Collaborative teaching, consensus decision-making, and a child-centred environment make working at Oak and Orca is a unique experience. If you are up for a challenge, enjoy working as a team, and are interested in a diversity of teaching experiences, this could be a fit for you. Your job will be complex - teaching both home-learners at a distance and students on-site in a fast-paced, opportunity-filled school. You might teach what you're passionate about to small groups in the morning and support home-learning families one-on-one in the afternoon, for example.
Potential applicants are welcome to send a resume and completed application form to the school by mail, fax or in person, OR if by email all documents MUST be in pdf format. The ideal candidate will be familiar with our programs and educational philosophies. Ideally, this involves spending time at the school before the interview process. Please call (250) 383-6609 and request a tour after you have read all of our web-based information.
BC Certified Teacher - position available in Victoria, BC.
Term: Most positions are permanent with a four month probationary period. Positions to cover a leave are non-permanent and are for the term of that leave. Temporary positions may also be available from time to time.
Full-time Salary: $2,700 per month plus 5% in lieu of benefits ($2,835 gross monthly).
Benefits: 5% is paid in lieu of benefits. Yearly BC College of Teachers fees are paid by the school.
Time off: Three weeks during the school year at specified times in Winter and Spring. Certified Teachers have a five week non-teaching period in the summer. Further time-off can be negotiated as unpaid. Non-certified staff have one week paid holiday in the summer, plus unpaid time if desired.
We work more like a non-profit than a school. All staff take some responsibility for all programs including After and Before School Care, Regular School, Home-Learning, Fundraising, Community Projects, Field Trips, etc.
As with many other non-profits, we are unable to provide the types of wages and benefits we would like to. Non-financial benefits include a cooperative teaching environment , supportive environment, and opportunities to learn unique ways of educating. That said, we are working together to raise the wages and increase our capacity. You can help increase the wages by promoting our home-learning program which supports a higher wage level.
Oak and Orca Staff work as a team to provide a child-centred education to students age 3 through 18 learning at home or at our small school in Victoria.
While working within a team to create a positive environment for all children, staff work together to create and maintain Open Classroom environments designed for specific age groups.
All staff offer Workshops to groups of children of various ages in certain areas. Staff must be open and willing to work with a variety of ages of children in a variety of subject areas.
Teachers additionally support a group of children learning at home through the distributed learning program. This is a family-directed program for children up to grade 9 and a high school program promoting inquiry learning at home. Curriculum development is an ongoing project to support these families.
Key responsibilities include supporting students learning both at home and at school to learn through projects and inquiry, learning centres and child-led/hands-on activities, helping to create a variety of choice-prepped learning environments.
Staff also support multi-age math groups covering at least 2 grades of math curriculum, by creating and supporting math choices based on a hands-on, manipulative based, problem solving approach.
Some staff are responsible to plan and support the weekly field trips. These trips may include children of various ages (3-18) and are often by bicycle. Multi-age groups are also supported at the school on field trip days, and some staff will have responsibilities for these students.
Assessment and reporting responsibilities are present for all areas of responsibility and all groups of students. Staff conference with students and home-learning families to support them in working towards a well-rounded, appropriately challenging, individualized learning program.
All teachers work in the home-learning program to a large degree. This involves working with families to support their home-learning progress from a distance. Additionally, staff work cooperatively in teams to deliver child-directed programming and to create positive learning opportunities for children on-site aged 3-18.
A positive environment involves creating and continuing to provide a supportive, safe learning space that includes learning stations and help-yourself materials that can be used by the children as they choose to do so, as well as flexible child-led routines.
The candidate must be prepared to cope with the demands of meeting children's needs for autonomy and choice as well as group needs for routine and organization. Compassionate communication must be used with the children.
In addition, all staff at Oak and Orca are expected to role model a bioregional lifestyle including ecological and social responsibility. In keeping with these philosophies, all staff are expected to bike/bus/walk to work. Personal motor vehicles are not an option. Staff are also required to observe the Bioregional Education Association constitution, bylaws and policies.