The Math Department Chair will guide the Department in the continued development of a strong and effective approach to teaching math, guided by five fundamental priorities:
- Create a vibrant curriculum that engages our students, stimulates their curiosity, and awakens them to the power and relevance of math in their future lives.
- Ensure that all students, regardless of their future college and career trajectories, acquire a baseline of mathematical literacy.
- Offer our most motivated, ambitious students a rigorous, dynamic experience that will propel them into future professional opportunities as leaders in mathematics.
- Teach math in an integrated, experiential fashion that mirrors the “interdisciplinary” connections between math, science, and technology in the actual world.
- in collaboration with the Chair of the Science Department and the school’s STEAM coordinator, play a leading role in the advancement of Princeton Day School’s signature STEAM curriculum.
Department Chairs have three primary areas of responsibility: facilitating the professional growth of their faculties; exercising curricular leadership; and performing managerial functions necessary for the efficient operation of each Department.
1. Facilitating the Professional Growth of Teachers.
The majority of a Department Chair’s time should be devoted to cultivating the human capital and professional excellence of the teachers within each Department.
Specific responsibilities of the Department Chair include:
Supervision of teachers.
Establish expectations for teaching, assessment, and classroom management.
Engage in daily or weekly classroom observation of all teachers.
Provide mentoring and professional development.
Oversee the formal evaluation of faculty, in concert with Division Heads.
2. Exercising Curricular Leadership.
Lead Departmental conversations about teaching, learning, pedagogy, and curriculum. Ensure that the PDS Department is a leader in education and is conversant with “best practices” in the field.
Develop and articulate “Departmental Priority Learning Outcomes” for the PDS Department
Regularly review and assess the entire curricular sequence of courses from Grades X-X.
Ensure that all course offerings align with the Department’s Priority Learning Outcomes.
Foster a curriculum – and a teaching culture – which is both “challenging” and “supportive,” with a special emphasis on cultivating a “growth mindset” in students.
3. Managing the Day-to-Day Functioning of the Department
Lead regular Department meetings with clearly developed, organized agendas.
Assist with interviewing, hiring, and training of new faculty
Oversee the course placement process. Determine staffing and sectioning requirements in concert with the Division Heads. Coordinate the process of placing students – both new and returning -- in appropriate courses. Administer placement tests to facilitate this process, as necessary. Work with course scheduler. Respond to student and parental questions about the placement process.
Attend Department Chair Meetings and Academic Affairs Meetings.
Develop and manage the Department Budget.
Find substitute teachers when faculty are away from school.
Communicate with parents when subject-related questions and concerns arise
Teach at least two courses.
Teaching experience (10+ years).
Proven success in mentoring faculty.
A passion for learning and a commitment to academic excellence and student achievement
Ability to work collaboratively in a team setting, facilitate discussion, and lead groups to consensus
Expertise and experience with curriculum design, development, implementation and assessment.
Knowledge of “best practices” in both content-specific instruction and teaching more broadly.
Experience with integration of technology.
Experience with differentiated instruction.
Creative and resourceful, with a sense of humor and strong work ethic