Why do we need innovation in education? This question opens up engaging discussion and, at times, debate amongst educators. But before we can explore this question, there is a more basic one to consider: What is education for?
Thank you for your interest in working at Yokohama International School. YIS enjoys an excellent reputation for being a great school, a warm and welcoming community, and a rewarding place to work. We offer a competitive package, excellent professional development opportunities and the chance to work with talented professionals from around the world. We are looking for excellent teachers who are passionate about education and wish to contribute to school and student life in a variety of ways.
YIS is committed to the principle of equal opportunity in education and employment. We do not discriminate against individuals on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, religion, disability, age, or national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational, admissions or employment policies, but may take into account factors including a student applicant's prior educational and linguistic background for purposes of admission in order to fulfill the school's mission of providing education in the English language to the international community. Furthermore, as an international school founded in 1924 and arising out of the spirit of internationalism that prevailed following the formation of the League of Nations, Yokohama International School supports the principles of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
If you are interested in working at our school, we encourage you to continue to check this webpage regularly; new vacancies are posted as they become available. Please see below for current job postings. Resumes are accepted throughout the year, so even if no opportunities are listed you are welcome to email us an expression of interest, which should include a cover letter and CV/resume.
Please note: At YIS we receive hundreds of applications each year for a limited number of positions. While each applicant will receive an automated response confirming their application, we apologize that we are not able to respond to each applicant individually and will only contact those whose applications we wish to pursue further.
For the 2017-18 Academic Year
Art and Design Department Assistant
We are seeking an enthusiastic assistant to support the teaching and learning within the Visual Arts & Design department. Working hours will be part time, equivalent to 3 days with secondary and 1 day with elementary (max 28 hours/week). The ideal candidate will be a practicing artist/designer with experience in dealing with students and/or curation of works. Please send a letter of application, a CV and the names and contact details of three referees to email@example.com
We are looking for teachers who can join our pool of substitute teachers for all sections of the school - elementary, middle school and high school. The pool will be used to cover teacher absences mainly due to illness, maternity/paternity leave or attendance at educational workshops. The substitute will be required to have a current teaching certificate. The school may help applicants obtain a work permit if he or she holds a dependent visa. To apply, please complete this form and email your current CV.
Director of Communications and Marketing
We are seeking an experienced communications professional to serve in the newly created position of Director of Communications and Marketing. Working as part of a two-person communications team and reporting to the Head of Operations, the director will have hands-on leadership responsibility for communications, marketing and school advancement, and is tasked with developing and delivering clear and compelling messages to internal and external audiences in alignment with the school’s mission and values. As such, s/he will play a key role in cultivating the close sense of community that is a YIS hallmark, as well as conveying the school’s appeal to prospective families and employees. About 70% of the director’s time will be devoted to communications and marketing responsibilities and 30% to advancement activities in support of a planned new fundraising campaign.
The candidate should have experience developing and implementing effective communications and marketing plans, ideally in an international school or other academic or not-for-profit setting, including messaging and materials in support of marketing and fundraising campaigns, as well as creative use of website, social media and and other online communication platforms. Must be a strong writer with excellent overall communication skills in English. See job description for further details.
To apply, please send letter of interest, CV and the names and contact details of three referees to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Professional Development Program
Everyone is a learner at YIS. As such, our professional development program is designed to support the learning of our faculty and staff, but, first and foremost, it aims to impact student learning. PD takes many forms here. There are formal events and activities, such as IB workshops, outside consultants visiting, scheduled PD days and and strategic meetings and committees. The learning can also be informal and inquiry based, responsive to the needs of the learners and the strengths of our teaching community. Most importantly, professional development seeks to empower teachers in their learning journey.
What is professional learning at YIS?Professional learning refers to the ongoing commitment to continuous and deliberate growth in the knowledge, skills, concepts, and dispositions that are strongly correlated with improving student learning. Our fundamental beliefs include the following:
- The primary goal of an effective professional learning program is to contribute to student learning through continual improvement of teaching and assessment strategies and practices.
- All teachers should seek professional learning opportunities, regardless of their experience or skill level.
- Professional learning is a career-long process.
- Professional learning encourages collaboration between colleagues.
- Professional learning is effective when driven by a teacher’s personal goals and interests and linked to student needs and school priorities.
