Expression of Interest in Potential Contract Positions

From time to time, the Instruction, Curriculum, and Assessment Branch (ICAB) of Manitoba Education and Training has various contract positions available. A Valid Manitoba Teaching Certificate is required. Many different units within ICAB may utilize contract positions. ICAB requires potential candidates to complete an Expression of Interest Form (Adobe PDF Document 565 KB) to be considered for any contracts.


Independent Study Option

Three types of contracts are related to the development and delivery of the Independent Study Option (ISO) courses: Course Writer, Course Reviewer, and Tutor/Marker.

ISO provides the opportunity and flexibility for learners to access a range of grades 9 to 12 distance learning courses. These courses are available to Manitoba students, whether or not they are attending school, as well as adult learners. Learners complete courses independently and at their own pace while having some access to a tutor/marker via email, phone or Blackboard Learn. Classroom teachers in Manitoba also acquire reference copies of ISO courses to use as classroom resources. Experience writing instructional material for high school students is an asset. Visit the ISO website for further information.

ISO courses do not just present content but teach it by, among other things, the use of

  • activating and scaffolding activities
  • self-assessment instruments
  • sequencing that maximizes student learning

Independent Study Option Course Writer

ISO course writers are experienced educators who write new ISO courses. Their courses inspire students to learn by:

  • describing why the content is interesting and relevant to their lives
  • explaining the rationale behind the learning
  • discussing how learning those knowledge, skills, and values will benefit students

Qualifications

  • experience teaching the course being written
  • understanding of the course’s curriculum
  • ability to write large amounts of text
  • ability to pay meticulous attention to detail
  • ability to work both independently and collaboratively, depending on circumstances
  • ability to accept feedback to revise their work
  • ability to write straightforward language appropriate for high school students

Duties

  • write all parts of ISO courses, including lessons, assessment instruments, and introductions
  • ensure that each part of the course is consistent with curricular outcomes
  • conduct research using current and credible sources
  • incorporate copyrighted content in a manner consistent with copyright guidelines
  • cite all sources
  • write at the appropriate grade level, using the appropriate voice
  • write for a distance learning audience
  • develop assessment instruments, such as process work, assignments, and exams, along with their grading rubrics, and providing detailed information to aid the student in completing them
  • create ancillary files, such as glossaries, bibliographies, and appendices
  • develop transitions that allow the course to flow coherently between each of its parts

For further information, please contact Myrna Klassen.

Independent Study Option Course Reviewer

ISO course reviewers do not always have to be experts in the course they are revising. In other words, they do not always need to have a high level of familiarity and experience with the curriculum, or experience teaching the course.

Qualifications

  • ability to critically evaluate the course
  • ability to revise large amounts of text
  • ability to write text that is engaging and instructional
  • ability to pay meticulous attention to detail
  • ability to work both independently and collaboratively, depending on circumstances
  • ability to accept feedback to revise their work
  • ability to write straightforward language appropriate for high school students
  • experience teaching the course that they are reviewing
  • understanding of the course’s curriculum

Duties

  • critically evaluate and revise, as required, all parts of ISO courses, including lessons, assessment instruments, and introductions and compare them to pre-established standards
  • ensure that each part of the course is consistent with curricular outcomes
  • revise those parts of the course to reflect those pre-established standards
  • incorporate revisions and write transitions for them
  • re-examine the course to ensure that the revisions and transitions are clear and consistent throughout the entire document
  • conduct research using current and credible sources
  • incorporate copyrighted content in a manner consistent with copyright guidelines
  • cite all sources
  • ensure that each part of the course is written at the appropriate grade level, for the appropriate audience, using the appropriate voice
  • revise or create, as required, assessment instruments, such as process work, assignments, and exams, along with their grading rubrics, and providing detailed information to aid the student in completing them
  • update information that is outdated
  • revise or create ancillary files, such as glossaries, bibliographies, and appendices

For further information, please contact Myrna Klassen.

Independent Study Option Tutor Marker

ISO Tutor/Markers provide assessment and tutoring to distance learning students in a specific subject area. Students throughout Manitoba enroll in ISO courses for a variety of reasons. Students may be attending a Manitoba school, not attending a Manitoba school, or be an adult learner. ISO Tutor/Markers work closely with the Distance Learning Unit.

