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The Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study Laboratory School is a Nursery – Grade 6 school in downtown Toronto, committed to exemplary teaching, teacher education, and research in an intentionally diverse environment. The Laboratory School is dedicated to the exploration and dissemination of best practices.

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September 2020 – June 2021

Established in 1925, the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study Laboratory School at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto is the oldest Laboratory School in Canada.  The Laboratory School serves children from Nursery to Grade 6.  It has a threefold mandate:  exemplary education for the 200 children who attend the school, graduate teacher education, and research, all these in an intentionally diverse environment.  The School makes a noted contribution to the understanding of strong educational practices in elementary schools in Canada and around the world.

The successful candidate will teach a half day (mornings) Nursery class, with 3 RECE certified assistants, and will contribute to the teacher education and research work of the Lab School. This is a 60-80% position, with five mornings per week in the classroom and 1-3 afternoons per week of administrative work (to be determined at hiring).

Jackman ICS classroom teachers create a secure learning environment for their students, one that inspires exploration, creativity, curiosity, and confidence to flourish.  The school honours diversity and values a deeply interconnected community, in which all members feel known, respected, and supported as active participants.  Classroom teachers work as part of a collaborative team of educators.

Key Responsibilities include:

  • Develop an engaging, play-based learning environment to foster student growth and well-being
  • Design and implement indoor and outdoor daily activities
  • Lead the Nursery teaching team in ensuring the overall health and safety of all children by maintaining a sanitary and safe environment according to the Ministry of Education’s Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014
  • Arrange children’s play space to reflect the philosophy of the school and curriculum of the Nursery Program
  • Assess individual children based on observations
  • Maintain effective communication with parents by sharing information regarding children’s activities, programs, and special events, and communicates any relevant information
  • Demonstrate a professional approach by maintaining currency in areas related to the field of Early Childhood Development
  • Collaborate with the team members to share expertise and practical knowledge
  • Participate in program development meetings
  • Provide care-giving routines such as toileting, serving snacks, dressing children to go outside, etc.
  • Support the MA CSE (OISE) teacher education program by providing workshops that connect theory/research with practice
  • Contribute to research initiatives
  • Serve as an active member of a collaborative school staff

We seek applicants with the following professional qualifications and experience:

  • Ontario College of Teachers Certification (Primary/Junior)
  • Demonstrated record of successful teaching experiences in a Kindergarten classroom
  • Minimum of two years teaching experience
  • Research experience will be an asset
  • Completed Additional Qualification in Kindergarten, Special Education, and ECE will be an asset
  • Indigenous teachers are strongly encouraged to apply

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Qualified applicants are asked to submit a complete application, including CV, application letter, and two letters of reference by 12:00pm on Monday, April 6, 2020 to:

Richard Messina, Principal

Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study Laboratory School

Ontario Institute for Studies in Education |
University of Toronto

c/o: Tory McCracken tory.mccracken@mail.utoronto.ca

Conditions of employment: Teachers currently employed in publicly funded schools are encouraged to consider this as a one-year secondment opportunity.  

We thank all interested applicants; however only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups, and others who may contribute the further diversification of ideas. All candidates are encouraged to apply, however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

 

 

Detailed Job Description: Nursery Teacher
Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study Laboratory School
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education | University of Toronto

The Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study Laboratory School is dedicated to engaging children and their teachers in an educational experience that is enriched, innovative, and compelling. A Laboratory School education prepares our students for a lifetime of asking good questions, finding robust answers, and contributing to the nurture of our world and the people in it. Teaching practices and learning opportunities in the school are anchored in inquiry, developmental readiness, and emerging research.

The Early Years at Jackman ICS
At the Nursery School, Junior and Senior Kindergarten levels, we believe students learn best through play. Confidence and self-esteem as well as cognitive development are supported in classrooms with many opportunities to engage in play. Within this framework, our children nurture individual initiative, build a sense of community, expand language and logical thinking, and develop social awareness. Under the close supervision of experienced teachers and student teachers, children engage in storytelling, drawing, painting, music making, and other activities that allow them to explore and expand ideas about the world. Daily outdoor play extends the learning environment and frequent field trips relate classroom learning to the larger world. At different times during the day, children participate in independent activity, the intimacy of a small group, or the unity of the whole classroom. Children learn to talk about ideas, formulate questions, express feelings, and plan and participate in cooperative activities, to solve conflicts and to contribute to the group.

