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Silicon Valley International School seeks a Chinese (Mandarin) Teacher Assistant in the Early Years Program for Jan 4, 2021 - June 18, 2021. The Teacher Assistant works within the framework of the job description and assignment and makes decisions only within that framework.
Be Involved with young student personal care activities, student safety, and pedagogical assistance as assigned.
Report to the Early Years Program Principal and work under the immediate direction of the classroom teacher and Enrichment Supervisor.
Professional Behavior, schedule, and responsibilities
Workload will not exceed 40 hours/week including classroom preparation, student supervision, subbing, and meetings
Teacher-Assistants should strictly adhere to the schedule communicated in August by the Principal of the Cowper Campus.
During the available time, teacher-assistants are expected to:
Prep for the teacher
May at times be asked to sub during this time if we are unable to find a substitute
Teacher-Assistants are required to maintain certifications as required by the school and/or Social Services. In addition, they should keep all relevant certifications current
Teacher-Assistants are expected to
Follow Social Services requirements and stay with the students at all time
Demonstrate ethical behavior
Demonstrate responsible behavior towards attendance and work schedule
Be knowledgeable of and follow School policies and procedures, in particular those dealing with confidentiality, cross-cultural understanding, discipline, harassment and communication, health and safety, or Licensing Regulations.
Actively supervise lunch, recess, and day-care as noted in the schedule. Active supervision is expected at all times.
Promote an atmosphere of respect for students and adults
Work to support the philosophy of the school
Address conflicts with colleagues/ teacher/Enrichment Supervisor first, then principal if issue remains
Enforce discipline guidelines promoted by the school
Respect discipline measures are taken by a colleague
Participate in in-service activities as requested
Attend and participate in case of conferences as requested by the principal
Refer all inquiries and concerns about the student to the teacher/Enrichment Supervisor, and to the Assistant Principal if needed
Assist in duties such as attendance, record keeping, student’s work filing, classroom clean up and decoration, and snack preparation
Assist in the implementation of the classroom management
Support and promote goals for the class community, as well as the goals for the social and emotional development of the children
Lead some small group activities as instructed by the teacher/ Enrichment Supervisor
Meet weekly with the teacher to get information on upcoming activities and preparation needed
Assist in preparing the learning environment, setting up activity centers, and preparing needed material and supplies in advance, as instructed by the teacher/Enrichment Supervisor
Note: Preparation should be made at a time when the Employee is not responsible for supervising the students.
Support for Instructional Program
Teacher-Assistants are expected to:
Assist students in following programs, strategies, exercises, and materials identified/developed and introduced by the teacher/Enrichment Supervisor
Provide feedback to the teacher/Enrichment Supervisor and Assistant Principal if needed on her observations of students
Note: In case of absence of the teacher, the teacher-assistant(s) will guide and orient the substitute and assist him/her in the implementation of the lesson plan left by the teacher. Please note however that the substitute will act as the lead teacher.
During the academic year, teacher-assistants are not expected to:
Plan and initiate learning activities; for example, develop specific lesson plans, select learning materials
Report to parents on pedagogical matters or student academic performances
Expectations for Mini-Camp and Summer Care
During summer care and mini-camp, teacher-assistants are considered camp counselors and are expected to plan and implement activities, under the guidance and supervision of the Enrichment Supervisor.
The Enrichment Supervisor will provide a theme for the camps and help to organize planning. Camp counselors can use the available time the week before the mini-camp for planning and preparation. Time will be given in the summer care schedule to allow for weekly planning and preparation.
Note: All teacher-assistants are expected to follow these guidelines. In instances where an employee is not meeting expectations, the Enrichment Supervisor and/or Principal will follow up with a verbal warning. If the issue persists, a written warning will be issued and the matter will be taken up with the Assistant Head of School.
12 Early Childhood Education Units minimum
Minimum 2-years’ experience working with Early Years age children
Experience with the Primary Years Program (PYP) of the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) preferred
Native Mandarin Speaker
Silicon Valley International School is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity for all applicants and makes employment decisions based on merit. INTL prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ancestry, national origin, ethnicity, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, genetic characteristic or information, marital status, military or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. INTL will afford equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants and employees as to all terms and conditions of employment, including without limitation, hiring, training, promotion, compensation, transfer, discipline, and termination.
The International School of the Peninsula (ISTP) is a co-educational, nursery–8th grade Mandarin Chinese & French language immersion school located in Palo Alto, CA. ISTP is a CAIS/WASC accredited school with curriculums that are structured for students to matriculate to American schools. ISTP has approximately 585 students (of which 157 are Upper Elementary and 175 are Mandarin Chinese Immersion Program) across two campuses and is a known leader in bilingual immersion education.
The International School of the Peninsula educates children through a rigorous, collaborative, bilingual curriculum that promotes active engagement and responsible international consciousness.
Promote personal and academic excellence through a bilingual curriculum in an international setting
Collaborate and communicate
Foster integrity, trust, and respect of others