Founded in 1925 and named a National Historic Landmark in 2017, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture is the world’s leading cultural institution devoted to the collection, preservation, and interpretation of materials focused on African American, African, and African Diasporan experiences, featuring diverse programming and a collection of over 11 million items that illuminates the richness of global Black history and culture. A research library of The New York Public Library and seeded by the collection of Arturo Alfonso Schomburg nearly 95 years ago, the Schomburg Center provides free access to materials documenting Black life locally, nationally, and internationally.
The Schomburg Curriculum Writer will develop an innovative history curriculum for grades 6-12 focusing on key themes that can be illustrated using the Schomburg Center’s unparalleled collection of more than 11 million items, including the archives of James Baldwin, Sonny Rollins, Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis, Ann Petry, and Malcolm X. A grant-funded position, the Writer will spend 15 hours a week during six semesters (September through June, 2019-2022) conducting research at the Schomburg Center and writing 15 history/social studies lesson plans based on a series of themes using primary source documents and artifacts from the Schomburg Center’s archives. The Curriculum Writer will work closely with Schomburg Center curators and education staff, as well as an advisory board of practicing educators, and will have the opportunity to receive and incorporate feedback on the lessons from students and instructors in Schomburg Center youth programs and from educators in professional development workshops.
Under the supervision of the Associate Director of Education, the Curriculum Writer will:
1 to 3 years experience working with archival records