Dual Immersion Openings in Seattle

Dan Golosman, Principal at McDonald International School, has asked us to post a job openings in Seattle.


invites applications for the position of:

McDonald Int’l. Elem. – Language Immersion (Japanese) Teacher – 1.0 FTE fulltime. Contracted position/

An Equal Opportunity Employer

SALARY: $44,372.00 – $84,367.00 Annually

OPENING DATE: 12/15/14

CLOSING DATE: 01/21/15 05:00 PM

REQUIRED ATTACHMENTS: Certificate or License, Cover letter and Resume, Tests for HQ-NCLB, Transcripts


This is a Phase III position – Open Hiring.

Language Immersion, Elementary – In order to be considered for this position you must currently have or will have by the start date: K-8 teaching certificate AND the ability to modify language for non-native speakers, translate, modify and adapt curriculum, teach math, science literacy and culture in the target language and demonstrate fluency in target language and English.   Must be highly qualified in Elementary curriculum.

Multi-age, Elementary – In order to be considered for this position you must currently have or will have by the start date: a K-8 Elementary endorsement and 1 year of teaching experience in a mutli-age classroom and be highly qualified in Elementary curriculum.

A classroom teacher fosters and enhances an effective learning environment; facilitates the development or revision of curriculum and instructional materials; establishes learning objectives and standards based upon general District guidelines; provides instruction; counsels, disciplines, and supervises to meet the individual needs of assigned students, and evaluates student performance and progress.

Fosters an educational environment conducive to the learning and maturation process of assigned students; plans an instructional program designed to meet individual student needs and whole groups which may include at risk or special needs youth; prepares lesson plans.

Uses necessary and appropriate instructional methods and materials, which are suited to the well-being of the students and to the nature of the learning activities, program and/or curriculum involved; implements established program or curriculum objectives; attends in-service training and continues to improve professional growth through study and experimentation to remain current in methods and techniques for instruction.

Establishes and implements, in a positive and supportive manner, classroom policies and procedures governing student behavior and conduct; provides guidance, counseling, and discipline to encourage students to meet standards of achievement and conduct; makes referrals for assistance where appropriate.

Confers with students, parents or guardians, and other staff, maintaining an open positive relationship as appropriate to provide guidance and evaluation, and to encourage student achievement.

Establishes classroom goals and objectives, in conformation with courses of study specified by State and School District statutes, regulations and guidelines; evaluates and records student progress; prepares reports for parents or guardians.

Collects and interprets a variety of data; provides reports for administrative purposes.

Directs the activities of assigned non-certificated personnel.

Attends or participates in all required staff meetings and other activities deemed necessary by the District and/or building principal, in order to accomplish the objectives of the position and for professional achievement.

Serves on staff committees as required.
Participates in a variety of activities to enhance personal and professional skills.
Performs related tasks consistent with the scope and responsibility of the position.


Reports to the building principal.


Required to deal with a wide range of student achievement and behavior; required to remain flexible to meet students immediate needs; required to handle multiple tasks simultaneously and prioritize; may experience frequent interruptions; may occasionally deal with distraught or difficult students; potentially exposed to ordinary infectious diseases carried by students; in some positions the necessary and appropriate instructional methods may require specific positions and movements, and sufficient stamina and exertions, to demonstrate techniques properly for student safety, or to conduct or direct students; in some positions precautions may need to be taken to prevent or lessen exposure of self and/or students to various materials, fumes, equipment, cutting edges or hot surfaces; may teach in a classroom without telephone communication.



Education and Experience:
Bachelor’s degree; academic preparation for or experience in teaching a culturally, racially and economically diverse student population in an urban school system. Specific programs may require additional academic preparation or professional experience, including; working with bilingual students and assisting them in the transition to regular classrooms; implementing programs designed to prevent the dropout of “at risk” students; and, teaching multi-level, open-concept, and main streamed classes.

Certificates & Licenses:

Valid Washington State Teaching Certificate; some positions may require valid first aid and CPR certification; some positions may require a valid Washington State driver’s license and/or a Class II driver’s license.

Criminal Justice Fingerprint and background check.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Knowledge of: Subject areas appropriate to assignment; effective behavior management techniques; effective instructional techniques; rules and procedures for student safety.

Skill in: Proficiency in reading, writing, and oral communications; effective communication with parents or guardians in a diverse community; designing and implementing lesson plans for students having a wide range of achievement.

Ability to: Deal with students in a positive and confident manner; be fair and consistent when working with a culturally, racially, and economically diverse student population; adapt to change and remain flexible; organize activities; manage student behavior; use good judgment to maintain a safe learning environment; provide instruction and demonstrate techniques; use necessary equipment, computers, machinery, tools, or software; direct assistants; in some positions, administer first aid and CPR; establish and maintain effective, positive working relationships with students, parents or guardians, staff and administrators.


