Fast, Focused, and Friendly: MyShares
What have you seen that just simply works? What new techniques are giving your students more insight into their understanding? What new resource is helping you support discussion and analysis? What books, podcasts, or conversations have helped you or your students move forward?
.Either with a presentation, a whiteboard, or simply oral discussion, take your 15-20 minutes to shares your perspective, resources, or questions with Saitama JALT. We'll enjoy the remaining time with discourse on how your idea connects to other members in the room. They're some of the best conversations we have in JALT!
Come out this April 16th for excellent conversations and professional development.
Permanent Full-Time Teacher Positions in Saitama City: Informational Session hosted by Bradley Semans
The following information is borrowed from Saitama City's Recruitment page, posted here: https://www.city.saitama.jp/003/002/008/101/005/p094776.html , specifically the pamphlet entitled Let's Teach in Saitama City
Saitama City is an ordinance designated city located north of Tokyo. The city’s status as an ordinance designated city gives a certain amount of autonomy compared to other municipal BOEs. In many respects, the Saitama City BOE operates at the same level as a prefectural BOE. Because of this, the Saitama City education have been able to innovate.
The Saitama City Board of Education employs more than 5,000 professionals across a variety of education related institutions including 104 elementary schools, 58 junior high schools, 2 special education schools, 3 high schools and 1 secondary school. These institutions serve the city’s 1.3 million residents.
Among the city’s many educational achievements, it has been at the forefront of English as a foreign language education here in Japan. Starting in 2016, the city implemented Global Studies, an original ESL curriculum starting with the first grade of elementary school and extending all the way to the third grade of junior high school. Since 2019, the city has held a special section of its hiring examination for non-Japanese teachers to become full-time teachers in its junior or senior high schools, or a secondary school. Successful candidates are not hired as ALTs or conversation teachers; they are full time teachers. Most recently, the city has established a new secondary school that is an authorized school for the International Baccalaureate’s Middle Years Program and a candidate school for Diploma Program.
What does it mean to be a full-time teacher?
As a full-time teacher, successful applicants are hired to perform the same duties that Japanese teachers perform. Not only will teachers manage their own lessons in the course they teach, but they will also be involved in school life in ways few non-Japanese staff have experienced, such as leading club activities and being home room teachers. All of these exciting challenges can have a great impact on the lives of students as well as being truly fulfilling experiences for educators.
What are the benefits?
Saitama City’s many schools offer a wide variety of career paths related to professional and personal development. This is because Saitama City’s approach to hiring non-Japanese English teachers focuses on the value of the individual. As such, the position is not a under yearly contract; it is a commitment to the individual until retirement age of 60. Of course, the city also offers an attractive benefits package.