Project Context & Impact
Remember the feeling you had the first time you read a speech by Martin Luther King, Jr.? A Shakespearean sonnet? Animal Farm? Do you get excited when you discover great contemporary writers like Junot Diaz, Colum McCann, Thomas Friedman, and Edwidge Danticat? Are you a self-professed geek about reading, writing, text, and language?
Imagine a job that lets you relive those moments of discovery and excitement by diving into rich, relevant texts - a job that allows you give high school students the opportunity to make meaning of text in innovative new ways, providing them access to an innovative language arts curriculum that will prepare them for college, careers, and life beyond.
PCG Education is currently developing Common Core English Language Arts curriculum for grades 9-12. This first-of-its-kind curriculum will be a free on-line resource for high school English Language Arts teachers. It will include complete lesson plans, curriculum maps, assessments, and a wide variety of support materials.
We are seeking motivated, text-savvy individuals to join our curriculum development team. Team members will have the opportunity to:
- Work on the leading edge of a national movement to improve educational opportunities and outcomes for all students
- Collaborate with peers and influential stakeholders from across the country as part of a dynamic project team
- Learn about the Common Core State Standards and the challenges and opportunities they present
- Develop professionally as writers, thinkers, and team members
- Be part of an international network of educational change agents
- Apply their experience on this development project to change teaching and learning in a variety of contexts.
PCG is currently seeking writers for the grades 9, 10, 11, and 12 curricula. Strong candidates are::
- Passionate about reading and writing
- Lovers of a wide variety of types of texts
- Excited about the Common Core standards
- Committed to achievement for all students
- Self-motivated and self-directed
- Dedicated to their own professional growth
- Driven to seek out and use feedback to improve and to grow
- Collaborative and flexible.
The work can happen virtually; however, travel is required to participate in trainings, typically once every 6 weeks for approximately 5 days at a time. Curriculum writing and/or instructional experience is helpful, though not required. Full-time engagement is strongly preferred, though for the right candidate, part-time involvement may be possible. The work will take place from summer 2013 through summer 2014. The Role
Writers are responsible for writing lessons and supporting materials to specific design criteria set forth by the PCG leadership team. The writing process is highly iterative and collaborative: writing occurs in pairs, and peer review and other internal formative feedback mechanisms ensure that the material is aligned to specifications and is high quality before submission to the client for review. About PCG Education
PCG Education serves diverse clients with a range of educational and organizational objectives. We work with urban, rural, and suburban school districts; traditional public, charter, and private schools; state education agencies; educational foundations; and professional associations throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe. Our team helps clients achieve their goals around strengthening student performance and closing the achievement gap, improving instruction, using data to inform decision-making, and facilitating organizational change. The team partners with local Superintendents, state Commissioners, principals, teachers, parents, and communities alike to realize clients' vision for education in their unique contexts.
Interested individuals must submit:
- resume or CV
- three letters of recommendation (at least 2 from someone in a mentoring or supervisory position (professional or academic))
- transcripts from undergraduate and/or graduate school
- a 1-2 page writing sample (double spaced) that responds to one of the following prompts:
1. You have been tasked with selecting one common book to be read this year by every student in grades 9-12 in your state. What book would you recommend and why?
2. What is the biggest challenge schools face today?
3. Describe what the following statement says to you about education in the United States:
'Knowledge will forever govern ignorance, and a people who mean to be their own governors, must arm themselves with the power knowledge gives. A popular government without popular information or the means of acquiring it, is but a prologue to a farce or a tragedy or perhaps both'
- James Madison
PCG is an EEO,AA,VEVRAA Employer
Public Consulting Group (PCG) provides industry-leading management consulting and technology to help public sector education, health, human services, and other government clients achieve their performance goals and better serve populations in need. Founded in 1986 and headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, Public Consulting Group (PCG) has more than 1,100 professionals in 44 offices around the U.S., in Canada, and in Europe who are dedicated to delivering leading consulting approaches and technologies to public sector clients.