Ascend Charter Schools

  • Ascend Summer Teaching Fellowship

    Career Area
    Ascend Learning
    Start Date
    SY 2019-20
  • Overview

    If you’re a college junior or college senior and considering teaching, become an Ascend Summer Teaching Fellow! You’ll join other exceptional aspiring educators for a challenging and rewarding summer program in New York City.


    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.


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


    Why extraordinary teachers teach at Ascend

    Ascend is a network of K-12 public charter schools serving 5,000 students across twelve schools in Central Brooklyn. Our mission is to provide our students an extraordinary education, 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. And we design our school buildings to reflect the incredible accomplishments that happen within their walls and our high aspirations for teaching and learning.

    To create this kind of vibrant learning community, we invest heavily in our faculty by providing ongoing professional training and support, and encourage our educators to collaborate closely and push each other to achieve great outcomes.


    Visit our website to learn more about the Ascend approach.



    During the summer, 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.


    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
    • Social media and the internet

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

    College juniors
    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. Upon college graduation and your return to Ascend as a permanent staff member, you will be able to earn 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.


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


    After submitting a resume, personal profile, and responses to short answer questions through our application portal, applicants participate in a multi-round interview process. Candidates must be college juniors, expected to graduate in December 2019 or spring 2020. Additionally, candidates must demonstrate a

    • 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; and
    • 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 stipend, a additional travel stipend and housing at no cost.


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