Curriculum designer (Remote, Part time)

Prisma - Remote - Part time

Who we are

Prisma is a new kind of education company driven by a singular mission: to create a next generation capable of solving the world's biggest problems. The world is changing faster than ever, yet our current education system is not designed for rapid change. At Prisma we have designed a new kind of K-12 learning experience, built from the ground up to not only develop kids' future-ready skills (curiosity, systems thinking & problem solving, ethical decision making, communication & collaboration, and initiative & follow through) but to instill in them a desire to make a large, positive impact on the world. Prisma combines the flexibility of home-based learning, the socialization of a close-knit peer group that meets daily, the support of an inspiring learning coach, and the personalization of an interests-based, adaptable curriculum. We believe that every student deserves to love school, be able to progress at their own pace, pursue what interests them, and to reach their full potential. If you believe this too and you dream of a job where you can truly have an impact on the world, read on!

We are led by two repeat founders whose most recent venture was bought by Google in one of its most expensive acquisitions to date. We are a well and self-funded, mission-driven company focused on scalable and sustainable growth.

What the role is

Since May of 2020, our team has built a world-class education program for a group of middle school kids across the USA. Kids and their parents love what we're doing, we have consistently received exceptionally high NPS scores, and we've proven that Prisma learners demonstrate strong academic growth. Now that it's clear that we're building something that enables learners to thrive, it's time to expand and refine our curriculum library of workshops, projects, and missions. This is where you come in. We're looking for creative, experienced, driven curriculum designers with backgrounds in a range of subjects comfortable creating content for kids in grades 4-12.

Curriculum designers will initially be brought on as contractors working a set number of hours per week on specific projects based on their areas of expertise and passion. This is a great opportunity for teachers & freelance designers looking for part-time work, and could potentially turn into full-time work for the right candidate as we grow.

What you will do

  • Work with our Head of Curriculum & curriculum designers to brainstorm, plan, and design content for Prisma live and asynchronous learning activities for kids in grades 4-12
  • Design independent learning missions, projects, and tasks that give kids clear instructions, challenge them to think critically, and provide ample opportunities for choice & creativity (we don't design multiple-choice questions or worksheets)
  • Help us source, curate & adapt the best online learning resources, games, and apps available and incorporate them into our curriculum
  • Design assessment & feedback materials focused on the holistic development of each child (we don't give traditional grades or scores)
  • Incorporate feedback from the curriculum team & coaching staff on your designs
  • Think outside the box & contribute to the curriculum team's vision for a learning experience that offers more engagement & choice than any other on Earth

Who the ideal candidate is

You are a/an:

  • Experienced curriculum designer with a portfolio of creative, engaging, and challenging lessons and/or experiences you have created for kids in grades 4-12.
  • Exceptional writer and communicator who knows how to explain concepts and procedures clearly in writing & through engaging visuals for kids at all levels. Since our kids are virtual, they rely on written & visual explanations for tasks much more than in regular school.
  • Organized & efficient project manager who can meet deadlines & communicate progress ****as part of a remote team
  • Tech-savvy maker with a toolkit of interesting ways to engage kids in virtual learning experiences (familiarity with Google Suite essential; tools like Padlet, Jamboard, Loom, Flipgrid, TinkerCad, Canva, Minecraft helpful)
  • Quality-driven creator who continually seeks out feedback and carefully edits your work to make sure it's as polished, cohesive, & effective as it can be
  • Creative thinker who loves dreaming up novel, interesting ways for kids to learn
  • Lifelong learner who is energized by finding new resources & tools and going down "rabbit holes" to find the best content out there for our kids
  • Excited about working in a fully distributed team (also post-COVID)
  • Someone who has a strong entrepreneurial drive and is comfortable operating in a fast-paced rapidly-changing startup environment

In addition to the description above, we are particularly interested in meeting designers with expertise in the following areas:

  • English language arts, with a particular focus on Writing
  • Technology, programming, & computer science
  • Engineering, robotics, gaming, & design
  • History & social studies
  • However, please do still apply if your background is in other areas!

Beyond possessing these skills, if you also exude these traits, we want to talk with you!

  • Gutsy: Unafraid to speak up, take risks and think differently
  • Humble: Quick to give credit and slow to pass blame
  • Can-do: Optimistic, bring solutions, not problems, and always find a way
  • Team player: Care about, respect, help, and speak candidly with others
  • Driven: Go above and beyond to achieve our mission

How we compensate

  • Competitive hourly rate
  • Work from anywhere in the world
  • Flexible work schedule (compatible with US-based working hours)

Next steps

If this sounds like your dream opportunity, please apply via the link below 👋.

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Curriculum Design

Experience Level

Mid Level


Prisma is a totally new way to go to school. We are an innovative online school for 4-8th graders who want an education tailored to their interests, abilities, and goals for the future.
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