The Concord Consortium - Emeryville, CA - Full time
Do you have the ideas and motivation to make a difference in secondary STEM education? The Concord Consortium, an educational nonprofit located in Concord, MA, and Emeryville, CA, is seeking a Curriculum Developer with a strong background in science and engineering. We are looking for a flexible, innovative creator to design new technology-based lessons and assessments and create and facilitate professional development in person and online.
The ideal candidate will have extensive experience developing research-based learning activities using current computer hardware and software. The candidate will join the research teams of two current projects aimed at improving students’ facility with the practices of secondary science, math, and engineering by scaffolding them toward the development of rich open-ended investigations that use innovative technology to control experimental parameters and collect and explore their data.
Your responsibilities in this position include:
Authoring curriculum involving compelling science and engineering experiments. This will include designing, testing, creating, and revising research-based educational curriculum in which students:
oUse probes and sensors as real-time inputs to analysis and visualization software
oUse actuators and controllers for real-time control of experiments
oUse interactive games and simulations as scaffolds to learn core data science and computing concepts and skills
oUse software to program the control of sensors and actuators and explore data
oEngage with both commercial and “Maker-style” probes, actuators, and control devices to learn science, computing, and data science concepts
Assisting in the design of student software for probes, actuators, and interactive simulations
Drafting assessment items and strategies related to the developed materials
Generating scholarly publications and reviewed talks based on the application of design research methods to the creation and revision of approaches and materials
Leading curriculum development in coordination with other aspects of research projects including project staff using the student materials, software and hardware teams, and participating students and teachers
Designing and facilitating online and face-to-face teacher professional development activities to audiences across the nation to ensure effective teacher enactment of our project materials
Traveling and presenting at a range of conferences and convocations
To accomplish this you need:
A degree in biology, chemistry, physics, computer engineering, or electrical engineering with experience in experimental science
Knowledge of K-12 and undergraduate STEM content and standards
The creativity to invent and develop original student experiments unlike those currently used at the secondary level
Significant experience with existing hardware and software and Maker-style technology
Flexibility and desire to acquire new skills
Experience in designing professional development for teachers
Excellent writing, communication, and interpersonal skills
The flexibility to work with many people from differing academic backgrounds
You will be even more successful if you have:
Programming skills using languages designed for student use (e.g., Scratch, NetLogo) or other programming experience
Classroom or other teaching experience
To apply for this position, please send your cover letter, curriculum vitae, and a writing sample to: email@example.com. The Concord Consortium is an EEO employer. Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States.
3 or more years
The Concord Consortium has an international reputation for innovations in technology that improve teaching and learning. Our educational developments have been widely adopted and have had broad impact throughout STEM education — starting with our earliest work in probeware, which ignited a whole field, and the nation’s first online high school, which served as a model for the field. We have created award-winning software used by millions across the globe.
Our work environment is casual and stimulating. Join us to be part of a creative community of geeks and science, math, and engineering fanatics. We have regular brown bag talks featuring invited scholars and luminaries and hold delectable themed meals and celebrations several times per year. In general, we’re a creative, intelligent, happy bunch — check out our profiles.
The Concord Consortium offers a comprehensive range of benefits, including up to four weeks’ vacation, medical and dental insurance, tuition reimbursement, a generous TIAA retirement plan, and life, long-term, and short-term disability insurance.