Qualifications

  • A valid Manitoba teaching certificate is required.
  • Experience teaching the subject matter.
  • Experience using Blackboard Learn (desired) or a similar LMS.
  • ISO Tutor/Markers must be competent with Word, Excel, and email. Training is available for the use of Blackboard Learn.
  • Effective communication skills are required as all communications occurs at a distance.
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively, depending on circumstances.

Duties

  • Provide tutoring services to ISO students by phone, email or Blackboard Learn.
  • Assess course tasks (assignments and exams) using marking guidelines as well as own content knowledge.
  • Provide written and verbal feedback to Independent Study Option students.
  • Use Blackboard Learn and other technologies to communicate with students, parents and school contacts and to receive and mark assignments.
  • Receive mailed assignments from students; return marked assignments to students.
  • Report marks to the Distance Learning Unit.

For further information, please contact Myrna Klassen.


Web-Based Course (WBC) Option

The second form of distance learning supported through ICAB is the Web-Based Course (WBC) Option. ICAB utilizes independent contractors to assist with the development of web-based courses. There are two contract types:  Course Writer and Course Reviewer.

WBCs provide schools and teachers with access to online distance learning courses using a Learning Management System (LMS) called Blackboard Learn. Learners participate in WBCs in a variety of ways: face-to-face in a classroom, at a distance, or as a blend of the two.

Web-based courses are teacher-mediated courses. The WBC teacher paces the course and releases content and learning activities to students throughout the course. Web-based course teachers keep in regular contact with their students. In addition, they create an online community by promoting student collaboration and participation in discussions, reflective journals, and other activities designed to keep students engaged with one another and their learning.

A web-based course comes with premade content and learning activities, but WBC teachers may edit, add, and/or delete the content provided to suit the learning needs of their students. Many assessment for and as learning activities are built into the content of the course, but it is expected that WBC teachers will develop assessment of learning activities (such as tests and exams) based upon their work with their students.

A WBC teacher may be a staff member of the school in which a student is registered or may teach the course at a distance from another school or school division.  When a student is at a distance, a support person at the student’s school is designated to help the student with technical troubleshooting and to act as a liaison with the web-based course teacher if needed.

Web-based course writers and reviewers work on developing curricular-congruent content and learning activities for web-based courses. They also develop support documents for the web-based course teachers who will ultimately be using the course with students.

Web-Based Course Writer

A WBC writer is an experienced subject area teacher who develops Manitoba curriculum-congruent content for online Senior Year (Grade 9-12) level courses. The WBC writer crafts content to: address the unique needs of online learners and teachers; create a community of learning and collaboration, and work within blended or at-a-distance learning environments.

Qualifications

  • Experience in teaching the course being written.
  • Knowledge of the course’s curriculum.
  • Experience with a student-centred approach to learning, constructionist, inquiry and making learning relevant and meaningful for students.
  • Experience in lesson planning that uses the Activate, Acquire and Apply phases and strategies.
  • Experience taking or teaching an online course, or a willingness to learn to understand how an online course works as compared to a face-to-face course.
  • Ability to design learning activities for students that take advantage of the online environment and keeps them closely connected with their teacher and fellow students.
  • Understands the need for connection, feedback, and community within an online learning environment and knows how to develop learning activities that support these needs.
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively, as required.
  • Ability to accept feedback from the web-based course development consultant, curriculum consultant, and course reviewer and revise work accordingly.
  • Ability to use a plain language approach to writing that is appropriate for high school students.

Duties

  • Write course content for a web-based course including lessons, assessment for, as and of learning activities, introduction module to the course, support materials for web-based course teachers, and explanations/instructions for any tools used in the course (e.g., spreadsheet, graphing software, simulation software, etc.).
  • Ensure that course content is consistent with curricular outcomes.
  • Develop content for web-based course that follows the Activate, Acquire and Apply instructional design.
  • Use current and credible sources.
  • Use public domain or copyright-free resources and/or create own materials if applicable; incorporate copyrighted content in a manner consistent with copyright guidelines.
  • Develop content using the appropriate voice for the grade level.
  • Write content to create connection, allow for feedback, and develop community within an online course.
  • Develop assessment instruments such as practice activities, self-checks, assignments, projects, along with their supporting rubrics, checklists, and/or answer keys.
  • Create a supporting document(s) for teachers with information about instruction and assessment expectations, answer keys (if applicable), and any other important information that teachers will need to know to successfully deliver the course.
  • Create ancillary files such as glossary, course syllabus and help files.
  • Complete timely submission of course materials for review; revise content based upon feedback; repeat this process as necessary.

For further information, please contact Rosalind Robb.

Web-Based Course Reviewer

A WBC course reviewer is an experienced subject area teacher who reviews and edits content developed by a web-based course writer. They work closely with the web-based course development team to help create high quality content.

Qualifications

  • Experience in teaching the course being written.
  • Knowledge of the course’s curriculum.
  • Experience taking or teaching an online course, or a willingness to learn to understand how an online course works as compared to a face-to-face course.
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively, as required.
  • Ability to work closely with the web-based writer, web-based course development consultant and curriculum consultant.
  • Ability to critically evaluate the course.
  • Ability to pay meticulous attention to detail.
  • Ability to provide feedback tactfully and clearly.

Duties

  • Critically review and provide feedback for all parts of a web-based course including lessons, assessment for, as and of learning activities, introduction module to the course, support materials for web-based course teachers, and explanations/instructions for any tools used in the course (e.g., spreadsheet, graphing software, simulation software, etc.).
  • Ensure that course content is consistent with curricular outcomes.
  • Re-examine the course to ensure that the revisions are complete and done in a manner that was agree upon.
  • Review assessment instruments such as practice activities, self-checks, assignments, projects, along with their supporting rubrics, checklists, and/or answer keys.
  • Review supporting document(s) for teachers.
  • Review ancillary files such as glossary, course syllabus and help files.
  • Complete timely submission of reviewed course materials for review; re-evaluate revised content as required; repeat this process as necessary.

For further information, please contact Rosalind Robb.


Instruction, Curriculum and Assessment (ICAB)

Support Document Reviewer

Support Document Reviewers are experienced subject area teachers who review and edit content developed by support document writers. They work closely with the support document development team to help create high quality content. They are selected based on their credentials, grade-level experience, and expertise, including subject-matter expertise, special certifications and credentials, academic affiliations, and diversity, etc.

Qualifications

  • At least a bachelor’s degree in education, the subject area (language arts, mathematics, social studies, science, etc.) or related field.
  • Must hold a valid teaching certificate and be currently teaching in Manitoba.
  • 2 plus years teaching experience in the grade level covered by the curriculum being reviewed.
  • Knowledge of the appropriate content and pedagogy.
  • Knowledge of provincial standards / assessments (if applicable).
  • Ability to read and interpret support documents.
  • Ability to write in a clear, concise and accurate manner, and edit or recommend changes.
  • Familiarity with various learning styles and digital instructional methods.
  • Experience creating instructional materials.

Duties

  • Reviewing, evaluating, and editing support documents (e.g., reviewing scope and sequence, outline, list of literature, table of contents, overall content, structure, level, pedagogy, narrative, headings, maps, graphics, and captions for clarity, accuracy, and appropriateness).
  • May be called upon to rewrite or edit support documents for plain language and/or conformity to standards.

For further information, please contact John Finch or Chris Enns.

Researcher

Researchers are responsible for the formulation, research and/or analysis of shorter term research projects or assignments. Researchers may conduct surveys, prepare and tabulate questionnaires, compile and summarize accumulated data, prepare standard statistical summaries (totals, averages, means, percentages, etc.) and prepare summary reports and proposals.

University degree in education, or in the social sciences, or directly related to the areas of research, with experience in a research environment are desired.

Qualifications

  • Knowledge of data gathering techniques, processes used for analyzing, summarizing and reporting factual information, analysis techniques and their application to policy development and program planning.
  • Demonstrated ability in conducting literature reviews, and synthesizing information.
  • Ability to interpret statistical data, organize and analyze data.
  • Ability to write clear and concise reports, explain complex issues in plain language.
  • Effective oral communication skills, and ability to collaborate with others.
  • Experience using database software and statistical packages.
  • Detail oriented, well organized, ability to meet deadlines and work independently with minimal supervision.

Duties

  • Researches, reviews, evaluates and advises on the various research projects.
  • Consults with others.
  • Carries out special research projects and studies.
  • Prepares data for presentations and research papers.

For further information, please contact John Finch or Chris Enns.

Workshop Presenter

A workshop presenter prepares and presents speeches on topics related to Manitoba curriculum and policies for which they have in-depth knowledge. They make presented information relevant to the audience’s needs or interests and should have strong public speaking and workshop facilitation skills, and in-depth knowledge of the subjects they are presenting.

