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Dec
04

PYP teachers wanted:

World Academy of Tirana is a full continuum IB World School, delivering the Primary Years Programme since 2012, and authorized this year to also deliver the Middle Years Programme and Diploma Programme. The school will seek CIS accreditation, and prepare for its first PYP Evaluation visit next autumn.

Enrolment is approaching 300 students from Kindergarten to Grade 12, and has a teaching faculty of 50 with professional support staff, a full-time psychologist and medical doctor on site. Students hail from 31 countries and the teachers from 11. Albanian, English, French, German and Mandarin are offered, with all students studying at least three languages.

MYP students and teachers participate annually in Week Without Walls expeditions to explore other European cities and all they have to offer. The school's Code of Conduct is based on the IB Learner Profile, with a vibrant House system used to encourage and recognize students who emulate these attributes. The school has a Model United Nations, Destination Imagination, Lego League, Math Olympiad and Debate team, with students attending conferences, competitions and tournaments across Europe. Plans are underway to develop a Choir and Orchestral Ensemble next year to perform and compete.

The school's sports team participates in the TAIS (Tirana Association of International Schools) leagues, fielding girls' and boys' teams at the high school, middle school and primary school levels for football, basketball and volleyball leagues and tournaments. An Athletics Director has been appointed to diversify the physical fitness, personal development, and sports options for our students and teachers.

The school moved to its current 4-storey building in 2015, with a purpose-built Science Laboratory, Design workshop, Permaculture Garden, multi-functional Sports Court, Gymnasium, Visual Arts studio, Dance Studio, Music Studio, two Libraries, Cafeteria and Bistro.

Albania is a candidate member of the European Union, working toward full membership. Cost-of-living is low compared to European and North American countries, allowing teachers to save much of their salary. This small country of 3 million is nestled between the Albanian Alps on its eastern border and Adriatic Sea to the west. The air is clean, water is pure, streets are safe, and sunsets are breathtaking.

Tirana, its cosmopolitan capital city, is a 3-hour drive from Greece, Corfu, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro and Kosovo, with daily direct flights to most European cities from its airport. Shopping, cafes, restaurants and night life can all be found near to where teachers live. A 10-kilometre flagstone pathway for walking and biking leads around the artificial lake, with its spewing fountain, and through the forest. Well-equipped playgrounds and parks can be found throughout the city. Concerts, opera, Italian and Russian art exhibits, and theatre provide a varied cultural backdrop to enjoy. Albania is a country rich in religions, respectful of the multi-plurality of its society and citizens.

WAT is looking to hire IB PYP teachers for 2018-2019 Academic year.

To qualify for the interview the candidate must possess the following:

·         Graduate of accredited colleges and universities 

·         Certification/licensing in Elementary Education or Specific Content in Secondary Education

·         At least three years teaching experience

·         Completed at least one IB-recognized workshop

·         Knowledge of current teaching methodologies, curriculum, state standards, and performance assessments.

·         Willingness to work on a grade-level team and collaborate with all staff.

·         Possess excellent communication skills with a demonstrated ability to communicate with parents.

·         Assessment Literate and values the use of data to drive Instruction 

·         Collaborative and willing to engage in professional learning communities.

·         Differentiates and Engages students

·         Utilizes effective instructional strategies

·         Technologically Proficient

·         Culturally Competent

·         Current criminal records check from their country-of-residence or country where they have been teaching for the past two years

·         three professional referees, one must be their current head of school or principal

WAT Teaching load is 20-24 periods/week, one co-curricular activity organized one day/week/term, daily supervisory duty either at lunch, outdoors and/or in the library, weekly PYP Collaborative Planning meetings, weekly PLC and in-service training.

The package includes before and after-tax salary, accommodation allowance, annual travel allowance, IB-recognized professional development training as required by the school, airfare at start/end of contract to home-of-record, bus transportation to/from school each day, work and residence visas, and fully funded tuition for one child to attend WAT or subsidized tuition for preschoolers at our partner Montessori school. 

To apply for the above positions, please send your CV, letter of introduction, photo, and list of three professional referees with current contact information, to Mirlinda Boshnjaku, at hos@wat.al

Oct
26

MYP Science

MYP4/Grade 9 class in chemistry are currently studying the Halogens in their unit of Atomic Structure and Periodic Table. They have learned that the Halogens are very reactive non-metals, and because of their reactivity they are never found free in nature, but found as compounds with metals.  These halogen-metal compounds are salts, which also give halogens their name, which means salt-forming.

Today in the lab our MYP4 students synthesized a halogen-metal compound (Zinc Iodide) by the direct reaction of halogen (Iodine) with a metal (Zinc).

Nov
06

What is MAP testing?

