Friendship Public Charter School operates a thriving network of college preparatory public charter schools. Headquartered in Washington, DC, Friendship serves over 4,000 students in preschool to grade 12 and guides a growing network of alumni to college completion annually. 80% of students come from low-income households. 98% are African American or Latino. The mission of Friendship Public Charter School is to prepare students to become ethical, literate, well-rounded and self-sufficient citizens by providing a world-class education that motivates students to reach high academic standards, to enjoy learning, to achieve success, and to contribute actively to their communities.
The ELA Instructional Specialist is a critical lever in improving student achievement. The role of the ELA Instructional Specialist is to improve student achievement by building teachers capacity and understanding of instructional practices. The specialist, in conjunction with the administration, is responsible for ensuring high-quality instruction in classrooms through modeling, co-planning, co-teaching and providing feedback to teachers. ELA Specialist are expected to support the instructional development of ELA teachers which means they will work with the teachers in that content area. ELA Specialists will bring a particular subject-area expertise; their focus is on improving instructional quality of ELA using an inter-discipline/trans-discipline approach. ELA Specialists will create a schedule with their administration listing the teachers they work with on a rotational basis. ELA Specialists will work with teachers in ensuring that they meet their performance management targets. ELA Specialists will be required to build curriculum and support teachers in understanding the curriculum and writing it. They must have working knowledge of Understanding by Design, standards based learning and data analysis. ELA Specialists should come with the ability to build strong relationships with teachers, administrator and other specialist. It is essential that all coaches work collaboratively and as a team. ELA Specialists will be evaluated jointly by principals and the appropriate community office academic staff.
The ideal candidate for the ELA Instructional Specialist will believe deeply in the Friendship mission and vision, and exemplify Friendship’s core values. Successful candidates will have:
Friendship’s policy is to provide equal employment opportunity to all qualified applicants and employees regardless of their race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic information, veteran status, status as a special disabled veteran, or any other protected criteria as established by federal, state, or local laws. This policy applies to recruitment and hiring, training, promotion, compensation, benefits, transfer, layoff, termination and all other terms and conditions of employment. Employment decisions at Friendship are based solely upon relevant criteria, including an individual’s capabilities, qualifications, training, experience and suitability.