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Learning Specialist - Numeracy and STEM

Job posted: 12/05/2022
Applications close: 29/05/2022 (Midnight)
10 days remaining

10 days remaining

Job Description

Location: Melbourne | Eastern Metropolitan

Job type: Full time / From 11/07/2022 - 10/07/2025

Organisation: Schools (Government)

Salary: Salary not specified

Occupation: Education and Training

Reference: 1278573

Reference: 1278573

Occupation: Education and Training

Salary Range: Salary not specified

Work location: Melbourne | Eastern Metropolitan

Selection Criteria

SC1      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.

SC2      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

SC3      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.

SC4      Demonstrated 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.

SC5      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

In recognition of the importance of exemplary practice for improved student learning outcomes, the key roles of the Learning Specialists may include but are not limited to:

  • Demonstrating high-level expertise in teaching and learning practice
  • Modelling exemplary classroom practice including through teaching demonstration lessons
  • Working with the school leadership team to develop a shared view of highly effective teacher practice
  • Leading and modelling the implementation of whole-school improvement strategies related to curriculum planning and delivery
  • Playing a key role in the provision of professional learning, including through developing processes and protocols for observation and feedback of teacher practice and peer collaboration
  • Modelling effective learning practice and supporting teachers to seek, analyse and act on feedback and on their practice
  • Providing evidence-based feedback to teaching staff to inform their effectiveness and development
  • Providing expert advice about the context, processes and strategies that will shape individual and school professional learning
  • Supervising and training one or more student teachers and mentoring and/or coaching teachers
  • Modelling exemplary use of student data to inform teaching approaches
  • Developing and promoting school-wide professional learning structures, processes and protocols through Professional Learning Communities
  • 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

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

Role Description: Numeracy and STEM Learning Specialist

Rationale:

The College is creating a Numeracy and STEM Learning Specialist role to respond to the College’s increasing needs as well as to move towards further enhancing the innovation, growth, and continued success in the Numeracy, Science, Engineering and Mathematics space.  This successful incumbent will lead numeracy across the college including MYLNS capacity building.  Professional learning development and growth, assisted by a commensurate time allowance, underscores the strategic need for this position and will be an element of the on-going support to the successful applicant.

Key Responsibilities:

The Numeracy and STEM Learning Specialist will:

  • lead and develop the Numeracy and STEM instructional practice and pedagogy across the College, in line with our strategic school needs, from Years 9-12.
  • will work collaboratively with the Assistant Principal (Curriculum) and the Leading Teacher (Literacy and Curriculum) to build professional practice across Maths and Science domains, including the explicit provision of numeracy 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 both Maths and Science, considering student learning needs.
  • Develop a Numeracy and STEM 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 VCE would also be highly considered.

The MLYNS component of this position will involve professional sharing and working with numeracy staff to build staff capacity to improve student voice, agency, engagement, and overall results across the school. As a capacity builder, the successful applicant will work with staff to assist with development of student ILPs along with supporting the development of professional learning plans for staff, in consultation with the Science and Maths Teaching and Learning Leader.

The STEM component of this position will involve professional sharing and the development of STEM related electives at Years 9 and 10, linked explicitly to future pathways and industry, as an area of strategic opportunity for the College. Curriculum development could involve project-based learning, focused around current issues, utilising relevant 21st Century technologies, be cross-curricular in content or competencies and experiential or “real world” in nature.

Active membership in the College Curriculum Team is essential to support the wider school improvement goals of improved student learning outcomes and growth in student enrolments over time.  There is scope to examine and develop the feasibility of a Specialised STEM program, with explicit links to tertiary education and industry providers, in line with the general “programs” approach that the College offers currently.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION required:

  • Current Address
  • VIT registration number
  • DET Employee ID number (if a current DET employee)
  • The names of three (3) professional referees including their mobile phone numbers and email addresses

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.

Vaccination Requirement

A person is not eligible for employment in the Teaching Service unless that person meets the vaccination requirements on commencement in the position.

Location Profile

Box Hill Senior Secondary College (Years 9-12) is a co-educational Senior Secondary College located in Mont Albert North. The school has a long established reputation of providing a rich and diverse educational program to students across the Inner East of Melbourne. The school offers VCE, VCAL, VETis and School based apprenticeships programs to support and provides a framework for students to follow their chosen pathway. Currently the College is going through a significant period of change and is looking to build upon its teaching and learning program, to better suit the needs of students.

Box Hill Senior Secondary College seeks to provide a high quality education to all students through the guiding principles of equity for all, personalised and inclusive learning, authentic and real work that matters to students and creative and collaborative design as positive and successful community members.

We recognise that all teachers will work to address inequity so that all of our students reach their full potential. Teachers recognise the value of having students from diverse and different backgrounds who work together and are provided with a range of approaches to accommodate the academic needs of our students. In doing so, we are aspirational and future thinking.

We expect that all teachers practice a learner-centred and inclusive approach that supports and challenges each student. Students pursue their passions through inquiry learning projects and pathways courses and programs where they grow their individual knowledge and skill. We recognise that identity development and personal growth are important areas of need within our school community. We focus on developing relationships of trust, care for others and mutual respect among students and adults through collaborative program design elements such as student collaborative work (student agency), leadership development (student voice), positive mindset and Advocacy.   

We develop student centred learning projects and activities that integrate multiple types of learning opportunities, using inquiry across disciplines where possible. This leads to the creation of meaningful and challenging learning opportunities for every student. Students are engaged in the work that matters to them, to their teachers and to the world outside of school. Students connect their learning to the world through fieldwork, community service, applied learning, specialist vocational programs and consultation with community experts. Our school is a collaborative workspace, supported by relevant technology, curriculum and learning opportunities where critical thinking and student learning artefacts are created and displayed.

Box Hill Senior Secondary College teachers work collaboratively and creatively to design relevant curriculum, engage in on-going professional development, while seeking student experience and voice in the development of these areas. With students as valued design partners, staff function as reflective practitioners, creating an equitable teaching and learning culture where high quality curriculum and authentic assessment occur. We all share in the learning journey!

Learning Specialist - Numeracy and STEM

Job type:

Full time / From 11/07/2022 - 10/07/2025

Job classification:

Not provided

Contact:

Adam Smith | 03 98900571

Learning Specialist - Numeracy and STEM