – FRAMING the ROLE
- This position’s focus is Whole School
The CIS Mission:
Our mission is to Connect / Inspire / Serve. (CIS) We are a positive community with passionate learners.
The CIS Community Principles:
- Kindness - We value kindness. Our kindness is illustrated in all of our interactions: with our own children, with others’ children, with families, with staff, and with administrators. How we communicate with each other is emblematic of our collective kind and caring spirit.
- Partnership - We are strongest when we work together, when we share ideas and resources, and when we partner with the greater Cayman community. A spirit of collaboration not only makes our community stronger, it makes students learning richer by connecting stakeholders in exciting and innovative ways.
- Sustainability - We take into consideration long-term impacts when making decisions. This applies to decisions about programming as well is to our personal and collective behavior. We live on an island with limited resources and our environmental stewardship is essential in keeping it viable and healthy for generations to come.
- Good Intent - We assume good intent. We trust that members of our community have what is best for one another at heart. We engage diverse perspectives with empathy and open-mindedness. We aim to be our best selves in all that we do.
The CIS Learning Principles:
- Language of Learning - We understand that to make learning happen effectively and collectively we need a shared language that describes what learning is and how we do it.
- Ownership of Learning - We understand that we are all able to learn and ultimately responsible for our own learning.
- Nature of Learning - We understand that learning is emotional as well as cognitive and is both an individual and social experience.
- Contexts of Learning - We understand that learning transfer happens best in rich, relevant contexts.
Physical Education and Aquatics Teacher
- Bachelor’s degree (Master’s preferred) in Education or Physical Education content area with Education credentials
- Swim instruction experience with a youth-based aquatics program, having gained American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor (WSI) certification or similar qualification.
- CPR, AED, First Aid and Automatic External Defibrillator (AED), with instructor certification a plus.
- Valid teaching certificate/license from a University whose program is recognized by the Caymanian Government
- Training from an Education program with a US-based curricular focus and the ability to teach the full range of activities across the curriculum is vital.
- Experience and participation in a busy extra-curricular program which boasts a range of clubs and activities
- Minimum of two years of relevant successful teaching experience in an accredited school or school system in the Physical Education and Aquatics program in a US-based school or International School with US-based or International Baccalaureate curriculum
- Proven track record of excellence at current and previous places of service
- Specific experience and training with the following;
- Experience with educational programming or school with a US-based curricular focus
- Prior experience with Standards-Based assessment practices
- Prior experience in Project-Based Learning or similar progressive pedagogy
- Prior experience with Positive Discipline or similar classroom meeting approach to social-emotional learning
- Prior experience as a teacher in a N-12 educational setting
- Experience with using various co-teaching models and the ability to design courses
- Experience with motivating students of all abilities to take part and learn new skills
- Experience collaborating with other departments and teams excellent verbal communication skills
- Patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
- Demonstrated ability with tech-integration in classroom assignments and student data
- CPR/First Aid training or willingness to be trained
- Desired Attributes
- Confidentiality, integrity and adherence to ethical standards
- Approachable, Listener, and a Sense of Humor
- Team member, Dedicated, and Energetic
- Diversity oriented - able to work effectively with people regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity or religion
- Energy and enthusiasm
- Embodies CIS Community Principles
The Physical Education and Aquatics Teacher is responsible for educating children holistically, guiding them in the process of becoming adept learners, facilitating experiences through instruction of a quality physical education program (including land and aquatics based activities) to serve CIS Students, and collaborating with a team of educators to continually enhance learning experiences.
Sample of Duties and Responsibilities:
- Plan and instruct physical education classes and/or Aquatic Instruction for Nursery-12 students emphasizing safety, fun and skill development.
- To plan, develop and deliver high quality lessons using a variety of approaches, to continually enhance teaching and learning.
- Ensure continuity, progression, and cohesiveness in all teaching.
- Use a variety of methods and approaches (including differentiation) to match pedagogical objectives and the range of student needs and ensure equal opportunity for all students.
- Work effectively as a member of the CIS Physical Education teams to improve the quality of teaching and learning,
- Collaborate, when possible, with core subject and other specialist teachers to plan and deliver multi-disciplinary units of study, such as project-based learning experiences or inquiry.
- Set high expectations for all students, to deepen their knowledge and understanding and to maximize their achievement.
- Use positive management of behavior in an environment of mutual respect that allows students to feel safe and secure and promotes their self-esteem.
- Track student progress, monitoring achievement against targets set, and take appropriate action on student outcomes.
- Contribute towards the implementation of IEPs as applicable
- Keep up to date with research and developments in pedagogy in the subject area.
- Contribute to the effective use of subject resources, including evaluation of new materials and equipment.
- Keep up to date with technological change and the use of technology to enhance delivery, and student access, to the subject.
- Be a role model to students through personal presentation and professional conduct.
- Cover for absent colleagues as is reasonable, fair, and equitable.
- Establish positive and effective working relationships with professional colleagues and associate staff.
-Be involved in enrichment activities, after school clubs and inter school events. Organize whole school teams and events for over 50 participants
- Manage ordering for Physical Education and Health Departments
- Attend meetings as requested
- Promote the school and members of the school community and ISS in a professional and positive manner
- Play an active role in all aspects of the care of students, focusing on their social and emotional development. To include but not limited to:
o Acting as a channel for communication between students, staff, and parents;
o Supporting students with the development of organizational skills and study skills;
o Conduct formative and summative assessments including observational assessment;
o Upholding the expectations outlined in the Student Code of Conduct and dress code;
- Promote a positive school culture amongst the staff, students, parents, the school community and beyond
- Carry out supervision duties
- Identify areas for self-growth and take part in in-service programs in the school
- Represent and promote the school’s guiding statements and mission
- Perform other duties and responsibilities as determined, and reasonably assigned
- Attend staff meetings and participate in group committee work as required
- Provide relevant information about student or parental concerns or conflicts to the appropriate Principal
- Abide by all policies and administrative decisions
- Above all else, demonstrate professionalism and fulfill responsibilities at CIS with honesty and integrity and maintain confidentiality at all times.
- All teachers at CIS are also expected to contribute to the holistic life of the school through their involvement in our After-School Activity Program and participation in our thriving school community.
- All teachers are expected to contribute to a minimum of one activity should that be required by the School
- Carry out additional activities, as requested, in line with the general expectations of this job description.
Equity and Inclusion:
It is CIS policy that decisions about staff assignments, promotion, demotion, and selection for training shall be taken without regard to race, color, ethnicity, gender, disability, or sexual orientation.
Evaluation / Reflection / Professional Growth:
Performance will be evaluated within the framework of our appraisal and professional development protocol
Compensation and Work Year:
Compensation as per contract in relation to CIS remuneration scale. Work year as per the CIS school calendar
Our team recognizes that school years for children of all ages are periods of tremendous growth, curiosity, and transition in the lives of students and parents. Through good teaching practice and modeling we facilitate the students’ intellectual, social, emotional, and physical growth through school and beyond. Indeed, students’ well-being is at the center of our teaching practice and as such, teachers must be committed to working collegially, collaboratively, energetically, and enthusiastically to enhance the learning environment for students, staff, and community. Our school and its community value staff who demonstrate excellence, collaborate, communicate in an effective and timely fashion, have a sense of humor, are flexible, celebrate diversity, appreciate, and engage in Caymanian culture, accommodate different learning styles and sponsor after school activities.
ISCO Code: 25962
Application Deadline: June 16, 2021