Upper School Social Sciences Teacher
Closing Date: August 19, 2022
Job Term: Full Time
We are seeking an individual who is aligned with our core values and reflects our core competencies to join our Upper School as a Social Sciences Teacher. This is a full-time, two (2) month contract position starting in September.
Founded in 1894 and located on a beautiful 22-acre campus in midtown Toronto, Canada, Havergal College is one of Canada’s pre-eminent independent schools for girls from Junior Kindergarten through Grade 12. At the forefront of women’s education for over 125 years, Havergal offers a contemporary liberal arts education and is rooted in the Anglican tradition. Havergal’s mission is to prepare young women to make a difference. Through our outstanding academic and cocurricular programs, we nurture a culture of capability that fosters self-confidence, leadership, critical thinking and global-mindedness within our students.
At Havergal College, we believe that great schools are made up of great people. We are committed to building a diverse workforce and an inclusive workplace. We encourage applications from all qualified candidates with a diverse range of experiences and perspectives, including women, BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Colour) peoples and persons with disabilities. We welcome applicants who are inspired by our mission to prepare young women to make a difference and to take on an ever-changing world with confidence, resilience and global-mindedness.
Why Teach with Us
Havergal College is a wonderful place to teach. We offer a highly competitive compensation package for teachers, including: a faculty teaching grid that is well above the major urban school boards; contributions to and participation in the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan; generous holidays; strong health and dental benefits; support for professional development including support for graduate work, additional qualifications (AQs), faculty-wide and individual professional development in teaching and learning, wellbeing, equity and inclusion, assessment and experiential education; teaching on a beautiful 22-acre campus with excellent facilities; being part of a committed and collegial team of professionals. We are seeking candidates with a wide range of experiences and diverse identities and perspectives to contribute to our culture of excellence.
The Upper School program at Havergal College is distinguished by opportunities for students to develop and learn in an environment that is diverse, stimulating and supportive. Teaching facilities are well equipped and offer bright, technology-rich environments.
Experienced Upper School teachers at Havergal College are confident in curriculum development and demonstrate an approach to teaching that is reflective of the way in which girls learn. They support all learners with diverse strategies and approaches and are willing and able to use appropriate solutions to learning challenges experienced by students. Teachers optimize the use of the technology to support student learning. Classes are engaging and dynamic and teachers genuinely enjoy what they are doing and are approachable, available, knowledgeable, genuine and supportive.
As members of the Upper School faculty, teachers engage in the work of the Upper School in a collegial and supportive manner. They demonstrate an understanding of the importance of parents as partners in their daughter’s education by maintaining open and collaborative relationships with parents. As life-long learners, they demonstrate a commitment to actively seeking professional development. Teachers actively participate in the life of the school beyond the classroom.
Planning & Preparation of Learning
- Understand how to use knowledge of student developmental stages and current educational research to make appropriate and thoughtful instructional decisions.
- Work in collaboration with the Upper School Department Head to deliver a consistent, aligned and rigorous program of study.
- Develop effective lesson plans that demonstrate the principles of a teaching for understanding framework and reflect the Ontario curriculum expectations.
- Demonstrate an understanding of assessment principles reflective of current assessment practices.
- Model best practices with using technology in the classroom to help support the curriculum and the developmental stages of students.
Setting the Learning Environment
- Demonstrate compassion, acceptance, insight and interest for developing students’ potential and capacity.
- Model the school’s values through actions and words when dealing with students, parents, and other adults in the school.
- Demonstrate an understanding that students learn through active intellectual engagement.
- Create a trusting learning environment for students through acting consistently, fairly, openly and honestly and having clear expectations for all students.
- Ensure appropriate behavior in the classroom and on school property.
- Create a learning environment where student thinking is visible, valued and part of their everyday experiences.
- Create a safe and engaging learning space reflective of the developmental needs of students.
- Ensure instructional practices are reflective of planning and preparation and the time that is available.
- Ensure questions and instructional strategies help to promote student thinking and serve to extend their understanding, knowledge and skills.
- Use relevant pedagogy, assessment and evaluation, along with resources and technology in the planning for and responding to the individual needs of students.
- Ensure student learning is appropriately documented and reported.
- Uphold the professional and ethical standards of practice as defined by the Ontario College of Teachers.
- Maintain consistent, professional, supporting and encouraging relationships with colleagues.
- Ensure compliance with all school policies and practices and maintain all required documentation.
- Maintain an open line of communication with parents and work with them as partners in their daughter’s educational journey.
Qualifications, Knowledge & Experience
- Relevant university qualifications at the Bachelor level (e.g. Bachelor of Arts in History or Geography) including a Bachelor of Education/Master of Teaching degree with Intermediate/Senior qualifications.
- Certification from the Ontario College of Teachers and be a member in ‘Good Standing.’
- Relevant teaching experience within a classroom setting.
- An Honours Specialist in at least one area of teaching is an asset.
- Graduate degree in education is an asset.
- A comprehensive understanding of current educational practices in the area of curriculum planning and implementation; assessment and instructional strategies.
- Understanding of how to apply the current research on girls and learning.
- Knowledge of strategies for supporting all kinds of learners.
- Strong inter-personal, organizational, time-management and communication skills.
- Self-starter, able to work in a self-directed manner appropriate to changing needs.
- A proven commitment to working successfully in collaborative environments.
- Experience in an independent school is an asset.
- Demonstrated ability and commitment to the Core Competencies of:
- Inclusive Excellence
- Collaboration & Teamwork
- Integrity & Trust
- Learning Agility
- Growth Mindset
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply and express their interest to HC Careers no later than August 19, 2022.
Havergal College thanks all applicants in advance. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Havergal College is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to an inclusive, barrier-free recruitment and selection process, and work environment in accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). We will be happy to work with applicants requesting accommodation at any stage of the hiring process. If you require accommodations, please contact Cathy LeBlanc at 416-483-3519 ext. 6526 or by email at [email protected].