Ascend is a Brooklyn-based network of K-12 public charter schools serving 4,000 students across nine schools. Our mission is to provide an extraordinary education for the children of Central Brooklyn, placing them firmly on the path to success in college and beyond. We seek high school teachers who are passionate about their subjects and their students – who want to spend their time discussing, preparing, and immersing themselves in the content they’re about to teach. We value teachers who truly listen to what students are saying – who create a space for students to think their way through to answers, and explore insights and curiosities along the way. Teachers at Ascend share a hunger for feedback and professional growth, and a dedication to excellence.
We look for teachers who are excited to embrace a rigorous liberal arts program and restorative approach to discipline, and who believe that family and community partnerships are crucial.
We are passionate about guiding 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 and encourages intellectual risk-taking, preparing them to thrive in the college classroom, the workplace, and civil society.
The founding high school visual arts teacher will develop and teach, clear and engaging lessons that follow the rigorous, Common Core aligned Ascend curriculum. Additionally, the founding high school visual arts teacher will:
- Create a rigorous, Common Core aligned curriculum
- Utilize formal and informal assessment data to drive instruction and ensure student mastery of standards
- Build a motivating and inclusive classroom environment
- Create and maintain strong relationships with students and families
- Actively participate in grade-level meetings, collaborative planning, and professional development, including an annual summer institute
- Accept ultimate responsibility for the academic progress of his or her students, and work to actively overcome setbacks
- Report to the director of curriculum and instruction; accept direction from, and work closely with, the dean of students and school director.
- Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree and certification preferred
- The ability to create a classroom environment where students feel safe, supported, and challenged
- 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
- Experience teaching in underserved areas a plus
Ascend is an equal opportunity employer and an organization that values diversity.