American Curriculum Social Studies Freelancer Consultant

July 23, 2015

SUMMARY

KDSL seeks a capable American Curriculum Social Studies Freelance Consultant to serve as a key team member in this growing organization. The organization seeks to transform K–12 social studies education in the MENA region by providing professional learning, school-based support, and institutes focused on alignment to the C3 Standards.

Know.Do.Serve.Learn (KDSL) offers Global Educational Collaboration Services and the mission is: to partner with education organizations worldwide in order to increase student achievement, teacher knowledge, and education leadership.

KDSL VALUES:

  • Knowledge
  • Action
  • Achievement
  • Relationships

Services are individualized and tailored to the needs of the organization, schools, teachers, grade level teams, and student achievement data. KDSL employs a blended approach (face-to-face and virtual interaction) at times when serving.

Current collaboration around the world is connected to:

  • Professional Development
  • Accreditation
  • Conferences

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

The American Curriculum Social Studies Freelance Consultant will play an important role in the success of KDSL. S/he will work alongside the two co-founders to support professional learning in the MENA region and beyond. The position offers great opportunities for learning and growth. This person will immediately contribute by:

  • Working with schools and educators to design a social studies professional learning plan;
  • Working with the co-founders to recruit, build and manage a network of social studies educators and working directly with educators;
  • Developing American curriculum focused webinars, forums, trainings and institutes based on feedback from schools
  • Provide monthly social studies tips for educators

 

SKILLS & EXPERIENCES

Strong candidates will bring the following skills and experiences:

  • Deep content expertise in K-12 social studies, curriculum design and understanding of the C3 Standards;
  • A minimum of 8-10 years of professional experience in K–12 education, with some hands-on experience in either the state or district social studies curriculum design or support preferred;
  • A minimum of 5 years of teaching experience in social studies and/or an ability to demonstrate genuine respect for teachers and teaching and collaborate with educators throughout the process (preferably a classroom teacher, teacher leader);
  • A proven strategic and project management skill set, including the ability to effectively manage multiple stakeholders and meet ambitious timelines;
  • Demonstrated experience working effectively on teams and with diverse populations;
  • Exceptional written and spoken communications and interpersonal skills;
  • Experience developing high-quality, engaging adult learning and facilitation preferred; and
  • Understanding of current social studies education reform issues, preferably in the areas of curriculum, instruction and assessment.

 

PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS

Strong candidates will possess the following personal characteristics:

  • Passion for the KDSL mission;
  • Superior judgment and ability to maintain professional, upbeat attitude and sense of humor under pressure;
  • A deep sense of personal responsibility and integrity
  • A collaborative, inclusive approach to building consensus and taking action; and
  • An ability to work independently and collaborate with colleagues and educators in a virtual work environment.

 

 

LOCATION, COMPENSATION & BENEFITS

Payment is commensurate with experience. This is not a job but based on project-based work. The location of the project-based work is in Dubai (we are open to a virtual position) with work around the entire MENA region. However, we will hire the most talented and well-qualified candidate.

APPLICATION PROCESS

Please submit a compelling cover letter, two references, sample workshop you have presented (agenda, presentation, supporting materials), sample video of you as a facilitator, and a resume to kevin@kdsleducation.org. Only serious applicants need to apply. We will contact you if your background matches the position.


American Curriculum: Myths and Facts

July 1, 2015

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“Fact Myth Signpost Shows Facts Or Mythology”
Image courtesy of Stuart Miles at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Over the past few years we have listened to multiple myths emerge from the mouths of teachers, administrators and owners of American Curriculum schools in the MENA region. Successful implementation of this curriculum model requires parents, educators, policymakers, and all stakeholders to have the facts about what American curriculum is and is not. Below are some myths to watch out for and the facts to use when you hear them.

Myth: The American curriculum is easy.

Fact: Many times this emerges when there is a comparison drawn between the American curriculum and other curriculum models. This statement does not take into effect that many models exist when it comes to American curriculum. For example, there are magnet schools, charter schools, art-focused schools and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) schools. Each one is unique and has its own curriculum, which is implemented based on the model. The American curriculum may appear easy if no model is the focus at a school. So if you ever hear this myth dig deeper to ask which model the person is referring to. Ask if they have heard about BASIS, which educates students at an internationally competitive level? Visit http://basisschools.org/ for more information.

Myth: The American curriculum is textbook-based.

