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CURRICULUM WRITER/DEVELOPER—K-8 EDUCATION

Your primary role will be to write age-appropriate digital curriculum resources for K-8 education that incorporate Gallopade’s vision, mission, and style. You will work on products for Gallopade’s State Experience series of student workbooks that combine instructional content and activities into a popular and successful interactive “small bites” approach for teaching social studies. You will also work on corresponding Teacher Toolbox curriculum resources, digital Clickbooks, online ExperTrack Assessments, and more. Additionally, you will assist in the development of new products and product lines to meet the changing challenges and needs of students and teachers.

You will develop new content by leveraging our existing library of resources and content, as well as by creating new text, activities, and resources from scratch. You will collaborate with graphic artists, writers, researchers, proofreaders, and others.

This position involves using a variety of instructional strategies, many of which you will need to learn or deepen your understanding of at least partly on your own. Self-directed acquisition of new skills to stay abreast of educational and industry trends and developments is critical to this position as this person serves as a discover, researcher, and sharer of new ideas that can be incorporated into existing Gallopade products or used as a spark or foundation for new products. The ability to explain and integrate various strategies into products is important, as is a good understanding and ability to utilize instructional strategies that work.

This job is really about creating engaging, effective instructional resources and experiences to help children learn and to love to learn, resulting in success for them (and their teachers) in school and beyond! Teaching, writing, education, and related experience is a big help for shortening the learning curve to being effective at Gallopade. Some of this is mandatory, because although we have many existing resources, you will be expected to curate, adapt, and add new content independently in order to meet state-specific standards and achieve other goals. As a result, your training will begin with in-depth instruction on why we do what we do, how to recognize when it’s done well, and how to recognize and fix it when it’s not done well. This process relies on you bringing a strong foundation of writing and instructional knowledge/skills to the job.

What you write will range from chapters, to pages, to screens, to definitions, to assessments, to leveled reading passages, to unit openers and wrap-ups, to biographies, to more. The age range you write for will range from age 5 through adult. The format you write for will be print and sometimes digital. Therefore, your ability to adjust your writing based on audience, purpose, format, and other variables is important, and prior experience in this area is desired.

Qualities our team believes are important for high job satisfaction and success in this position:

  • You care about education, children, teachers, social studies, citizenship, books, history, making learning fun, helping students succeed, building students’ love of learning, teaching students to be independent thinkers, positive results for all learners, inspiring curiosity, and all that jazz!
  • You efficiently produce high-quality writing that is clear, organized, conversational, unbiased, engaging, and purposeful.
  • You find nearly any topic interesting (especially history, but others too), and your writing exudes enthusiasm and interest and fascination about whatever topic is its focus.
  • You have excellent logical-thinking skills (and likely a high IQ); you independently spot faulty wording, connections, and assumptions that result in vague, misleading, or inaccurate statements or conclusions; you research and grasp new concepts quickly, but know when to keep digging to avoid jumping to incorrect conclusions; you explain events, concepts, and how-to skills logically, step-by-step, with correct cause-and-effect inferences and implications; you identify and utilize meaningful associations, parallels, and examples; you distinguish between evidence that does support a conclusion and “evidence” that does not; you recognize and emphasize the correct points to make sure readers understand key points and concepts; etc.
  • You like to learn, you learn quickly, you search online and learn new things on your own, you learn from feedback and collaboration; you take action to learn what you don’t know.
  • You ask questions when something is unclear; you initiate check-points to be sure you are on the right track; you get out of your desk and go find who you need to talk to rather than email.
  • You appreciate input, feedback, and collaboration; you seek to understand and improve.
  • You are organized and neat—with digital files, project files, research, checklists, assignments.
  • You are a “do it now” person who schedules a meeting, sends a text, writes something on the board, and gets started now, not later.
  • You actively seek to increase your efficiency and accuracy through the use of checklists, templates, masters, technology, existing resources, workflow, etc.
  • You check your own work; you don’t rely on others to catch and fix your mistakes.
  • You support out-of-the-box ideas, creativity, new ways of doing things, giving something a great shot even if you don’t quite know where it’s going, innovative solutions, etc.
  • You understand that the work you do often needs to reflect a vision or voice of an author, a brand, a specific style, etc., and you can achieve that.
  • You don’t mind wearing several hats; you can handle having multiple projects underway.
  • You critique and edit your own writing as a routine practice; you read your writing from the perspective of your audience.
  • You are a hard-worker; you make good use of your time; you voluntarily put in the effort to learn new skills and improve existing skills, to meet deadlines, to increase sales...