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by those assigned to this position and are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills. Employees may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time as needed. District employees are not authorized to make promises of employment for a particular period of time, or promises of a particular level of compensation or benefits to job applicants for certified or classified position, and that any such agreement must be in writing and signed by the Superintendent. Any verbal or written statements to that effect by District employees other than the Superintendent are null and void. Addi tonally, nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.



Grade 3 / 4 Teacher: 1.0 FTE Language Immersion model

Language Immersion model – this position is in Japanese. The teacher will teach either AM or PM while students alternate between Japanese and an English classroom. This candidate will teach the “Japanese half” of the day for a class of students. The ability to switch from teaching the morning half of the day to the afternoon half of the day halfway through the school year is required.

At McDonald International School our goal is to engage all students, in partnership with family and community, to become informed, compassionate, global citizens. McDonald International School is a growing language immersion school, teaching in Spanish or Japanese. Currently our K-3 students are part of the language immersion program and receive instruction for half of each day in either Japanese or Spanish and our 4-5 students are taught entirely in English. Language immersion will move up each year until 2015-16 when all grades will be engaged in our language immersion program. This position requires the teacher to be highly collaborative, willing to meet regularly to share and analyze student data, and able to contribute to the long-term growth of the school through teacher leadership, participation on committees, evening events, and detailed planning of effective curriculum and other structures to support student learning. Our goal at McDonald International School is to incorporate an international/global perspective in all subject areas, as well as integrating art, science and technology into literacy.

This candidate must speak, read, write, and communicate fluently in the immersion language as a native speaker. This candidate will teach the “Japanese half” of the day for a morning and afternoon class of students.   Math and science are taught in the immersion languages. Everyday Math and other supplemental curriculum based on Common Core State Standards comprise the foundation for our math instruction, and for science we use the district’s science kits. All academic language, math, science, social skills, and any other subjects taught in this classroom will be taught in the immersion language. Candidates will have the ability to integrate math and science into social studies with an emphasis on global perspectives. The new teacher will be expected to work towards obtaining their International Education category.

In the English half of the day, the grade level partner teacher will teach balanced literacy (using the Common Core State Standards and CTC Reading and Writing Workshop as the foundation) as well as social skills, and social studies.

The successful candidate for the grade 3 / 4 Japanese Immersion position will be able to:

  • Speak, read, write and communicate fluently in the immersion language as a native speaker.
  • Be flexible, organized, and efficient. You will teach two separate classes, one AM and one PM. You will be teamed with an English teacher and will exchange groups at lunchtime. You will be expected to communicate with 50+ families.
  • Embrace working collaboratively with other teachers and be a team builder. This candidate will be required to work closely with the librarian and art teacher to build a cohesive global perspectives curriculum K-5.
  • Explicitly teach academic language in Japanese while providing skills and content instruction in math and science.
  • Provide language proficiency testing.
  • Have the ability to infuse technology as appropriate throughout the curriculum.
  • Utilize best practices in instruction and assessment, and curriculum based on the Common Core State Standards to increase student achievement in math and science.
  • Implement interventions and supports, both academic and social (PBIS, MTSS).
  • Attend additional McDonald International School training in the summer (dates TBD). Training will continue during the 2014-15 school year.
  • Attend additional professional development activities (e.g., for math, science, or language proficiency testing).
  • Perform duties such as recess, cafeteria, or bus line supervision.
  • Be eager and willing to help build this growing school, and want to become a part of the   McDonald International School community.

McDonald International School is a warm and welcoming place for its students, families, staff, and community. If you are looking for this type of environment and can contribute to the growth of our international school while being flexible in meeting the challenges of working in a new school, we encourage you to apply.

All teachers in Seattle Public Schools must be No Child Left Behind Highly Qualified (NCLB HQ) in the subject area in which they are teaching. OSPI gives one year to take the test for certification but, effective 2014-2015 school year, it is now a requirement of Seattle Public Schools that all teachers are NCLB HQ at the time of employment.

If you have not taken the West-E or NES for Washington State to become NCLB HQ in the core subject area in which you are applying, please register immediately at www.nestest.com. If you have taken and passed the Praxis test for the core subject area in which you are applying please attach the test results to this application.

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The District complies with all applicable State and Federal laws and regulations to include, but not limited to, Title IX, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, RCW 49.60 “The Law Against Discrimination,” and covers, but is not limited to, all District programs, courses, activities, including extra-curricular activities, services, access to facilities, etc.

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2445 3rd Ave South
Seattle, WA 98124-1165

Job #07565

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