Learning Design Group Associate Director - The Lawrence Hall of Science

San Francisco
Jun 01, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Learning Design Group Associate Director - The Lawrence Hall of Science

The Lawrence Hall of Science (The Lawrence) at the University of California, Berkeley, seeks Associate Directors for its Learning Design Group (up to 4 positions available). The Learning Design Group (LDG) engages in research, design, and development of models and materials to promote ground-breaking, inclusive and culturally relevant approaches to science teaching and learning in formal education spaces. LDG designs both comprehensive and stand-alone instructional materials that span science, technology, and engineering and creates resources for educators in those fields. Prominent examples of these materials include: Amplify Science, a comprehensive science program for Grades TK through 8 that is used by over two million students and The Argumentation Toolkit, a collection of resources designed to help teachers understand and teach scientific argumentation. Some LDG materials are self-published and available freely; some are commercially licensed to ensure widespread adoption and distribution in schools.

LDG areas of research have focused on: the integration of science and literacy, the promotion of language development through equitable access to science learning for emergent multilingual learners, educative curriculum materials, assessment of science and engineering practices, integration of coding and computational thinking in science classrooms, approaches to science assessment in early elementary classrooms, curriculum-specific professional learning, as well as collaboration with external partners to evaluate the efficacy of LDG-created instructional materials. In addition to creating models and materials that directly impact teaching and learning, LDG focuses on contributing knowledge to the field,
influencing policy, and achieving equitable outcomes among vulnerable populations.

The Associate Directors of the Learning Design Group will be responsible for leading team efforts to design, research and support the implementation of innovative and high-quality instructional materials and models. As part of a leadership team, the Associate Directors will help establish directions for LDG and support and manage team progress toward LDG goals. The Lawrence is especially interested in candidates who will contribute to the Learning Design Group's priorities related to culturally responsive pedagogy, culturally relevant curriculum, and social and emotional learning, and who can bring experience related to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace and in education.

The Lawrence Hall of Science is the University of California, Berkeley's public science center and a leader in creating science instructional materials and engaging with educators and school districts in professional learning. We estimate that at least 25% of K-12 students in the United States, and educators in over a dozen international locations experience curriculum developed by The Lawrence.

-Up to 4 positions available.

Duties and Responsibilities:
-Serve as a senior leader of the Learning Design Group and contribute to high-level decision making.
-Provide leadership and support for innovation related to one or more areas of specialized expertise: science curriculum, literacy instruction, assessment, educational research, curriculum implementation support, and design methods.
-Accountable for day-to-day programmatic questions and issues, serving as a point for cross-team communication, and escalating complex matters when necessary.
-Lead initiatives related to the creation, improvement, and expansion of approaches, models, and instructional materials.
-Help create and refine processes for workstreams.
-Responsible for the review and oversight of outputs and deliverables. Ensure consistency with principles and approaches.
-Contribute to Learning Design Group research efforts.
-Provide leadership for fundraising strategies and efforts, including the development of funding proposals.
-Lead components of collaboration with external publishers and partners.
-Supervise and mentor team members.
-Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

To apply, visit https://aprecruit.berkeley.edu/JPF02964

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