Overview

1.0 Head of Organizational Unit – ASL/Literacy Lead
Learning Services Department
3-year term appointment: September 1, 2021 to August 31, 2024

(Contracts will be rated under the Provincial Schools Authority)
Secondment Opportunities will be considered for applicants from a School Board

The Ministry of Education, Provincial and Demonstration Schools Branch has an exciting opportunity available in the Learning Services Department for an experienced and innovative Head of Organizational Unit – ASL/Literacy Lead. As the ASL/Literacy Lead, you will focus on improving American Sign Language (ASL) acquisition and fluency, and reading and writing achievements of students by working collaboratively with teachers to deepen their understanding of the reading and writing continuum and instructional scope and sequence, first and second language acquisition principles, neuroscience principles, and to expand on their knowledge of evidence-based instructional strategies. As the ASL/Literacy Lead, you will support Principals in ensuring effective English reading and writing instruction as well as increasing facility with American Sign Language (ASL).

You will play in integral role in supporting teachers who are delivering and consulting on ASL, reading and writing instruction and the Language curriculum to students within PDSB schools and the district school boards. Effective management and coaching skills are required to successfully arrange and coordinate workshops and conferences on various topics related to literacy initiatives for all PDSB students.

What we are looking for:

Qualifications:

  • Valid Certificate of Registration and Qualifications from the Ontario College of Teachers.
  • Specialist of the Deaf/Teaching Students Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing-ASL/LSQ Communication Specialist.
  • Special Education Specialist qualifications (preferred).
  • Reading Specialist and/or Writing Specialist qualifications (preferred).
  • At least 3 of Primary, Junior, Intermediate, and/or Senior division qualifications required.
  • Fluency in American Sign Language (ASL) required.

Abilities:

  • Demonstrated proficiency in leadership, collaboration, coaching, communication, organizational skills and evidence-based strategies.
  • Expert knowledge of Ministry documents including, but not limited to: ASL and language curriculum documents, Growing Success, Creating Pathways to Success, and Learning for All.
  • Extensive knowledge of ASL language instruction, bi-bi pedagogy, evidence-based reading practices, and first and second language acquisition approaches.
  • In-depth knowledge of the scope and sequence for learning to read and write.
  • Ability to communicate in American Sign Language (ASL) and to prepare and deliver instructional programs and documents to support learning in ASL.
  • Successful experience in teaching elementary and/or secondary students, knowledge of neuroscience principles and the principles of adult learning.
  • Leadership experience with addressing student learning needs including a focus on the use of inclusive digital tools and resources.
  • Expertise in data-based decision-making and assessment as it relates to ASL language acquisition, English reading and writing fluency and comprehension.
  • Understanding of Inclusive design, equity, diversity, culturally responsive pedagogy, anti-racism approaches, concepts, and practices.
  • Ability to support educators in the development of Individual Education Plans, programming, using smart goals in relation to ASL, reading, and writing.
  • Initiation and creativity in developing, modeling and implementing evidence-based literacy programming to enhance student engagement and achievement.
  • Demonstrated experience in statistical collection and analysis.
  • Experience in leading Collaborative Inquiry driven by student-based data.
  • Experience in facilitating co-learning, co-planning, co-teaching and other classroom-embedded professional learning.
  • Demonstrated school-based leadership experience preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience with inclusive/assistive technology.
  • A strong understanding of and commitment to Collaborative Professionalism
  • Ability to travel to PDSB schools located in: Milton, London, Belleville and Brantford including the possibility of overnight travel.

PROVINCIAL AND DEMONSTRATION SCHOOL LOCATIONS:

  • 255 Ontario Street, Milton, or
  • 1515 Cheapside St, London, or
  • 350 Dundas St West, Belleville, or
  • 350 Brant Ave, Brantford

Area of Search: OPEN

Please submit a cover letter and resume quoting the Competition file number PDSB21-100 along with an updated copy of your Ontario College of Teachers Certificate of Registration by no later than 11:59 pm on September 23, 2021 to:

Send applications to: PSBjobs@ontario.ca

APPLICATIONS SHALL BE CONSIDERED FROM MEMBERS OF THE PROVINCIAL SCHOOLS AUTHORITY TEACHERS (PSAT) PRIOR TO CONSIDERING EXTERNAL APPLICATIONS

Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.  Late applications will be declined.

Note:  The successful candidate (s) will be required to provide an original, satisfactory Criminal Reference Check, including Vulnerable Sector Screening (dated within the last six months) as deemed suitable by the Employer, prior to the commencement of employment.

Posting date:  September 14, 2021
Closing date:  September 23, 2021
Clearance No:  N/A

THE MINISTRY OF EDUCATION IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER, COMMITTED TO FOSTERING AND MAINTAINING A WORK ENVIRONMENT THAT PROMOTES RESPECT FOR OTHERS, OPEN COMMUNICATION, TEAMWORK AND ACCOUNTABILITY.