The Ascend Summer Fellowship

If you’re a college junior and considering teaching, become an Ascend Summer Teaching Fellow.

Program overview

Join other exceptional aspiring educators for a challenging and rewarding eight-week summer program in New York City.


Hone your craft.

In June, you’ll take part in a fast-paced, intensive orientation, where you’ll learn the basics of classroom management, lesson planning, and pedagogy to set you up for success with your students. In July, you will teach each morning in our Ascend Summer School and, in the afternoon, receive detailed feedback and tailored professional development to strengthen your teaching craft.

Teach your passion.

In addition to teaching Ascend’s engaging English language arts and math curricula, you’ll engage your summer school students for one hour every day in a daily elective block, with activities of your own design in your choice of one of the following four areas: climate change, social justice, Maker, or social media and the internet.

Experience Brooklyn.

Not only will we provide you with an attractive summer stipend, we’ll provide housing at no cost at a nearby college.

Beyond the summer

Become a full-time Ascend teacher.

At summer’s end, you may be offered a full-time, permanent position as a classroom teacher at one of our 12 schools in Central Brooklyn, beginning the summer after you graduate.

Earn your certification or master's degree.

Upon college graduation and your return to Ascend as a permanent staff member, you will have the option of earning either a Teaching Certificate from the Charter Schools Institute of the State University of New York SUNY for SUNY-authorized schools by participating in Ascend’s Teacher Preparation Program, or a Master of Arts in Teaching at the highly regarded Relay Graduate School of Education, an institution founded by leading educators from high-performing charter networks and Teach for America.

Want to learn more?

See a complete schedule and description of program components.