Founding High School Reading Intervention Teacher

Job Type

Part Time




New York
United States


Our flagship high school, Brooklyn Ascend High School (BAHS), opened to 9th grade students in September 2015 and will expand by a grade per year through grade 12.

At BAHS, we are looking for teachers who believe in restorative practices and teach students to resolve conflicts on their own, understand the impact of their actions, and acknowledge responsibility to the school community. We believe that a true liberal arts education – which fosters and prizes critical thinking and independence of thought—cannot be joined to a no-excuses culture that emphasizes silence and compliance. It is a flagrant contradiction. We prepare students for success in college and in life by fostering agency—our students' confidence that they are in control of their own lives and can act of their own free choices, their conviction that they can assert their voice and power in the world.

We are passionate about special education teachers who are fired up about their lessons—who want to spend their time discussing, preparing, and immersing themselves in the rich content they 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 who praise their insights and curiosities along the way. We value educators with a hunger for feedback and professional growth, and a dedication to excellence. Discover more about BAHS.

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The founding high school reading intervention teacher will implement rigorous intervention lessons using research based interventions as well as standards aligned lessons that are co-created with grade level general education teachers. Additionally, the high school reading intervention teacher will:

  • Plan for and provide special education teacher support services (SETSS)
  • Plan for an implement research based reading interventions
  • Participate in the development, tracking, and implementation of IEP goals
  • Utilize formal and informal assessment data to drive instruction and ensure student mastery of standards
  • Build a motivating and inclusive classroom environment where student voice is encouraged
  • Maintain strong relationships with students and families
  • Actively participate in department 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

Staff and Reporting Relationships

The high school special education teacher reports to the dean of student services.

  • Bachelor's degree required master's degree and certification preferred
  • 2+ years of teaching experience, preferably in an urban school setting and in the subject to be taught
  • A record of producing strong student achievement gains
  • The ability to create a classroom environment where students feel safe, supported, and challenged
  • Passion and commitment to urban education and our ultimate goal of closing the achievement gap

Skills and Traits

  • A philosophy that discipline is an opportunity for learning, growth, and community-building
  • Passion and commitment to urban education and our ultimate goal of closing the achievement gap
  • Insistence on academic excellence and rigor at all times
  • Strong leadership and team building skills
  • Excellent communication skills (written and oral)
  • Superb organizational, self-management, and problem-solving skills
  • An openness to accept and implement feedback and engage in a process of self-improvement
  • Alignment with the educational philosophy and core beliefs of Ascend Learning
  • Deep understanding of all high school graduation requirements and assessments, including but not limited to the Regents, PSAT's, SAT's, SAT II's

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.


Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply