We invite applications for the position of:
Heritage Park Middle School
Learning Specialist Alternate Teacher
February 4, 2021 to June 30, 2021
In order to provide school based inclusive support for students with social, emotional and behavioural needs, a caring and strength- based, trauma informed approach is most effective. The middle focused Learning Specialist Alternate Teacher has the specialized knowledge, skills, and experience necessary to work with students with a variety of learning, and social/emotional behavioural issues including but not limited to (category R, H and Q). The direct role of the Learning Specialist Alternate Teacher middle focused is to provide support to students within the classroom setting. The indirect role of the LSAT is to act as an advocate for students, a case manager for students with an IEP and as a resource to school staff and parents who are supporting students with difficulties in behaviour and learning.
Master’s or Bachelor’s degree in Special Education or post-graduate diploma in Special Education
Specific course work in Counselling Psychology is desirable
Training in Trauma Informed Practice
Understanding of Social Emotional Learning
Success in implementing the First People’s Principals of Learning
Successful teaching experience in middle and/or secondary grades
Recent successful training and experience in Level B testing, interpretation and assessment an asset
Experience teaching students with a variety of learning issues and designations as outlined by the Ministry of Education
Understanding of the ministry criteria for category R and H designations.
Experience as a case manager for designated students, including experience with IEP’s
Experience implementing effective student intervention plans at the classroom level
Experience working with students with dual designations and complex learning profiles (eg. Students with a learning disability and behavioural issues or students with complex emotional/learning needs)
Confidence in preparing behavior plans, safety plans and student care plans where required
Familiarity with UDL and RTI
Strong interpersonal, communication and collaborative skills
Encourage the use of the First People’s Principles of learning, trauma informed practice, social emotional learning and the core competencies
Focus on prevention – explicit teaching of social emotional learning and skills for self-regulation
Case management for students with behavior designations (R and H, and sometimes D or G where appropriate)
In consultation with the school psychologist and school counsellor, case manage or co-case manage, design and implement IEPs/SLPs as required
Call and chair IEP and Integrated Case Management (ICM) meetings
Complete file reviews, assist with file organization and documentation to support the behavior designation for audit purposes
Collaborate with classroom teachers to support inclusion for students with intensive behaviour or serious mental illness
Provide opportunities for health and career education and life skills development
Maintain a safe and caring environment in the classroom
Connect with youth, especially those who have faced systemic and structural barriers, in a strength based and optimistic manner
Reporting on student progress in addition to the classroom teacher’s report
Liaise with a wide variety of support agencies for youth in Mission, including but not limited to MCFD (SW and CYMH), Xyolhemeylh, Fraser Health, Mission Community Services, Fraser House, Child, Youth Crisis Program, Career Advisor and MY House
Assist with the development of student behaviour and student safety plans
Schedule: Thursday and Friday
About Mission Public Schools
The Mission Public School District acknowledges that our community is located on the Traditional, Ancestral, Unceded, and Shared lands of the Stó: lo people, of Qwó: ltl’el, Leq’á: mel, Matheqwí, Sq’éwlets, who have been inhabitants of this land since time immemorial. We benefit from local knowledge keepers and thriving Indigenous communities.
Mission, British Columbia is nestled on a southern coastal mountain slope, overlooking the lush valley of the mighty Fraser River. Ideally situated, Mission is located an hour east of Vancouver and just a 15-minute drive from the U.S. border. Come see why Mission is “the Jewel in the Valley”.
We are committed to a safe, equitable, and inclusive educational system for all students. Mission students benefit from our diverse community, skilled staff, natural environment, and local history. We are dedicated to honouring student voice and empowering our students to reach their potential. We work collaboratively with all schools to ensure that Indigenous students are successful in Mission Public Schools. While promoting and respecting the traditional territory of the Stó: lo People, we help foster an awareness and respect for all Indigenous peoples for all students and staff in Mission Public Schools.
Thinking Beyond Today
Doing the Right Thing
Thank you for your interest. Please note only short-listed applicants will be contacted.