MAP was introduced to students in the elementary and middle school, grades pre-elementary to 10 during the 2014-2015 school year. MAP, or the Measure of Academic Progress, is a computerized adaptive test which helps teachers, parents, and administrators improve learning for all students and make informed decisions to promote a child's academic growth.

When will my student be tested and how often?

During the first weeks of school, students will participate in several MAP testing sessions to assess Reading, Mathematics and Science.

When taking the MAP test, the difficulty of each question is based on how well a student answers all the previous questions. As the student answers correctly, questions become more difficult. If the student answers incorrectly, the questions become easier. Although the tests are not timed, it usually takes students about one hour to complete each test. Students will repeat the tests at least one more time during the year to assess student progress and adapt learning as needed.

Do all students in the same grade take the same test?

No. This assessment is designed to target a student's academic performance in mathematics and reading. These tests are tailored to an individual's current achievement level. This gives each student a fair opportunity to show what he or she knows and can do. Because the computer adjusts the difficulty of the questions as the test progresses, each student takes a unique test.

What is the MAP test results used for?

MAP is used to measure a student's progress or growth in school. They are important to teachers because they let teachers know where a student's strengths are and if help is needed in any specific areas. Teachers use this information to help them guide instruction in the classroom. If you have ever used a growth chart in your home to show how much your child has grown from one year to the next, this will help you understand the scale MAP uses to measure your child's academic progress.

Called the RIT scale, it is an equal-interval scale much like feet and inches on a yardstick. It is used to chart your child's academic growth from year to year. RIT scores typically start at the 140 to 190 level in the lower grades and progress to the 240 to 300 level by high school.

How can I help my child prepare for MAP testing?

• Meet with your child's teacher as often as needed to discuss his or her progress. Parents and teachers working together benefit your child.

• Provide a comfortable, quiet place for studying at home.

• Make sure that your child is well-rested on school days, especially the day of the test. Children who are tired are less able to pay attention in class or to handle the demands of a test.

• Give your child a well-balanced diet. A healthy body leads to a healthy, active mind.

• Provide books and magazines for your child to read at home. By reading new material, a child learns new words that might appear on a test. Ask your child's teacher for a suggested outside reading list.

Jun
05

WAT's Summer Camp

Dear parents,

It is with great pleasure that we present you our summer camp that will start on the 16th of June - 15th of August. As usual, Wat’s summer camp will be planned with fun activities like: dance, sport, art, focusing on the English language 

Our Summer Camp details:

Pre Elementary - 14 years old starts on the 16th of June – 15th of August (9 weeks)

 

Costs: 98 Euro/week

You can book minimum 2 weeks

Full booking period and prepayment -10% discount.

From 8.30 - 15.30, Monday - Friday

Transport is offered upon availability for 15 Euros /week 

8 Weeks Program 

Hours: 08.30 - 15.30 / Mo. - Fr.

Week 1: Social manners and etiquette

General social manners, table manners, serving food, using the cutlery properly, culinary jargon, food consumption etc.

Week 2: Sports

Different kinds of sports, famous players, crafting medals/awards, outdoor games, how sports affect our body

Week 3: Travel

Creating a travel agency “business “and covering travel destinations around the world, share personal experiences, etc.

Week 4: Healthy food

Food pyramid, creating a food market model, blind folding games about tastes, cooking, explore various cusines.

Week 5: Around the World

Different cultures, housing, adaption to weather, maps, different kinds of music and dances around the world.

Week 6: Animals and their habitats

Explore Species by geography; build a habitat model, animal’s food chain, “National Geographic” documentaries, etc.

Week 7: All about reading

Explore the WAT’s library, movies, play, make a book report

Week 8: Human body

Healthy lifestyle, physical activities, explores body systems and organs etc.

 

 

May
27

Field Trip to the Ministry of European Integration

The middle school students from the World Academy of Tirana visited the Ministry of European Integration on Tuesday, May 27, 2014. During this visit, the students had a special opportunity to meet and speak with the Minister of European Integration, Klajda Gjosha and the Vice Minister of Integration, Majlind Lazimi.  

They were extremely helpful in answering the various questions the students had about the integration process. This visit was very beneficial to the students, as part of the middle school social studies curriculum includes the discussion of the integration process into the EU. The curriculum also introduces the structure of the EU and the problems that some countries face when entering the EU. 

The students were very appreciative to the Minister and Vice Minister for dedicating their time to support their education. 

May
27

Blood Donation Drive

Dear WAT parents, 

 
In support of our beliefs and philosophy, we're organizing a blood drive on the 4th and 5th of June, after school hours.
 
Our staff of teachers and administration will donate blood for the "Pediatric Blood Disorder Department" of the public hospital. 
 
If you are willing and able to donate blood, we welcome you. If you are unable to donate but you would like to promote your child awareness, you may bring your child to observe. 
 
This is a great opportunity for older children to observe and get exposure to a beneficial service to the community.