- It is every teacher’s responsibility to keep abreast of current research to ensure that students are benefitting from best practice.
The Professional Growth Plan: Learning from Each Other
At YIS, we believe in the power of inquiry. Our Professional Growth Plan (PGP) is one way that teachers are encouraged to develop their practice through inquiry-based learning. The purpose of the PGP is to pursue a professional interest to enrich teaching and learning. This is achieved by creating shared-interest groups to engage in professional conversations. Every year, teachers self-identify an area of professional interest, with the only requirement being that their area of focus must have impact on student learning. In small groups of people with similar interests, teachers work for a year studying a topic, taking action, and reflecting on the impact of the PGP in their classroom. The areas of interest demonstrate the huge variety of interests and expertise of our teaching community. For instance, PGP groups in the past have focused on Making Thinking Visible, Blogging in the Classroom, Outdoor Education, Service, Design Thinking, Gaming, and Creativity, to name but a few.
Throughout the year, teachers engage with their area of interest in many ways. Knowing that inquiry can take time, several all-staff meetings are dedicated to PGP work. Teachers keep track of their learning in a record of learning, which can be as formal as a blog or as informal as thoughts kept in a notebook. We learn from each other, sharing resources, ideas and practices in conversations and planned meetings. If a teacher needs professional development to enhance their PGP, a personal professional development fund is there to make that happen. And teachers reflect, with time and support given for reflective listening and a shared school PGP blog. PGP is one of the key components of the YIS Professional Development Program. We believe strongly that teachers can grow by learning from each other, by pursuing a passion, and by being reflective practitioners. This has a significant impact on our students and our learning community as a whole.
At YIS, we actively communicate our ideas on education and leadership, thus nurturing an environment of pedagogical dialogue and dynamic inquiry. "In Our Words," is an outlet where administrators, teachers and staff share their thoughts, ideas and observations about teaching, learning and community, to spark conversations and growth throughout the school.
Sometimes, poems are a window into ourselves. They offer us a way of understanding that we are not alone in our experiences, that someone else in the big wide world has felt what we've felt.
"Not going to Uni straight after high school was definitely the best decision for me. I'm gaining so much from being on the road, attaining practical skills we don't learn in school: planting, harvesting, fishing."
MS Student Council sponsor, Rebekah Madrid, puts the moves on the learning behind middle school dances.
Words, words, words: YIS English teacher Andrew Hutton discusses how small words matter.
Emma Justice discusses the stereotypes of studying art, and why modern visual arts education gives students a true sense of the world.
YIS Digital Learning Coach Matt Broughton explains our recent Tech Days and the importance of introducing children to computational thinking.
Srishti Vaswani talks the changing focus in education, and how YIS's Learning Support department is helping to change the paradigm of learning for all students.
Ahead of our February 18th Nourish conference, YIS Director of University Counseling Monna McDiarmid addresses the importance of listening to their "truth" in guiding children.
How listening is an important teaching skill, essential for student, teacher, and human growth, by Junko Cancemi.
Head of Academics, Dennis Stanworth, takes us through 92 years of YIS.
Whole School Physical Education and Health Team Leader Mark Ralph discusses how the MYP New Chapter encourages lifelong physical activity with its emphasis on health education.
Elementary school counselor Eliza Kumamoto details our social and emotional learning curriculum, sharing an important part of pastoral care at YIS.
A look at the governance bodies that help YIS to run smoothly throughout the year and chart the course for the school's future.
Middle School Vice Principal Susie Clifford shares her passion for learning.
Craig Coutts, our head of school, puts our expeditions programme into a context for learning across the school.
Elementary principal Jacqueline Pender writes how boredom can actually lead to more creativity, less stress, and ultimately, a better balanced child.
Spend some time on the YIS campus, and chances are you've heard some of our educational buzzwords like "inquiry" or "concept-based learning". Here's a straightforward look at the way YIS students construct knowledge across the school.
High school vice principal Mark Redlich connects how educators and parents can work together to develop a "growth mindset" for children as they face the many transitions of life.
What do we mean by leadership at YIS? How do we as a school make opportunities for our students to grow as leaders? What's the reason to focus our learning on leadership?
The biggest shift in educational research over the last decade has been the understanding that conceptual learning is far more powerful than merely learning facts.