Director of Middle School Mathematics - Curriculum Team

Overview

The director of middle school mathematics will work closely with the chief curriculum and instruction officer to help develop Ascend's Common Core-aligned, inquiry-based math program. They adapt, curate, and pace research-based curricula; create and refine assessments; develop and deliver professional development in these curricula to school principals, assistant principals, and math teachers; and, in collaboration with the schools team, use academic data to adjust and focus curriculum development and professional development.

Ascend Public Charter Schools

Ascend is a network of K-12 public charter schools serving 5,700 students in 15 schools across Brooklyn-New York's most populous borough. Our undertaking is to lead our students on a great intellectual adventure, provide them with an exceptional college preparatory education, and place 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. Leading at Ascend means growing deeply in your career, expressing your voice, and playing a defining role in the future of your students, your school, and the Ascend network.

Ascend is committed to building a diverse, equitable, inclusive, and anti-racist (DEIA) 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.

Learn more about the Ascend approach by visiting our website .

Responsibilities

A successful director of student intervention will create a vision that will guide and determine our theory of action to address the significant learning caused by the ongoing pandemic. Essential responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
  • Create, refine, adapt, curate, and pace commercial and "Ascend-developed" products that form the basis of the inquiry-based math program with an emphasis on culturally responsive and anti-racist pedagogy for grades 5-7, and 8th grade Algebra
  • Develop materials and support or lead professional development for various members of the schools' leadership team and teaching staff, focusing on math content and the highest fidelity implementation of the math curricula.
  • Utilize academic data to adjust and focus on curricula, instruction, assessment, and professional development.
  • Develop and adapt Common Core-aligned formative and summative assessments in math.
  • Continuously research and study developments in mathematics education and integrate best practices of excellent schools into Ascend's curriculum
  • Recommend annual refinements to the math program based on network trends, feedback from school-based leadership, and research of best practices
  • In collaboration with other members of the math team and school-based leadership, participate in math content walkthroughs and implementation visits to monitor implementation of the math program
  • Build positive and efficient working relations with the Ascend central academic team and leadership teams at every school
  • Collect and analyze videos of exemplary teaching practices around strong implementation of mathematics instruction and curate an initial body of annotated student work
  • In collaboration with other members of the math team and the data and analytics team, analyze network-level data on assessments, benchmarks, and state exams to adjust and focus instruction, identify network trends, and establish achievement goals
  • Create network-level (and school-based, if necessary) action plans to address math benchmarks and other achievement data
  • In collaboration with other members of the math team, communicate important curriculum and assessment information to relevant stakeholders

Reporting relationships and teams

The director of middle school mathematics shall report to and collaborate closely with the chief curriculum and instruction officer, other members of the math and curriculum teams, Ascend school principals, assistant principals, teachers, 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 deep understanding of the Common Core and New York's Common Core-aligned state assessments
  • A deep understanding of data-driven instruction (DDI); and the ability to drive DDI at scale
  • A broad familiarity with math pedagogies and programs and effective practice
  • A broad familiarity with culturally responsive and anti-racist math curriculum and instruction
  • Expertise in the principles of math instruction and research findings
  • Experience with instructional coaching and leading educators
  • Superb organizational, project management, self-management skills, and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent presentation skills and the ability to support, train, and coach educators
  • Passion and commitment to urban education and our ultimate goal of closing the achievement gap
  • Insistence on academic excellence and rigor
  • Excellent communication skills (written and oral)
  • A hunger for feedback and an openness to engage in a process of self-improvement
  • Alignment with the educational philosophy and core beliefs of Ascend Learning

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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