Ascend Charter Schools

  • Associate Director of Mathematics - Lower Schools (Network role)

    Career Area
    Ascend Network
    School
    Ascend Learning
    Start Date
    Immediate
  • Overview

    At Ascend, we’re excited about professionals who are fired up about our liberal arts program, positive approach to discipline, and commitment to serve all students. Join us as we foster innate curiosities, encourage discussion and debate, and guide students to think their own way through to answers.

     

    The assistant director of elementary school math adapts, curates, creates and paces research-based lower school math curricula, which support inquiry-based learning. He or she creates and refines assessments; supports deans and school directors with the implementation of curricula; develops materials for professional development in these curricula; assists with school-based professional development on an as-needed basis; and, in collaboration with other members of the math team as well as the data and analytics team, uses academic data to adjust and focus instruction.

     

    Why extraordinary professionals choose Ascend

     

    Ascend is a network of K-12 public charter schools serving 5,000 students across 12 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.

     

    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.

     

    You can learn more about the Ascend approach by visiting our website.

    Responsibilities

    The assistant director of elementary mathematics will create, refine, curate, and pace commercial and “Ascend-developed” math programs that form the basis of the three-part Ascend math program: math workshop, math and number stories (CGI). Additionally, the assistant director of elementary mathematics will:

    • Develop pacing charts, unit guides and associated materials for all units in grades K-4
    • Create assessment items or select items from commercial sources to populate formative assessments
    • Develop materials for professional development on the curricula to school directors, deans of instruction, and math teachers
    • Support with the facilitation of professional development sessions at the annual Leader Institute and Teacher Institute, and on an as-needed basis
    • Support school-based professional development delivered by deans of instruction
    • In collaboration with other members of the math team and the data and analytics team, use academic data to adjust and focus instruction
    • As directed, participate in curriculum walk-throughs and math implementation visits with the managing director of mathematics and school-based leadership team members
    • Continuously research and study developments in mathematics education and best practices being implemented in excellent schools
    • Build positive and efficient working relations with the Ascend central schools team and with the leadership teams of each school

     

    Staff and reporting relationships

    The assistant director of elementary school math shall report to Ascend’s managing director of mathematics and collaborate closely with other members of the math team, the curriculum team, deans of instruction at each school, Ascend’s director of data and analytics, and other members of Ascend’s schools Team.

    Qualifications

    • Bachelor’s degree, with an advanced degree strongly preferred
    • A sustained record of outstanding academic results as a math teacher in the elementary grades
    • Experience coaching teachers in math instruction and preparing and delivering outstanding professional development
    • A deep understanding of the Common Core and New York’s Common Core-aligned state assessments in grades K-4
    • A broad familiarity with math pedagogies and programs and effective practice
    • Expertise in the principles of math teaching and research findings and instruction
    • Superb organizational, project management, self-management skills, and problem-solving skills
    • 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
    • Insistence on academic excellence and rigor
    • Excellent communication skills (written and oral)

    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.

     

    Compensation

     

    Ascend offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package. Please visit www.ascendschools.org/careers to learn more about the benefits of working at Ascend.

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