Call for Lesson Writers

Seeking authors for Teaching Tolerance lessons.

Teaching Tolerance is working on updating our collection of lessons, revising some of the lessons we have and creating new ones. We’re looking for a team of K–12 teachers and curriculum writers to help us with both tasks. Below are details about the project. 


Revising Existing Lessons 

Writers will revise lesson content and handouts (student-facing and teacher-facing resources) to ensure the following: 

  • The texts and activities are aligned to clear, measurable objectives. 
  • The texts and activities explore essential question(s) correlated to our four social justice domains
  • The texts and activities are engaging and age appropriate. 
  • The content and language of the lesson reflect current best practices of social justice work. 
  • The activities can be completed in one lesson period. 

Estimated Writing Time: 2 days/lesson 

Rate: $300/lesson


Writing New Lessons 

Writers will create lesson content and handouts that include the following: 

  • clear, measurable objectives;
  • essential question(s) that relate to one or more of our four social justice domains;
  • age appropriate vocabulary; 
  • engaging and age appropriate texts;
  • student- and teacher-facing resources (e.g., student handouts); 
  • a procedure with engaging activities that align to the objectives and that teachers can complete in one lesson period;
  • extension activities that help students further their learning through action or writing;
  • a list of internal and external resources that relate to the lesson’s topic. 

Estimated Writing Time: 4 days/lesson 

Rate: $500/lesson

These lessons are good (but not perfect) examples of what the final product will look like:


Project Dates: December 2019–October 2020

Depending on each writer’s capacity, availability and experience, as well as the varying workload during different parts of the project, freelance writers may only work during part of the project.  



Candidates should have at least one year of experience creating instructional materials, either as a teacher or professional curriculum writer. They should also bring academic or professional experience with social justice topics. 

Because of our commitment to diversity and inclusion, we are especially seeking writers with diverse identities and lived experiences that reflect the topics we cover in our lessons:

  • race & ethnicity
  • religion
  • ability
  • class
  • immigration
  • gender & sexual identity
  • bullying & bias 
  • rights & activism 


To Apply: 

If you’re interested in working with us—on one or both parts of the project—apply by email to by November 13, 2019.  

Please use the subject line “Freelance Lesson Writer” and include the following attachments:

  1. a cover letter that addresses why you are interested in revising and/or writing lessons for us, which grade band(s) you’d be interested in writing lessons for (K–2, 3–5, 6–8 or 9–12), and why you’re suited to writing about one or more of the topics we cover;
  2. a current resume that demonstrates your lesson writing experience;
  3. a K–12 lesson that you have written (as a PDF).

Have you already applied to be a curriculum writer for Teaching Tolerance?

If you’ve already applied to become one of our curriculum writers and you’d like to be considered for this project, please resubmit your resume and writing sample and include a cover letter with the information requested above.