• Ascend Teaching Fellowship

    Career Area
    Ascend Learning
    Start Date
    SY 2018-19
  • Overview

    The Ascend Teaching Fellowship offers you an unrivaled opportunity to join a select cohort of aspiring teachers who are academically accomplished, intellectually passionate, and driven to remake America’s schools. In your time at Ascend, you will have the opportunity to learn the art of teaching from experienced mentors and practice your craft in the classroom, while also earning a master’s degree over the course of two years. The fellowship places you in one of our twelve schools and includes multiple kinds of support to launch your career as an educator. Participate in a supportive community of highly knowledgeable educators who embrace a culture of ongoing professional growth. Develop your teaching skills through part-time teaching responsibilities and one-to-one guidance from a talented mentor teacher. Earn a full-time teaching salary while working toward your master’s degree over a two-year period.


    Submit your application ASAP to be considered for the March 26 group interview. Visit our fellowship page for more details.


    We look for professionals 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 staff members who are deeply committed to urban education and our ultimate goal of closing the achievement gap for the children of Central Brooklyn.


    Why join Ascend Public Charter Schools?


    Ascend is a network of K-12 public charter schools serving 4,000 students across 10 schools in Central Brooklyn. Our mission is to lead our students on a great intellectual journey, providing them with an exceptional education and placing them firmly on the path to success in college and beyond.


    We guide 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. We foster a positive, non-punitive school culture where students feel connected, empowered, and safe to take academic risks. Even our school buildings are designed to reflect our high aspirations for teaching and learning and the notable accomplishments that occur within our walls. By offering a rich liberal arts education in a supportive environment, we animate children’s natural sense of curiosity and prepare students to think on their own, thrive on their own, and engage the world as informed, responsible citizens.


    In school year 2017-2018 we will educate more than 4,000 students at five lower schools, four middle schools, and one high school. Ascend’s college-preparatory liberal arts curriculum and warm and supportive school culture equip teachers with the tools to achieve exceptional academic outcomes and close the achievement gap in Central Brooklyn.



    The Teaching Fellow will engage in various activities to build understandings and skills in teaching. In their first year, teaching fellows will be responsible for

    • Actively participating in grade-level meetings, collaborative planning, and professional development, including an annual summer institute to build their teaching skill
    • Working closely with and assisting a seasoned teacher to learn about pedagogical practices in the classroom
    • Maintaining a passing grade-point average in their Relay Residency master program by completing all assignments and attending class regularly

    In their second year, they will accept a full-time teaching position and will be responsible for

    • Utilizing formal and informal assessment data to drive instruction and ensure student mastery of standards
    • Building a warm and inclusive classroom environment, implementing the practices of Responsive Classroom
    • Creating and maintain strong relationships with students and families
    • Accepting ultimate responsibility for the academic progress of his or her students, and work to actively overcome setbacks
    • Actively participating in grade-level meetings, collaborative planning, and professional development, including an annual summer institute

    Staff and reporting relationships

    The Teaching Fellow reports to the school director. He or she also accepts direction from, and works closely with, the mentor teacher, dean of instruction, and dean of students.


    • Bachelor’s degree required by July 1, 2018; degree in pedagogical subject such as math or literature a plus
    • Cumulate undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
    • 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


    Diversity at Ascend


    Ascend is committed to building a diverse and inclusive community, both through our hiring practices and our focus on creating a culture and environment where diverse perspectives, ideas, and identities are valued and integrated into our way of working and educating students. Ascend staff represent a wide diversity of racial, socio-economic, gender, religious, and national identities—opening a window to the entire Ascend community on the richness of humanity. We welcome all applicants who share our mission and vision to join us in our deeply consequential work.




    Ascend offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package.


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