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English Language Development (ELD) Lead Curriculum Designer: Grades K-5

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


English Language Development (ELD) Lead 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 English Language Development (ELD) Lead Curriculum Designer: Grades K-5 will lead a team of designers to design and write high quality engaging ELD curriculum that integrates English language development and content-based literacy for Grades K-5. A curriculum design leader with ELD expertise will lead of team of ELD curriculum designers at all grade levels to build aligned content for a new ELD block. This position represents an exciting and challenging opportunity for individuals who:
Have proven leadership experience
Have proven experience working with English language learners and designing content for ELD time, specifically in the primary and elementary grades
Understand the backward design process
Understand diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism and culturally responsive education as it pertains to curriculum design
Have deep understanding of the CA ELD standards

This position will be 40 hours per week beginning in July 2021 and finishing in February 2023. 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.
Lead the backward design, writing, and revision of one-hour daily lessons for multiple levels of English language proficiency aligned to four content-based literacy modules at a given grade level.
Plan and facilitate team meetings, honoring EL’s organizational norms; building relationships; proactively communicating if issues with the group or individuals arise; naming milestones and celebrating successes; promoting reflection and ongoing improvement.
Serve as ELD project manager: Delegate tasks to team members and hold team members accountable in terms of tasks and timeline.
Coach and provide feedback to team members respectfully in a way that leads to growth.
Serve as the main liaison with EL’s Curriculum Design Team and experts.
Participate in design and review of documents at the module, unit and lesson level.
Give and receive kind, specific, helpful feedback within and across grade level teams.
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:
A master’s degree in education, specialization in teaching English Language Learners (preferred)
At least three years of leadership experience, supervising teams of three or more people
Five or more years of experience teaching English Language Learners during ELD time at the K-5 level, and/or coaching K-5 teachers to support ELLs, bilingual education programs, and/or dual language programs
Deep knowledge of ELL pedagogy as it relates to K-5 developing literacy skills and K-5 bilingual/multilingual language development
A commitment to advocating for equity and access to rich education programs focused on research-based best instructional practices for English Language Learners
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 K-8 ELA curriculum preferred and/or familiarity with Dr. Lily Wong Fillmore’s ‘Juicy Sentences’ work
Extraordinary written and verbal communications skills (phone, email, in-person, video conference)
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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