Reporting to the Director of Academic Technology, the MS/US STEAM Community Coordinator is responsible for supporting the successful operation of the Reese Design Lab and associated programs, as well as coordinating STEAM integration across the 6-12 curriculum. A member of the Academic Technology team, the MS/US STEAM Community Coordinator collaborates on school-wide curricular initiatives that activate design thinking, purpose-driven innovation, interdisciplinary collaboration, maker empowerment, creative connection, and ethical engagement.
Duties and Responsibilities
The MS/US STEAM Community Coordinator will:
Collaborate with teaching faculty to integrate STEAM educational experiences for students in grades 6-12.
Collaborate with team members and Director of Teaching and Learning to create and maintain a written curriculum of STEAM educational experiences.
Identify resources, plan, design, and lead teacher professional development activities to support professional growth in design thinking, Maker-Centered Learning, and STEAM integration.
Develop and share design thinking and Maker-Centered Learning tools and strategies that strengthen STEAM integration.
Develop and facilitate community partnerships that support STEAM and innovation experiences.
Develop and manage STEAM/innovation clubs and enrichment programs.
Develop and manage a Design Lab space and program that supports design thinking, creative connections, and making. Oversee the schedule and supervision of the space, create and monitor budget, maintain supplies and equipment, and provide tool training and lesson co-teaching. Develop and implement norms and protocols for Design Lab space and activities.
In collaboration with the Learning and Technology Coordinator and the Media and Research Specialist, develop and support Frameworks for ethical engagement with Information and Technology, including the Framework for Agency in Digital Community.
Attend conferences and professional meetings in order to remain current with relevant trends.
Execute work online when directed and needed to include deliverables: meeting and collaborating online with team members and supervisor(s), fulfilling duties and responsibilities via approved online platforms, meeting assignment goals in a timely fashion, and maintaining a positive online presence in representing the School.
Develop an Annual Report describing Design Lab activities and impact.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Bachelor's degree in a related content area required, Master's degree in Education or STEAM related field preferred.
Minimum of 3 years teaching experience preferred with strong classroom management skills and exposure and understanding of Design Thinking.
Knowledge of and experience with current best-practice in inquiry and STEAM education.
Experience coaching teachers and/or leading professional development workshops.
Varied professional experience, both in classroom settings and outside of schools;
Ability to inspire learners and encourage creative thinking.
About Washington International School
Founded in 1966, Washington International School is a private, non-profit, Preschool-12 school profoundly committed to its mission: to be an exemplary learning community—enriched by differences, informed through inquiry, global in reach. Serving its full community of 900 plus students on two campuses, the school is multinational, multicultural, and multilingual.
The school’s challenging international program draws on classroom-based research on pedagogical practices and curriculum design from renowned organizations such as the International Baccalaureate (IB) and Project Zero, based in the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University. From Preschool through Grade 5 students follow the inquiry-based IB Primary Years Program; in Grades 6-10 they continue with a multidisciplinary and inquiry-based approach designed to enhance understanding and develop the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in the prestigious IB Diploma Program (DP). All students in Grades 11 and 12 are enrolled in the DP, which prepares them to take exams to receive the International Baccalaureate Diploma in addition to a WIS diploma. IB Diploma results are well above the worldwide pass rate, and WIS gra...duates attend highly selective colleges and universities in both the United States (about two-thirds in a typical year) and abroad.
Commitment to the intensive study of a second language is a core principle, with Pre-School, Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten classes taught entirely in French or Spanish. All instruction in Grades 1-5 is “dual language” in English and either French or Spanish. Chinese is an option beginning in Grade 6. Typically, one half to three-quarters of WIS graduates earn the Bilingual IB Diploma, demonstrating fluency in two languages.
The entire school community – alumni, parents, students, teachers, administrators and staff – are ardent advocates for international education. WIS has played a prominent role in setting a standard for a global perspective that many schools now emulate.
The school culture is highly egalitarian, with a strong emphasis on collaboration and understanding differing points of view. There is no typical WIS family: some households consist only of U.S. passport holders, others are all non-U.S. passport holders and many are a mix of nationalities. In addition to this global diversity, WIS also strives to achieve economic diversity: 14% of the students receive financial assistance.