Cultivate Learning fosters the quality that makes access to learning meaningful. Backed by the University of Washington, our research-powered innovations and hands-on partnership create a fertile environment for smarter teaching and learning. We advance opportunity by lowering barriers to entering the profession and guiding educators to success. And we identify the building blocks of quality along with the path to use them – in Washington state and across the country. Every child deserves to flourish from a foundation of quality learning. This core belief drives our work to provide talented learning professionals the support they need to build that foundation. At Cultivate Learning, we translate insight into learning opportunity.
At Cultivate Learning, we are champions of service and align with partners and initiatives that foster positive outcomes for children, families, and educators. We commit to equity by working to remove systemic oppression and institutional racism, so each community member can reach their full potential. We build environments of belonging and diversity where we communicate openly, support each other, and value the contributions of all identities. We practice innovation and quality by actively seeking creative ideas from multiple perspectives to evolve and inform the resources we develop.
Cultivate Learning has an outstanding opportunity for a Senior Content Specialist: Inclusion Lead.
Reporting to the Associate Director of Resource Development, the Senior Content Specialist will be a key member of the resource development team and will be independently responsible for collaborating to conceptualize, develop, and disseminate professional development materials and courses in the areas of early care and education with a focus on infant/toddler and preschool teaching practices. The Senior Content Specialist serves as a key link between Cultivate Learning and partner agency the Office of Head Start’s National Center on Early Childhood Development, Teaching and Learning (NCECDTL).
We are seeking a Senior Content Specialist: Inclusion Lead with content knowledge and professional development experience in the following areas:
•Evidence-based practices in early care and education, with a focus on infant/toddler and preschool teaching practices that support the inclusion of children with disabilities.
•Team member of an OHS National TA Center.
•Special education law and the rights of children with disabilities and their families.
•Anti-bias/anti-racist practices in education.
•High quality teacher-child interactions and environments.
•Head Start Performance Standards and home visiting practices.
•Collaboration and participation in cross-agency projects and workgroups.
•Leading a content-focused workgroup, content development and delivery.
In support of this effort the duties of the Senior Content Specialist: Inclusion Lead will include, but are not limited to the following:
•Inclusion content lead for NCECDTL. •Develop, write, and edit professional development content for professional development materials delivered in synchronous, asynchronous, print, digital and virtual training formats. •Translate evidence-based research materials into culturally relevant and sustaining professional development material for college-level students, teachers, early care and education providers, and other users. •Research existing evidence from multiple sources to identify appropriate practices to be highlighted by Cultivate Learning. •Actively participate in a review and evaluation process, including peer review, to ensure creation of quality content. •Collaborate across the center with the media, graphic design, and instructional design teams, and other cross-center units. •Coordinate on marketing plans as needed. •Deliver instruction and training via webisode or virtual training. •Other duties as assigned.
•At the direction of NCECDTL, conduct periodic regional trainings. •Conduct culturally relevant and sustaining trainings.
Workgroup Lead and Collaboration
•Lead monthly NCECDTL inclusion workgroup. •Participate in workgroups with national partners such as OSEP and ECTA. •Facilitate workgroup collaboration amongst national partners and incorporate workgroup outcomes to PD for early care and education providers in Head Start.
•Develop yearly inclusion roadmap for NCECDTL; updated quarterly. •Maintain an understanding and ability to report on roadmap progress. •Compile and complete monthly inclusion report. •Available for requests as needed from other National Centers and OHS. •Navigate multiple collaborators in inclusion work. •Project manage inclusion webinar series and other content projects related to inclusion. •Manage project launch, development, details and logistics, juggle priorities, and communicate regularly with project stakeholders. •Present all aspects of inclusion content to project stakeholders and adjust programming based on feedback. •Spearhead fast-cycle and continuous evaluation efforts of content development and production process and iterate based on evaluation feedback. •Collaborate across multiple teams within Cultivate Learning and NCECDTL to coordinate and ensure delivery of content and training activities.
•Master’s degree in education or related field AND at least 3-5 years of experience working or consulting in education environments. •Deep knowledge and understanding of inclusive teaching practices, special education law, and collaboration between agencies. •Experience with Head Start, Head Start grantees, or Head Start National Center TA system. •Commitment to equity in early learning and professional development for early care and education providers. •A commitment to working in and fostering a diverse and inclusive environment and ability to acknowledge biases. •Experience in writing, developing, and editing professional development materials for early childhood teachers and informational materials for parents. •Experience with in-person and virtual trainings conducted and facilitated to meet the needs of the audience. •Experience in coordinating the content scope and sequence professional development materials. •Ability to communicate complex teaching ideas in multiple formats – written, spoken, and digital media formats. •Ability to work independently and as an integral member of a team. •Ability to problem solve, take initiative, set priorities, handle multiple projects, and exercise good judgment in a fast paced, dynamic and deadline driven environment in an organized and professional manner. •Excellent interpersonal and teamwork skills. •Strong written and oral communications skills with team members and project stakeholders presented via written, spoken, and remote technologies. •Strong organizational skills. •Ability to maintain confidentiality and to handle confidential and sensitive information in an appropriate manner. •Proficiency with personal computing environment, Microsoft Office Suite, Google suite, and the Internet. •Familiarity with video/web conferencing technology such as Zoom or Skype for Business. •Ability to travel semi-frequently across the country for in-person trainings.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except where there are legal requirements such as license/certification/registration.
•Ph.D. in education, early learning, human development. •Coaching experience on effective teaching practices. •Deep familiarity with multiple early learning assessment tools and/or certified and reliable on CLASS or ERS measures. •Biliterate in Spanish or Somali. •Willingness to translate professional development material for Spanish and Somali speaking providers.
As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For a complete description of our benefits for this position, please visit our website, click here.
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