March 25, 2019

Science/Mathematics Curriculum Designer

Background

Students today face a world that is dynamic, connected and changing, raising new questions all the time. For students to succeed, they need more than fixed answers — they need the ability to keep growing and adapting to the world they find. Quest Forward Learning activates lifelong curiosity in each student, cultivating the mindset, essential habits, and skills to succeed in life and work. We believe that success isn’t about answering old questions; it’s about seeing opportunities to create value, and having the skills to do so.

To help us realize this mission we are seeking senior and junior level science curriculum designers and mathematics curriculum designers who will play important roles in developing our innovative curriculum.

Responsibilities

Curriculum Development: Design high-school level curriculum in the Quest Forward Learning system. We take a skills-and-problem forward approach to designing curriculum and are particularly excited by curriculum drawing upon real world problems and challenges that students will find relevant and engaging. Our design process begins with the creation of a framework that specifies the skills students will be learning, themes or topics to be emphasized, and substantive projects to be completed. Once this is created we move to the design of the individual units called “quests.”

Quest Design: Work with a design team on the production of course quests. Develop longer narrative arcs that underscore the broader objectives of the curriculum. This is an opportunity to demonstrate creativity and insight and to imbue the curriculum with relevance and engagement.

Communication: Communicate with colleagues across the organization in regular group and individual meetings as well as with instructors at Quest Forward Academies, and other schools using the curriculum. This includes conducted periodic peer review of work by other quest designers.

Qualifications

  • Advanced degree (MA/MS/ABD/PhD) or equivalent coursework/experience in mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, engineering, or in an area of applications.
  • 3+ years of teaching experience, preferably involving secondary-school students.
  • Experience designing curriculum and familiarity with high-school curriculum and pedagogy.
  • An appreciation for the importance of well-crafted curriculum as a backbone for innovative instruction.

Other Details

  • We are open to both consulting arrangements and full-time positions, with an expectation of at least 15 hours of work per week.
  • We are a distributed team and work can be done from anywhere. Attendance at up to six meetings a year may be requested.
  • For those seeking full-time positions, we have a strong preference for individuals located in Omaha, Chicago, or the San Francisco Bay Area.

Interested candidates should send cover letter and resume/CV to jobs@opportunityeducation.org.

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