Do you have an interest in data science and the desire to make a difference in K-12 education? The Concord Consortium, an educational nonprofit located in Concord, MA, and Emeryville, CA, is seeking a Curriculum Developer with a strong background in Data Science Education. 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 to three new National Science Foundation- and foundation-funded projects aimed at improving students’ ability to learn with and about data in K-12 settings, especially at the middle and high school levels, and conducting research on how technology can help foster this understanding.
In this position you will:
- Design, test, create, and revise research-based educational curriculum involving data and data science concepts and the Concord Consortium’s CODAP software
- Develop generalized teaching routines or approaches appropriate for fostering data exploration and learning across a broad variety of datasets and K-12 classroom settings
- Identify, clean, and refine datasets for use in educational curriculum and settings
- Draft formative and summative assessment items, performance assessments, or assessment strategies for use in conjunction with data-related curriculum and learning experiences
- Test and provide feedback on prototype technologies for exploring and analyzing data of different types, and identify ways to integrate prototypes into curriculum activities and modules
- Identify opportunities for integrating data into interdisciplinary contexts, including the use of data involving issues of social justice
- Work with external data providers to identify and hone datasets for use in K-12 classroom settings
- Identify and apply principles and findings from education research literature to the development of curriculum approaches
- Identify and suggest software features with promise for aiding learners’ exploration of data and fostering data-related understanding and habits of mind
- Lead 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
- Design and facilitate online and face-to-face teacher professional development activities to audiences across the nation to ensure effective teacher enactment of project materials
- Travel and present at a range of conferences and convocations
To accomplish this, you will need:
- A degree in STEM fields or statistics with experience in data science or experimental science
- Knowledge of K-12 and undergraduate STEM content and standards
- The creativity to invent and develop novel student explorations involving data and technology
- Significant experience with existing data tools and research into statistics and data science learning
- 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 experience with or interest in:
- Technical and programming skill involving languages designed for data analysis and manipulation (e.g., R, Python) or other programming experience
- Classroom or other teaching experience
The Concord Consortium offers a rich variety of benefits, including up to four weeks’ vacation, medical and dental insurance, a generous TIAA-CREF retirement plan, and life and short- and long-term disability insurance.
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 frequent technical and research discussions, sometimes including invited guests from local and distant nonprofits, tech groups, and more. We’re a
creative, intelligent, happy bunch — check out our profiles.
If you are authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis for any employer, and you have the required qualifications, please send your cover letter, curriculum vitae, and a writing sample to: hrjr+CDDS@concord.org.
The Concord Consortium is committed to equal employment opportunity and non-discrimination for all employees and qualified applicants without regard to a person’s race, color, gender, age, religion, national origin, ancestry, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, or any characteristic protected under applicable law.