Reports To: Director of Academic Innovation and Design
FLSA Status: Exempt
Schedule: Full Time, 10 Months
The Alexander Dawson School
Located in the Summerlin community of Las Vegas, Nevada, The Alexander Dawson School at Rainbow Mountain is a top-ranked independent school guiding students from Early Childhood through grade eight. Our student-centered program is committed to modern learning and design-driven innovation, championing the collaboration of emerging technologies and teaching techniques. We equally prioritize a program rooted in our Core Values in support of the physical safety, mental health and wellness, and balanced living of our students as the foundation for lifelong success and happiness. At the very heart of the Dawson experience is the strong connection between the adults on campus and our students. This collaboration fosters an authentic community and caring learning environment committed to helping our young learners become compassionate, empathetic, and globally focused individuals.
Lower School Program (Grades K-4)
Guided by the Mission of the School and driven by Alexander Dawson’s strategic plan, the Alexander Dawson Lower School is a place of joyful learning. The Lower School faculty are caring, creative, and knowledgeable teachers who are passionate about whole-child education. As a modern learning institute and a Challenge Success school, Dawson teachers create lessons and learning environments that balance the intersection of academic knowledge, competency skills, and habits of mind. Remaining current on best practices related to competency-based education and Project-based Learning is a top priority for all Dawson faculty. Lower School teachers, students, and families value the strong sense of community and the personalized learning experiences the School provides through its literacy, math, social studies, world languages, science, art, music, health & fitness, design lab, library, and SEL curriculum. The Lower School culture places emphasis on team dynamics and an ongoing commitment to learning from others. The Lower School program is proud to be accredited by the Northwest Association of Independent Schools (NWAIS).
Culture & Atmosphere
The Alexander Dawson School at Rainbow Mountain seeks a full-time Lower School teacher for the 2022-2023 school year. Working closely with other members of the grade-level team, this educator is responsible for designing a curriculum and creating an environment in which each student feels an integral part of the school community. This teacher is responsible for implementing programs such as Everyday Mathematics, Being a Reader, and Being a Writer. In addition to teaching, the educator will communicate regularly and proactively with students, families, and colleagues, as well as contribute positively to the overall school culture while fulfilling duties as assigned (recess and lunch supervision, etc.) and serving on school committees as requested or desired. Finally, Dawson is looking for a dynamic Lower School teacher who loves primary and intermediate age groups and can inspire our learners to think critically and creatively, question with a deep curiosity about the world, and exude a joy for savoring life.
TASK Framework for a Dawson Employee: The Alexander Dawson School seeks individuals who consistently demonstrate the following professional qualities and characteristics:
Teamwork: Each of our employees has different lived experiences and identities, and as a learning institution, we are respectful, adaptable, collaborative, and willing to listen to diverse perspectives.
Adaptive: We exhibit a nimble mindset that is reactive and responsive to a changing world, changing educational landscape, and changing student needs.
Success: We demonstrate a strong work ethic and thoughtful dedication to the School and our students. We are committed to investing the time and effort required to collectively work together to get the job done.
Knowledge: We have a natural passion for learning and ongoing growth and development. We are solutions-focused and forward-thinking, and we model flexibility and cooperation for our colleagues and students.
The Design and Educational Technologist will work closely with the faculty, students, and administration to support and enhance the teaching of design thinking and the use of educational and design technology at Dawson. This full-time, 10-month position will begin on August 1, 2024. The successful candidate is also required to attend a new faculty onboarding program from July 18-21, 2024.
Design Technology Focus:
The Design and Educational Technologist will lead the utilization of Dawson’s Lower School Design Lab by designing and implementing an improved design technology curriculum for grades K-4. This introductory design program develops students’ curiosity, empathy, experimentation, critical thinking, and collaboration while exploring a human-centered design process through hands-on learning experiences. The successful candidate will provide opportunities for students in grades K-4 to think deeply about the world through various lenses of human needs, make a positive societal impact, consider issues related to environmental sustainability, and take action through real-world, hands-on projects. While overseeing the Lower School Design Lab, the Design and Educational Technologist will also collaborate closely with the Middle School STEAM and Design Technology teachers and the K-4 classroom teachers to integrate design and technology into their curriculum.