Nursery Position
Jackman ICS classroom teachers create a secure learning environment for their students, one that inspires exploration, creativity, curiosity, and confidence to flourish.  The school honours diversity and values a deeply interconnected community, in which all members feel known, respected, and supported as active participants.  Classroom teachers work part of a collaborative team of educators.

Responsibilities:

Teaching and Student Learning

  • Planning and teaching a research-supported, engaging curriculum to address the needs of all students;
  • Instructing in a developmentally appropriate way, respecting the salient characteristics of both the age group and the individuals in the class;
  • Assessing on a day-to-day basis the students’ achievement of expectations;
  • Adapting instruction for student success;
  • Engaging with the specialty teachers;
  • Taking a holistic view of each student, so as to understand and respond to the student’s wellness and mental health;
  • Working as a member of the staff team to plan for each student’s progress;
  • Building relationships with families to maximize trust and open communication.

Assessment of Students’ Strengths and Needs

  • Observing and interpreting student learning;
  • Assessing students’ strengths and needs;

Reporting Achievement

  • Maintaining ongoing communication with the student’s parents;
  • Reporting to families at parent-teacher interviews and through report cards.

Involvement in the Masters of Arts in Child Study and Education

  • Participating in MA CSE classes and lectures as required.

Research

  • Contributing to school-wide research initiatives as appropriate (e.g. Japanese Lesson Study, Math For Young Children M4YC, Knowledge Building, etc.)
  • Supporting classroom-based research, as approved.

Ongoing Professional Learning

  • Maintaining professional competence by participating in staff development activities, curriculum development meetings, and professional opportunities;
  • Presenting professional development updates to school staff;
  • Extending professional knowledge through attending professional workshops, conferences, and certification courses;
  • Presenting the school’s education program to parents, visiting scholars, and researchers.

Leadership and Community

  • Serving as an active member of a collaborative school staff, attending weekly PD meetings, and participating in all school-wide staff activities;
  • Serving as an active member of the Jackman Institute of Child Study: participating in Institute-wide meetings and initiatives, including: MA CSE reviews, interviewing, dissemination, and long-range planning.
  • Giving leadership to school-wide and Institute-wide initiatives, as required;
  • Working with visitors to the school and Institute: visiting scholars, educators, research teams, the media, and policy makers;
  • Participating in and writing for publications, presentations, and conference reporting, including Natural Curiosity.

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Established in 1925, the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study Laboratory School at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto is the oldest Laboratory School in Canada.  The Laboratory School serves children from Nursery to Grade 6.  It has a threefold mandate:  exemplary education for the 200 children who attend the school, graduate teacher education, and research, all these in an intentionally diverse environment.  The School makes a noted contribution to the understanding of strong educational practices in elementary schools in Canada and around the world.

Jackman ICS teachers create a secure learning environment for their students, one that inspires exploration, creativity, curiosity, and confidence to flourish.  The school honours diversity and values a deeply interconnected community, in which all members feel known, respected, and supported as active participants.  Teachers work part of a collaborative team of educators.

Key Responsibilities include:

  • Implementing indoor and outdoor daily classroom activities and lessons
  • Promoting an engaging and secure environment to foster student learning
  • Mentoring student teachers on placement in the classroom

We seek applicants with the following professional qualifications and experience:

  • Ontario College of Teachers Certification (OCT Primary/Junior) preferred for elementary classrooms
  • College of Early Childhood Educators (RECE) certification preferred for early years classrooms
  • Minimum of two years teaching experience preferred
  • Completed Additional Qualifications will be an asset
  • First Aid skills an asset

Qualified applicants are asked to submit a complete application, including CV, application letter, and two letters of reference to:

Chriss Bogert, Vice Principal

Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study Laboratory School

Ontario Institute for Studies in Education |
University of Toronto

c/o: chriss.bogert@utoronto.ca 

We thank all interested applicants; however only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups, and others who may contribute the further diversification of ideas. All candidate are encouraged to apply, however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.