David Penberg, Ph.D. is an urban and international educational leader who has held executive positions in independent, international, and charter schools, community-based and non-profit organizations. His work is devoted to the education of the whole child and the commitment to developing happy, healthy, ethical, and inquisitive human beings.
Penberg’s expertise as a progressive pre-K-12 educator is grounded in curriculum, instruction, assessment, and professional learning and evaluation. He supports a 21st century pedagogy that promotes life-worthy, project-based, and problem-driven learning. He is a proponent of culturally responsive instruction designed to increase intercultural understanding and to broaden students’ perspectives and exposure to multiple frameworks for understanding the world.
Presently, Penberg has just taken on the Headship of Woodstock Day School, where he intends to plant deep roots. Last year he was engaged in various consulting activities, including the MiSK Foundation where he served as the lead academic advisor for the MiSK Schools in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. His work included writing and implementing a strategic plan; designing and delivering a professional development summer institute for 55 faculty; and creating international K-12 and higher education partnerships with institutions, including the New York Hall of Science, Bank Street College, MIT Media Lab, Project Zero (Harvard Graduate School of Education), and the Smithsonian Institution.
Penberg has also taught in Pace University’s Teaching Fellows Program and is a contributing writer to The International Educator and Independent Schools Magazine. His collection of essays entitled Deciding to Love the World will be published by Wintergreen Studios Press in 2018.
Penberg’s research interests include design thinking, environmental stewardship, STEAM, and essential skills and dispositions.
He is available for workshops for school leaders and teachers, in-person and virtual coaching and consultations, and keynote presentations.
Penberg lives in Sullivan County with his wife, the artist Janelle Lynch, and their Golden Retriever, Gracie.