Surrey Schools, recipient of BC's Top 100 Employer and Canada's Greenest Employer awards, is spread across one of the largest and fastest-growing cities in British Columbia. Surrey Schools is the city's second largest employer. Located on Canada's spectacular West Coast and nestled in the southwest corner of Green Timbers Urban Forest, we are just 30 minutes southeast of the city of Vancouver.
British Columbia promotes an inclusive education system in which students with diverse abilities and disabilities are fully participating members of a community of learners. Inclusion describes the principle that all students are entitled to equitable access to learning, achievement and the pursuit of excellence in all aspects of their educational programs. The practice of inclusion goes beyond a student’s placement within the classroom, and includes meaningful participation and the promotion of interaction with peers.
Teachers in the field will need:
- to be committed to inclusion;
- to participate in ongoing professional development/in-service (including in-service as required by Student Support) in both regular and special/inclusive education;
- to be knowledgeable of current curriculum goals and instructional practices;
- to be knowledgeable of inclusive education practices;
- to have the ability to cope with ambiguity, rapidly changing demands, and the ability to prioritize workload;
- to communicate effectively with other professionals, support personnel, community agencies and parents/guardians.
Key responsibilities of the Integration Support Teacher
The Integration Support Teacher will participate as a member of a collaborative team, to develop, monitor, and review each student’s educational program. Specifically, this involves the following:
- consulting and collaborating with members of the educational team (e.g., district staff, parents/guardians, community partners [e.g., Ministry of Health, Ministry of Child & Family Development], and the student, as appropriate) to:
- assist Teachers, Education Assistants (EA) / Applied Behaviour Analysis Support Workers (ABA SW) to create an inclusive environment and support learners with low incidence Ministry of Education designations;
- develop and implement inclusive practices and various support plans including, but not limited to, Individual Education Plans (IEP), Positive Behaviour Support Plans (PBS), and consult on Employee Safety Plans;
- interpret and share with others information related to the learner’s diverse abilities or disabilities and their implications on the student’s education;
- identify and order materials and equipment required for the student’s program.
- coordinating, facilitating, and chairing Integrated Case Management (ICM) meetings for students with low incidence designations;
- facilitating transitions from preschool to kindergarten, and elementary to secondary school.
- modelling, demonstrating, co-teaching, and/or training school-based staff and/or Educational Assistants (EA) / Applied Behaviour Analysis Support Workers (ABA SW) in inclusive practices and targeted strategies based on the IEP goals and needs of the students;
- providing educational instruction and support to students with low incidence Ministry of Education designations around targeted strategies for behavioural, community and social skills based on the IEP goals and needs of the students as appropriate;
- participating in the yearly placement review process as needed;
- providing the classroom teacher with information regarding the role of Education Assistants (EA) and Applied Behaviour Analysis Support Workers (ABA SW) and the implementation of strategies for students;
- providing/arranging in-service regarding effective inclusive practices;
- participating as a member of an interdisciplinary problem-solving team, an integrated case-management team, and a school-based team where they would provide or are anticipated to provide direct educational service to a particular student or as determined by an administrative officer;
- collaborating with classroom teachers to create strategies and supports for students with low incidence Ministry of Education designations ;
- case managing students with low incidence Ministry of Education designations. This includes: coordinating and writing IEPs; collaborating with the administration on the scheduling of Educational Assistants (EA) and Applied Behaviour Analysis Support Workers (ABA SW); and referring students expected to receive low incidence designations to Student Support for designations and/or services;
- engaging in observation, as well as, collection and interpretation of data;
- assisting and training support staff in data collection and analysis as appropriate;
- providing support through assessment and evaluation including Level B assessments for students with low incidence designations as appropriate.
Because Integration Support Teachers work as part of a collaborative team where a variety of unique expertise is represented and shared, special areas of training and experience will be required. Ongoing training will be provided in the areas of autism, developmental disabilities, physical disabilities, complex learners, behaviour management.
MINIMUM ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS/EXPERIENCE
- valid B.C. Teaching Certificate;
- completion of a Diploma in Inclusive/Special Education or equivalent;
- minimum of three years satisfactory teaching experience in an inclusive education environment.
- Masters in Inclusive/Special Education or equivalent with emphasis on supporting learners with diverse abilities or disabilities.
The personnel in this position are accountable in the execution of their assigned duties to the principal of the school to which they are based and the District Principal-Student Support.
Qualified applicants can apply at https://bit.ly/3CUphlU ensuring to upload resume, cover letter and any supporting documents.
Note: Only short listed candidates will be contacted for an interview. Thank you for your interest in Surrey Schools.
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