Education Content Developer
Posted: August 25, 2017
Founded in 2010, Eskolta School Research and Design, Inc., is a non-profit organization that helps urban public schools improve results for their most vulnerable youth. We consult with teachers, school principals, and school district staff to interpret existing data and research, use this to launch and share practices in their schools, test those practices in order to improve and adapt them to their student needs, and help them to disseminate learning so that more educators can learn from their experience. We complement this site-based work with coaching to school district staff and research on school-based work to better understand how change occurs in public schools. The research-based practices we study and support schools to put in place draw upon four core principles: strength-based culture to engage students and adults; transparent and frequent feedback loops to help students and adults know how they can improve; clear pathways to success to help students flexibly progress to their futures; and data-guided leadership for adults to collaborate towards success. Working with Eskolta is a unique opportunity to join an organization that is at the forefront of the effort to turn around the dropout problem through innovative education reform. We are dedicated to supporting a healthy work/life balance for everyone we work with by supporting a talented team while building a flexible workplace. To learn more, visit http://www.eskolta.org.
Eskolta is seeking an Education Content Developer to complete 2 high-quality online professional development series of 4-6 modules each. This job is temporary with expected completion in March 2018. Details include:
- Review existing content developed by Eskolta for use in school-based professional development on topics specific to re-engaging struggling high school students, including: academic mindsets, strength-based culture, student feedback, scaffolding of higher order thinking, formative assessment of higher order thinking, student attendance outreach, mastery based learning.
- Curate content by determining which elements are most helpful and coherent for use in outside PD, and develop these into online learning modules that can be accessed by educators to use in PD. This project will entail 2 series of approximately 4-6 modules each. (For example, a series on empowering student feedback may include modules on: understanding research on feedback, written feedback and verbal feedback, protocols for giving feedback, systems for scheduling feedback, and feedback on skills and content.)
- Add guiding narrative and directions, in both print and audio, in order to make this content easily used and re-used by other PD providers.
- Develop a series of simple user feedback surveys for users to self-assess their needs and progress and to connect content to school improvement methods. In total, this project will call for approximately 2 such surveys for each of 8 series of modules, along with a self-assessment on school improvement methods.
- Work with a graphic designer and web designer to ensure these materials are accessible online.
- Coordinate beta testing and gather feedback from educators on modules to make refinements.
The ideal candidate will have experience in curriculum development and leading professional development for high school teachers, as well as developing materials online. Also:
- A self-starter with the ability to move a project forward in a small, entrepreneurial environment
- A good listener, eager to grow and take feedback to learn
- A progressive thinker committed to Eskolta’s mission and values
- Flexibility, sense of humor, and an eagerness to get the job done.
Compensation & Time Commitment
- This contract is for 6 months with a total payment of $15,000 (paid in installments).
- The expected time commitment for this project is approximately 10-12 hours per week, with occasional travel to Eskolta office in downtown Manhattan and school sites throughout city.
How to Apply
Submit via email to firstname.lastname@example.org: resume and a cover letter describing your experience and why it makes you a good fit for this role. Include 2-3 samples of curricular and/or PD materials you have helped develop. Applications will be considered as they are received.