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Upper School Media Lead, Greenwich Country Day School, Greenwich, CT

Due to the addition of a high school program, Greenwich Country Day School seeks an  Upper School Media Lead, Grades 9-12,  to start August 2019. This is a part-time position intended to work in tandem with the Maker Lead. The Media Lead will build capacity of faculty and students by pushing out to  support all. Successful candidates will possess content and pedagogical expertise and a dedication to collaboration across curriculum. Interdisciplinary proficiency is highly desirable.

 

In addition, each GCDS faculty member is expected to demonstrate ability in the following areas:

  • Understands, champions, and implements GCDS Design Principles
  • Fosters and stewards a culture of mutual respect, equitable practice, and joy in and out of the classroom
  • Cultural competency skills to collaborate effectively across difference
  • Sets high expectations for learning, academic achievement and character development
  • Exhibits strong working knowledge of student cognitive development and learning preferences
  • Identifies and supports students' social, emotional, and academic needs
  • Provides timely feedback to students, and collaborates with faculty to offer specialized support in pursuit of each student's learning goals
  • Implements a wide array of pedagogical tools and strategies in appropriate and effective combinations  
  • Facilitates and designs effective group/collaborative work and productive dialogue among students and teachers
  • Communicates effectively with students/families about classwork, learning goals and student progress
  • Demonstrates content knowledge and expertise; and scaffolds curriculum to ensure progress towards mastery
  • Ensures that reading and writing are aims across the curriculum and learning design
  • Collaborates and plans actively for learning with teachers and students
  • Implements backward design to align all lessons, activities, and assessments
  • Designs formal and informal assessments that measure student progress; employs a variety of formative and summative assessments to gauge student progress toward mastery
  • Fosters student growth through structured opportunities for reflection, including Student-Led Conferences and Presentations of Learning
  • Provides opportunities for student engagement through "Voice and Choice"
  • Creates relevant and authentic learning experiences; is able to include and/or connect with outside experts and resources towards this aim
  • Showcases student work within the community and prepares students to exhibit and communicate effectively

 

Responsibilities Include:

  • Educating students and faculty with regard to available and recommended media resources
  • Staying current with the publishing world as well as developments within the media field and sharing and using that knowledge accordingly to bolster our programming
  • Ordering and maintaining inventory of books in our library collection
  • Providing research support and guidance to students
  • Collaborative work with Library colleagues,  interdisciplinary faculty teams, Upper School faculty and staff, and the broader school community

 

Required Qualifications:

  • Minimum of a Bachelor's Degree or demonstrated professional competency
  • Experience with inquiry-based learning and/or project-based learning
  • A passion for learning and the ability to motivate and inspire students
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Commitment to building a diverse, equitable and inclusive school community
  • Willingness to take on multiple roles within the school
  • Personal traits appropriate for nurturing the growth of children - must be energetic, creative, flexible, patient, and have an inexhaustible sense of humor

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Advanced degree in education
  • Capacity to teach multiple disciplines/subject areas
  • Work experience outside of education
  • Mentoring or advising experience (with adolescents)
  • Athletic coaching experience valued and welcome
  • Demonstrated experience in establishing collaborative relationships with external partners/organizations in the design and implementation of learning experiences

 

To view the full description and apply, please visit the following link. 

 

About Greenwich Country Day School

Greenwich Country Day School is an independent, co-educational day school with current enrollment of 900 students in grades N-9 and a faculty and staff of over 200. As of September 2019, GCDS will expand to include a high school program for grades 9-12, resulting in a projected overall school enrollment of up to 1200. The high school will be on a separate campus, less than two miles from our existing property.

Founded in 1926, Greenwich Country Day School is a traditional family school where creative teaching is encouraged and used to foster a love of learning and motivate children toward academic excellence. The school's emphasis on developing the whole child results in attention to the development of character, values, creativity, and sportsmanship along with strong academic skills.

GCDS is fortunate to have built a large endowment, which helps to fund competitive salaries and benefits; including housing support for academic faculty, a robust professional development program, and reimbursement for graduate school tuition. GCDS offers a substantial need-based financial aid program to support students from a range of socio-economic backgrounds. Diversity is a core value at GCDS and we seek candidates who demonstrate a commitment to equity and inclusion.

 

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