The Curriculum Developer, History is responsible for writing, developing, and iterating prototypes, modules and lessons for a new History curriculum at Great Minds. The role is also responsible for producing high-level content plans for the curriculum, including proposing content topics and sources for study. This role requires alignment to the Great Minds learning design for History which is driven by a focus on knowledge building, compelling questions, authentic voices, and exploring important historical topics deeply.

This role is an exceptional opportunity for an experienced curriculum writer, educator, instructional coach, or school leader who possesses K-12 history content knowledge and pedagogical expertise, passion for high-quality, knowledge-building curriculum, and the belief that every child is capable of greatness. The ideal candidate will have an entrepreneurial spirit and drive to innovate while remaining committed to the Great Minds’ organizational mission. While the work is remote and the ideal candidate will work well independently, this will also be a highly collaborative position, necessitating a strong sense of teamwork and cooperation.

Reports To

  • Director, History

Responsibilities

  • Research, draft, and propose high-level content goals, plans and module topics.
  • Conduct research to identify, evaluate, and procure high-quality historical primary and secondary sources that support module development
  • Adapt K-2 state Social Studies state standards to K-2 prototypes and propose state specific instructional guidance for teachers
  • Execute and write the K-2 instructional vision during prototyping
  • Collaborate effectively with the senior leadership team, the Director, History, and a growing team of writers and editors within and across grade level teams on instructional design that aligns with the curricular vision
  • Test specific approaches for achieving broad pedagogical goals that are aligned to vision for the curriculum. Align solutions with the curriculum vision and principles
  • Analyze how successful examples of instruction in prototype modules can translate into transferable content development guidelines for a full curriculum
  • Apply feedback to work, valuing both collaboration and iterative process of curriculum development.
  • Adhere to established content development milestones and style guides
  • Maintain ongoing communication with team leadership to facilitate curriculum development, identify and address issues, and provide support and guidance

Job requirements

  • Deep content knowledge in History, Social Studies, or associated content area
  • Experience writing history curriculum
  • Strong historical research skills
  • Proficiency with and alignment to the philosophy, instructional design, and pedagogy of Great Minds’ knowledge-building vision
  • Familiarity with state Social Studies standards, C3 framework, NCSS standards, and other relevant frameworks for Social Studies instruction
  • Understanding of K-2 history instruction and science of reading research
  • Demonstrated practice in helping students build evidence-based speaking and writing
  • Capacity to receive and then apply external and internal content feedback from advisors, senior leadership, consultants, and colleagues
  • Experience as a classroom teacher or educator preferred
  • Strong written, verbal, and social communication skills needed to incorporate different points of view in service of developing a high quality product
  • Demonstrated proficiency as an instructional coach or school-based leadership
  • Experience with digital curriculum and assessment development
  • Demonstrate an editorial sensibility, including ability to
    • write and edit using precise, academic language
    • proofread for accuracy and expression
    • apply constructive feedback locally and globally in a timely manner
    • implement revisions to project design and content
    • produce consistent content and quality across products
  • Strong organizational habits necessary for successful goal setting, project management, collective decision making, deadline execution, and record keeping

Ideal Attributes

  • Passion for and commitment to the importance of high-quality, knowledge-rich curriculum
  • Commitment to high standards and continuous improvement
  • Proficiency at both working independently and collaborating as part of a team
  • Ability to remain flexible in an ambiguous, fast-paced entrepreneurial environment
  • Appreciation for the challenges and victories faced everyday by classroom teachers
  • Empathy, curiosity, and the desire to continually grow as a learner
  • A flexible, growth-oriented mindset with a receptivity to feedback and a focus on reflective practice
  • Positivity in all situations, bringing proactive problem-solving orientation to every task
  • Commitment to collective authorship
  • Deep belief that every child is capable of greatness

Required Education
● Bachelor’s degree

Status

● Full-time

Location

● Remote
● Future travel (5-10%) may be required.

New employees will be required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination, subject to potential accommodation as required by law or otherwise permitted by the Company.

The salary range displayed is specifically for those potential hires who will work or reside in the state of Colorado if selected for the role. For residents of the State of Colorado the expected salary range for this position is $63,353.99 – $74,440.94.

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