Brandon Sorlie leads Ascend’s academic department, which offers a wide range of instructional support to Ascend schools. Sorlie and his team are responsible for managing and coaching the school directors and strengthening the implementation of Ascend’s educational model. Formerly school director of Brooklyn Ascend Lower School, Sorlie has been with the network since its inception in 2008. Earlier, as data manager at a public school in the Bronx, he was responsible for faculty coaching and evaluation, student assessment, and data analysis. Sorlie began his career as a Teach For America corps member. A graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, he holds two master’s degrees, one in teaching from Pace University and one in school leadership from the Teachers College at Columbia University.
“Reaching our ambitious goals requires keeping an eye on the big picture while focusing unfailingly on the details, working collaboratively, and understanding the interdependence of what happens in each school. Every adult is responsible for the achievement of every scholar, and everything we do–or fail to do–makes a difference.”