Learning Experience Designer

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Desired position type: Freelance
Location: New York New York, United States

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Tenured, dedicated, and motivated professional with a strong background in instructional design and curriculum development. Creative program developer and manager. Consistently recognized for outstanding contributions and commended for organization, efficiency, priority management, and communication skills. Computer savvy and familiar with many modern systems, software applications, and web-based technologies. Concise, crisp, detailed writer. Thrive in process-oriented, collaborative, and creative professional environments that value “failing up,” teamwork, and shared affirmation.



Columbia University, Teachers College
Master of Arts (MA) – Educational Administration

State University of New York (SUNY), Albany
Bachelor of Arts (BA) – English

Training & Certifications:
eLearning Instructional Design Certificate, ATD Designing Learning Certificate Program, ATD UbD Training, Certificate of Completion Dialogue Education, Certificate of Completion


Michele Israel Educational Writing & Consulting – Brooklyn, NY 1996-Present Independent contractor with 25+ years of professional experience. Provide professional expertise and support in learning design, content development, writing and editing (with edudcational bent), grant writing, and program development and management. Visit www.micheleisrael.com for details on broad base of projects and successes.

Learning Experience Designer

•Conceptualize digital and print instructional strategy and collateral for corporations, non-profit organizations, and media entities serving range of learners.
•Conduct needs and task analyses to identify and develop educational programs.
•Collaborate with clients and SMEs to create virtual and instructor-led blended learning programs.
•Develop deliverables such as eLearning and face-to-face courses/modules, self-study material, skills and knowledge assessments, on-the-job-learning, job aides, facilitator and participant guides, facilitation scripts, etc.
•Storyboard interactive learning objects and scaffolded content in line with learning objectives.
•Inform visual and video elements of learning products in partnership with creative/development teams.
•Review course content to suggest content and multimedia enhancements and/or edit content.
•Apply modern instructional and learning techniques, practices, and theories to content development.
•Coach, mentor, and train learning and development professionals, curriculum developers, etc.
•Produce range of marketing/informational content on learning/instructional trends and practices.
•Possess strong writing, communication, organizational, conceptual, and project management skills.

Select Projects & Highlights:

InSync Training (2017-Present). Produce storyboards, job aides, curated content, virtual training scripts, white papers, blogs, effective scorecards, and other resources for this leading blended learning provider, recognized by Inc. 5000 as one of the fastest growing privately held U.S. companies.

Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC) (2017) Partnered with Phylise Banner Consulting to guide IFYC—a national organization bridging differences among people of various faiths, worldviews, and traditions—in a strategic review of its blended learning program. Project involved extensive needs analysis, design thinking processes, benchmarking, and content exploration that inform the creation of an active online learning community.

Alliance for Positive Change/NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation (2017) Designed eight-session informal peer education PowerPoint training, with facilitator guide, designed to enhance health awareness and self-care among 50+ adults living with HIV/AIDS.

Northeast Brooklyn Housing Development Corporation (2016-2017) Consult on family and community cooking/food justice programs serving 50+ community residents; informed curriculum design for a three-tiered, multi-week intensive food justice-oriented training program serving 40+ teens.

IEEE (2016-2017) Developed curriculum and facilitator guides supplementing videos on technical standards for global professors and students, part of IEEE’s (world’s largest technical professional society) network of 400,000 members in more than 160 countries. Modified materials for use by Chinese professors and students.
Tiffany & Co. (2015) Composed eLearning storyboards for mandated training for employees worldwide.

Aspiranet (2012-2014) Created seven-module eLearning course, with Articulate Presenter, for 500+ foster parents learning to negotiate foster children’s developmental, behavioral, and emotional needs

ASCD (2009-Present) Produce professional development content on current educational topics for learning channels of award-winning PD in Focus, with membership of 125,000+ in more than 138 countries, including 50,000+ teachers and educators in 100 of the largest school districts in the United States.

POV Documentary (2013-2017) Conceptualized and created lesson plans for middle and high school students aligned with curricular standards and guidelines. Developed and implemented 19 digital solutions that generated over 470,000 unique page views throughout 2015.

Frost Valley YMCA (2014-2016) Designed five learning modules on healthy eating, gardening, physical activity, along with facilitator guides, to complement the camp’s wellness efforts. Program employed 250 summer staff members and served over 4000 youth participants.

Non-profit, education, and business writing Create a variety of materials for non-profits and businesses that pinpoint successes, highlight best practices and trends, and underscore impact. Develop concise, crisp, and detailed products. Retain a strong a portfolio of over 40+ items that include published articles, best practices guides, strategic plans, qualitative assessments, technical documents, program recommendations, newsletters, discussion guides, etc.

Grant writing Conduct in-depth needs assessments to focus on organizational services, growth areas, desires, and goals; and identify corresponding research to build convincing funding case. Engineer new initiatives and budgets to elevate services and positive outcomes for constituents. Track multiple traditional and non-traditional grant sources to substantially diversify financial support. Compose compelling, cohesive letters of inquiry, funding proposals, and stewardship reports. Develop comprehensive profiles across myriad causes, from food justice and youth gardening, to bias awareness, to health issues, to educational concerns. Partner closely with relevant organizational staff to frame funding “pitches” and establish relationships with potential funders. To date, have secured new and renewed foundation, municipal, and corporate grants for range of non-profit programming, resulting in over $3.5 million and increased revenue upwards of 200%.


  • Adobe Photoshiop
  • Articulate Presenter & Rise 360 DocuTools
  • Dropbox Google Docs MailChimp
  • MS Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, etc.) Skype
  • Trello
  • xtensio
  • Webex
  • WIX
  • Wordpress (blogs & websites


    Community outreach, Content Development & Curation, Curriculum development, eLearning Solutions, Grant Writing & Fundraising, Learning Experience Design, Needs Analysis, Non-Profit Writing & Editing, Organizational Support, Program Administration, Project Coordination, Reporting & Documentation, Research & Story Development, Resource Development, Scaffolded Learning Actions, Strategic planning, Training & Team Building

Spoken Languages

    English, some French

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