Spencer Fellow for P-12 Practice

The Education Trust, one of the nation’s premier education advocacy organizations working to improve educational opportunity and raise achievement for the most vulnerable students, including low-income students and students of color, seeks a Spencer Fellow with curriculum and instruction interest and/or experience to support the work of the organization’s division of P-12 Research, Policy, and Practice. Reporting to the Director of P-12 Practice, the Fellow will work on curriculum and assignment analysis. This one-year, full-time (40 hours/week) fellowship is funded by the Spencer Foundation.

About the Organization

Ed Trust is comprised of fierce advocates for the high academic achievement of all students — pre-kindergarten through college, particularly those of color or living in poverty. Through research and advocacy, Ed Trust’s goal is to close the gaps in opportunity and achievement that affect millions of young people across the U.S. — especially students of color and those from low-income families. We work alongside educators, policymakers, parents, and community and business leaders across the country to advocate transforming schools and colleges into institutions that serve all students well. Lessons learned in these efforts, together with unflinching data analyses, help shape our state and national policy agendas.

Major Responsibilities

The Curriculum and Assignment Spencer Fellow will work alongside the Director to analyze classroom assignments from across the nation to gain knowledge about the rigor of assignments students were asked to complete as schools conducted remote learning. The Fellow will also support analysis of national K-12 literacy and math curricula to understand dimensions of cultural relevance. Potential projects could include, but would not be limited to:

  • Analyzing assignments against Ed Trust protocol to gain insight into the quality of assignments students received during pandemic remote instruction
  • Analyzing equitable access to rigorous assignments across school types to understand rigorous distribution of quality assignments
  • Co-Developing criteria for analyzing national curricula
  • Co-Developing protocols for vetting national K-12 curricula
  • Disseminating findings to a variety of audiences

Qualifications and Experience

We believe a strong Scholar candidate would bring the following qualifications/skills:

  • Belief in The Education Trust’s mission and a commitment to improving educational equity;
  • Strong background in quantitative data analysis and research methods, including a demonstrated ability to implement a research study and conduct data analyses;
  • Strong background in qualitative data analysis and research methods, which should include decolonized methods of qualitative research;
  • Strong background and interest in K-12 learning and curriculum both in literacy and math;
  • Experience with data visualization;
  • Excellent communications skills;
  • Familiarity with K12 curriculum development, pedagogy, and assessment strategies;
  • Strong knowledge of rigorous learning standards such as Common Core Standards as well as with cultural relevance and sustainability;
  • Classroom experience is preferred, but no required.


Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. The Education Trust offers a comprehensive benefits package.

Please provide a cover letter and resume to be considered for this position. You must combine your cover letter and resume into one document and upload that document. Our application system will not allow you to upload more than one file.

The Education Trust is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages diversity in all facets of the organization’s work.