Career Opportunities
Learning Assistant Resource Teacher in Two Learning Centres in Nanaimo
Job Code: 2661311
School District #84 (Vancouver Island West)
Closing Date: Ongoing
  Posted on: Apr 03, 2019 
Job Type:
Full Time
Contract / term
Job Category:
Teachers, Principals & Superintendents
Openings: 1
Mandatory Document:
Cover Letter
Teaching Qualifications/Licenses
Reference Letter(s)
Tsawalk Learning Centre
Nisaika Kum'tuks Learning Centre
Start Date:  Immediately
End Date:  Until return of incumbent or June 30, 2019
Job Description & Requirements



School District 84 has partnered with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Vancouver Island, the Mid-Island Metis Nation and the Nanaimo Aboriginal Centre to champion a new era of thinking about Indigenous engagement that benefits all.  Located in the beautiful City of Nanaimo on the East Coast of Vancouver Island, the Nisaika Kum’tuks (elementary) and Tsawalk Learning Centres (junior/secondary) value Indigenous cultures, histories, beliefs, and practices that support positive development.  Creative, traditional and non-traditional methods are used to contribute to a bold future for all students, families and communities.  The Learning Centres consider openness, trust and respectful relationships as the keys to providing transformational, effective, inspired, and committed actions. 

This position provides service to students at both Learning Centres and is effective immediately until the return of the incumbent or June 30, 2019, whichever comes first.  If the incumbent requires a graduated return to work, this appointment will reduce in time until the full return of the incumbent.    



Teaching assignment to include, but not be limited to:

  • Learning Assistance Resource Teacher Instruction.

    The successful candidate will:

  • have the ability to respond to the learning needs of a diverse range of students, supporting academic, social and life skills;  

  • have expertise in the use and applications of information technology;

  • possess expertise with literacy development and the ability to meet diverse learning needs, by innovating and incorporating new ideas;

  • organize and cooperatively plan with the co-teachers and develop leadership skills through involvement in staff committees;

  • collaboratively develop Individualized Education Plans with colleagues and parents that support an inclusive model for Special Needs students;

  • commit to supporting the District’s and school’s goal to improve student literacy, and be knowledgeable about current literacy practices, including reading intervention strategies, assessment and evaluation techniques, best practices, and curriculum surrounding literacy;

  • utilize best practice learning strategies and technology to support learning;

  • have proven experience working with First Nations students and able to support student learning in a variety of subject areas including ELL;

  • commit to the District’s and school’s goals to improve the success of First Nations students;

  • possess successful classroom management skills;

  • be willing and flexible to organize/chair the School Based Team and willing and flexible to teach other courses, as required;

  • be physically capable to perform the duties of this position.

    This position involves working within an inclusive model to support and help create effective intervention strategies for students who require support with their learning. The teacher will possess university level courses in the following areas:

    • Introductory survey course in teaching students with special needs;

    • Diagnosis and remediation of reading and numeracy difficulties;

    • Assessment/testing theory and practice (level B);

    • Strategies for teaching, modifying and adapting the curriculum to meet the individual needs of students, including: students requiring behaviour support, students with mental illness, physical, intellectual, and learning disabilities, chronic health impairments (e.g. FASD);

    • Meeting the diverse behavioural and emotional needs of students.

      The Learning Assistance Resource Teacher is responsible for:

  • conducting level B assessments for students as required and completing IEPs for all students on his/her caseload;

  • working with the teacher to develop an instructional program and plan for all students who require support and assistance with their learning;

  • engaging parents, teachers and support staff in the development and review of a plan that is suited to the needs of the child;

  • maintaining complete and current files for all students on his/her caseload;

  • providing an instructional program that addresses the needs of the assigned students;,

  • working with specialist service providers (psychologists, speech language pathologists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, hearing resource teachers) to coordinate specialist services within the school; and,

  • collaborating with outside agencies and service providers to provide support for students.

    Essential Qualifications:

  • BC certification with a Bachelor of Education degree or equivalent and successful alternate teaching experience;

  • Post-degree Diploma in Special Education with university level courses as listed above.

Applicants are required to submit a letter, application form, resume, teaching credentials, and transcripts to:

Annie McDowell, Associate Director of Human Resources

Vancouver Island West School District 84


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