Over the last year, my team and I have created a single-source-of-truth
accounting for the Software Engineering program at The Flatiron
School built on AirTable. I believe this system offers a superior
means for managing curriculum development, documentation, and collaboration.
I’ve written a series of posts documenting this solution that starts here.
The audience for the full series is fellow-educators or content-production
pipeline managers. In this post, I’ll provide an introduction to the problem at
Let me express thanks to our executive sponsor, my boss, Brian Tobal as
well as my staff: Jen, Maxwell, Mohawk, our previous collaborators Jason and
Daniel. Let me also thank the countless issue-reporters or pull-request authors
that helped along the way. It was Brian’s faith in the idea of “modular”
curriculum and support for it at the organizational level when the ROI was
murky that gave us the time to prove the payoff to our convictions.
I believe that the secret to designing thoughtful educational experiences as
well as teams that design them is building a robust artifact that I call an
An “accounting” can be grasped by this graphic:
To translate into words, the accounting: