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LGBTQ Curriculum Coach (Contract)

 

About the Position

Garden State Equality in collaboration with Make It Better 4 Youth have developed LGBTQ+ Inclusive Curriculum to mirror the LGBTQ+ Inclusive Curriculum law. The law requires that lessons regarding the social, economic, and political contributions of LGBTQ+ Americans, as well as Americans with disabilities, be included in the adoption of instructional materials and instruction in public schools in the state of New Jersey.

The Curriculum Coach will play an active role in achieving the organizational mission of utilizing the LGBTQ+ Inclusive Curriculum in the best manner. Curriculum Coaches will serve the teachers participating in the LGBTQ+ Inclusive Curriculum Pilot Program and their supervisor and administrative team by providing job-embedded professional support through discussion, coaching, modeling, and planning with the school’s pilot team. The Curriculum Coach will occasionally provide support on site (at the pilot school) and consistently over email, video conference, and phone.

The Curriculum Coach will Report directly to the Safe Schools and Community Education Manager and the LGBTQ+ Inclusive Curriculum Pilot Project Manager. The Curriculum Coach will be responsible for supporting the educators (teachers, administrators, and support staff) of the selected pilot schools in delivering exemplary lessons that align to the LGBTQ+ Inclusive Curriculum.

This is an exceptional opportunity for individuals who are passionate about safe and affirming schools in relation to LGBTQ+ topics in public schools in the state of New Jersey.

Note: This is a contracted position from November 15, 2019 - July 1, 2020. A stipend of $1,000 - $6,000 will be paid based on experience and availability.

The Curriculum Coach will work on key tasks, not limited to:

  • Provide 2 in-person professional development opportunities.
    • 1 will be on December 3, 2019 at the New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association (NJPSA) Headquarters (12 Centre Drive, Monroe Township, NJ) from 9am - 3pm. Curriculum Coaches and educators from the pilot schools MUST attend this professional development opportunity.
    • 1 will be at the discretion of the Curriculum Coach based on the needs of the pilot school.
  • Provide consistent consultation and support to the educators of the pilot school.  This shall take form in the following manner, but is not limited to:
    • Emails
    • Phone calls
    • Digital meetings (Skype, Google Hangout, Conference Call, etc.)
  • Attend the LGBTQ+ Inclusive Curriculum Conference in June 2020 and facilitate workshops/sessions as directed.
  • Maintain consistent communication with the pilot school educators.
  • Regularly review lesson plans and offer insightful and applicable recommendations.  Special attention must be given to: rationale, teacher notes, guiding questions, concept instruction, exploration activities, and performance assessments.
  • Assist educators in utilizing the online platform regarding the LGBTQ+ Inclusive Curriculum.
  • Model lessons where appropriate and necessary.
  • Assist teachers in creating scaffolds/accommodations to meet the needs of all learners, including English language learners, students with special needs, students performing below grade level, and students performing above grade level. Revise lesson plans as indicated during the review process.
  • Maintain an accurate digital log regarding all communication with the pilot school.  
  • Work with Garden State Equality staff members and Make It Better for Youth staff members to ensure accurate content and presentation in a developmentally appropriate sequence.
  • Participate in regular communication with the Safe Schools and Community Education Manager, Curriculum Pilot Project Manager, Curriculum Project Manager, Make It Better for Youth staff members, and Garden State Equality staff members to ensure that lesson development meets the high standards set forth in the LGBTQ+ Inclusive Curriculum.
  • Participate in and assist with data collection needs set forth by the LGBTQ Inclusive Curriculum Research Team, including but not limited to:
    • Keeping detailed logs pertaining to interactions with participating staff.
    • Support in encouraging participating school personnel in administering and submitting pre and post surveys.
    • Participation in interviews regarding the LGBTQ+ Inclusive Curriculum Pilot Program and share insightful and honest perceptions.  
  • Adhere to all deadlines regarding the LGBTQ+ Inclusive Curriculum Pilot Program as per the Safe Schools and Community Education Manager, LGBTQ+ Inclusive Curriculum Pilot Project Manager, and Research Team.

Qualifications:

  • Certified teacher in New Jersey.
  • Minimum of five years teaching experience in curriculum planning and/or development.

