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CONSULTANT - Curriculum Designer: Grades K-5

  • Date Posted
    • 5.13.21
  • Organization
    • EL Education
  • Role
    • Instructional Support
  • Commitment
    • Consultant
  • Location
    • Remote


Curriculum Designer: Grades K-5




EL Education is redefining student achievement in diverse communities across the country, ensuring that all students master rigorous content, develop positive character, and produce high-quality work. We create great public schools where they are needed most, inspiring teachers and students to achieve more than they thought possible.

EL Education’s portfolio of instructional materials and coaching services draws on decades of deep partnership with schools and districts in our national school network—those implementing our school model—and in our family of literacy partners—those implementing our Language Arts curriculum.

Based on our founding principles of meaningful work, character, and respect for teachers, EL Education’s offerings transform teaching and learning to promote habits of scholarship and character that lead to high student achievement. In addition to success on standardized tests, EL Education students demonstrate critical thinking, intellectual courage, and emotional resilience; they possess the passion and the capacity to contribute to a better world.

EL Education, a 501c(3) nonprofit, was founded in 1992 by Outward Bound USA in collaboration with the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

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EL has gained national recognition as an organization providing high quality K-8 curriculum and professional development on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The Curriculum Designer: Grades K-5 will work as part of a team to design and write high quality engaging curriculum that integrates literacy and content learning for Grades K-5. This position represents an exciting opportunity for individuals who have proven experience: teaching content-based literacy in the primary and elementary school grades, and in curriculum design.

We seek designers to begin in July 2021 and finish in February 2023, working 40 hours per week. Work will be paid at an hourly rate.


This position will report to the Director of Curriculum Design, and will:
Participate in virtual professional learning with our experts, and also potentially in person over the course of the project.
Work collaboratively to backwards design and write four “content-based literacy modules” at a given grade level, and a closely aligned supplemental literacy block: 2 hours of instruction per day, written down to the daily lesson level.
Identify and/or write appropriate supplemental texts for students (given content and literacy standards the module addresses) considering cultural responsiveness, diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism.
Coordinate closely with EL’s Curriculum Design Team and grade level lead writer.
Coordinate closely with specialists (UDL, ELL, etc.) to incorporate additional lesson level supports for specific student populations.
Give and receive kind, specific, helpful feedback within and across grade level teams.
Participate in design, critique, and revision at the module, unit and lesson level.
Revise lessons based on criteria and multiple rounds of feedback from internal and external reviewers.
Contribute to a high functioning collaborative team: honor EL’s organizational norms; build relationships and support colleagues; proactively communicate if issues with the group or individuals arise; name milestones and celebrate successes; promote reflection and ongoing improvement.
Support schools piloting new materials in Spring/Summer 2022
As needed, carry out special projects or problem-solving as assigned by the Director of Curriculum Design

A successful candidate will have:
Proven experience and deep expertise in teaching and learning, specifically teaching and/or coaching literacy in primary and/or elementary grades
Proven passion for and ability to marry the research base of the CCSS with best practices for primary and elementary aged students
A deep understanding of students and classrooms at one or more grade levels, including the ability to realistically estimate timing, set challenging but developmentally appropriate expectations, and support teachers in organizing and managing activities in an active classroom
Expertise preferred in one of the following areas: Universal Design for Learning, Special Education, English Language Learners, early childhood development
Curriculum design expertise (backward design, holding the big picture and purpose, assessment, project-based learning, addressing CCSS standards and “shifts”)
Commitment to EL’s model of curriculum, instruction, assessment, and character development
Familiarity with EL’s Grades K-8 ELA curriculum preferred
Extraordinary written and verbal communications skills (phone, email, in-person, video conference)
Strong computer skills including Microsoft Office and Google Suites
Strong research skills
Ability to manage complex tasks and tight deadlines independently and proactively
Keen eye for detail and ability to triage and problem solve
Outstanding writing and editing skills (particular to the “curriculum genre”)
Strong self-motivation and self-management skills; an effective independent worker
Ability to effectively collaborate flexibly in the virtual environment while working toward a common goal
Commitment to self-reflection and a growth mindset as a member of a high-functioning team


Completive rate offered, not eligible for benefits.

The anticipated start date for this position is July 12 2021. Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled.
Please submit your resume and one page cover letter online (link to EL’s Career Page) in MS Word or PDF format. In your cover letter, identify the position you are applying for and how you heard of the job opening and EL Education.
No phone calls please. EL will respond only to finalist candidates.


EL Education seeks individuals of all backgrounds to apply for this position. We are committed to maximizing the diversity of our organization and want to engage all those who can contribute to this effort. EL Education provides equal employment opportunities for all applicants and employees and prohibits discrimination with respect to the hiring or promotion of individuals, conditions of employment, disciplinary and discharge practices, or any other aspect of employment on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin or citizenship status, age, religion, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy and parental status, HIV status, gender identity and expression, status with regard to public assistance, status as a veteran, or physical or mental disability or any other factor which cannot lawfully be used as a basis for an employment decision. EOE
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