Dean

Social and Emotional Learning

 

Founding Dean of Social Emotional Learning Mission: To serve as the Dean of Social Emotional Learning at Digital Pioneers Academy (DPA), a 6th-12th grade college preparatory school that will consistently rank as a Tier 1 Washington, DC public charter school. To ensure 100% of students meet or exceed the highest academic standards and have the strength of character to both graduate from college and secure a high paying, high demand career.

 

DPA’s Graduate Profile:

  1. Students will develop into innovators who possess the skills to problem solve, persevere, collaborate, create, communicate, and connect as they work to solve the increasingly complex problems of society.

  2. Students are prepared for, accepted into, and complete four-year colleges.

  3. Students will demonstrate mastery of 2+ programming languages and pass the AP Computer Science Principles exam.

  4. Students will expand their social-emotional skills and mindsets to develop strong habits of success.

  5. Students will have a long-term plan rooted in their values and interests and will identify credible next steps towards achieving their hopes and dreams.

 

DPA’s  Big Ideas

We are different.

We believe that Computer Science is not a “Nice to Have,” it’s a “Must Have.” Every student at Digital Pioneers Academy will learn Computer Science at every grade level.

We will nurture the genius in every child.

While our education model is grounded in computer science, that simply means that we will nurture the inherent power of each student by equipping students with marketable computer science skills and habits of innovation as they build their future of choice, even if that’s not a computing job.

We believe relationships matter.

Whether it be inside the classroom, outside the school, between peers, teachers or families, we believe that relationships are key to student success at Digital Pioneers Academy.

We believe all children can learn at the highest levels.

Our students will understand that you are not born smart; you get smart with effective effort.

We believe our students learn by doing.

Most students are too passive in their learning experiences. Students will invent, design, and produce as part of the learning experience.

 

Position Summary

The Dean of Social Emotional Learning (SEL) at Digital Pioneers Academy will work with the school leadership to ensure that all students demonstrate dramatic student achievement gains and internalize the school’s values. This individual will also help lead the school’s efforts to create a positive, structured, consistent, caring, and disciplined school culture. At Digital Pioneers Academy, the Dean of Social Emotional Learning is the behavioral specialist.

Responsibilities:

  • Works closely with the Principal to establish a positive, structured, achievement-oriented, and creative school culture

  • Supports teachers to hold all students to high and consistent behavioral expectations

  • Serves as the point person for dealing with behavioral crisis-intervention and acute behavioral issues

  • Acts as a resource for teachers in their instructional practice, especially as it relates to issues of discipline, relationships with students, classroom management, and school culture

  • Assists teachers, students, and parents in the effective creation and implementation of individual behavior plans

  • Leads staff efforts to ensure all students have excellent attendance and arrive at school on time, and works aggressively with students and parents to ensure excellent attendance

  • Participates in summer home visits highlighting the responsibilities of parents, teachers, and students

  • Arranges for efficient homework collection in the morning, and ensuring homework is delivered to staff from students appropriately and accurately

  • Helps to reinforce the effective use of a school-wide behavior plan, including managing the school’s behavior management systems

  • Serves as the point person for discipline/culture issues

  • Ensures that the physical environment of the school reinforces school culture and facilitates student achievement

  • Stays highly present and visible during school hours, relentlessly ensuring the school has an exceptional school culture

  • Circulates proactively throughout classrooms and hallways during the day, to gain valuable context on student behavior and help support positive school culture monitoring behavioral pull-out and in-school suspensions

  • Models the school’s values and the standard for professional behavior

  • Coordinates student apologies and school culture messages at Community Meeting

  • Supervises breakfast, lunch, in-between class transitions, enrichment, and dismissal, making sure students are always where they are supposed to be and ensuring a professional school culture at these times

  • Manages after school detention

  • Keeps accurate student discipline records, documenting all conferences, suspensions, and phone calls for behavior

  • Teaches at least one whole or small-group class

  • Ensures that behavioral expectations and school culture standards are met outside of the classroom as well as inside, including establishing and monitoring home transition behavior/culture as well as cafeteria/meal time behavior and culture

Qualifications:

Our founding middle school team are results oriented and strive to improve the minds and lives of students in and out of the classroom;

  • Proven track-record of high achievement in the classroom

  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, and strong interpersonal skills with students, parents, colleagues, and community members

  • Minimum of two years teaching experience or working experience in an urban public school or charter school setting

  • Understanding of the nuances of urban school environments and school culture

  • Evidence of self-motivation, diligence and willingness to be a team player

  • Strong interpersonal skills and high moral character

  • Passionate about learning

  • Bachelor's degree with an outstanding record of academic achievement and leadership is required; Master’s degree is preferred

  • Belief in and alignment with Digital Pioneers Academy’s core beliefs and educational philosophy is non-negotiable

DPA Model

DPA follows a semi self-contained model, students are divided into cohorts and each cohort has two primary partner teachers: a STEM teacher who teaches math, science, and computer science and a Humanities teacher who teaches ELA, social studies, and leads intervention. Two teachers are responsible for educating a homeroom of up to 30 students. Compared to the conventional approach, this means that teachers are teaching 1 additional content area than what is typical, but their student load is ¼ to 1/5 the conventional load.

Through this structure, partner teachers are able to co-plan personalized, context-specific interventions and targeted, holistic supports that carry through for their students across all core content areas.

 

Compensation and Benefits

Digital Pioneers Academy offers a highly competitive salary based on experience and an excellent and comprehensive benefits package.

To Apply

Interested candidates should submit a resume, a cover letter detailing their experience and interest in DPA’ s mission, and an exemplar lesson plan online at www.digitalpioneersacademy.org/careers.
 

Digital Pioneers Academy is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes candidates from diverse backgrounds.


General Hiring Process 

 * Hiring process may be modified depending on position requirements.

* Hiring process may be modified depending on position requirements.

If you or anyone in your network is interested in any of the following roles, reach out to hiring@digitalpioneersacademy.org.