Preferred:

  • Advanced degree in education.
  • Active engagement with one or more education-based organization.
  • Active engagement in higher education related to current or future educators (pre-service).

Required:

  • Demonstrated experience writing LGBTQ+ inclusive lessons.
  • Demonstrated experience in facilitating effective professional development.
  • Exhibit a clear understanding of the LGBTQ+ Inclusive Curriculum work in New Jersey and beyond.
  • Strong understanding of pedagogical methods for successful instruction.
  • Demonstrated success in supporting classroom teachers with best practices.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Deep core content knowledge in Science, Math, Literacy/Language Arts, SEL, Special Education, History with a Bachelors or Masters in an associated content area.
  • An intersectional view of social justice and LGBTQ+ history.
  • Superior writing skills with demonstrated writing ability (writing sample required).
  • Knowledge of the LGBTQ+ identities/history and it connection to school climate change.
  • Ability to offer clear and consistent communication with various stakeholders and through various means of communication.
  • Strong knowledge of various technology platforms including, but not limited to, Google Apps for Education.
  • Attendance at the LGBTQ+ Inclusive Curriculum Coach Orientation on November 16, 2019 from 1pm - 3pm at West Windsor-Plainsboro South High School.  This orientation is being held in conjunction with the New Jersey Trans Youth Forum which is held at the same location from 8am - 4pm.
  • Attendance at the LGBTQ+ Inclusive Curriculum Pilot Program initial training for educators from pilot schools on December 3, 2019 at the New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association (NJPSA) Headquarters (12 Centre Drive, Monroe Township, NJ) from 9am - 3pm. 
  • Attendance at the LGBTQ+ Inclusive Curriculum Conference in June 2020.  Location and time are are TBA.

Interested candidates must send their resume, 3 professional references, and availability (daytime, evening, weekends) to loriburns2011@gmail.com by October 1, 2019 to be considered.


LGBTQ Curriculum Writer (Contract)

 

About the Position

Garden State Equality in collaboration with Make It Better 4 Youth are working on developing LGBTQ Inclusive curriculum to mirror the recently passed LGBTQ-Inclusive Curriculum Law. This law requires that LGBTQ Americans, as well as Americans with disabilities, are included and recognized for their significant historic contributions to the economic, political, and social development of New Jersey and the United States. This law adds LGBTQ people and individuals with disabilities to the existing list of underrepresented cultural and ethnic groups, which are covered by current law related to inclusion in textbooks and other instructional materials in schools.

The Curriculum Writer will play an active role in achieving the organizational mission of creating LGBTQ inclusive curriculum to achieve positive climate change in New Jersey Schools. Reporting directly to the Safe School and Community Education Manager in collaboration with the LGBTQ Inclusive Curriculum Project Manager, the Curriculum Writer will be responsible for connecting with the programs team to craft new curricular materials and related offerings. This is an exceptional opportunity for those individuals who are passionate about LGBTQ and social justice issues related to integration into current core content standards in NJ.

Note: This is a contracted position. A stipend will be paid per lesson or unit developed.

The Curriculum Writer will work on key tasks, not limited to:

Collaborate with the program team to craft new curricular materials and related offerings the integrate across all subject areas per NJ core content standards for 5th-12th grades.
Craft lessons that include following: rationale, teacher notes, guiding questions, concept instruction, exploration activities, and performance assessments.

Help create scaffolds/accommodations to meet the needs of all learners, including English language learners, students with special needs, students performing below grade level, and students performing above grade level. Revise lessons as indicated during the review process.

Work with Garden State Equality and Make it Better 4 Youth staff to ensure accurate content and presentation in a developmentally appropriate sequence.

Participate in regular communication with the program team to ensure that lesson development meets the high standards set for the program and are consistent with lessons being developed across the grade spans.

Requirements

  • Deep core content knowledge in Science, Math, Literacy/Language Arts, SEL, Special Education, History with a Bachelors or Masters in an associated content area.
  • Minimum of five years teaching experience in curriculum planning and/or development.
  • Superior writing skills with demonstrated writing ability (writing sample required).
  • Knowledge of the LGBTQ identities/history and it connection to school climate change.

To Apply:

Garden State Equality is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.