Research Associate

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Location: Lawrence, KANSAS
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Research Associate
Achievement & Assessment Inst
U-Unclassified Professional Staff
Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM-5:00 PM
Contingent on Funding
The Center for Assessment and Accountability Research and Design (CAARD) is recruiting a full-time Research Associate to lead work on the learning maps. This position entails validating the existing maps, conducting research on areas where the maps are not fully developed, and overseeing the design of rich tasks that can serve as the basis of high quality instruction for under-performing, general education students in grades 2–12. The main purpose of one project is to create learning map based instructional materials designed to foster productive classroom interactions among teachers and students. Another project focuses on creating a better understanding of how students learn to write and revise their writing. A third investigates the use of visualization within the maps to assist students with learning disabilities in algebraic concepts. To support these endeavors, the work will include (1) refining the existing mathematics and ELA learning maps by consulting available research; (2) conducting original research in classrooms where more information is needed; (3) collaborating with a technology team on building map visualization tools; and (4) collaborating with teachers and researchers to create instructional materials that reflect the cognitive development suggested in the learning map. This work will contribute to studies investigating the validity of the learning map and its usability by educators to plan and implement effective instruction. Finally, the positions will entail communicating this work in professional presentations and publications.
30% – Conduct research in developing theories of how students learn mathematics and English language arts with understanding. Compile literature reviews of assessment practices, cognitive development, instructional tasks, and other relevant topics.
25% – Collaborate with project staff and teachers to design learning map based instructional tasks. Design instructional activities that foster formative assessment opportunities and reflect the cognitive development recommended in the literature and suggested in learning maps structure.
10% -- Collaborate with technology staff on visualization of the map and learning tools. Refine the learning map nodes and connections to model student learning.
15% -- Conduct training sessions with educators on the use of the maps. Collaborate with project staff to design and implement professional development to support teachers in using the learning map resources in their instruction and formative assessment practices.
10% – Work with project and support staff to prepare for, organize, and conduct meetings with external stakeholders and consultants to increase their understanding of project goals and activities.
10% – Produce professional documents and presentations for dissemination to communicate findings to the larger scientific and educational community, i.e., manuscript s submitted to peer reviewed journals and presentations to national conferences.
  • PhD in Education, Curriculum and Instruction, School Leadership, Educational Policy Studies, or equivalent; or Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction, research and evaluation, or cognitive psychology and a minimum of three years professional or academic experience in the areas of learning, cognition, or assessment of mathematics and/or ELA as indicated by application materials.
  • Minimum of three years of teaching experience at the K-12 level or of academic or professional experience conducting and documenting research.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills as evidenced in application materials and interview. 
  • Professional experience designing and conducting professional development for teachers in conjunction with a teaching or instructional coaching position.
  • Knowledge of cognitive models and how they can be used to guide the development of academic expectations and assessment materials.
  • Academic or professional experience conducting and documenting research, and professional experience or coursework pertaining to learning and instruction.
  • Knowledge of adolescent development.
  • Knowledge of curriculum and instructional materials available for ELA and/or mathematics.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team based environment.
  • Facility in learning web-based applications.
  • Proficiency with technological tools, including MS Office, Sharepoint, and cloud based platforms such as Google, Dropbox, etc.
  • A complete application includes an online application, cover letter, resume highlighting pertinent experience relative to the required and preferred qualifications and contact information for three professional references. Only complete applications will be considered.
    Application deadline is October 1, 2017.
    Kevin Liu,
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