Friendship Public Charter School

ELA Instructional Specialist

Vacancy for School Year
Friendship Woodridge Campus

Company : Campus Specifics

Why Woodridge International?


College success begins with a great foundation. That’s why Woodridge International Elementary and Middle develops inquisitive, knowledgeable, and caring students who are motivated to discover more about their community and world.

Woodridge Elementary pre-K3-4th grade students follow an International Baccalaureate program that uses observation, questioning, and creative scenarios to build the skills and character traits necessary for lifelong learning. With an emphasis on Spanish language study, students explore core subject areas such as reading and mathematics with an emphasis on expression and relating to others.

Woodridge Middle students in grades 6-8 develop a deeper understanding of core content with a focus on critical analysis and college exposure. All students follow a rigorous and culturally diverse curriculum in eight areas: English and language arts, foreign language (Spanish), mathematics, science, social studies, humanities, art, and technology. Advanced Placement skills are embedded in prerequisite courses to ensure readiness for Friendship’s college-preparatory high schools.

One of the few D.C. campuses with an in-house library, Woodridge incorporates classic and contemporary books, art, and music as part of the daily school experience. A Blue Ribbon Schools nominee, Woodridge’s exceptional student outcomes have earned special visits from 43rd U.S. President George W. Bush, First Lady Laura Bush, and former U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings.


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.


    • Provide direct support for teaching of face to face, online, and hybrid classes;
    • Provide teaching models during live and recorded workshops and presentations;
    • Co-plan lessons and units with teachers;
    • Co-teach lessons;
    • Provide real-time coaching;
    • Collect and analyze data to evaluate the effectiveness of support and adjust work according to the outcomes;
    • Facilitate data talks;
    • Provide differentiated professional development for teachers, departments, grade levels and school;
    • Support teachers in setting goals and developing action plans for success;
    • Participate on the school leadership team;
    • Collaborate with the community office to support and provide learning related to system initiatives;
    • Develop teacher comprehension of curriculum materials;
    • Support teachers with tracking student learning and record keeping;
    • Provide best practices and targeted professional development focused on supporting students with disabilities;
    • Provide lesson plan support with targeted and specific feedback;
    • Provide targeted and specific observation feedback;
    • Assist teachers in identifying and acquiring resources;
    • Develop assessments for the department;
    • Support administrators with diagnosing school-wide problems and develop action plans for success;
    • Support content departments with diagnosing problems and develop action plans for success;
    • Designs and provides training to instructional leaders to build their knowledge and skills to lead their teams/department;
    • Knowledgeable regarding relevant effective instructional practices;
    • Review recent literature and research studies and reports; and

    Develop curriculum for school, departments and grade levels.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in the content area. Master’s Degree preferred or currently enrolled in master’s program
  • Minimum of three years of successful teaching experience with a consistent record of extraordinary student outcomes 
  • A demonstrated track record of leadership and facilitation of adult learning
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Outstanding interpersonal and teamwork skills
  • Goal and results-orientation           
  • Superior problem-solving and critical thinking skills         
  • Ability to thrive and succeed in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment


FPCS’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 FPCS are based solely upon relevant criteria, including an individual’s capabilities, qualifications, training, experience and suitability.


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