At Ascend, we seek middle school science teachers and content leaders who are passionate about their subjects and their students – who want to spend their time discussing, preparing, and immersing themselves in the content they're about to teach. We value teachers who truly listen to what students are saying – who create a space for students to think their way through to answers, and explore insights and curiosities along the way. Ascend teachers share a hunger for feedback and professional growth, and a dedication to excellence.
We look for educators who are excited about our liberal arts program, positive approach to discipline, and commitment to serving all students in truly public schools.
Above all, we seek teachers who are deeply committed to urban education and our ultimate goal of closing the achievement gap for the children of Central Brooklyn.
Why teach at Ascend Charter Schools?
Ascend is a Brooklyn-based network of K-12 public charter schools serving 4,000 students across nine schools. At Ascend, our mission is to provide an extraordinary education for the children of Central Brooklyn, placing them firmly on the path to success in college and beyond.
We are passionate about guiding our students to think critically and independently, and to enjoy education as an end in itself. We teach a rich and rigorous liberal arts curriculum that nurtures students' natural curiosity about the world, and we foster a school culture based in restorative practices where students feel connected, empowered, and safe to take academic risks. Watch Ascend in action. (http://www.ascendlearning.org/videos/)
To create the kind of vibrant learning environments we want for our students, we invest heavily in our faculty, providing ongoing professional learning for all of our educators, who collaborate closely and push each other to achieve great outcomes for our students, their families, and the communities we serve.
We believe that our school buildings should reflect the incredible accomplishments that happen within their walls. All Ascend schools are housed in beautiful, newly renovated buildings where every detail is chosen to communicate our high aspirations for teaching and learning. See where we work. (http://www.ascendlearning.org/schools/)
The middle school science teacher and content lead will develop and teach engaging lessons that follow the rigorous, Common Core aligned Ascend curriculum. Additionally, the middle school science teacher will:
Utilize formal and informal assessment data to drive instruction and ensure student mastery of standards
Build a warm and inclusive classroom environment, implementing the philosophy of restorative practices
Create and maintain strong relationships with students and families
Actively participate in grade-level meetings, collaborative planning, and professional development, including an annual summer institute
Accept ultimate responsibility for the academic progress of his or her students, and work to actively overcome setbacks
Plan and execute whole school and/or content team professional development sessions
Observe, coach and mentor instructional staff to ensure that teaching is at all times intentional, engaging, and rigorous, and that teachers are creating a warm, structured, and responsive classroom culture
Monitor and assess teacher performance
Support the lesson planning process and provide weekly feedback to teachers on their lessons
Identify problems in academic performance and recommend and implement solutions in a timely manner
Build smooth and efficient working relations that positively impact academics; work closely and efficiently with the school director, the school leadership team, and Ascend Learning staff to ensure student success
Reinforce positive student behavior and establish rapport with students; communicate individual academic progress
Staff and reporting relationships
The middle school science teacher and content lead reports to the school director. He or she also accepts direction from, and works closely with, the dean of instruction and dean of students.
Bachelor's degree required; master's degree and certification preferred
The ability to create a classroom environment where students feel safe, supported, and challenged
Passion and commitment to teaching scholars in underserved areas and to closing the achievement gap
Relentless drive to set and achieve ambitious goals
Strong collaboration and teamwork skills
Growth mindset and ability to use feedback to improve practice
Experience teaching in underserved areas a plus
Ascend Public Charter School teacher salaries are above the Department of Education pay scale and commensurate with experience. Please visit www.ascendlearning.org/careers to learn more about the benefits of working at Ascend.
Ascend is an equal opportunity employer and an organization that values diversity.