Learning Strategies Teacher - Temporary

Southridge acknowledges that we teach and learn on the unceded Coast Salish territories of the Kwantlen, Katzie, Tsawwassen, and Semiahmoo First Nations.

Southridge is an independent day school located in South Surrey, BC with 680 students enrolled in Kindergarten through Grade 12. We have a tradition of developing well-rounded students with a balance of knowledge and goodness, inspiring students to go out into the world and make a difference. 

Southridge is affectionately described as ‘a lighthearted place of serious purpose’ and we want you to know…it’s true! If you’re passionate about working in an energizing environment with colleagues that value building strong relationships, fostering strong minds and good hearts through student-centered teaching and learning, and community all while having fun, we want to hear from you!


POSITION DESCRIPTION: 

LEARNING STRATEGIES TEACHER (TEMPORARY, FULL-TIME)

We are currently inviting applications for the temporary position of Learning Strategies Teacher. This position will commence Sept 1, 2024 through to June 30, 2025 and will be covering a maternity leave.

PRINCIPAL DUTIES and RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • To identify and support the individual learning needs of Senior School students.

  • To work collaboratively with the student services team as well as other key stakeholders in order to effectively support students with learning differences

  • To monitor, support and document the progress of students who receive specific interventions

  • To participate with teachers in collaboratively communicating with parents regarding student identification, intervention plans, and student progress toward documented goals

  • To establish relationships with all students in the Senior School to promote the cultural acceptance of assistance when it is recommended

  • To identify students for referral for psycho-educational assessments administered by trained specialists

  • To conduct internal assessments (Level B assessments) for students who have been identified as needing additional support and may require a psycho-educational assessment

  • To support teachers in the implementation of specific differentiated teaching and learning strategies to meet the needs of all students

  • To liaise with the Junior School Learning Strategies team, the Senior School Counsellors, and faculty to create programming for a successful transition for students into the Senior School from the Junior School

  • To assist students with identified learning needs and support teachers of those students.

  • To create Individual Education Plans and update them on an on-going basis

  • To coordinate the Individual Education Plan for students in assigned caseload, provide support during scheduled support blocks, and offer extended support during tests and in class assignment

  • To support teachers as they implement specific accommodations outlined in individual education plans

  • To coordinate meetings of IEP teams, as needed

  • To collaborate with the Student Life Team on a weekly basis to discuss student progress and student referrals

  • To liaise with the Ministry of Education and other external bodies in providing adjudications for students with IEPs

  • To coordinate with parents, the support for students who have exemptions from the regular academic program

  • To promote the Student Learning Strategies Centre as the center of academic support for students with learning differences

  • To work with the Senior School Counsellors to develop supportive and caring relationships with students which promote self-advocacy and a view of themselves as capable students

 

SKILLS REQUIRED:

  • Working knowledge of learning disabilities and implications for the classroom

  • Understanding of Psycho-Educational assessments and interpretation of reports

  • Clear knowledge and understanding of Level B testing and terminology

  • Knowledge and expertise of materials, strategies and programs available for students with a variety of different learning differences that may require support both within and outside the classroom as well as on occasion outside the school if appropriate.

  • Strong classroom management and communication skills

  • Must have strong organizational skills

  • Able to assess a student situation quickly and effectively with the ability and flexibility to adapt plans to changing circumstances

  • Must enjoy challenging and demanding workload

  • Ability to document daily progress of each student along with daily administrative and student workload

  • A fair, patient, caring and consistent educator that acts as a strong motivator for both students and teachers

  • Able to interact positively, co-operatively and professionally with students, teachers, parents, faculty and administration promoting the benefits of learning support

  • Ability to give confidence to students having difficulties by applying proven successful learning strategies

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Master’s degree or special education diploma with emphasis on different learning styles is recommended

  • B.Ed. is required

  • Experience in a senior school learning resource center is an asset

  • Experience in independent schools is an asset

  • Qualified to administer Level B assessments is an asset

 

VALUES:

The ideal candidate will be aligned with the values and mission of Southridge, will want to be an active member of a vibrant school community, and will demonstrate a desire to make a difference in the world. They will be someone who:

  • Is a lifelong learner

  • Has excellent study, critical thinking, and communication skills

  • Is a creative and independent thinker

  • Has a positive attitude

  • Seeks their passion

  • Believes in the value of trust, tolerance, compassion, and respect

  • Understands the sacrifice and reward of community service

  • Has an appreciation of, and a desire for, lifelong physical activity and fitness

  • Commits to personal wellness

  • Appreciates the arts and their contribution to a richer life 

  • Can work effectively as part of a team

 

Southridge offers a competitive salary and pays 4% above the Vancouver School District. In addition, we have a comprehensive benefits package and a generous RRSP matching program, access to health and wellness activities including generous support for professional learning and development . The salary range for this position is from $63,005 to $112,797. For more details visit our career page.

Southridge School is committed to fostering an environment of inclusion, equity and belonging to support an increasingly diverse community, and encourages applications from all qualified individuals. To apply for this position, please visit our 'How to Apply' page for step-by-step instructions on submitting an application through our online system. This posting will remain open until filled.

To learn more about our school, explore our website: southridge.bc.ca.

We thank all applicants for their interest. Only those under consideration will be contacted.