Category Archives: Freelancing

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STEM Curriculum Developer (I think it can be remote…provides several work options)NORY is looking for a STEM educator/maker , motivated to create programs for 3-10 yo to help develop the following soft skills: resilience, inquisitiveness and empathy .

Senior Editor, STEM Fields, Higher Education Lumina Datamatics seeks an experienced, U.S.-based applicant to expand our in-house higher education editorial team. Essential duties and responsibilities will include:

  • Vetting of freelancer candidates
  • Analysis/quality assurance of freelancer manuscript and samples for specific projects based on provided specifications
  • Creation of freelancer writing specs
  • Discuss and make recommendations for freelance writers/editors as needed
  • Author original or revised content on as-needed basis
  • Identify, build relationships with, and recruit new freelance writers in STEM fields
  • Troubleshoot and resolve client complaints related to content

Trade STEM Proofreader Lumina Datamatics (www.luminadatamatics.com) seeks US-based applicants to support our expanding Trade Publishing team.  For our clients we produce a large volume of peer-reviewed STEM monographs by established authors, with assignments ranging broadly in length and complexity. Numerous proofreading roles are available, typically assigned as single project freelance opportunities, with payment per typeset bound book page. The needs here are for proofreading (via Acrobat markup) of STEM monographs of varying length and complexity, performed reliably within a tightly compressed timeframe. We are seeking proofreaders with a good track record of quality work done on time. This is a telecommuting opportunity. Interested parties should email hire.trade@luminad.com with “Trade STEM Proofreading opportunity” in subject line, along with resume highlighting relevant experience and references.

FULL TIME-ON SITE

Curriculum Alignment Specialist The Curriculum Alignment Specialist will be responsible for leading the planning and implementation of the vertical alignment processes at two AppleTree partner schools.

Assistant Editor of Arabic Literature The incumbent will work with the Editorial Director of the Library of Arabic Literature series. As assistant editor, responsibilities will include: liaising with editor-translators, copy-editors, proofreaders, indexers, other freelancers, the Digital Production Manager, and paperback designer; assisting with review of translations; maintaining spreadsheets and production schedules; drafting catalog and jacket copy; administering payments process for consultants and vendors and completing other editorial duties as needed; paperback cover image research; maintaining LAL website, blog, and Twitter account; drafting and producing communications; and arranging special events on behalf of LAL.

Educational Consultant (not quite writing, but super interesting…and part time) Support Staff-Instructional Coach/Specialist

 

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Teacher Author

WEM Job Listing

A new listing on the Writing for the Education Market job board!

Company: Bakpax

Job Title: Teacher Author
Location: [96]
Description:

We are looking for Middle and High School teachers, who are currently teaching, to write articles that offer advice to other teachers in one of the following areas:

-Homework
-Time management
-Lesson planning
-Assessment
-Feedback
-Grading
-Devices in the classroom

If you have ideas for articles that fall outside the above categories, they still may work for our purposes, so please don’t hesitate to propose them.

The articles need to be from your personal teaching experience, and include real world examples. They must be a minimum of 1,000 words. We will provide feedback on how to make the article as helpful as possible, so you should be ok with making a couple rounds of edits.

The articles will be published on our company blog, and you will receive full credit for writing the article, including an author-bio page that talks about who you are, and links to other websites and/or social accounts if you choose.

We can pay up to $250 per article.

How to Apply: 

If you’re interested please email a writing sample and resume will@bakpax.com. A LinkedIn profile would be helpful if you have it.

Link: 

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WEM SURVEY

Hi all!

Please humor me! Take a few minutes to complete the survey at this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FVTGNC2

Your responses will help shape the future of WEM…and ensure that I serve you better.

Many thanks ahead of time.

Michele

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Teaching and Writing in the Education Market: That Issue of Pay

Big shout out to WEM member Larry Bernstein for responding right away to my thoughts about a blog. He’s been patient about me having this great piece go live. I’d love to keep this up…so send your entries. If we can gather momentum, we will keep this going.

Teaching and Writing in the Education Market: That Issue of Pay

by Larry Bernstein

Website:    http://larrydbernstein.com/

Blog:          http://memyselfandkids.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Writings.of.Larry.Bernstein

“He who can, does. He who cannot, teaches.”

We’ve all heard this famous line from Bernard Shaw’s play, Man and Superman. We may even have thought it to be true when frustrated with our teachers during our school days.

But this adage is quite insulting to those who have made a career in education. The insinuation is that teachers join the profession because they cannot actually do anything else. In other words, teachers are those who have few skills, so they reside in the undemanding world of education. And, sadly, that view is substantiated by lower salaries in the field overall.

It seems that this mindset carries over into the world of education writing. Because, in general, the pay scale for us education writer folks is pretty low. Is it now true that he or she who no longer teaches for skimpy wages can only write to earn skimpy pay? Looks like that might be the case.

Teaching Demands vs. Salary

Anyone who has spent more than an hour in a classroom, or simply considered the many responsibilities a teacher has, knows that life in the education world is more than demanding. Educators are tasked with something huge: contributing to the development of capable, intelligent future generations. That’s a pretty heavy responsibility, especially with growing the expectations of what teachers must accomplish in the classroom.

Yet, while many people claim to know and agree that teaching is hard, it is is still not a particularly well-respected profession. One telling sign is the average teacher salary. The 2016 Economic Policy Institute study “The Teacher Pay Gap is Wider than Ever” underscored how teacher pay lags farther behind that of comparable workers—17% lower, in fact.

There are those critics who contend that public school teachers get great benefits and therefore, the pay differential some cite is not an accurate. However, the study clearly proves this to be false.

