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Learning Specialist - Literacy Middle Years

Job posted: 16/11/2022
Applications close: 29/11/2022 (Midnight)
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Job Description

Location: Melbourne | Western Metropolitan

Job type: Full time / From 27/01/2023 - 26/01/2026

Organisation: Education and Training

Salary: Salary not specified

Occupation: Education and Training

Reference: 1315808

Reference: 1315808

Occupation: Education and Training

Salary Range: Salary not specified

Work location: Melbourne | Western Metropolitan

Selection Criteria

KSC1 Demonstrated expert knowledge of the relevant curriculum. Demonstrated ability to model exemplary teaching practice, including the teaching of literacy and numeracy skills across the curriculum, and implement school priorities.

KSC 2 Demonstrated expertise in the implementation and modelling of high impact teaching strategies that respond to student learning needs. Demonstrated ability to support teachers to evaluate the impact of learning and teaching programs on student learning growth

KSC3 Demonstrated exemplary ability to model the monitoring and assessment of student learning. Demonstrated ability to support others in using data to inform teaching practice and to provide feedback on student learning growth and achievement to students and parents.

KSC 4Demonstrated exemplary interpersonal and communication skills. Demonstrated ability to engage in collaborative relationships with students, colleagues, parents and the broader school community to support student learning, agency, wellbeing and engagement.

KSC5 Demonstrated ability to model behaviours and attitudes consistent with Department values. Demonstrated ability to support others to reflect on their practice and facilitate school-based professional learning.

Role

Learning Specialists will be highly skilled classroom practitioners who continue to spend the majority of their time in the classroom delivering high-quality teaching and learning and have a range of responsibilities related to their expertise, including teaching demonstration lessons, observing and providing feedback to other teachers and facilitating school-based professional learning.  Learning Specialists are expected to have deep knowledge and expertise in high quality teaching and learning in delivering improved achievement, engagement and wellbeing for students. The role of the Learning Specialist will be to model excellence in teaching and learning through demonstration lessons and, mentoring and coaching teachers in improving the skill, knowledge and effectiveness of the teaching workforce.

The Learning Specialist role is aimed at building excellence in teaching and learning within the Teaching Service.

Responsibilities

The key roles and responsibilities of this position are:

  • Lead and develop the Literacy instructional practice and pedagogy across the College, in line with our strategic school needs.
  • Work collaboratively with the Principal team, Leading Teacher (English) and Leading Teacher (Curriculum and Assessment) to build professional practice across English and Literacy domains, including the explicit provision of literacy to ensure that student learning outcomes are improved from Years 7-9.

Classroom Teaching

  • Demonstrating high-level expertise in teaching and learning practice, particularly in relation to the use of literacy strategies, and the High Impact Teaching Strategies (HITS) in the classroom.
  • Modelling exemplary classroom practice including through teaching demonstration lessons
  • Providing expert advice about the use of strategies for literacy learning and differentiation in a range of curriculum areas.

Professional Learning

  • Leading and modelling the implementation of whole-school improvement strategies related to curriculum planning and delivery, literacy pedagogies, assessment and feedback.
  • Modelling exemplary use of student data to inform teaching approaches.
  • Observing colleagues’ lessons and providing evidence-based feedback to develop practice in relation to the use of pedagogy which supports literacy learning and the use of the HITS.
  • Design and deliver professional learning sessions for the MSC professional learning program
  • Embed observation and feedback of teacher practice and peer collaboration.
  • Providing evidence-based feedback to teaching staff to inform their effectiveness and development
  • Lead groups of teachers as a facilitator of Professional Learning Teams and Communities of Practice.
  • Participate in network and system professional learning and collaboration through Communities of Practice and other forums.
  • Developing and promoting school-wide professional learning structures, processes and protocols.
  • Supervising and training one or more student teachers and mentoring and/or coaching teachers

School Improvement

  • Leading and modelling the implementation of whole-school improvement strategies related to curriculum planning and delivery
  • Work collaboratively with teams to evaluate, design and implement programs and practices at a cohort and whole school level.
  • Working with the school leadership team to implement the guaranteed and viable curriculum via the College Instructional Model, high impact engagement and wellbeing strategies in every classroom.
  • Modelling exemplary professional learning practice included through seeking feedback from other teachers and leaders on their own classroom practice as part of critical reflection and inquiry to improve practice.
  • Work collaboratively with the Assistant Principal (Curriculum) and the Leading Teacher (Curriculum and programs) to build professional practice across English and Literacy domains, including the explicit provision of literacy to ensure that student learning outcomes are improved from Years 9 to 12.
  • Work with the learning area to audit the current curriculum documentation, assessment practices, instructional practice and pedagogical delivery of teaching and learning in English, considering student learning needs.
  • Work with the Assistant Principal – Literacy to review a whole school literacy improvement plan as well as an English specific learning plan, which will highlight areas of strength and areas of improvement to ensure that student learning outcomes can be maximised and improved over time. Experience in teaching VCE would also be highly considered.
  • Develop and implement a whole school literacy improvement plan, which will highlight areas of strength and areas of improvement to ensure that student learning outcomes can be maximised and improved over time. Experience in teaching 7-12 English would also be highly considered.

