Professional Practice Lead, Teaching
About the Role
CASA provides assessment and treatment services for up to 4,000 children, adolescents and their families in Alberta each year through a continuum ranging from consultation in community outreach settings to intensive treatment programs.
We do this by offering a wide range of assessment and treatment programs, as well as professional training and consultation. Our programs range in intensity from early identification, assessment and primary intervention, to intensive tertiary level treatment. All of our programs are evidence-based, community-based and trauma-informed.
CASA’s vision is a community where all children, youth and their families are provided timely mental health care and empowered to thrive.
In partnership with the Government of Alberta and several school boards, CASA is undertaking our most ambitious project yet: CASA Classrooms.
We recognize that mental health supports should be provided where they are needed by children and adolescents. That includes providing holistic, culturally safe wrap-around mental health services in their trusted school spaces. This project will bridge academic and mental health initiatives in several schools through the coordinated efforts of a classroom teacher, mental health therapist, community social worker, and a psychiatrist or CanReach-trained physician. This classroom-based team will provide individual therapy, group therapy, psychiatric support and academic instruction which will embed opportunities to use and practice mental health promoting skills and strategies.
Children and adolescents (grades four through 12) participating in CASA Classrooms will be supported in the classroom for roughly half of a school year, followed by another half school year of tapering treatment and leading transition. Programming and goals for these children will be individualized and will take into account the whole child, the family and the community in which the classroom is located. Cognitive and behavioural skills will be taught to children as well as families, with additional focus placed on transition and translation of skills across time and settings.
We also recognize that the translation of skills to everyday life is just as important as learning the skills in the first place. The classroom-based mental health team will also provide coordinated support to the classroom, the parents/guardians/families of those participating in the project, and the community school where participants will return to after their stay in the CASA Classroom.
The teaching professional practice lead will provide consultation, mentorship and coaching to CASA Classroom teachers employed by partner school divisions. They will:
Support teachers working in CASA Classrooms to create individualized academic programming.
Recommend and/or develop professional development training.
Promote the integration and implementation of social emotional learning and mental health strategies.
Provide evidence-based resources to support CASA Classrooms teachers.
Support the application of strength-based approaches to learning and instruction in a setting focused on supporting mental health.
Liaise with partner school divisions and their specialized learning departments.
Foster and support collaborative relationships within and between CASA Classroom teams.
The teaching professional practice lead will also possess the following experience, knowledge, skills and abilities:
Knowledge and understanding of academic, behavioral and psychoeducational assessments.
Previous teaching experience in providing differentiated instruction to students with diverse learning needs in a specialized learning environment preferred.
Experience in teaching language arts and mathematics (grades three to six, seven to nine, and/or 10-12).
Experience in creating and implementing individualized programming plans preferred.
Knowledge of Response to Intervention models and the benefits of social emotional learning.
Experience with classroom management, behavior modification and individual behavior support plans.
Classification: Professional practice lead
J.A. Fife (elementary program), Edmonton Public School Board
St. Gabriel Centre for Diverse Learning (junior high program), Edmonton Catholic School Division
Four Winds (elementary program), Sturgeon Public Schools
Sturgeon Composite High School (high school program), Sturgeon Public Schools
Multi-Site: Yes. Positions will attend school locations and CASA locations.
Minimum Salary: $74,000
Maximum Salary: $110,000
Hours per Shift: 7.25
Shifts per Week: Monday to Friday
Days Off: Saturday and Sunday
Current or previous Alberta Teaching Certificate.
Permanent Professional Certification (PPC) is an asset.
Five years of teaching and/or relevant experience.
Closing Date: November 27 2022
All members of the CASA team are required to have a double vaccination status at this time.
While we appreciate all applications, only the successful candidates will be contacted.