Community Day School seeks a listener and risk-taker eager to inspire and support innovative teaching and learning in our school. ?Community Day School is committed to strengthening and enriching student learning through innovative teaching methods that empower students to identify and solve problems, bridge content across traditional “subject” domains, and develop an unshakable growth mindset. We define “innovation” as mindsets, design processes, and teaching practices that challenge traditional processes and leverage students' natural capacity to find, identify, and tackle novel problems in the world around them.
Provide inspiration and support for faculty and students in developing and implementing new innovative learning opportunities in technology and STEM.
Demonstrate teaching to inspire and support innovation and faculty growth.
Connect with teachers individually to support each teacher’s innovation growth from their own starting point and at their own pace.
Publicly celebrate attempts, successes, and failures in new endeavors.
Seek opportunities for our students to be involved in things that are happening in the community.
Support development of a community-wide common language around innovation, including faculty, students, families, and local community.
Reach out to “outside” community to collaborate and form partnerships.
Support a cultural shift towards more collaboration between students and faculty.
Build capacity of faculty and students to independently investigate and design new innovations.
Act as a multiplier of faculty and student strengths.
Broker relationships between disparate groups both within and outside the school community.
Foster ties between groups with different expertise and daily experience to encourage cross-pollination and boundary-crossing.
Collect data and track innovation growth throughout the school to support connections, monitor patterns, and provide example cases to others. Data might consist of qualitative project examples and specific feedback from teachers, students, and families, as well as quantitative numbers of students served and events held.
Establish long-term and quarterly goals for innovation growth milestones within the community.
Engage students in the history and historical context of technology innovations
Meet with education administration team regularly to share data on innovation growth and solicit feedback for continued progress.
Connect with innovation leaders at other schools
Other duties as assigned.
Teaching Certification and advanced degrees or certifications or entrepreneurial experience related to Educational Innovation, Education Technology, Technology Integration, STEM Education, or related fields.
Track record of leadership in coaching a school community or division from a traditional educational model to an innovative one as described above.
Proficiency in vetting and introducing 21st century learning tools and strategies.
Capacity to inspire and empower others
Proven capacity for translating goals into achievable action-plans
Proven temperament that embraces working in a fast-paced environment
Community Day School is a Jewish day school that has a long tradition of outstanding education in general and Jewish Studies. We offer a warm, nurturing, and enriching Jewish community for students, families, and staff. Our students come from Conservative, Reform, Orthodox, Reconstructionist, and unaffiliated families. Our staff is culturally and religiously diverse and we welcome the best applica...nts regardless of religion.
Community Day School is strongly committed to serving a wide range of students, from the intellectually gifted to those in need of extra academic support. Our philosophy of Differentiated Instruction reflects our commitment to keep each child challenged, at his or her level, with the goal of preserving and nurturing a lifelong love of learning. Community Day School graduates are accepted into their desired high schools, take leadership roles wherever they go, and rank among National Merit Scholars and valedictorians in the high schools they attend. Many continue with Jewish learning and Jewish community involvement through high school, college, and into their adult years, returning to Pittsburgh to enroll their own children at the school.
Located in Western Pennsylvania, the Greater Pittsburgh area is home to a vibrant and active 40,000 person Jewish community that supports a full range of Jewish institutions. Pittsburgh boasts strong arts, cultural, medical and educational opportunities, along with diverse neighborhoods and communities. Google, Rand Corp., and other world-class companies choose to make Pittsburgh their home. Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Pittsburgh, and numerous other colleges and universities populate Pittsburgh with ever youthful, engaged, and vital academic learning communities. Pittsburgh as a city has weathered the recession well with stable real estate values, urban development, and a growing job market.
Nestled in the heart of Squirrel Hill, Community Day School’s seven-acre campus is the perfect environment for learning and spiritual growth. The focal point is a beautiful and historic stone building that houses classrooms, state of the art science and technology labs, performing arts spaces, a gymnasium, an art studio, and a music room. Surrounding the building are safe, state-of-the-art playgrounds, our multi-purpose field, a vegetable garden, and most importantly, room for expansion. Community Day School blends traditional architecture with contemporary facilities.
We are affiliated with the Schechter Day School Network, the Pittsburgh Consortium of Independent Schools, the Pittsburgh Jewish Day School Council, and the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) and we are accredited by the Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools. We are a beneficiary agency of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh.