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Lower School ELL (English Language Learner) Specialist

  • Date Posted
    • 5.3.18
  • Organization
    • Partner Schools
  • Region
    • Atlantic
  • Role
    • English Language Learner Specialist
  • Commitment
    • Full-Time
  • Location
    • Washington, DC



An Expeditionary Learning school in Washington, DC

Lower School ELL (English Language Learner) Specialist

Capital City Lower School is looking for a dedicated & talented ELL Specialist with interest and
expertise in best practice instruction and pedagogy for ELL students. The ELL Specialist works
to oversee the implementation of a strong instructional program for ELLs. The ELL Specialist
works with both classroom and inclusion teachers to develop classroom environments that
support ELLs and to implement effective instructional strategies. The ELL specialist collects and
uses data to ensure individual student progress and program effectiveness. The ELL Specialist is
expected to be an expert in strategies for supporting ELLs and is expected to continually
increase his/her knowledge and expertise.

This is a 10-month position, which is exempt and therefore not eligible for overtime pay under
the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

The many and varied responsibilities of the ELL Specialist include the following:

▪ Collaborate with teachers to design and implement engaging instruction that leads to
English language fluency for ELLs in all content areas.
▪ Support teachers in implementing structures and strategies of the SIOP model. Coach
inclusion and classroom teachers on instructional delivery. Suggest modifications and
supports as well as lesson structures to support ELLs.
▪ Model best teaching practices with the goal of developing teacher capacity to support
specialized instruction and differentiation, and provide accommodations for ELLs. Co-plan
and co-teach when appropriate and model best practices for co-teaching.
▪ Work with inclusion teachers to conduct, organize and analyze on-going assessments of
student performance using multiple assessment tools. Analyze data to ensure ELLs are
making strong academic progress. Utilize data when planning for individual students.
▪ Work with teaching teams to develop clear criteria and standards for quality work and
regularly examine student work to ensure that it meets increasingly higher standards of
▪ Plan and deliver professional development to classroom and inclusion teachers on the SIOP
model and strategies for supporting ELLs.
▪ Work with inclusion teachers to ensure strong communication with families regarding
service delivery and student progress. Serve as the primary contact with families for
students with the highest level of need. 
▪ Support parents in understanding the instructional approach at Capital City and in learning
how best to support their children’s learning. Assist with planning and facilitating parent

At least two of the following are required: Bachelors degree in education or field of
instruction, 2+ years of full-time teaching experience, standard teaching certification.
Candidates should be extremely knowledgeable about teaching reading to best practices for
ELL students. Candidates should also have: a commitment to meeting the needs of a diverse
population, experience working in urban environments, strong knowledge of pedagogy and
experience teaching strategies to support ELLs, proven ability to work as a member of a team,
strong leadership capabilities, and a commitment to their own learning.

Capital City was founded in 2000 and currently serves students in grades PK-12 at a single site in
Ward 4. Capital City has been a model for school reform in the District. The school implements
the Expeditionary Learning model in tandem with the common principles of the Coalition of
Essential Schools (CES). Through Expeditionary Learning ( teachers craft
expeditions that incorporate projects, research, fieldwork and service to support students in
meeting rigorous standards. The CES principles ( emphasize equity,
depth over breadth, student leadership, and authenticity. Capital City’s program also
emphasizes a strong social curriculum, a commitment to diversity, a strong inclusion model and
the integration of arts into the curriculum. There is a strong focus on professional development
and growth.

To Apply: Email your resume and cover letter to with “Lower School
ELL Specialist” in the subject line. For additional information, please visit our website

Capital City is an equal‐opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race,
color, national origin, marital status, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, disability, or any
other protected status. All employment decisions will be made solely on the basis of the
individual's qualifications as related to the requirement of the position being filled.