Teachers have a nine-hour work day (7:20 am to 4:20 pm) with two preparation periods each day and time for lunch. The typical Ascend school day runs from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. A lower school student day might include: breakfast, morning meeting, English language arts (guided reading, Literature Circle, phonics, grammar, shared text), science, math, specials (art, music, dance, physical education, foreign language), and lunch/recess. A typical middle school student day might include: breakfast, Advisory, humanities, science, math, specials (art, dance, health or physical education, foreign language) and lunch/recess.
We’re excited about teachers who get fired up about learning; who want to spend their time discussing, preparing, and immersing themselves in the content they’re about to teach; who truly listen to what students are saying; who create a space for students to think their own way through to answers; and who praise their insights and curiosities along the way.
We seek educators who view challenges as opportunities and work relentlessly to reach ambitious goals.
We value hunger for feedback and the desire to engage in an ongoing process of professional reflection and growth.
Above all, we look for educators who are passionate and committed to serving youth in low-income communities and to our ultimate goal of closing the achievement gap.
What are the requirements to teach at an Ascend school? Do I need to be certified to apply for a teaching position?
Ascend values a teaching community with a diverse range of backgrounds. We invite experienced teachers, recent graduates, and career changers to apply. All applicants must demonstrate passion and commitment to serving youth in low-income communities in an effort to close the achievement gap.
Ascend requires teachers to hold a bachelor’s degree. A master’s degree and New York State certification is preferred. Applicants who do not yet hold New York State teaching certification must be willing to take the necessary certification steps, which may include applying for reciprocity or enrolling in a teacher preparation program. Ascend reimburses $2,000 per school year toward the cost of tuition upon successful completion of the Relay Graduate School of Education two-year program.
How does Ascend’s compensation compare to other public schools? What is included in Ascend’s benefits package?
Ascend schools offer salaries above the NYC Department of Education salary scale. All full-time Ascend employees are eligible to participate in our comprehensive benefits program, including:
- Medical, dental, health reimbursement and flexible spending accounts,
- Emergency family care,
- Partial to fully compensated child-rearing leave depending on length of time employed by Ascend,
- 403(b) retirement plan,
- Tuition reimbursement for approved programs,
- Gym membership reimbursement, and
- TransitChek commuter benefits.
We also provide faculty members with a laptop and other perks, such as ample supplies and classroom materials. Additionally, employees receive a $500-$1,000 referral bonus for recommending talented candidates who are hired by Ascend.
Ascend provides its teachers multiple opportunities to engage in deep content preparation, support each other in daily instruction, collaborate on the design of highly targeted data-driven actions, and share best practices. Cultivated through the Ascend culture is a growth mindset in which everyone pushes, engages, and inspires each other to achieve personal and professional goals. Read about Ascend’s Teacher Planning and Development framework and other professional development programs.
Teacher Certification: Ascend partners with the Relay Graduate School of Education to provide its teachers graduate level courses for New York State teaching certification. Upon successful completion of the two-year program, Ascend reimburses up to $2,000 of tuition cost per school year.
Special Education Certification: Ascend also covers the entire tuition cost of full-time teachers who enroll in an Ascend-approved program and receive a certificate extension.
Ascend invests in each teacher’s professional goals, with opportunities to assume any of our teacher and school leadership roles, such as, mentor teacher, grade-team leader, dean, or school director.
Aligned with the Common Core State Standards, the Ascend liberal arts curriculum provides our students a rich, well-rounded course of study from kindergarten through high school that develops children’s full academic, social, artistic, and ethical potentials. Our program is designed to develop students’ curiosities and capabilities and prepare them for success in college and beyond.
The Ascend liberal arts, Common Core-aligned design fosters:
- Critical thinking and problem solving,
- Inquiry and curiosity,
- Quantitative literacy,
- Effective and persuasive communication skills, and
- Ethics and civic responsibility.
Ascend provides curricular materials, including unit guides, pacing charts, student response packets, background knowledge readings, and assessments, so that teachers can concentrate on designing and delivering exceptional lesson plans. Although the process may vary slightly from school to school, teachers are usually asked to draft lesson plans specific to one subject and grade level and then meet with their team to collaboratively review, practice, and revise.
Teachers receive training and support on all curricula from the Ascend curriculum development team. Additionally, aggregated data for assessments is provided to allow informed, data-aligned instruction.
Ascend families are critical partners on a scholar’s path to college. Ascend teachers communicate with families on a regular basis to build and maintain strong relationships. Ascend schools also engage families in deep and meaningful ways that may include:
- Summer family orientations and Back-to-School Nights to welcome families and share expectations of the school-family partnership;
- Parent-teacher conferences to discuss students’ academic performance and to collaborate on solutions to challenges;
- Parent-led groups offer opportunities for families to engage in the school community and to contribute their time and talents to the school;
- Regular community-building events, such as potlucks, performances, art shows, gallery tours, and more; and
- Workshops to equip families with the skills and resources to support student academic success.
How do Ascend schools track student progress? How are teachers supported with data-driven instruction?
Academic data is at the heart of the Ascend school design. Students take scheduled assessments developed by Ascend to provide teachers with immediate, objective feedback on students’ mastery of the preceding unit, and accordingly, guide any re-teaching. Every school year, Ascend administers one full-length mock state exam to track student progress toward academic proficiency and build students’ stamina in preparation for the rigors of the actual state exam.
Teachers collaborate with the school’s deans of instruction and Ascend’s director of data and analytics in Teacher Planning and Development sessions to study results, identify areas of growth, and plan next steps.
Sophisticated software provides teachers comprehensive, real-time reports on the performance and progress of each student. Moreover, Grade books are automatically developed from benchmark exams in the core academic subjects.
Ascend teachers work in newly renovated, beautifully designed buildings that communicate our aspirations for teaching and learning. Ascend schools embody hope for a bright future. Since Ascend schools do not co-locate with district schools, our students, teachers, and leaders can take ownership of their school and allow the Ascend culture to flourish in every aspect of school life. The Ascend model is reinforced in the design of the rooms, the setup of the classrooms, and the architecture.
Our Talent Recruitment team will work with you to match your experience, qualifications, and preferences with the Ascend school and grade right for you and our students.
Ascend schools are located in the Brooklyn, New York neighborhoods of Brownsville, Bushwick, Canarsie, and East Flatbush. Click here to view a map of our school locations.
Ascend teachers work in newly renovated buildings that communicate our aspirations for teaching and learning through carefully chosen design detail.
Ascend teachers instruct students in beautiful light-filled environments stocked with educational resources, including libraries with hundreds of highly engaging titles and classrooms with interactive smart boards. Ascend also provides personalized laptops, in-school wireless internet access, and networked printers, as well as access to copy machines, poster makers, art and office supplies, and more.
Every school is staffed with an operations team to manage all non-instructional aspects of the school day to allow school directors and leadership teams to focus on instruction and teacher development.