Concordia Chronicle Sep 21 2023

From Application to Integration: A Guide on Transition Support for New Teachers at Concordia Shanghai

Supporting New Teachers


Transitioning to a new school and country can be both exciting and challenging, especially for new teachers. At Concordia International School Shanghai, we understand the importance of providing comprehensive support for new teachers throughout the entire transition process. From the moment new teachers join our community, our team is dedicated to ensuring their smooth integration and success. We recognize that a successful transition sets the foundation for a fulfilling and impactful teaching experience. Our experienced staff is here to provide guidance, resources, and a warm welcome, supporting new teachers as they navigate their new environment, understand our unique school culture and feel supported every step of the way. We believe that by offering comprehensive transition support, we set our educators up for success, allowing them to focus on what they do best: inspiring and educating students.

Preparing for Success: The Application and Pre-Arrival Phase

In September, Concordia posts the openings on our website. Applicants are welcome to apply by navigating through our application process shared on our website. 

Once we offer a contract and hire a teacher, the HR Team schedules one on one online talk with the new teacher to go through paperwork and timelines. We assign HR specialists to follow up with each teacher regarding their questions and challenges for paperwork and provide solutions in a timely manner. 

Starting in January, we host monthly online transition sessions with new hires to go through various topics and information to help them prepare and transition to Shanghai until June.

Our comprehensive support for new teachers begins right from the moment you decide to apply. Our faculty application process is designed to be both structured and insightful, offering you a seamless path to becoming a part of our vibrant community. Notably, our video interview component isn't just an evaluation; it's a valuable interaction that allows us to understand your teaching philosophy and personality better, ensuring a harmonious fit into our dynamic community.

Additionally, once you've secured your position, our pre-arrival phase ensures that you're well-prepared for the transition. We know what is required to enter China to work, and we provide helpful support for new teachers by implementing a system to load required documents, a task that can be frustrating and even overwhelming at times! We believe in open communication, and our monthly check-ins provide you with the opportunity to connect, ask questions and receive updates as you prepare to join us. Your journey at Concordia starts from the very beginning – from application to integration, we're here to support new teachers and ultimately, your success.

The Welcome: Arriving in Shanghai and Joining the Concordia Community

As you step onto the bustling streets of Shanghai, a warm embrace of welcome awaits you at Concordia International School Shanghai. Our dedicated team is here to ensure your transition to our community is as seamless as possible. Upon arrival, you'll find yourself enveloped in a supportive network that extends beyond the classroom. Our orientation programs are meticulously designed to acquaint you with every facet of your new journey – from the intricacies of the campus to navigating the vibrant city around us.


Supporting Beginning Teachers


As you settle in, rest assured that your initial days are met with unparalleled support. Our team assists you in finding suitable housing, navigating transportation and addressing basic necessities, leaving you with the time and energy to focus on what matters most – becoming a part of our close-knit community that thrives on collaboration, innovation and shared growth. Oftentimes the Concordia community will step in and provide necessities like water, toiletries, food, and even some loaned furniture to bridge the gap during this busy time. 

At Concordia Shanghai, we don't just welcome you; we ensure your integration into our community is as inviting and comfortable as stepping into your own home.

Settling In: The Early Days at Concordia Shanghai

Settling into your new role at Concordia International School Shanghai is a guided experience from the moment you step onto our campus. Our dedicated support for new teachers is designed to make your early days seamless and enriching. You'll find a network of administrators, department heads and fellow educators ready to assist and ensure your smooth integration. As you begin your first week, you can expect a comprehensive orientation that introduces you to our school's ethos and facilities, as well as the vibrant Shanghai community. From familiarizing yourself with our campus to connecting with colleagues, you'll be immersed in an environment that values your growth and well-being. Your journey at Concordia Shanghai is nurtured by the collective efforts of our community, and we're excited to welcome you into this supportive and collaborative family.

Navigating the Culture: Embracing Life in Shanghai

Embracing the vibrant culture of this incredible city will add a special dimension to your experience. Amidst your teaching responsibilities, take some time to explore Shanghai's iconic sites like the Bund and Yu Garden. Immerse yourself in the local culinary scene by sampling street food and visiting traditional markets. Don't forget to hop on the efficient metro system for convenient city exploration. Engaging with the diverse international community within and beyond Concordia will enhance your cultural experience and help you forge lasting connections. Your adventure in Shanghai is not just limited to the classroom; it's a chance to create unforgettable memories in a city that's both dynamic and deeply rooted in history.

Thriving Together: Continued Support and Professional Growth

At Concordia International School Shanghai, our commitment to your success and growth doesn't end with your initial integration. We understand that the journey of a teacher is a continuous one, and our support evolves alongside your career. Beyond the warm welcome and comprehensive assistance during your early days, our community thrives on collaboration and shared learning. You'll find ample opportunities to connect with fellow educators within the dynamic international education landscape of Shanghai, enriching your teaching practice and expanding your horizons. From the application process to your full integration, we're dedicated to ensuring your experience is seamless, fulfilling, and marked by professional and personal growth. Choosing Concordia means choosing not only a school but a community that is truly invested in your journey.


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