Fact: The textbook is a resource. It is actually one of many resources. Any school claiming to be an American curriculum school because they use the American textbooks is incorrect. The fact is a textbook is not a curriculum. Curriculum defines what students should know, understand, and be able to do in each grade level and the content of study. As such, curriculum provides direction to teachers on what to teach, how to teach it, when to teach it, and how to assess instruction. This is aligned to standards, assessments, and instructional practices. For the majority of the history of the US educational system, standards, from which curriculum is derived, were interpreted in different ways by individual US states. In an effort to ensure that all states are providing the same quality of education to their students, in June 2009, the US National Governors Association (NGA) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), in partnership with a team of nationwide educators, announced the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) Initiative. Find out more about the Common Core State Standards here http://www.corestandards.org/read-the-standards/.

Myth: The American curriculum has no assessment system.

Fact: Many have not heard of NAEP. This stands for the National Assessment of Educational Progress and is the largest assessment measuring what American students know and can do in a variety of subjects. NAEP is now 46 years old. The first assessments were held in 1969. Subjects such as art, civics, economics, math, writing, science, geography and more are all part of this national assessment. In addition, states have had assessment programs for years that tracked student progress. Below is a list of additional assessments that many students in America participate in:

• SAT
• PSAT
• Smarter Balancer
• AP-Advanced Placement
• IBST-Iowa Basic Skills Test
• ACT-American College Testing
• MAP-Measures of Academic Progress
• PARCC- Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers

These are just three myths about American curriculum. What other myths have you heard?

Teach UAE Magazine teamed up with KDSL to publish the UAE’s first bi-lingual magazine supplement highlighting the American Curriculum in the United Arab Emirates. Visit http://tinyurl.com/qd4socj to find out more about American curriculum education in the United Arab Emirates.

Who were the best high schools in America in 2015? Visit this website here to find out: http://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/articles/slideshows/us-news-best-high-schools


KDSL’s American Curriculum Science Freelancer Consultant: Dr. Craig Gabler

June 15, 2015

Dr. Craig Gabler

Craig T. Gabler is a Science/STEM education consultant. Previously he was at Educational Service District (ESD) 113 in Olympia, Washington, beginning in 2000. At the ESD, Dr. Gabler served as Regional Science Coordinator where his primary role was to coordinate and deliver science professional development to the 44 school districts in the region. During his time at the ESD, Dr. Gabler also served as Curriculum Director for Science & Mathematics for Tacoma Public Schools in Washington for two years. Dr. Gabler began his career in Centralia, Washington in 1975 as a high school chemistry and physics teacher.

Outside of his work in districts, Dr. Gabler has been active in science education leadership. He served as a writer for the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), worked on Washington state science standards writing teams, and spent several summers as Mentor Teacher in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pre-Service Teacher program at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. He is currently the Retiring-President of the National Science Education Leadership Association. In addition, he served a two-year term as president of the Washington Science Teachers Association and as the National Science Teachers Association’s District XVII Director. Leadership and leadership development continues to be an area of focus for Dr. Gabler. He collaborated with the KDSL team and served as the team leader of the 2014 NGSS Forum held in Dubai for American curriculum schools in the MENA region. Dr. Gabler was also a featured author in Teach UAE Magazine where he wrote an article on implementing the NGSS.

Dr. Gabler received a BS in Physical Science from Washington State University, an MS in Science Education from Oregon State University, and a PhD in Science & Mathematics Education from the Curtin University in Perth, Australia.

For more information on Dr. Gabler’s work in the MENA region please visit:

NGSS Forum http://ngssdubai.com/

Implementing the Next Generation Science Standards

https://www.joomag.com/magazine/teach-uae-magazine-issue-3-volume-2-jan-feb-2015/0285896001420826130?page=28


Tips for American Curriculum Schools in MENA

June 10, 2015

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Our last 2014-2015 tips for American Curriculum schools in the MENA region are now available

http://www.knowdoservelearn.org/KDSL%20Tips%20for%20May_June%202015.pdf


June 9, 2015

KDSL Summer 2015 Newsletter-page-001

Our summer 2015 newsletter is now available.

http://knowdoservelearn.org/KDSL%20Summer%202015%20Newsletter.pdf


KDSL and Teach UAE Magazine: American Education in the United Arab Emirates

May 27, 2015

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Visit http://tinyurl.com/qd4socj to access the full document


KDSL Summer 2015 Intern – Sarah Branson

May 27, 2015

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