Curriculum Designer: Grades 6-8 – ELL Expertise

Salary:  Location:  Independence, Kansas, United States
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Note: This is a remote position. Candidates may work from anywhere in the U.S. as long as they have the proper technology available to work collaboratively with the team.


Curriculum Designer – Grades 6-8: English Language Learner Expertise (Consultant)



EL Education is a leading K-12 education non-profit that is meeting the national challenge to raise student achievement. Combining challenging work with the joy of discovery and pride in mastery, EL offers the education we would want for every child: one that prepares citizens with both the skills and the character necessary for success throughout college, work and life.


Our portfolio of instructional materials and coaching services draws on 20+ years of success in more than 160 EL schools, serving 4,000 teachers and 53,000 students in 31 states and Washington D.C. Based on founding principles of meaningful work, character and respect for teachers, EL’s offerings transform teaching and learning to promote habits of scholarship and character that lead to high student achievement, regardless of student background.


In addition to success on standardized tests, EL students demonstrate critical thinking, intellectual courage and emotional resilience; they possess the passion and the capacity to contribute to a better world. For more information, visit



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 Curriculum Designer – Grades 6-8: English Language Learner Expertise will work as part of a team to design and write high quality engaging curriculum that integrates literacy and content learning for Grades 6-8. All materials will include robust supports and adaptations for English Language Learners (ELLs) at the lesson and unit level. A curriculum designer with ELL expertise will serve as an embedded member of a grade level team to inform our design and build additional supports and adaptations for English Language Learners. This position represents an exciting opportunity for individuals who have:


● Proven experience working with and designing supports for English Language Learners specifically in the middle school grades

● A deep understanding of the CA ELD standards

● Experience in curriculum design

● A deep understanding of the implications of the CCSS “instructional shifts.”


We seek 3 curriculum designers with ELL expertise total to begin in April 2018 and finish in July 2019.


Master Teachers from EL Schools are strongly encouraged to apply.



This position will be under the supervision of the Associate Director of Curriculum Design. S/he will:

● Support the design and writing of four “integrated literacy modules” at a given grade level: 45 minutes of instruction per day, written down to the daily lesson level

– Help shape and hold the vision and “story” of the module

– Within all lessons ensure integration of strategies that support all students including English Language Learners aligned with the CA ELD standards

– Create unit level documents outlining specific supports for English Language Learners

– Design formative and summative assessments, considering the specific needs to English Language Learners

– Ensure consistent instructional practices across units and modules

● Identify and/or write appropriate texts (given content and literacy skills the module addresses) considering diversity, equity, and inclusion

● Plan and facilitate learning for design teams around supporting English language learners

● Provide kind, helpful, and specific feedback on supports and scaffolding for English Language

Learners (within or across teams for Grades 6-8)

● Coordinate closely with other specialists to incorporate additional lesson level supports for specific student populations

● Give and receive kind, specific, helpful feedback within and across grade level teams, focused on criteria in the EQuIP rubric as well as EL’s own internal set of criteria

● Participate in design, critique, and revision at the module, unit and lesson level

● Revise lessons based on criteria and multiple rounds of feedback from internal and external reviewers

● Contribute to a high functioning collaborative team: honor EL’s organizational norms; build relationships; proactively communicate if issues with the group or individuals arise; name milestones and celebrate successes; promote reflection and ongoing improvement

● Attend a six day Curriculum Design Intensive (CDI) in September 2018 (8 days total with travel days)

● Support schools in September and October 2018

● As needed, carry out special projects or problem-solving as assigned by the Associate Director of Curriculum Design



A successful Curriculum Designer: ELL expertise candidate will have:


● A master’s degree in education, specialization in teaching English Language Learners preferred

● Five or more years of relevant work experience

● 5 or more years of experience teaching English Language Learners at the middle school level, coaching teachers to support ELLs, bilingual education programs, and/or dual language programs

● Deep knowledge of ELL pedagogy as it relates to 6-8 developing literacy skills and 6-8 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

● Comprehensive knowledge of the educational needs of the diverse populations of ELLs in grades 6-8

● Curriculum design expertise (backwards 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 First Edition Grades 6-8 ELA curriculum preferred

● Extraordinary written and verbal communications skills (phone, email, in-person, video conference)

● Strong computer skills including Microsoft Office and Google Suites

● Strong research skills

● A dynamic ability to manage complex tasks and tight deadlines independently and proactively

● An ability to analyze, critique, and creatively revise curriculum

● A keen eye for detail and ability to triage and problem-solve

● Outstanding writing and editing skills (particular to the “curriculum genre”) to be efficient, concise, sequential, and able to write and edit quickly with minimal supervision

● Strong self-motivation and self-management skills; an effective independent worker

● High efficacy, high flexibility, high self-awareness, and a sense of humor

● 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



Competitive compensation commensurate with experience.

How to Apply


The anticipated start date for this position is April 2018 (ASAP). Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled.


Please submit your resume and one page cover letter (in MS Word or PDF format) to and title the subject line of the email “Curriculum Designer - Grades 6-8: ELL Expertise (Consultant)”.


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 final 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 gender, race, color, ethnicity, disability, or any other factor which cannot lawfully be used as a basis for an employment decision.

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