William E. Doar Jr. Public Charter School for the Performing Arts (WEDJ)

William E. Doar Jr. Public Charter School for the Performing Arts (WEDJPCS), a unique public charter school in Northeast Washington, DC that serves more than 430 students in grades Pre-K to 8, is seeking a dynamic and committed Middle School Special Education Teacher to begin immediately.
WEDJ, the District’s only performing arts public charter school, was founded in 2004 and offers a robust academic approach that supplements its college preparatory core curriculum with a comprehensive program of music, art, drama and dance..
The mission of WEDJ PCS is to provide a rigorous, college-preparatory academic and artistic learning environment that challenge students to reach their maximum intellectual, social, emotional, and artistic development as rapidly as their talents permit. With the arts fully integrated into the academic program and state-of-the-art technology available to all students, WEDJ celebrates multiple intelligences. The school is fully committed to creating a learning community, which identifies and nurtures students’ strengths in order to support scholastic achievement.

A Special Education Teacher at WEDJ is a professional educator teaching academic courses and providing additional services to students who have qualified for special education services. Under direction of the Director of Special Education, the Special Education Teacher will provide quality services to students in 6th-8thgrade in either resource or inclusion settings. The Special Education Teacher must demonstrate a commitment to team planning and implementation of student programs including special instruction, tutorial assistance, and consultation with general education staff.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities

A teacher at WEDJ is responsible for the following:

  • Creating curriculum including unit and lesson plans aligned to Common Core standards
  • Structuring compelling, standards-based lessons that challenge students’ critical thinking and align with lesson, unit, and grade-level objectives
  • Utilizing strong content knowledge to effectively present material to students
  • Employing multiple methods to accommodate different learning styles and abilities, including special education students and English language learners
  • Assessing students academic and developmental growth through observation and a variety of assessment methods
  • Tracking and monitor assessment results in order to regularly refine teaching practices and design differentiated lesson plans
  • Communicating with students, parents, school staff to ensure that students are on-track in their learning and making progress towards goals
  • Participating in all professional development opportunities
  • Performing other appropriate responsibilities of a professional staff member of WEDJ


WEDJ is seeking educators with the following skills and characteristics:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Meet the Highly Qualified Teacher (HQT) requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act
  • Considerable knowledge of the principles and best practices of teaching special education
  • Knowledge of how to write a SMART goal and present levels of student performance
  • A demonstrated ability to provide engaging, child-centered and developmentally appropriate instruction to students
  • Demonstrated ability to establish an effective and efficient classroom culture
  • Ability to set ambitious goals for all students and guide them to meet the highest expectations for behavior and academic performance
  • A commitment to regularly assessing student progress and using data to strengthen student performance
  • Strong interpersonal skills for communicating successfully with students, families, and colleagues
  • Desire to work as a team with other teachers and staff
  • Desire to be part of a dynamic professional learning community that embraces accountability and outstanding student results
  • Exceptional organizational and planning skills
  • A positive attitude, enthusiasm, self-confidence and flexibility, and
  • Experience in an urban educational environment preferred

How to Apply

Please send a resume and cover letter via email th subject line “Middle School Special Education Teacher.” NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.

William E. Doar Jr. PCS for the Performing Arts is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and does not allow discrimination with respect to employment or any of the terms or conditions of employment because of race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, sexual identity, marital status or religion. Competitive salary and benefits (commensurate with experience).