While pay rate is not the only way to judge respect given, it is a significant factor. If society valued teachers for the impact they have on our children (and the level of skill and knowledge that a quality teacher must have), then the rate would be higher.

The Connection to Writing in the Education Market

The lack of respect in the form of salary for teachers carries over to the wages of those who write in the education market. While there are certainly good gigs available and rates vary, education writers typically do not make a whole lot of money. And, generally even less than writers receive in other industries. That’s been my experience (and probably yours, too).

Recently, I considered an interesting gig announced by a reputable company, with, according to LinkedIn, about 100 employees. I figured that was a decent enough sized business that an hourly rate would be at least competitive, especially if a quality writer was top of mind.

But, I was wrong. In fact, here was the salary narrative: “We do have a baseline of $22.50 per hour that we do our best to maintain, although almost 99% of the work we do is per deliverable versus per hour.”

I did some quick calculating: based on a 40-hour workweek, and 52 weeks per year, this rate was equivalent to a salary of $46,800. Many of us who are education writers are former teachers, with at least a Master’s degree (required in the field). And those ready to bring their expertise into the writing market are pretty experienced. You get the point: that salary does not match the years and years of professional practice, knowledge, and ranking. Now, that’s insulting!

Confession: I took the gig for a short period of time. It was a slow period, and I needed the money. (Come on, we’ve all been there. No judgment.) And that’s what makes it tough. Sometimes, when we need the work, we settle for less. Maybe it could build our craft and portfolios. Or at least we convince ourselves of that because…well…hey…you know what I mean.

But, I contend that as educational writers, we can help raise the rates the industry pays. There are over a 1000 of us registered on WEM. Yes, we are in different positions in our careers, have different backgrounds, and come from different financial circumstances. I get it. Yet, I believe something can be done. We are a significant block. It is up to us to make our voices heard and let employers know we have minimums we will accept for payment.

Again, there are good gigs out there that pay a wage more in line with what an experienced professional can rightfully expect to earn. While some employers – including the ones quoted above–are middlemen who decide rates based on what a client pays, there is money in education.

Wouldn’t it be nice if more of that money went to us? Imagine doing a meaningful job you enjoy and getting a rate that is apropos to your skill set.

Copyright © 2017 Larry Bernstein. All rights reserved.

 

 

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High School Lesson Plan Writer

WEM Job Listing

A new listing on the Writing for the Education Market job board!

Company: Bookrags

Job Title: High School Lesson Plan Writer
Location: [96]
Description:

BookRags is hiring lesson plan writers! We are looking for current or retired high school English and literature teachers who are interested in ongoing work. Our lesson plans help teachers guide students through complex and cogent literary analysis. Lesson plans are written in an online template that includes eight sections: Chapter Abstracts, Characters, Objects/Symbols, Daily Lessons, Fun Activities, Essay Topics, Short Essay Questions, and Multiple Choice Questions. You will be required to read the book for which the Lesson Plan is being written, but we will also provide you a study guide as a supplementary aide.

Pay Rate: $350 – $400

How to Apply: 

Please send a resume and a 5-page writing sample to writers@bookrags.com. The sample can be an academic paper showing your ability to analyze a literary text or a sample lesson plan. The subject line should read “LP Writing Job.”

Link: 

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Content writers needed in the discipline of Economics

WEM Job Listing

A new listing on the Writing for the Education Market job board!

Company: Six Red Marbles

Job Title: Content writers needed in the discipline of Economics
Location: [96]
Description:

Writers are needed to develop Study Guides (including complete specs for still art) for thwo university courses: Microeconomics and Macroeconomics. Each study guide is expected to be approximately 20 pages in length and we expect to produce 15-30 study guides per discipline. Writers must have an advanced degree in the subject or extensive professional writing experience.The project is expected to start approximately August 28 and run to early December.

How to Apply: 

Resume and cover letter to:

Ashley Glennon
a.glennon@sixredmarbles.com

Link: 

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College instructors needed as reviewers – Economics

WEM Job Listing

A new listing on the Writing for the Education Market job board!

Company: Six Red Marbles

Job Title: College instructors needed as reviewers – Economics
Location: [96]
Description:

The project is to develop study guides for an Inrto to Economic course. The study guides are to be written in an engaging and relaxed style to be used to supplement course content for study purposes. There is a scope and sequence (table of contents) developed. The client has added several questions about the scope and sequence that need to be answered.

Weare looking for college instructors to review the Scope and Sequence and validate it as well as address the questions the client has about the Scope and Sequence. The questions are mostly about additional topics that could/should be added and the sequence of the topics.

We estimate that this task will take no more than 8 hours. Our rate for this work is $50.00 per hour. We would like to start this part of the project ASAP.

Must have teaching experience at four-year institutions at the instructors level or above
Must have a masters degree in the subject area

How to Apply: 

Resume and cover letter to:
Ashley Glennon
a.glennon@sixredmarbles.com

Link: 

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Gigs

Thanks to WEM member Erika Dunham for this community lead:  Copy Editor/Writer (full time)

Online Curriculum Designer (note that actually, they also want folks who can create content, so perhaps shoot for that rather than this position)

Proofreader

Consultant, Curricular and Instructional Design

ELT Curriculum & Assessment Director

Director, Humanities & Instructional Design

Training and Curriculum Specialist (contract)

Grant writer

Instructional Designer Consultant (a fascinating opportunity!)

Various gigs at TE21

Curriculum Developer

Editor

Education Content Developer

Online Editor/Investigative Reporter

Roving Correspondent (if you are a great storyteller, this is an amazingly unique opportunity)

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