School District 8 (Kootenay Lake) is nestled in the Southeast corner of British Columbia. We are a vibrant area, covering 6 "families of schools" in the centers of Creston, Crawford Bay, Kaslo/Meadow Creek, Nelson, Salmo, and the Slocan Valley. Our area is beautiful, vibrant, a fantastic place to raise children, has a world-renowned Arts and Entertainment community, and easily accesses a variety of amazing outdoor pursuits.
Our FOCUS.LEARN.EXCEL philosophy and our Learning Goals of: Literacy, Numeracy, Indigenization and Inclusion guide our practice with our students. Our learners and our staff are further guided by our Board of Education's Student Expectations of: Academic Success, Creativity and Imagination, Citizenship, and Resiliency. We focus on excellence for all learners in a nurturing environment.
School District 8 (Kootenay Lake) has a posting for 1.0 FTE Term Aboriginal Academic Success Teacher at Creston Wildflower on Thursdays, Creston Homelinks on Wednesdays, and the Creston Family of Schools (schedule to be determined).
Aboriginal Academic Success Teacher: This is a specialized teaching position, which combines extensive Aboriginal ways of knowing with academic supports for Aboriginal students. This position synthesizes a strong understanding of Aboriginal pedagogy, Aboriginal culture, and specializes in a wide range of instructional areas: BC’s new curriculum, Inclusion, Literacy and Numeracy.
The primary responsibility of this position is to deliver academic support to students, liaising with school based staff including teachers, counsellors, administration, and Aboriginal Education employees. The work of this position is guided by the goals of the District Aboriginal Enhancement Agreement and the District Aboriginal Education goals.
The Academic Success Teacher will collaborate with classroom teachers on Indigenizing curriculum K-12. The Academic Success Teacher will model lessons of Indigenization, sharing culturally based lessons, co-teaching and co-planning with classroom teachers. The work in this position is “over and above” regular instruction in the classroom; while the position may work alongside a classroom teacher, the delivery of curriculum should supplement core instruction and not replace it. The Academic Success Teacher may work in small groups as well as full classrooms as a “push in” model. The Academic Success Teacher prioritizes daily workload and at the high school level, will track data including: attendance, passing/failing of academic courses, grad planning, and post-secondary planning for each student grades 10-12; this tracking would be in collaboration with the school counselling department. Based upon tracking, follow-up plans will be communicated, developed, and executed to support academic success. The Academic Success Teacher acts as an Indigenous Leader within the school, sharing knowledge, culture, and ways of knowing with students and staff. All work within this position is designed to enhance Aboriginal student success in SD8.
Embedded within this position are cultural supports, including but not limited to the following: relationship building with community, relationship building with families, creating opportunities to share knowledge, history and diversity of Aboriginal BC within the school building.
The Academic Success Teacher will support Aboriginal EA positions and Aboriginal Youth and Family Worker Liaison positions within the school and will be a “team lead” for guiding work and Ministry required ABED data tracking. The Academic Success Teacher leads school based ABED team meetings, if applicable.
The Academic Success Teacher will work as part of the larger Aboriginal Education team in SD8 and will attend ABED District staff meetings to share reflections, grow strengths, and stay current on district initiatives.
Additional job summary:
• Liaise with students, teachers, families and the ABED department on coursework and essential academic and cultural supports.
• Employ synchronous and asynchronous tools to supplement course content.
• Maintain regular office hours throughout the day to be reachable by students, parents and admin.
• Track student progress and help students stay on pace to complete class by class end dates and learning goals.
• Conference with parents of struggling students by phone or online or in person meetings, as required.
• Communicate with teachers, administrators, and parents regularly.
• Respond to student messages and discussions in a timely manner within school guidelines.
• Work with school administration and district ABED admin as needed and requested to support student learning (academic and cultural).
• Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution,
• BC Teaching certification for secondary education required,
• Classroom and online teaching experience,
• Strong written and verbal communication skills,
• Organization and time management skills and
• Proficiency in online tools including Moodle and SMS.
For questions please contact District Principal for Aboriginal Education, Gail Higginbottom at firstname.lastname@example.org or Homelinks Principal, Rob Simpson at email@example.com and/or Principal of Wildflower School, Sacha.Kalabis@sd8.bc.ca.
While we thank all applicants for their application, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
School District 8 supports equity hiring for Indigenous applicants.
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