Ideally, candidates will bring experience in both of these next two areas, but we do consider candidates with strong experience on just one side when the candidate shows a capacity and initiative to compensate for the missing experience through a combination of self-directed learning and on-the-job training:

  • Teaching Experience: Hands-on instruction in the classroom is very helpful, as is the education that forms the foundation of that career path. But, creating professional curriculum goes far beyond the typical scope of creating curriculum for one’s own classroom or school, so adaptability and a willingness to learn about various instructional approaches and to adapt to a Gallopade style guide is essential. Additionally, an ability to adjust for different grade levels, subjects, states, etc. is essential.
  • Professional Writing Experience: Good writing is an essential core skill that must be brought to the job. The ability to communicate well in writing can cross subjects and ages and is more of a mandatory requirement than the classroom experience. However, writing instructional material for students that aligns to state standards, and that is engaging and effective, is not an easy transition for someone who has not written for education. Additionally, understanding and effectively utilizing instructional and assessment strategies is key to our business success.

Summary of Key Responsibilities:

  • Write student and teacher content aligned to specific state standards.
  • Comprehend and follow Gallopade’s core writing and instructional styles, which includes adaptation based on industry trends in instruction. This includes Gallopade’s unique “small bites” interactive approach to instruction, active engaging writing style, use of primary sources, inquiry, project-based learning, and more.
  • Clearly explain historical events, social studies skills and concepts, and other topics by producing writing that is well-organized, engaging, interesting, unbiased, and that provides essential information in a logical progression to help students understand what they read, allowing them to draw conclusions and apply what they learn.
  • Research new trends in education and propose creative ways to incorporate these trends into existing and/or new Gallopade products. As ideas are selected for further development, collaboratively help create concept details, sample page and cover designs, branding elements, titles, descriptions, prototypes, etc.
  • Serve as subject-matter expert on Gallopade products by understanding and communicating the instructional strategies, features, benefits, uses, standards alignment, differentiation, etc. of products to Gallopade employees, contractors, vendors, and customers as needed. This includes providing or assisting in professional development sessions for Gallopade’s marketing and sales teams so they can effectively market and present products to potential customers. On occasion, you may have the opportunity to conduct focus groups or provide professional development sessions to teachers.
  • Evaluate, train, collaborate with, and coordinate other writers.
  • Project-manage curriculum writing projects to establish schedules and meet milestone (interim step) due dates and final production deadlines.
  • Project-manage curriculum development to create and utilize appropriate style guides, checklists, naming conventions, research sources, artwork, templates/masters, procedures and instructions, quality assurance steps, etc.
  • Communicate and coordinate with inside and outside stakeholders and service providers. Stakeholders include staff within the department and in other departments, sales reps, company management, and customers as applicable. Service providers include freelancers, software providers, and other vendors as applicable.
  • Additional responsibilities and functions as needed or as applicable.

Technical Skills Needed

Must be proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel.

Google Drive and Mac experience are preferred.

Experience with Adobe InDesign would be useful, but is not required.



DIGITAL CONTENT DEVELOPER—K-8 EDUCATION

Your primary role will be to develop age-appropriate digital curriculum resources for K-8 education. Some of the resources you will help develop are completely digital. This includes Gallopade’s own unique curriculum line of interactive digital “textbooks” for students, aka Clickbooks. Some of the resources you will help develop are digital assessments and teacher resource add-ons to supplement print materials. Content users you will be developing for varies: some content will be designed to be used independently by students; some content will be designed to be used by teachers with their classes; some content (such as assessments) will be designed to be periodically assigned to students by teachers and used by students in a more controlled start-to-finish scenario.

This position also includes the responsibility for planning, communicating, implementing, and reviewing user-interface design elements. User-interface design elements include help content, navigation tools, content organization and naming conventions, reporting of student usage and grades, tutorials, and more. Much of the interface work is done through a collaborative effort that includes inhouse and outside team members such as designers, engineers, etc.

This position involves using a variety of digital programs, many of which will need to be learned on your own. Self-directed acquisition of new skills is critical to this position as this person serves as a discover and sharer of new technologies that can be incorporated into Gallopade products or used to create new products. While we have listed existing technologies we use in the technical skills requirements section, we strive to be on the leading edge of incorporating innovative technologies into educational K-8 products. Examples include our digital Clickbooks, ExperTrack Online Assessments, an augmented reality series in development, and more.