Who May Apply

Teachers currently registered or eligible for registration with the Victorian Institute of Teaching and qualified to teach and/or have demonstrated experience in the curriculum area(s) specified for the position.

EEO AND OHS Commitment

The Department of Education and Training is committed to the principles of equal opportunity, and diversity and inclusion for all. We value diversity and inclusion in all forms – gender, religion, ethnicity, LGBTIQ+, disability and neurodiversity. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for roles within the Department.  The Department recognises that the provision of family friendly, supportive, safe and harassment free workplaces is essential to high performance and promotes flexible work, diversity and safety across all schools and Department workplaces.

Child Safe Standards

Victorian government schools are child safe environments. Our schools actively promote the safety and wellbeing of all students, and all school staff are committed to protecting students from abuse or harm in the school environment, in accordance with their legal obligations including child safe standards. All schools have a Child Safety Code of Conduct consistent with the Department’s exemplar available at http://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/programs/health/protect/Pages/childsafestandards.aspx

DET Values

The Department’s employees commit to upholding DET’s Values: Responsiveness, Integrity, Impartiality, Accountability, Respect, Leadership and Human Rights. DET’s Values complement each school’s own values and underpin the behaviours the community expects of Victorian public sector employees, including those who work in Victorian Government Schools. Information on the DET values is available at http://www.education.vic.gov.au/hrweb/workm/Pages/Public-Sector-Values.aspx

Other Information

  • All staff employed by the Department and schools have access to a broad range of employment conditions and working arrangements.
  • Appointment of successful applicants will be made subject to a satisfactory pre-employment conditions check.
  • A probationary period may apply during the first year of employment and induction and support programs provided.
  • Detailed information on all terms and conditions of employment is available on the Department's Human Resources website at http://www.education.vic.gov.au/hrweb/Pages/default.aspx

Conditions of Employment

  • All staff employed by the Department and schools have access to a broad range of employment conditions and working arrangements.
  • Appointment of successful applicants will be made subject to a satisfactory pre-employment conditions check.
  • A probationary period may apply during the first year of employment and induction and support programs provided.
  • Detailed information on all terms and conditions of employment is available on the Department's Human Resources website at http://www.education.vic.gov.au/hrweb/Pages/default.aspx

VIT LANTITE

To be eligible for employment, transfer or promotion in the principal or teacher class a person must have provisional or full registration from the Victorian Institute of Teaching. In addition, from 3 August 2020, to be eligible for employment in the principal class or teacher class, a person who graduated from a Victorian Initial Teacher Education program after 1 July 2016, must demonstrate that they have passed the literacy and numeracy test for initial teacher education (LANTITE) requirements. This condition is satisfied where the LANTITE requirement is part of the Victorian Initial Teacher Education program completed by the person.

For positions in special settings, a person is not eligible for employment unless they meet the vaccination requirements on commencement in the position.

Location Profile

Melton Secondary College is a large co-educational government secondary school for students from Years 7 to 12 with a population of approximately 1300 students and 170 staff.

Our vision is for a flourishing learning community achieving high levels of academic growth and bright futures for every student. This vision statement captures the ambition our community shares for educational excellence. It guides our commitment to student achievement, engagement and wellbeing and the impact of our work is evident through steadily improving student outcomes. These results have been achieved through the development of a guaranteed and viable curriculum, rigorous and purposeful pedagogy, the inclusion of genuine student voice, leadership and agency, and a positive learning environment based on our STARR Values of Success, Teamwork, Ambition, Respect and Responsibility. We celebrate the richness of our multi-cultural community and were the 2019 recipient of the Victorian Multicultural Excellence School Award.

The college articulates a strong sense of purpose and a commitment to building cycles of success and confidence for every student. Teachers work collaboratively in Professional Learning Teams, using assessment data to inform planning and the High Impact Teaching Strategies to maximise student learning growth. Professional learning is ongoing, embedded in the core work of practice and remains focused on improving student outcomes. The college has a strong culture of peer-to-peer coaching in the pursuit of continuous improvement, participates regularly in collaborative projects and improvement initiatives with the local community, network schools, tertiary institutions and DET Victoria.

Differentiated learning approaches are available for individual students in every class and through the High Ability Program, Getting Ready in Numeracy (GRIN), Literacy Interventions programs and Flexible Learning Option satellite campus. There is a school wide focus on the development of literacy, numeracy and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) skills. An iPad program has been established in partnership with Apple Education and is being successfully implemented across the curriculum.

A large team of Education Support staff work closely with teachers in a range of settings and functions to support student learning. This includes wrap-around student support teams, such as our Wellbeing, Community Liaison, Learning Support, Interventions and Careers teams.

Other Information

This is a fantastic opportunity to become involved in a multi-disciplinary and supportive workplace while reaping the incredible rewards that arise from the challenges faced day to day. You will see the direct impact you have made on young people’s educational journey.

Learning Specialist - Literacy Middle Years

Job type:

Full time / From 27/01/2023 - 26/01/2026

Job classification:

Not provided

Contact:

Kathryn Sobey | 03 9743 3322

Learning Specialist - Literacy Middle Years