MYP Design Teacher (Cross-Stream), – Upper School

Job Description

Employment Terms: Full-Time, 10-Month Contract

Start Date: August 2023

Upper Canada College (UCC) is focused on making the world a more just and inclusive place through dialogue and teamwork. With a commitment to equity and fairness, students learn that what makes us different as individuals makes us stronger as a community. A rigorous academic program is supported by accomplished faculty, exceptional co-curricular programming, and state-of-the-art facilities. The UCC experience is underpinned by five core values: learning, pluralism, service, community, and wellbeing. Among its strategic goals is UCC’s ambition to become more diverse and inclusive. This is supported by a recognition that no learning community is whole without the inclusion and amplification of multiple voices; UCC is committed to fostering belonging, striving for justice and peace among all people, and addressing systemic and structural forms of oppression.
Position Overview:
Upper school teachers educate students in grades 8-12. They demonstrate passion and diligence in their core subjects and interdisciplinary learning, across the Humanities, Sciences, Languages, Physical Education, the Arts, English, Design and Mathematics. Their role involves planning, reviewing and revising curriculum as part of course teams, as well as implementing approaches to teaching in learning that are student-centred and skills-based.
We are currently seeking an enthusiastic, curious and flexible Teacher for our Upper School Design Department to teach a full teaching load, plus advising. Applicants should have a willingness to engage in the design process and technical skills in the three streams (Product, Digital Media and Coding) and/or comfort learning new techniques. The successful candidate will have demonstrated a pattern of innovation, collaboration and engagement in learning and/or teaching, and share an eagerness to work with a variety of learners and diverse student body. In addition, they will share an interest in real-world and transformative learning experiences, as well as demonstrate cultural competency and an ability to work in a collegial manner.
Key Responsibilities
  • Prepare and implement course objectives, lesson plans, outlines and assessment pieces for the course of study following IB and College guidelines;
  • Employ best practices for teaching students at the high school level, including inquiry and problem-based learning, scaffolding, book-ending, frequent review and feedback, and differentiated instruction;
  • Establish a positive and aspiring classroom environment that best enables a diverse group of students to flourish, and recognizes the differing needs of students on the basis of their linguistic, historical, cultural and socio-economic experiences;
  • Communicate regularly on student progress with faculty, administrators and parents;
  • Use technology in the classroom to enhance learning and support student organization and planning;
  • Collaboratively create engaging assessments to evaluate students’ progress, and provide meaningful feedback to students, in their journey towards continuous growth;
  • Keep up to date with developments in the subject area, teaching resources and strategies and make relevant changes to instructional plans and activities;
  • Participate in faculty and professional meetings, educational conferences, assemblies and various professional development opportunities.
  • Actively engage with students in their advising group in order to know them and support their growth in academics, co-curricular and social-emotional wellbeing;
  • Know the academic, physical and personal profiles of each student in the advising group;
  • Emulate the values of the College-Learning, Community, Wellbeing, Service and Pluralism;
  • Be an effective link between the school and parents on both academic and non-academic matters by carrying out the duties of an Adviser;
  • Meet with advisees during twice-weekly advising sessions and delivering the advising curriculum;
  • Write advising comments on reports and communicate formally and informally with parents of advisees in person, e-mail and via telephone.
  • Lead with skill, passion and enthusiasm, identified activities in our vast co-curricular program, including athletics (coaching expertise in basketball, soccer, hockey, volleyball, baseball), the arts, clubs and publications;
  • Actively participate in the life of the school including, but not limited to graduation, school dances and other extracurricular community events as required.
Experience, Knowledge and Competencies:
  • Collaborative, energetic disposition with demonstrated creativity and passion for working with students;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to develop strong professional relationships with students, colleagues, administration and parents;
  • Exemplary communication, problem-solving, negotiation and mediation skills;
  • Willingness to adapt and change based on the unique and diverse needs of the students;
  • Commitment to honesty, justice, fairness and equity;
  • Concern for the whole student, not just academics;
  • Effective team member;
  • Strong attention to detail, organization and planning;
  • Invest in personal development and strive to grow professionally;
  • Ability to recognize individual learning styles and the characteristics of learners;
  • Display humility and empathy, and recognize their ability to positively influence change; Embraces the opportunity and responsibility to make a difference in their local and global communities;
  • Commitment to a learning and working environment that is safe, healthy, meaningful, engaging and supportive;
  • Celebrate differences, cherish similarities and gives voice to multiple perspectives;
  • Committed to teamwork, collaboration, mutual respect and a fundamental belief in our Vision, Mission and Values;
  • Background in MYP design or similar design approach is an asset. Training for MYP design will be provided if necessary;
  • The ability and desire to learn new technical skills alongside others and apply them is required;
  • Multidisciplinary approach to learning and applying technologies. Interested in exploring how Digital Media, Programing and Product Design teams work together;
  • Background in programming, specifically Python and Javascript is an asset;
  • Background in digital media tools, specifically audio software, video software, and web-development is an asset;
  • Background with the product design tools, specifically Adobe Illustrator, CAD software;
  • Bachelor of Education is an asset;
  • Relevant teaching or related work experience;
  • Ability to engage with and learn new software/languages to help support learning;
  • Demonstrated a passion for design and design thinking and the ability to instill passion in students;
  • Experience with the MYP and/or International Baccalaureate program an asset;
  • Demonstrated ability to employ a wide variety of teaching techniques including utilization of technology.
What we Offer:
  • Opportunities for professional development to support life-long learning of skills and knowledge;
  • Floating holidays that recognizes our employees diverse religious and cultural practices; offers three paid floating holidays per year instead of three statutory public holidays of their choosing;
  • Excellent mental health, medical and dental benefit plans (including Health Care and Lifestyle Spending Accounts, Employee Assistance programme and onsite wellbeing programming);
  • Paid volunteer time off to become involved in your communities, lending voluntary support to programs;
  • Ongoing community events and employee social events throughout the academic year;
  • Fabulous collaborative team members and colleagues;
  • Generous pension / retirement plan (Ontario Teacher Plan and/or UCC) and paid time off plans: vacation / holidays, personal emergency leave, personal leave, parental leave top-up and flexible self-funded leaves;
  • Free on campus parking;
  • Opportunity for casual dress days.
If you have the majority of the qualifications we’re looking for, we encourage you to express your interest by submitting your application.
UCC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity, encouraging applications from all qualified individuals and welcome applications from women, visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities, and LGBTQ persons. UCC embraces pluralism – celebrating differences, cherishing similarities, and giving voice to multiple perspectives. If you are contacted regarding a UCC opportunity, please advise if you require any accommodations.
Please apply online by creating a “Teachers” profile account by Wednesday, July 12th, 2023. We thank all candidates in advance; however, we will contact only those selected for an interview.
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