Educational Technology Focus:
The Design and Educational Technologist will provide 1:1 coaching, curriculum planning assistance, and ongoing professional development to assist faculty with effectively integrating design and educational technology tools, applications, and resources to support, enhance, and transform learning in grades EC-8. They will model lessons and regularly meet with teachers and teams to determine the appropriate incorporation of technology into curricula. The successful candidate will occasionally assist Dawson’s technology team by providing tech support such as troubleshooting and maintaining hardware and software.
Curriculum & Instruction Responsibilities
Create and implement a design technology scope and sequence for grades K-4
Teach design, STEAM, and technology classes to K-4 students
Work with classroom teachers and teams to provide technology updates, integrate design and technology into their unit plans and daily lessons, and support them with the fabrication and showcasing of student work
Collaborate with members of the Design Technology department (DAID, Ed Technologist) to develop and implement an engaging, articulated, and developmentally appropriate K-8 design technology curriculum
Develop, review, and share instructional technology best practices that align with the Mission and Vision of the School and support the needs of the classroom
Collaborate in the design and support of Middle School Design Technology electives courses
Design Lab Responsibilities
Oversee the Lower School Design Lab and maintain a safe, orderly, and clean design environment
Maintain and perform simple repairs on design technology equipment and tools
Order materials for the Design Lab program
Prioritize the fabrication and showcasing of student design work in a timely and effective manner
Professional Responsibilities and Faculty Mentorship
Commit to continual professional development to stay abreast of innovations in the field of educational design technology for implementation in the classroom
Develop and lead professional development sessions for faculty around design thinking, design technology, instructional technology, and digital fabrication
Develop and lead extracurricular design activities for students, teachers, and, potentially, parents (e.g., lead parent education sessions focused on design and digital fabrication)
Continually assess the technology skill levels of students, faculty, and staff
Provide 1:1 coaching, modeling, co-teaching, and small-group training to assist faculty with the utilization and understanding of new technology tools
Collaborate with classroom teachers to allow them to integrate design technology, technology skills, web applications, hardware, and software into their classes
Create and assist with the implementation of K-8 programing around digital citizenship and safety
Work collaboratively with the Dawson Technology team and Design Technology department to support departmental goals and initiatives, including the development of design and technology policies and procedures, budgets, and purchasing
The ideal candidate demonstrates a commitment to educating students in grades K-4; a deep understanding of the appropriate integration of technology in the K-8 classroom; a creative, innovative, and thoughtful approach to education; a passion for teaching; and a “designer’s heart”. They have deep expertise in teaching students to use technology and iterative design processes to create effective design solutions and an awareness of current trends in design, engineering and architecture, coding, and digital fabrication. Additional qualifications include:
A bachelor’s degree and classroom experience are required. Master’s degree preferred in Educational Technology, Computer Science, or Design
Experience teaching design and technology to K-4 students
Deep familiarity with the “maker movement” and a high comfort level with educational and design technology, including 3D printers, laser cutters, block coding, robotics, etc.
Proven experience teaching the iterative design process to elementary and/or middle school-aged students and having them use it to create functional solutions to open-ended authentic problems
Proven experience collaborating with classroom teachers to develop and implement activities, lessons, units, and projects that provide opportunities for students to learn and use technology in authentic and meaningful ways
Openness to finding and fostering collaborative partnerships with individuals and/or organizations from the community
Deep understanding of design programs and applications such as Tinkercad, Adobe Illustrator, Google Drawing, and Scratch
Knowledge of instructional technology hardware, software, and related web-based or other tools, especially Canvas, FlipGrid, Newsela, Nearpod, and Google Workspace applications
Ability to effectively communicate the importance of Design Technology experiences to parents of students
Ability to perform maintenance and simple repairs on maker and design technology equipment
Familiarity with Project-Based Learning (PBL) and a willingness to deepen one’s understanding of PBL in order to act as a thought partner with other PBL teachers
Understanding of curriculum development and implementation and effective teaching strategies, including the SAMR model of technology integration
Highly organized and able to manage a position with many moving parts
Superior interpersonal communication and collaboration skills
Strong technical and problem-solving skills
Ability to quickly learn unfamiliar tools and share information with a diverse group of people
The Alexander Dawson School at Rainbow Mountain is a coed, preschool to eighth-grade independent school located in the Summerlin area of Las Vegas, Nevada. Close to Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and about twenty minutes from downtown Las Vegas, Dawson's Mission, Vision, Diversity Statement, and Core Beliefs are a reflection of the beautiful environment it calls home. A Stanford University Challenge Success School, Dawson has emerged as a beacon school where student voice is the fabric of the culture.
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