At The Chapin School, we believe all students can be mathematicians who can apply a growth mindset to the study of math. Our goal is to balance the development of deep conceptual understanding and problem-solving skills with procedural fluency. To this end, Chapin has been engaged in a multi-year K-12 math curriculum and pedagogy review whose chief goal is to develop our math program so that our students learn the skills and habits of mind to be mathematical thinkers. Our next Upper School Mathematics Department Head will be integral in developing and designing curriculum that foregrounds student inquiry and integration of mathematical disciplines.
The Upper School Mathematics Department Head leads Chapin's Upper School Math Department and teaches math in Upper School (Grades 8–12). This individual reports to the Head of Upper School and works closely with a math leadership team that includes the department, our Associate Head of Lower School, the Head of Middle School Math, and the Director of Academic Program.
The Chapin School's next Upper School Mathematics Department Head is…
a department leader and mentor who
coaches department members by creating long-term goals with teachers, offering feedback that helps teachers develop their classroom practice, nurturing each teacher’s professional growth, welcoming teachers into her/his/their classroom, and designing impactful professional development opportunities.
collaborates within the department and across K-12 for a shared vision and cohesive progression of math education.
empowers the teachers to be leaders in the department and the division and amplifies the perspective of the department in school-wide decision making.
guides a curricular review with input from a cross-divisional representation of teachers and students, drafting and revising curriculum that is spiraled, coherent, rigorous, and a model for other schools.
a mathematician aligned with the mission and values of The Chapin School who
exudes a love for working with students and believes all students can be mathematicians. This teacher builds structures enabling all students to thrive, including students with learning differences, and embraces a blend of teaching and learning strategies and a range of demonstrations of learning.
is equally passionate about and experienced with teaching the entire US curricular progression from 8th grade integrated math through Calculus 2, in addition to developing mathematical practice standards including constructing and critiquing reasoning and real-world modeling across that range of courses.
values life-long learning by eagerly seeking out new research in the field of mathematics education.
can build and clearly communicate a central vision and purpose of the math program to multiple audiences: students, families, advisors, and department members.
committed to inclusion and equity by
modeling inclusive teaching practices and motivating department members to advance their inclusive teaching practices and developing a culture where innovative inclusion efforts are the norm.
demonstrating a developed and nuanced perspective of cultural relevancy.
critically examining the equity of departmental practices and policies; for example, regarding placement and tutoring.
a trusted professional and communicator who
engenders respect from the community in their reliability, sincerity, competence, clear communication, and care.
upholds community standards for self and for department members.
offering evidence-based communication to students, families, and colleagues.
shows self awareness, is self reflective and holds themselves accountable.
Candidates should submit a current résumé, a cover letter, and a mathematical philosophy by March 3.
About The Chapin School
The Chapin School is dedicated to empowering a diverse, ambitious and resolute community of young women to thrive and lead in their world. Guided by our motto, Fortiter et Recte, Chapin considers bravery, compassion, service and respect for self and others to be fundamental values. We believe that equity, inclusion and collaboration are critical to personal growth. By advancing and deepening each student’s agency, confidence and resilience within an affirming and joyful learning environment, Chapin strives to ensure that each student is emboldened to pursue distinction as a leader and contributing citizen.
The Chapin School, founded in 1901, is an independent, all-girls day school in New York City currently serving 802 students K–12.
Chapin’s signature Focus Forward strategic plan, which guided our work for more than a decade, intensified Chapin’s historic commitment to offering the most challenging academic curriculum while also teaching the social, emotional and other skills that will set the stage for its students’ success in this century. Chapin’s institutional priorities continue to be imbued with the spirit of Focus Forward. We have fine-tuned our... articulation of the School’s purpose as we approach the third decade of the 21st century. A forward-focused learning community whose symbol is a wheel will never cease to strive toward achieving its vision of cultivating in girls the skills and attributes that will allow them to be brave for themselves and for others.
UNDER ONE ROOF
Chapin’s single building provides a unified learning environment under one roof for all students, the 128 faculty members who teach them and the 85 staff members who support all other aspects of school life. An ambitious construction project to be completed in 2020 will feature an entire floor dedicated to the arts and a gymnasium with suspended running track—all with spectacular views of our urban location. The Hayot Center for Innovation, to open in 2020, will provide our entire learning community the opportunity to extend our commitment to interdisciplinary inquiry-based investigations and explorations, deepening students’ interests through experimentation, invention and the development of out-of-the-box solutions to complex issues.
Our vibrant, inspiring and welcoming new spaces will further our commitment to a forward- focused learning environment that enables all students to embrace the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century to the best of their abilities. With these exciting new spaces as a canvas, we renew our pledge to develop curriculum and pedagogy that reflect current research and best practices, always placing each student at the center of her own learning.