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Program Manager, Core Sequence Reading, Instructional Design



Design, Operations
Cambridge, MA, USA
Posted on Saturday, February 10, 2024

Who We Are

NewGlobe supports visionary governments to transform public education systems, the cornerstone of a prosperous, equitable, and peaceful society.

With a comprehensive system transformation platform and data-driven educational services, NewGlobe delivers rapid and dramatic improvements in learning outcomes at state and nationwide scale. Through building impactful partnerships and programmes, NewGlobe ensures that all children have access to an education that will develop their full potential and create a foundation for growth and prosperity.

NewGlobe leverages more than a decade of educational experience and proven impact in integrated school management, teacher professional development, instructional design innovation, technological system support, child-centered classroom practice, and parent engagement -- all grounded in learning science -- to ensure each teacher is empowered to engage children in transformational learning, and all children have the opportunity to develop to their full potential. Every day, NewGlobe supports governments to solve what were once seen as intractable problems, and by doing so, ensures this generation will be able to grow up to lead more fulfilled lives, while simultaneously building economic prosperity for themselves, their communities, and the globe.

NewGlobe’s high-touch, intensive professional development programs, along with integrated school management, teacher support, and assessment software, enable schools to succeed. NewGlobe works within state and national curriculum and syllabi, ensuring all children are empowered to learn their own history, and master local content, while being globally competitive in mathematics and languages. The science of behaviour change and the science of learning is at the foundation of all programming.

NewGlobe works with urgency because youth quickly becomes adulthood and relentlessly because improvement requires continuous problem-solving. NewGlobe is honoured to serve and to help rebuild trust in public systems.

NewGlobe’s work is all encompassing and will challenge you to use your full mind, and heart, each day. We need bright minds who want to be part of building a new globe -- a more equitable globe -- to join us.

Academics Group

The objective of the Academics group is to drive student achievement. To do so, we must know -- what is happening minute-by-minute for the typical child. The student’s daily experience, and thus the path to achievement, emerges from their relationship with the teachers and the content that is delivered in the classroom. Our team is collaboratively organised around these levers. We develop rigorous content pitched at the right level for students to be delivered by a teacher who is prepared to succeed in the classroom. Our Instructional Design department builds the content; our Leadership & Development department trains teachers and school leaders using scientifically-proven techniques; our Learning Innovation department looks at cutting-edge research to generate breakthrough learning gains. Underpinning all of this is the work of the independent Measurement and Evaluation group, which provides Academics with an empirical orientation toward improving that daily experience and, in turn, driving achievement.

Instructional Design

The Instructional Design department produces the learning materials that are used in schools across the communities where we work. This department has team members based in multiple NewGlobe support offices, organized into teams that each work on a portfolio of projects. Driving student achievement through the development of rigorous content is the number one priority. One core tenet of the approach is less lecture (traditional among many schools in our markets) and more student practice. Consistent, rigorous opportunities to refine his or her skills are crucial to a child’s learning progression. The Instructional Design department structures all lessons, textbooks, and other materials to ensure this.

About the Role

One group of teams within Instructional Design develops content for a leveled Reading program that we use in all of our partnerships. This allows us to target reading instruction to the level of the students in a class based on their proficiency, and not the assigned grade level – the difference between these two things is often very great.

As Program Manager on the Reading team, you will report to a Director and lead a small team of 2-3 Associates to execute a variety of projects related to improving the Reading program and developing new levels. The nature of the projects you will lead may vary and we value flexibility and openness to change in this role. Examples of upcoming Core Sequence Reading projects include:

  • Leading an initiative to revise the existing Reading content across all four levels based on learning outcomes and implementation feedback from the field

  • Collaborating with a Literacy Specialist and an Instructional Design Director to develop a remedial version of our current program that aims to support older students who face significant reading challenges

  • Developing higher levels of the Reading program, which entails building a scope and sequence, overseeing the creation of three textbooks, and supporting Associates in the creation of teacher guides

When working with Associates, you will need to ensure that they are set up to succeed. Associates may be tasked with the creation of teacher guides that must be completed by a set deadline. The Program Manager will be expected to determine interim milestones and detailed specs to provide clear instructions to the Associates. This may take the form of writing step-by-step directions and criteria for success, developing a work plan, creating a tracker to monitor progress, reviewing and providing feedback and work, training, or other interventions.

When executing projects independently, you will need to ensure that you are managing your time effectively and collaborating with relevant team members to meet deadlines. It will be important for you to develop strong systems of organization so that you and others can easily track your progress.

As a whole, this role is a combination of team management, independent task management, and lateral collaboration to ensure high quality production of deliverables. Your success in this role determines the effectiveness of the lessons and products we create for students around the globe.

What You Should Have

  • 2-3 years of experience in elementary education, preferably including curriculum design, people and project management
  • Extraordinary attention to detail
  • Ability to collaborate with all members of a team
  • Clear communication skills – verbal and written
  • Self-motivation and the ability to independently manage multiple projects
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Bachelor’s degree