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Content Area Specialists

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ROLE DESCRIPTION 

Position  

Content Area Specialists 

Department 

Curriculum Design and Development (CDD) 

Reports to  

Curriculum Project Manager 

 

About School Group 

School Group (SG) is a start-up international non-profit developing a cutting-edge global e-learning platform that will allow students around the world to connect for peer-to-peer collaborative learning and skills development — improving the accessibility and quality of education, while transforming lives and impacting future success. We need talented people to help us make our vision a reality. So, if you believe in the power of education, international development and community service — and have the time, skills and know-how to match — we want you as a School Group volunteer. 

 

 

Role Overview 

In our pursuit to make quality education accessible around the world, School Group (SG) is seeking a Content Area Specialist o join our team! In this role you will work closely with other Curriculum Area specialists, identify standards by grade in your subject area, understand and find ways to apply SG developed Curriculum for global use and using technology.    

 

Essential Functions 

 

  • Identify standards by grade level in your subject area (possible start: Common Core State Standards in the U.S.) and identified grade level. 

  • Cross-reference subject area and grade level standards to the same standards in other countries.  

  • Understand (and apply) how School Group develops curriculum for global use. 

  • Understand (and apply) how School Group develops curriculum for use with technology. 

  • With the Curriculum Designer for this module/unit, select standards in your subject area and grade level for School Group to use to develop a module/unit. 

  • Write the standards as student outcomes (not teacher objectives). 

  • Cooperate with Content Area Specialists to look for connections between your outcomes and those for other subjects. 

  • Work with other Content Area Specialists to develop an essential question – the “umbrella” under which all of the selected student outcomes can be learned and demonstrated.  For more on essential questions, see the Essential Question guidelines and examples (to come). 

  • Conceptualize the way(s) student can demonstrate that they have accomplished the outcome(s) in your subject area.  Think of a report, demonstration, presentation, project, etc., that would work for your own outcomes. Work with the other Content Area Specialists to see if a single form of documentation could work to reveal whether or not students have accomplished the Outcome.  Or two related forms of documentation, such as a presentation and a written report would help a student demonstrate learning of all/some of the Outcomes. 

  • Develop a learning sequence for each of the selected outcomes in your content area.  Follow the step-by-step process (to come) creatively, referencing the essential question and helping students work towards demonstration of their learning of each Outcome.  Think of the learning sequence as the pathway from Essential Question and outcomes to the final documentation of learning. 

  • Develop a rubric for the documentations of each of the outcomes in your subject area.  You do not have to develop a rubric for the form of documentation itself (which may vary as students choose how to show they have learned, and for which one or two rubric items will be standardized). 

  • Serve as a reviewer for other specialists’ work.  

 

 

Every effort has been made to identify the essential functions of this position. However, this position description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties you may be required to perform. The omission of specific descriptions of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or can be considered essential to this position. 

 

 

Key Relationships 

 

  • Collaborate with the Curriculum Director, Curriculum Designers, and other Content Area Specialists 

 

 

 

Qualifications 

Basic 

  • Bachelor's Degree/ Master’s Degree in your specialized area 

  • Experience teaching the subject area, especially in middle and high schools. 

  • Bachelor’s degree that shows academic work in the subject area and/or education classes. 

  • Knowledge of content and learning processes in any of these standard subject areas: mathematics, science, reading, writing 

  • Probable knowledge in other subject areas: visual arts, performing arts, music, physical education, health, etc. 

 

Preferred 

  • Excellent communication skills – Both written and spoken English 

  • Prior experience in Curriculum development is preferred.  

 

 

 

 

Why volunteer with us? 

We are a community of people from different parts of the world who share a common belief in improving education which will eventually reduce poverty and improve the quality of life and living conditions globally. Volunteering with us will enable you to build your resume and gain invaluable experience in a supportive environment. 

 

  • In the USA, School Group is a Certifying Organization, offering the President’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) to eligible volunteers. 

 

  • School Group will provide a letter of recommendation to all volunteers who are able to showcase outstanding performance for professional references. 

 

 

Other information 

 

This is a volunteer position. There will be no financial compensation. Our organization is 100% volunteer-run. We welcome volunteers located anywhere in the world, as long as they can connect reliably to the internet.