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Part-time ELA Instructional Specialist

This is a part-time position located in Tennessee.

Who We Are: 
Instruction Partners is a team of educators guided by a simple belief: you should be able to walk into any classroom and see every student engaged in the kind of challenging, inspiring, and supportive learning that will open doors and help them reach their potential. We believe this vision can be a reality for every child, in every classroom, in every school, in every district. 

What We Do: 
We believe if we can unlock the practical actions that have powered student growth and translate it into effective support for educators, we can get better faster, together, and make every classroom a place of great learning that prepares students for successful, rewarding lives. We do this by working shoulder-to-shoulder with teachers and leaders to improve the quality of instruction in core academics. Specializing in small schools and districts, we work in two ways: through partnerships with districts and schools to assess and pursue options for instructional improvement, and by providing teachers and leaders with targeted support to solve the real-world instructional challenges they face in their classrooms.


The Position

The ELA Instructional Specialist will play a critical role in supporting our district and school partnership work. The ideal candidate possesses deep instructional knowledge and experience with the Instructional Practices Guide (IPG) or other walk-through and evaluation tools. The candidate should be comfortable working with districts and teachers across the state in different types of settings.



  • Go through a training process, which will involve:
    • Virtual or in-person training sessions facilitated by Instruction Partners staff on the IPG, classroom observations, and student work review
    • Scoring calibration assignments
    • Accompanying Instruction Partners staff on reviews as an observer-in-training
  • Be deployed on Instruction Partners walk-throughs and follow-ups as a K-12 ELA observer, which will involve:
    • Pre-trip coordination with the district’s Director of Instructional Support (DIS) to prepare you for the observation
    • Travel to and from the district, on your own
    • Serving as an observer throughout the review, which can last half a day up to two days
    • Post-trip artifact review and follow-up with observed teachers, as needed
  • Coordinate travel and support for reviews with Instruction Partner staff, as necessary



  • At least 5 years teaching experience in ELA; school leadership experience is a plus
  • Deep content knowledge in K-12 ELA
  • Knowledge of state standards and ability to recognize standards-aligned instruction when you see it
  • Must be available for up to two reviews per week throughout the school year


Instruction Partners' Core Values:

  • We are optimists: We believe that every student can succeed and that educators, with the right supports, can lead them to success. We aren’t scared of challenges, but have the courage and sense of possibility to overcome obstacles while holding high expectations and maintaining a sense of possibility for students, educators, and ourselves. 
  • We are learners: We know there are always ways to improve.  We believe our long-term success is a result of how well we learn.  We seek to understand the best of what is known, we reflect on successes and challenges and we always look for ways we can grow. 
  • We are big-hearted: We care deeply about each other and our work, and we know we can accomplish more together than alone. At all times, we communicate with kindness and empathy. We value diverse perspectives and honor individuality. We operate with no egos.
  • We are relentless: We pursue excellence by setting ambitious goals, working hard to overcome obstacles and boldly trying new things to ensure each student learns at a high level.
  • We are practical: We believe support should be thoughtful by meeting people, schools, and districts where they are. We look for ways to work smart, focus on the most relevant impact, and reduce friction to make it easier to take action.
  • We are direct: We honor each other by being honest, even when it is difficult.  We are straightforward about what we know and what we do not.  Our respectful directness allows us to align our relationships and conversations toward our shared goals.



This position is based in Tennessee (anywhere in the state). The ELA Instructional Specialist must have their own transportation and availability to drive up to 6 hours away to districts. Some overnight travel may be required. Instruction Partners will reimburse all transportation costs.



Instructional Specialists are paid at a competitive rate of $500 per day for in-person work and $50 per hour for virtual work. Benefits and healthcare are not included.



Instruction Partners provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Instruction Partners complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

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