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The STEP Literacy Assessment program at the University of Chicago Urban Education Institute is looking for writers for the Spanish language version of the assessment program.  Established in the early 1990’s,  the STEP assessment system is organized around a developmental trajectory consisting of 13 distinct steps from pre-literacy to Step 12 that provide a comprehensive map of students’ reading skill acquisition. This generally maps on to the skill development expected of students during the period from K to end of grade 3.

Central to the assessment is a set of leveled booklets that increase in difficulty with each “step.”  Currently, we are developing a Spanish language version of these leveled booklets.  We do not want translations of the English booklets; we are seeking original stories in Spanish that are culturally sensitive to Latino students in grades K-3.  Selected writers will be given a set of specific writing
guidelines for each booklet, however the expected length of each booklet is approximately 1,500 words or less.  Writers will be paid as independent contractors at a base rate of $600 per booklet, negotiable commensurate to writer experience and level of complexity of the story.

Requirements:
*Must have a Bachelor’s degree or higher
*Must have native, or near native ability in Spanish
*Must have previously published work for children in Spanish

Interested candidates should contact Patricia Garcia at patriciag@uchicago.edu
with:

*Cover letter
*Curriculum vitae
*2 brief writing samples in Spanish

More information about the STEP Literacy Assessment program can be found at
http://uchicagoimpact.org/step/

University of Chicago
Urban Education Institute
1313 E. 60th Street
Chicago, IL 60637