Curriculum Research Specialist at K12, Inc in Herndon, Virginia

Posted in Other 19 days ago.

Job Description:


Over 20 years ago, Stride was founded to provide personalized learning - powered by technology. We reached students where they were in their own journeys. We knocked down their barriers to great education. And we gave every learner equal opportunity to succeed - however they defined success. Stride innovated the learning experience with online and blended learning that prepared them for their lives ahead.

No matter their age, wealth, or environment, every learner possesses unique talents and boundless potential. Every learner is ready to be inspired by a great education. While many students thrive in traditional brick-and-mortar schools, others are limited by a system that simply doesn't fit their needs. Stride is establishing the kind of personal learning that everyone can access.

Whether providing students with unique opportunities for growth or empowering educators with the tools and knowledge they need to succeed, we know personalized education works. We're steadfast in our dedication to the entire education community. And we're energized to best serve every learner, educator, and enterprise. This philosophy demands a culture driven by an earned trust, constant improvement, and creative innovation. We're all in.

The Curriculum Research Specialist assists with primary research and conducts secondary research efforts to help support, guide and develop products and services optimizing student performance. This position also maintains and updates documents and external responses around curriculum design.

Essential Functions:Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties.

  • Conduct secondary research to address research questions related to key components of curriculum and product development;

  • Collect, organize, analyze, synthesize, distribute and champion current secondary research (e.g. best practice research, literature reviews, empirical studies) and trends in instructional design, curriculum development and curriculum frameworks. Bring key insights and new knowledge to the organization and make actionable recommendations to Product Development Leadership;

  • Provide technical expertise to Product Development Team to guide curriculum design strategy based on research. Document and publish research base used in curriculum design;

  • Provide responses for Request for Proposals (RFPs), school applications, accreditation reviews, or other external requests regarding research-based curriculum design and/or strategy for intentional curriculum design that ensues access and equity or supports specific student needs (e.g. social emotional learning, diversity, supports for diverse learners)

  • Collaborate with alignment team to research and stay abreast of changes in school requirements for curriculum frameworks for new/upcoming courses.

  • Assist the Director, Curriculum and Product Research in drafting reports and creating other types of deliverables (e.g., presentations, infographics) to communicate findings to a variety of audiences, performing literature searches and preparing and annotating bibliographies. Check facts, proofread, and edit research documents to ensure accuracy

  • Collaborate with web development team to promote product research findings.

Supervisory Responsibilities: This position has no formal supervisory responsibilities.

Minimum Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in education, English, social sciences or related field AND

  • Five (5) years of experience in research, curriculum development or online education

  • Equivalent combination of education and experience

Certificates and Licenses: None required.

Other Required Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with national and state standards in K-12 education, and with current trends in methodology and curriculum development

  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills

  • Proven ability to closely proofread/edit written work

  • Ability to succinctly and efficiently synthesize content

  • Strong organizational skills and ability to prioritize tasks

  • Ability to take initiative, pay attention to detail and deliver high quality output in a timely manner in a highly collaborative online environment

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Project, Visio, etc.); Web proficiency.

  • Ability to travel 10% of the time

  • Ability to pass required background check

Desired Qualifications:

  • Master's degree in education or related field

  • Familiarity with pedagogy appropriate to variety of developmental levels

  • Familiarity with federal and state education databases

  • Experience conducting K-12 academic research

  • Awareness of current trends and directions in K-12 research, curriculum, online learning assessment, standards and compliancy/regulations

  • Experience with producing materials for public review

Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • This is a home-based position

The above job is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of duties and standards of the position. Incumbents will follow any other instructions, and perform any other related duties, as assigned by their supervisor. All employment is "at-will" as governed by the law of the state where the employee works. It is further understood that the "at-will" nature of employment is one aspect of employment that cannot be changed except in writing and signed by an authorized officer.

Stride, Inc. is a Federal Contractor, an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and a Drug-Free Workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected Veteran status age,, or genetics, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor's legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)