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Curriculum Developer

University of Colorado Boulder
Colorado, United States
Salary Not Specified
Start date
Jul 2, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Education, Other Education, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Biology & Life Sciences, Geology & Earth Sciences, Other Science & Technology, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Political Science & International Relations
Employment Type
Full Time
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Job Summary

We encourage applications for one or more curriculum developers to join the efforts of the inquiryHub research-practice partnership in developing a three-year high school science curriculum as a part of the OpenSciEd High School Developers Consortium. The Developers Consortium is a collaboration with researchers and educators from the University of Colorado, Boulder, Northwestern University, BSCS and the University of Texas, Austin. The curriculum is aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards and uses a phenomenon-based storyline approach that prioritizes pedagogical approaches that support equitable instruction. We seek a motivated, creative individual who shares our mission of promoting equity through the development of instructional materials that center the interests and concerns of Black, Latinx, Native American, female and gender nonbinary, neurodiverse, and emerging multilingual students and their communities. The curriculum developer will be primarily responsible for developing teacher and student materials for the high school biology course. This position provides an exciting opportunity to work with a multi-institution team working on the cutting edge of science education.
The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

The inquiryHub research-practice partnership is a joint effort between researchers at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and educators at Denver Public Schools. inquiryHub’s focus is on research and development of materials, tools, and processes to promote equitable student learning of STEM. Our aim is to ensure that a student’s race, gender, or home language cannot be predicted by knowing the quality of their experience in class, that is, the degree to which they experience instruction as coherent and relevant and have opportunities to contribute to knowledge building. inquiryHub is hosted and supported by the Institute of Cognitive Science (ICS) at CU-Boulder. Founded in 1968, the mission of ICS is to understand and enhance human cognition, learning, and development through the creation of interdisciplinary partnerships. ICS fosters rich scientific interchange across researchers from a broad range of disciplines including Artificial Intelligence, Linguistics, Psychology, Neuroscience, Computer Science, Philosophy, and Education.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

The curriculum developer will work with a team of researchers and educators to develop student and teacher materials that align to the instructional model used by OpenSciEd. This includes participating as a team member in the curriculum design process which includes the following:
  • analyze the Next Generation Science Standards
  • identify anchoring phenomenon and developing explanations
  • develop coherent storylines
  • source appropriate materials for and creating teacher guides and student-facing documents for lessons
  • integrate and support use disciplinary core ideas, science and engineering practices and crosscutting concepts into student and teacher materials
  • format materials for production
  • support teacher learning through the development of educative professional learning materials
  • revise curricular materials based on external feedback and field test data
  • ensure content writers maintain the expected quality of lessons and adhere to project timelines

What We Can Offer

The salary range is $60,000-$75,000, commensurate with experience and education. We are open to meeting our needs through a combination of full and part-time hires.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits , including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder .

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What We Require

  • Master’s degree in a science discipline and/or science education.
  • At least five years of experience in classroom teaching and/or curriculum development.

What You Will Need

  • An understanding of three-dimensional, phenomenon-driven and problem-driven science teaching and learning as called for by the National Research Council’s Framework for K-12 Science Education and the Next Generation Science Standards;
  • Understanding of the science content and science teaching (pedagogical content knowledge) in the disciplinary core ideas called for by the Next Generation Science Standards for at least two disciplines at the middle school and/or high school levels (physical science/physics/chemistry, life science/biology, earth/space/environmental sciences).
  • Ability and expertise with regard to how to integrate the interests and social identities of marginalized populations and the obstacles they face in educational settings into curriculum materials and designs for professional development
  • The ability to manage complex work and achieve specified goals under time and resource constraints;
  • The ability to both collaborate effectively in diverse groups and work autonomously towards agreed upon objectives;
  • Excellent writing and oral communication skills.
  • A commitment to improving science education;
  • A commitment to equity and social justice in education.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Experience developing instructional materials for middle or high school science or related experience;
  • Experience with the inquiryHub, OpenSciEd or Next Generation Science Storylines instructional models.
  • Teaching experience at the middle or high school level;
  • Expertise in supporting emergent multilingual learners;
  • Experience working with Black, Latinx, or Native American and other groups underrepresented in science;
  • Experience supporting girls and/or gender nonbinary students in STEM.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter
  3. 1 Letter of Recommendation (Not Confidential)

Review of applications will begin on July 19 and will continue until the position is filled.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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