The Gunnery has built a hands-on learning laboratory within our Science and Math building to encourage all of our students to contribute to IDEAS for a Sustainable Future. Whether in our first-year science curriculum, our dedicated IDEAS classes, our Robotics co-curricular, or independent projects during open Lab hours, we hope that all of our students will find ways to learn within the IDEAS Lab. We seek a collaborative, interdisciplinary-minded educator with significant real world experience, who is committed to experiential learning, to join The Gunnery beginning in 2019/20 as the Director of the IDEAS Lab. Candidates should be organized, patient, willing to work in a mostly student driven classroom, and comfortable working with a variety of tools and technologies.
Continue the program’s founding orientation of constant learning and iteration, in line with our school motto, following trends in STEM practice and learning and drive interdisciplinary collaboration and innovation in our own IDEAS program—including around best practices in assessment.
Champion the vision of IDEAS for a Sustainable Future among students and faculty at The Gunnery.
Partner with faculty to offer collaborative use of the IDEAS Lab. Find innovative ways to get as many students as possible using the IDEAS Lab.
Promote IDEAS with incoming families and partner with Admissions and Marketing as requested.
Teach IDEAS courses and coordinate a supporting adjunct staff as needed.
Keep our IDEAS Lab outfitted in a way that is competitive with innovative schools.
Pursue STEM grants to fund IDEAS projects.
Ensure the safety of all who use the Lab.
Teach 3-5 sections
Carry a reasonable load of Independent Study Projects
Attend at least one professional development training in this area of education per year
Two seasons co-curricular or equivalent
IDEAS for a Sustainable Future @ The Gunnery
Innovation, Design, Engineering, and Applied Scholarship (IDEAS) are the tools of the future, and our students encounter them through a robust STEM curriculum in a hands-on lab environment. We currently offer an Engineering Curriculum, Architecture, Machine Design, Robotics, and our introductory class, Innovation and Engineering, while also supporting students to learn coding, build apps, engage with big data, and use our campus as a laboratory. But, we don’t leave it there. Technologies are built by humans and that means they have a history, a context, and an ethical dimension. Students are invited to ask the question, what problems should these tools solve and at what costs?
The Problems to Solve
The Gunnery strives to be a community of committed stewards. This community stretches backwards to our founder, Mr. Gunn, and our alumni. It stretches forward to the generations who will come to learn in this place and go out from here to live in, lead, and change the world. Mr. Gunn knew that a life well-lived required a relationship with nature and an understanding of ecosystems, beginning in our local ecosystem and stretching to the global. Knowing one’s role in each of these ecosystems, and how they relate, is essential to fully understand the dependent nature of ourselves and our importance within each.
We strive to challenge our individual students to build thriving, sustainable communities and recognize the systems that support them. Technology, defined as tools humans create to multiply their effort in and control over the places they inhabit, has always been a primary means by which humans build the world and has always then acted back on its human creators. We believe that it is only possible to understand the global community, and our impact on it, if you have had good practice at understanding your local community. Each of us has to understand our role in small, immediate ecosystems if we are going to responsibly make the connections to larger sustainable futures.
Through IDEAS, we invite students to interact with our campus by employing the tools they are learning to drive our own community towards a sustainable future. We invite them to consider the town of Washington, Connecticut, and Litchfield County as places where they can make an impact. Gunnery students learn to use and build various technologies, and then to ask the question, what good can I do with this tool?
Credibility as an innovative educator
Experience in industry or other relevant sector with making, using, and assessing the effectiveness of technological tools
Experience with safety protocols and procedures
Demonstrated interest in the intersection of technology and sustainability
Commitment to the unique learning environment of a boarding school
Relevant degree and comparable work experience
Additional Salary Information: The Gunnery offers an attractive compensation package that includes a competitive salary, medical and dental insurance, and retirement plan contributions.