Senior Middle School English Teacher

Position: English Teacher
Reports to: Senior School Principal
Position Group: Faculty
Teaching Accountability: 1.0 FTE
Term: Continuing (after probationary period)

Overview

Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School (STS) is seeking a qualified and experienced English teacher for Grades 7 through 12 students in Middle and Senior School. This is a 1.0 FTE continuing position subject to the successful completion of the probationary year. 
The English program at STS encourages rigorous and collaborative learning, as well as creativity in the study of the English language and literature as part of the Alberta Program of Studies within an IB framework. The successful candidate will be a highly motivated, enthusiastic and innovative teacher who appreciates working in a collaborative, inquiry-rich environment with a progressive approach to English education. Strong communication skills, experience with engaging instruction, a deep understanding of effective assessment and technology use strategies and a student-centered pedagogy are essential to success in this position.  

The successful candidate must have a Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in English or in an allied field as well as hold an Alberta teaching certificate or be eligible to obtain one. 
Though not necessarily prerequisites for this role, knowledge of, and/or training in, the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (MYP) and Diploma Programme (DP) and experience working in an independent school setting are considered assets.  

All faculty are expected to contribute to STS’s co-curricular activities and demonstrate commitment to students’ growth outside of the classroom.  Teachers new to STS participate in a dynamic and supportive mentorship program that includes ongoing professional development both in IB and non-IB programs.  


Overall Expectations: 

Teach English to Grade 7 through 12 students at STS in a collaborative, co-teaching environment. This includes: fostering positive relationships with students; creating engaging and appropriate lesson plans and activities, maintaining a safe and inclusive classroom environment; utilizing appropriate instructional techniques and strategies, and conducting meaningful assessments to provide feedback that improves student learning and achievement.  

Specific Accountabilities:

  • Teach to the Alberta Program of Studies
  • Demonstrate the competencies outlined in Alberta Education’s Teaching Quality Standard (TQS) and STS’s Model for Teaching Excellence
  • Abide by policies laid out in the Education Act (2019)
  • Ensure the safety and well-being of our students in accordance with STS procedures and policies
  • Understand and implement the Mission and Vision of the School
  • Collaborate with school administration, the Middle Years Programme (MYP) and Diploma Programme (DP) Coordinator, other teachers in the department, and other faculty at STS
  • Model the Learner Profile of the International Baccalaureate (IB)
  • Create a supportive learning environment for students that encourages inquiry and offers opportunities to develop the attributes of the IB Learner Profile;
  • Develop and implement a rich and varied curriculum in English including the use of canonical and experimental literary texts, as well as multimedia to engage students in literary and creative thinking and learning;
  • Utilize a variety of effective teaching, classroom management and assessment practices in support of student achievement
  • Conduct formative and summative assessment of students, provide detailed, effective, and immediate feedback to support student learning as well as evaluate achievement and report results to students and parents
  • Use data-informed strategies to understand students’ learning abilities and apply teaching interventions to support learning
  • Maintain effective communication with parents, colleagues and students
  • Utilize technology to promote innovative and effective teaching and learning
  • Provide pastoral care to students in the capacity of an advisor to support student achievement and well-being
  • Engage with and support co-curricular and athletic programs to support student learning and development outside the classroom.

Professional Development:

  • Demonstrate a commitment to continuous learning and reflection to refine teaching practice
  • Engage in ongoing professional learning
  • Keep current on educational research about how students learn and factors that influence students’ learning and achievement
  • Ensure that skill development and technology use by students keeps pace with changing needs at the post-secondary level to ensure that students are well prepared for the next stage of their learning.

Application Instructions 

Applications must contain a cover letter, your resume, a one-page Teaching Philosophy Statement, the names and contact information for three work-related references one of which must be a direct supervisor (your references will not be contacted without your prior consent), and a copy of your Alberta Teaching Certificate (if you have one – if you do not, you must be eligible to obtain one). Please submit your application via email to careers@sts.ab.ca with the position noted in the subject line. Please do not send documents via SkyDrive or other cloud-based services and please do not send letters of reference, evaluations, and/or transcripts unless asked to do so.

Applications will be reviewed as received and interested applicants are strongly encouraged to apply early as the position may be filled as soon as a qualified candidate is selected. The application closing date is Friday, June 25, 2021, at 12:00 noon.

We thank all those who apply, but only those selected to participate in the next phase of our interview process will be contacted.

Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School provides a welcoming environment for all employees and encourages diversity among staff and students as part of our commitment to the Alberta Human Rights Act.