Dan Ceaser, Head of School
Dan Ceaser is a nationally recognized school leader with over eighteen years of administrative leadership experience. He is a graduate of the Harvard University Graduate School of Education and the Fisher School Leadership Institute at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. Dan also holds a Master of Arts in Teaching from American University and a Bachelor of Arts from Colorado College. In addition, Dan teaches at the University of South Florida School of Education and has served as a Board Member on the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Principal Center Advisory Board and has worked to create professional development offerings for outstanding school leaders around the world.
Before being appointed the first Head of School at Community Day School, Dan was the Middle School Director at the Kentucky Country Day School, a coeducational, independent school for grades JK-12, located in Louisville, Kentucky. Under his leadership, the Kentucky Country Day middle school has become a national model for 21st century innovation and project-based learning. Dan established a partnership with Google to become the first independent middle school in the nation to implement a 1:1 Chromebook platform. A hallmark of Dan’s leadership is his daily connection to students and families. In addition to his administrative duties, Dan enjoys serving as a teacher, mentor and faculty advisor. He has worked closely with teachers and parents to design a program regarded for balancing academic rigor while supporting the social and emotional needs of children.
Prior to arriving in Louisville, Dan was the Executive Director and Founder of KIPP Tech Valley Charter School, the highest performing public middle school in Albany, New York. Notable highlights from his time in New York include the design and management of a successful student recruitment process culminating in the school’s full enrollment and admissions wait-lists. Dan also oversaw the establishment of multiple public-private partnerships securing philanthropic investments to support the growth and development of the school’s academic program. Additionally, he guest lectured at The State University of New York, Siena College, Bennington College and has written and presented case studies to graduate students at Harvard University. Prior to his work in New York, Dan served as Chair of the Teach For America Corps Member Advisory Council in Washington DC. While in DC, Dan also served on the inaugural Washington Post Teacher Advisory Board and contributed to curriculum for the Anti-Defamation League and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
Welcome to our Community Day School!
Whether you are joining us for the first time or returning as a proud parent or alumni, you will find that our school is unlike any other in Sarasota. As the Head of School and the parent of three children enrolled at our school, I am thrilled to share that our reputation for innovation, joyful learning and academic excellence is well founded. At Hershorin Schiff Community Day School, teaching is hands-on and student-centered. Our unique Learning Expedition program leads students beyond the walls of the classroom as community stewards, cooperatively researching real-world problems with teachers providing guidance, expertise and assistance. As a Google Chromebook school, we feature programming, graphic design and 3D fabrication and our students are uniquely prepared to lead as the next generation of scholars, innovators and entrepreneurs. We are a community day school built around two core pillars, diversity and project based learning and we believe one of the best ways to teach empathy and global literacy is through the study of world language and culture. Beginning in Kindergarten all students learn a second language. By the time our students reach high school, they are well on their way to proficiency in either Spanish, Hebrew or French.
I encourage you to visit the Justin Lee Wiesner Early Childhood wing to see our nationally renowned Reggio Emilia program in action. Our researched based preschool curriculum develops our youngest students’ social and fine motor skills in a joyful academic environment that features play, stories, songs and projects. Witness our highly trained, veteran faculty structure learning around the natural wonder and curiosity of young minds by encouraging questioning, empathy and cooperation.
On behalf of our school community, I invite you to participate in our joyous Community Day family. With our small classes, religious diversity and rigorous, project based curriculum, you will find that our school offers an academic experience that is truly unique in Sarasota. I look forward welcoming you to another wonderful year!
Head of School
Our goal is simple: create a safe, small, nurturing learning community where students impact our world as compassionate scholars and global citizens. Our pluralistic Jewish day school celebrates diversity through an inclusive curriculum that welcomes and honors students of all faiths and backgrounds.