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Would you be interested in working in a school that focuses as much on nourishing a person’s ability to navigate life as it does on academic excellence? The Shambhala School of Halifax offers a unique work environment where teachers are supported to bring a mindful and creative approach, compassion, love of children, and strong understanding of all aspects of development to an integrated and enriched academic program.
The Shambhala School is an independent, co-educational school serving a diverse Pre-Primary to Grade 12 population in North End Halifax. We provide an enriched curriculum that meets or exceeds the Nova Scotia Provincial Educational standards. Our curriculum is built on the four pillars of: Mindfulness and Compassion, Integrated Arts, Outdoor Education, and Society.
Are you tired of working in a bureaucratic and regulated environment? Would you be interested in working part-time (or full-time) in a school that focuses as much on nourishing a person’s ability to navigate life, as it does on academic excellence? The Shambhala School of Halifax offers a unique work environment, where teachers are supported to bring a mindful and creative approach, compassion, love of children, and strong understanding of all aspects of development to an integrated and enriched academic program.
At the Shambhala School, we’ve incorporated scientifically-proven meditation and mindfulness traditions into the fabric of our school culture — as well as arts and outdoor education — nurturing emotional, social, and psychological resilience in our students. We believe that all children deserve an environment where they can reach their full potential. We back this belief with a substantial tuition assistance program and Diversity Scholarship program, so that many can have that opportunity.
Our curriculum is built on the five pillars of Mindfulness/Compassion, Integrated Arts, Outdoor Education, Enriched Academics (including Classical Literature and History), and Society–including a strong emphasis on social justice and restorative dialogue. Our unique curriculum inspires students to grow into confident, creative thinkers with a strong sense of social and environmental awareness.
Elementary French Teacher
The prospective teacher will teach French to four classes (40% time) from Primary to grade five. Some distance/remote programming and teaching may be necessary during the 2020/2021 school year.
- Valid Nova Scotia Teaching Certificate, Bachelors of Education Bachelor’s Degree and a teaching certificate ie: Waldorf, Enki,or other contemplative education approach
- A.I.M. (Accelerated Integrative Method) trained, or willingness to pursue this training with support from the Shambhala School
- Or EAL/ESL certification
- Minimum two years’ experience teaching children ages 5 to 10
- Proven organizational skills and curriculum development with emphasis on collaboration and openness to new ideas
- Proven communication skills, both written and oral
- Proven experience implementing curriculum delivery at grade level
Applicants must also:
- Be a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant
- Be willing to complete a current criminal record check and child abuse registry check
- Be comfortable with a combination of standing, sitting, walking, and lifting for extended periods of time
- Have flexibility of body and mind
- Work some weekends and evenings
- Work in conjunction with other faculty to organize one of our 3 festivals
Salary and Benefits are based upon the teacher’s years of experience applied to the Shambhala School pay scale. In addition to statutory holidays, the Shambhala School takes a two week break in March.
1. Meeting the Needs of the Children
The Elementary French Teacher is responsible for delivering a developmental curriculum in accordance with the principles and methods of the Shambhala School.
- Researching source materials for topics
- Evaluating student work and providing ongoing guidance and support
- Assessing the evolving needs of the children in the class
- Maintaining a healthy and orderly classroom environment
- Addressing student social/behavioural skills
The Elementary French teacher is responsible for forming and maintaining a healthy social life in their class specifically by:
- Creating and modeling a culture of kindness
- Interviewing, meeting, and assessing prospective students for the appropriateness of placement
- Addressing/mentoring student social/behavioural skills
2. Meeting the Needs of the Families
The Elementary French Teacher is responsible for incorporating the students’ families into school life specifically:
- Planning and conducting parent meetings during the school year
- Providing student progress through report cards and parent teacher conferences
- Facilitating support of Virtues Project as a bridge between home and school
- Facilitating understanding of the Shambhala Elementary Curriculum
3. Meeting the Needs of the Community
The Elementary French Teacher participates in the activities of the school community specifically:
- Participating in and helping to coordinate school festivals (coordination shared with other teachers)
- Participating in school outreach events
4. Meeting the Needs of the Faculty
The Elementary French Teacher participates in the management of the affairs of the school specifically:
- Attending faculty meetings, including the week before school begins and the week after school ends for the school year
- Attending school in-service days
- Serving on school committees
- Contributing to administration and management tasks
- Abiding by decisions of the faculty and board
- Attending additional faculty retreats
5. Meeting the Needs of the Teacher
The Elementary French Teacher makes a commitment to self-improvement, specifically:
- Striving to practice a mindful and compassionate life
- Continuing study in the arts, and the specific pedagogies of the school
- Working with a mentor and/or other teachers
- Participating in annual evaluation process
- Developing professionally through reading, engaging in collaborative work with colleagues, as well as attending conferences and workshops
- Developing personally through the understanding of Shambhala Principles, The Virtues Project, and the Shambhala School Curriculum
Math and/or Science Teacher for Middle School and/or High School (75-100%)
Our ideal candidate has:
- A valid Nova Scotia Teaching Certificate and BEd and BSc (or science specialty).
- A minimum of two years of experience teaching Math and/or Science.
- Proven organizational skills and curriculum development with an emphasis on collaboration and openness to new ideas.
- Proven experience enriching and modifying curriculum for students of various abilities within one class.
- Experience with on-line teaching or, if limited experience, willingness to join the established protocols for potential distance education should the need arise during the school year.
- Experience and interest in working with adolescent populations.
- Outdoor enthusiast, ideally with experience in Outdoor Education.
- Experience with mindfulness practice; and mindfulness-based approaches to education, and/or willingness to learn through self-reflection.
- Leadership, facilitation, and mentorship skills.
School Salaries and Benefits:
- Salaries are based on years of experience as applied to the Shambhala School pay scale.
- Two week March Break.
- Extended Health Benefits.
- Tuition Benefit for children of staff.
- Professional Development.
At our school, individual differences are recognized, appreciated and responded to in ways that develop and galvanize each person’s abilities and strengths.
The Shambhala School is committed to employment equity and encourages applications from traditionally under-represented groups, including, but not limited to, the African Canadian community, Indigenous peoples, and the LGBTQ* community.
Conditions of Employment:
The successful candidate will be required to complete a Criminal Background Check, Vulnerable Sector check and Child Abuse Registry Clearance. All applicants must be eligible to work in Canada, hold a valid first aid/CPR certificate, and be willing to relocate to Halifax, Nova Scotia.