Facing History and Ourselves is an international educational nonprofit that provides educational content, curriculum resources, and professional development to secondary school social studies, civics, humanities, and English teachers. Facing History’s educational content is informed by a pedagogical model that helps students explore questions of identity, human behavior, prejudice, and civic responsibility, and make the essential connection between history and the moral choices they confront in their own lives today. We currently apply this model to explore case studies of pivotal historical moments such as the Holocaust and the Reconstruction Era following the American Civil War, as well as rich works of literature such as To Kill a Mockingbird.
Who we are & what we are looking for
Facing History and Ourselves plays a critical role internationally in advancing civic engagement and promoting ethical decision-making while supporting educators’ professional growth through professional development and coaching. The Content Development team is a small staff with a large reach. Innovative and entrepreneurial, we constantly look for better ways to serve our teachers, our schools, and their students. We work closely with our Program Associates in the field and partner with teachers from across our network to develop materials for the classroom that inspire students to make essential connections between the choices people and governments made in history or literature and the choices we face today.
The Current Events Writer will support our emerging focus on creating “just in time” resources to help teachers bring current events into the classroom. This is an exciting opportunity for candidates with a passion for the humanities to make the critical links between history and the present-day, as a vehicle to help adolescents practice ethical reflection and become civically engaged.
Who you are
You are an exceptional writer, teacher and learner at heart, who is passionate about our mission and excited to work with the wide range of issues, histories, works of literature, and current events that comprise our editorial portfolio. You share our passion for using the humanities to help adolescents practice ethical reflection and become civically engaged. You are experienced using digital-first methods to create content and can contribute to and thrive in an organization expanding the platforms it uses to deliver high-quality content and professional development to teachers and students. You have experience writing curricular materials for middle and high school teachers and their students with diverse learning styles, abilities, and backgrounds.
Some specific Responsibilities include:
Coordinate with a cross-functional team of contributors and stakeholders in the creation, publishing, and dissemination of current events content.
Write a weekly “just-in-time” content feature (lessons, classroom activities, discussion prompts, and blog posts ) to help teachers respond to current events.
Track news stories, especially those closely related to Facing History’s content and pedagogy, and stay prepared to craft related classroom activities in response to breaking news.
Plan and maintain a schedule for regular publication of current events-related educator content.
As needed, contribute ideas and content to core product development projects
Become an expert in Facing History’s unique pedagogical model, the “scope and sequence” and use it as a framework for all curriculum.
Research, write, and summarize complex histories to provide context for current events content
Collaborate effectively with both internal and external stakeholders to ensure curricula meets goals and objectives.
Maintain knowledge and expertise in best practices in teaching, pedagogy, and assessment, and ensure those practices are reflected as appropriate in Facing History content.
5-7 years of experience writing curriculum, articles, blog, or web content, preferably for a middle/high school educator audience.
Interest and curiosity in educational technology and finding creative ways to present and deliver instructional content to teachers and students on digital platforms.
Knowledge of and experience with culturally responsive teaching and social emotional learning
Curiosity and eagerness to learn about unfamiliar history and literature topics.
Self-starter with the ability to work on multiple projects relating to different topics at once.
Teaching experience in middle or high school social studies, history, or English language arts.
Familiarity with the Understanding By Design curriculum design frameworks.
About Facing History & Ourselves
Facing History and Ourselves is an international non-profit education organization headquartered in Massachusetts. We empower teachers to help their students to think critically about history and to understand the impact of their choices. We provide professional development, coaching, and resources, through seminars and online courses that support the needs of educators worldwide who share the goal of creating a more informed, active and thoughtful society. With 9 offices around the globe, we reach millions of students each year through our worldwide network of more than 71,000 trained educators. More than 30 years of research has documented our positive impact on teachers and students.
The lifeblood of democracy is the ability of every rising generation to be participatory, responsible decision-makers. From the disturbing lessons of the Holocaust and other genocides to struggles for civil rights from Birmingham to South Africa, we trust students to wrestle with complex moments in world history. Our lessons help them understand the range of human behavior and allow them to make essential connections between history, their own moral choices and how historical events impact contemporary times.
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