Founding Principal

Digital Pioneers Academy - Washington, DC - Full time

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Digital Pioneers Academy is looking for a visionary instructional leader whose mission is to lead the start-up of a college preparatory middle and high school (6th-12th grade) for students from Ward 7 and 8 in Washington, DC, establish DPA as a consistently ranked Tier 1 public charter school and ensure 100% of DPA students graduate from college and/or secure a high paying, high demand job.

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Candidate Requirements: 

• Commitment to and alignment with the mission and vision of DPA

• Demonstrated experience raising the achievement of urban students 

• Demonstrated success designing and implementing a full instructional plan including curriculum and content development and teacher professional development 

• Extraordinary leadership skills that inspire teamwork and dedication 

• Exceptional management and organizational skills • Strong communication skills with students, families, staff, and community members 

• Experience being accountable for measurable goals and mission attainment 

• Ability to plan strategically and effectively adapt to unforeseen situations 

• Ability to set high expectations for student and staff behavior and create a positive school culture that is welcoming, inspirational and conducive to learning 

• At least 7 years of experience in education (combined teaching and school administration) 

• The desire to work collaboratively, share best practices and learn from others 

Preferred qualifications include: 

• Prior instructional or school leadership experience at the high school level 

• Experience with CTE and/or experiential competency-based education, project-based learning, or blended learning innovations 

• Interest and/or experience in computer science or related technology field Position Outcomes 

• Manage the design of the instructional plan and academic model for DPA that includes the vision for academics, character, and habits

• Finalize DPA the education plan including Goals, Academic Achievement Expectations, Curriculum & Support for Learning. 

• Research relevant academic best practices, personalized learning, project based learning and computer science instruction (Summit Base Camp, Merit SPARK, Republic CS curriculum, & High Tech High) 

Position Details: 

• We are seeking applicants who can begin work as early as Spring, 2017. 

• The position is for part time work (approximately 10-15 hours per week) for ~ four months (from March to June). This will become a full-time position July 1, 2017.

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Senior Level

Digital Pioneers Academy

The mission of Digital Pioneers Academy (DPA) is to develop the next generation of innovators. We prepare students to meet or exceed the highest academic standards, while cultivating the strength of character necessary to both graduate from four-year colleges and thrive in 21st century careers. DPA will ultimately be a college preparatory middle and high school (6th-12th grade) for students from Ward 7 and 8 in Washington, DC. Beginning with sixth grade and adding one grade per year, DPA will provide a unique, personalized educational experience that integrates best practices from schools across the country, preparing students to be innovators and active citizens in our technology-driven world. DPA’s learning model will leverage a curriculum built around traditional subjects with the critical inclusion of Computer Science as a core content area. Through core classes and personalized, project-based work, students will develop computational thinking skills, a set of capabilities that can be flexibly applied to succeed in four-year college and in a variety of fields. In addition to rigorous academics and project-based learning, our innovative approach focuses on character building, diverse out-of-school experiences (“expeditions”), and developing the social and emotional capacities of our students.

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