Qualifications

  • Superior knowledge of presentation principles and best practices in presentation design, delivery, audience engagement, use of technology.
  • Knowledge of the techniques of planning, composing, and editing presentations.
  • Knowledge of copyright regulations and protocols.
  • Ability to design and develop effective presentations of graphic material.
  • Ability to lead workshops and make presentations that are convincing and capture an audience’s attention.
  • Excellent skills in oral and written communication, nonverbal communication, intercultural communication, public speaking, ability to persuade and motivate.
  • Ability to conduct presentations and webinars over the internet through podcasts, and webinars, knowledge of audio and visual technology.

Duties

  • Plans, writes, edits presentations related to departmental projects and priorities.
  • Meets with departmental officials for the purpose of discussing and securing information for presentations.
  • Presents to a variety of audiences in person and through technology (e.g., webinars).

For further information, please contact John Finch or Chris Enns.

Curriculum Writer and/or Resource Developer

Curriculum Writers and/or Resource Developers assist with the development of curriculum guidelines and resources for MB K-12 teachers.

Curriculum writers and/or resource developers work with departmental staff and educators to develop curriculum and/or resources that effectively meet provincial education standards. As a curriculum writer and/or resource developer, you’ll spend your time meeting with departmental staff and teachers, reviewing curriculum, researching, developing and evaluating learning resource material, writing information for teachers related to curriculum, pedagogy, effective instructional practices, use of technology, lesson planning, assessment and evaluation, etc..

Your specialties in specific grade levels such as early years or middle years, and in specific subject, such as language arts or mathematics, will be considered.

Qualifications

  • Several years of teaching experience, teaching the subject area and curriculum that is being written.
  • Minimum of four years of extensive experience in qualifications and curricula design and implementation methods.
  • Knowledge of innovative subject area curriculum design and pedagogy.
  • Strong analytical skills and interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Ability to write in plain language appropriate for educators.

Duties

  • Works with teachers responsible for revising and developing provincial curricula.
  • Interprets provincial curriculum guidelines.
  • Prepares curriculum guidelines and support materials.
  • Plans and writes special pamphlets, curricula, departmental publications.
  • Develop assessment instruments.

For further information, please contact John Finch or Chris Enns.

Curriculum Reviewer

Curriculum reviewers are selected based on their credentials, grade-level experience, and expertise, including subject-matter expertise, special certifications and credentials, academic affiliations, and diversity.

Qualifications

  • At least a bachelor’s degree in education, the subject area (social studies, science, math, etc.) or related field.
  • Must hold a valid teaching certificate and be currently teaching in Manitoba.
  • 2 plus years teaching experience in the grade level covered by the curriculum being reviewed.
  • Knowledge of the appropriate content and pedagogy.
  • Knowledge of provincial standards / assessments (if applicable).
  • Familiarity with various learning styles and digital instructional methods.
  • Experience creating instructional materials.

Duties

  • Reviewing and evaluating curricular content and guiding information for teachers (e.g., reviewing scope and sequence, outline, list of literature, table of contents, overall content and structure for appropriate rigor, reading level, level of engagement, scaffolding, and overall pedagogy, narrative material, headings, maps, graphics, and captions for clarity, accuracy, and appropriateness).
  • Reviewing assessments for variety, depth and quality of questions.
  • Reviewing content with diversity, inclusion, pedagogy, student engagement, and classroom suitability in mind.

For further information, please contact John Finch or Chris Enns.

Provincial English Language Arts Test-Texts Collector

A Provincial English Language Arts Test-Texts Collector works closely with the Assessment Unit, researching and recommending texts for consideration to be used on the ELA Provincial Standards Test.

Qualifications

  • A valid Manitoba teaching certificate
  • Experience teaching the Grade 12 English Language Arts Courses (Comprehensive, Literary, and Transactional Focus)
  • Access to a wide variety of textual material
  • Experience with copyright rules and regulation
  • Experience administering and marking the Grade 12 ELA provincial test
  • Experience on the Test Development Committee for the Grade 12 ELA provincial test

Duties

  • Find suitable textual materials (articles, short stories, poetry, visuals) that could be used on the Grade 12 ELA provincial test
  • Conduct research using current and credible sources
  • Organize and record texts in an Excel spreadsheet

For further information, please contact Ryan Muirhead.


If you are interested in being considered when a contract for any of the services outlined above becomes available, please complete the Expression of Interest Form (Adobe PDF Document 565 KB) and fax the completed form to 204-945-5060 or email it to ICAB@gov.mb.ca. Expression of Interest forms will be kept on file for three years from the date of submission.