While this job has a major focus on digital, at its core, the job is really about creating engaging, effective instructional resources and experiences to help kids learn and to love to learn, resulting in success for them (and their teachers) in school and beyond! Teaching, writing, education, and related experience is a big help for shortening the learning curve to being able to be effective at Gallopade. Some of this is mandatory, because although we have many resources, you will often be writing content for screens, video scripts, and animations, choosing art and photographs, deciding which key terms or topics to add pop-up definitions or additional information to, etc.

Qualities our team believes are important for high job satisfaction and success in this position:

  • You care about education, children, teachers, social studies, citizenship, books, history, making learning fun, helping students succeed, building students’ love of learning, teaching students to be independent thinkers, positive results for all learners, inspiring curiosity, and all that jazz!
  • You like to learn, you learn new things quickly, you search online and learn new things on your own, you learn from feedback and collaboration; you take action to learn what you don’t know.
  • You ask questions when something is unclear; you initiate check-points to be sure you are on the right track; you get out of your desk and go find who you need to talk to rather than email.
  • You appreciate input, feedback, and collaboration; you seek to understand and improve.
  • You are organized—with file names and hierarchies, with project files, with calendar events.
  • You are a “do it now” person who picks up the phone, schedules a meeting, writes something on the board, and gets started now, not later.
  • You manage and improve your work-flow to increase efficiency and improve results.
  • You are accurate; you check your own work and don’t rely on others to catch and fix your mistakes.
  • You are a problem-avoider by identifying and solving small issues before they become big problems. You are also a problem-solver; you take ownership to find or help find solutions.
  • You support out-of-the-box ideas, creativity, new ways of doing things, giving something a great shot even if you don’t quite know where it’s going, off-the-wall solutions, etc.
  • You understand that the work you do often needs to reflect a vision or voice of an author, a brand, a specific style, etc., and you can achieve that.
  • You don’t mind wearing a lot of hats; you’re good at it; you don’t get stressed out about it.
  • You are not a reluctant writer or designer; you have good foundational skills that you want to use and grow.
  • You are a hard-worker; you make good use of your time; you voluntarily put in the effort to learn new skills and improve existing skills, to meet deadlines, to increase sales...

Summary of Key Responsibilities:

  • Develop digital student and teacher products aligned to specific state standards.
  • Comprehend and follow Gallopade’s core writing and instructional styles, including Gallopade’s unique “small bites” interactive approach to instruction, active engaging writing style, engaging and intuitive design, and more.
  • Clearly explain historical events, social studies skills and concepts, and other topics by producing and assembling writing, graphics, animations, video, and other elements to build digital instructional resources that are well-organized, engaging, interesting, unbiased, and that provide essential information in a logical progression to help students understand the topic being covered.
  • Evaluate, train, collaborate with, and coordinate workflow with other employees, interns, freelancers, and vendors involved in digital product development.
  • Research new trends in digital instruction, multimedia, and other relevant areas and propose creative ways to incorporate these trends into existing and/or new Gallopade products. As ideas are selected for further development, collaboratively help create concept details, prototypes, etc.
  • Serve as subject-matter expert on Gallopade digital products by understanding and communicating features, benefits, uses, standards alignment, differentiation, etc. to employees, contractors, vendors, and customers as needed. This includes providing professional development for Gallopade’s marketing and sales teams so they can effectively market and present products to potential customers. At times you will need to create digital presentations (Google Slide or PowerPoint). You will frequently use online meeting software (e.g. Skype or Zoom). On occasion, you may be asked to provide professional development sessions to teachers, at schools, tradeshows, or via webinar. You may need to field questions that are emailed to our customer support team to help provide information or address technical issues.
  • Routinely interact with international contacts, particularly technical engineers and project managers of systems that Gallopade uses to author, produce, host, or deliver our products to customers. Although these are English-speaking contacts, utilizing strategies such as meeting agendas, notes, visual representations, screen-share, video communication, and regularly-scheduled meetings assist with overcoming language differences and help achieve effective communication.
  • Project-manage development to establish schedules, meet milestone (interim step) due dates, and meet final production and “go live” deadlines.
  • Project-manage digital curriculum development to create and utilize appropriate style guides, checklists, naming conventions, research sources, artwork, templates/masters, procedures and instructions, quality assurance steps.
  • Additional responsibilities and functions as needed or as applicable.

Technical Skills Needed

Must be proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

Google Drive and Mac experience are preferred.

Additional requirements include previous technical experience and/or ability to learn:

  • Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, Premier Pro, and After Effects
  • to create animated, educational videos through Moovly and Premier Pro
  • to use Audacity to record and edit audio
  • ongoing skills for digital authoring system, CSS, HTML5, LMS functionality, etc. as applicable

Job Type: Full-time