4/20/15 – Secondary Librarian and Elementary Librarian
Gyeonggi Suwon International School (GSIS), Gyeonggi, Korea
Sarah P’s comments: There are tiers in the international school world. At this time of year the first tier positions have generally been filled. Third tier positions I do not list. Second tier, of which this school is one, I post after looking at the reviews and gathering opinions. This school is fairly young and has run into some financial trouble which has caused the reviews to slip. However it can sometimes be advantageous to begin working at a school when it is rebounding. A few questions and notes if you are interested in this position: Please define ‘Christian worldview’? Why are there two librarian positions available? Will I receive IB Librarian training? Have you resolved your legal and financial issues? Depending on the answers this position could be a chance to break-in to the international market offering a chance to gain IB experience in an interesting location.
(For position descriptions click on the above links.)
Gyeonggi Suwon International School (GSIS) is an International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) based pre-K to 12th grade program located in the ever-changing city of Suwon, South Korea. The school was established to provide a high-quality international education with a Christian emphasis for foreign children in Korea. The school is authorized with the International Baccalaureate Organization in the Primary Years Programme (PYP) and Middle Years Programme (MYP) and the Diploma Programme (DP). Currently, GSIS is one of only two schools in South Korea that offers all three programs.
The dynamic and rigorous curriculum at GSIS is designed to kindle a passion for inquiry, to recognize diverse intellectual talents, to seek areas of service, and to cultivate a Christian worldview. We believe that our students experience individual achievement most effectively in a safe, nurturing, and inclusive learning environment. Our pre-Kindergarten to grade 12 educational plan is a continuum of carefully designed, standards-based courses in which students are introduced to and guided through to master the skills and attitudes of specific learning goals. Our comprehensive curricular and co-curricular learning experiences are responsive to the intellectual, physical, social, and spiritual development of each student. The efforts of our total GSIS learning community focus on the development of productive, contributing global citizens equipped to lead lives of integrity and to exert influence for Christ.
Technology @ GSIS
GSIS proudly uses Apple devices for learning in both elementary, lower secondary and upper secondary divisions. While GSIS has operated a successful 1-to-1 laptop program since 2007, it is now enhancing this program by implementing dual-device learning environments. Learning with laptops and tablets, helps prepare students for their future by developing skills for both devices and the skills associated with the digital ecosystem needed to successfully navigate in a dual-device world. Additionally, a dual-device learning environment provides teachers and students new ways to learn that cannot be experienced in a traditional 1-to-1 laptop program.
GSIS is located on ten and one-half acres of garden grounds surrounded by green belt property in the exciting and developing city of Suwon. The main academic building greets visitors arriving to the campus and includes the upper secondary, lower secondary, and elementary divisions. “World class” secondary school science labs and classrooms support the inquiry-based curriculum and enable engaging, hands-on instruction. Adjacent to the academic building is a performing arts center with fine arts classrooms and laboratories. This facility includes a five-hundred seat performing arts auditorium, choral and instrumental classrooms, music practice rooms, drama rooms, and visual arts laboratories. A recreational and fitness educational center inclusive of a regulation-sized soccer pitch, two full sized gymnasiums, tennis courts, a regulation-sized swimming pool, and other supporting facilities for physical fitness development sits at rear of the campus.