The role of dean of student services, a special education professional, is threefold. S/he (1) will supervise and coach special education teachers (all grade levels and content areas); (2) will work across the school serving students with special needs through small-group pull-out instruction, whole-group instruction, and supporting students “pushing in” to the general education classroom; and (3) as the school's primary contact with the Department of Education's Office of Special Education, is responsible for directly managing the relationship to ensure that the school complies with applicable laws and regulations, and maintains accurate and up-to-date records and other documentation.
The dean of student services works in conjunction with the school's instructional leaders to ensure that the school provides the academic, emotional, and physical services for students who require additional support to thrive within the schools' core academic programs.
Why extraordinary leaders lead at Ascend
Ascend is a growing network of K-12 public charter schools serving 5,500 students across 15 schools in Central Brooklyn and offering a new model for public education. 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.
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.
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In some Ascend schools, the dean of student services will develop and teach engaging lessons that follow the rigorous, Common Core aligned Ascend curriculum. The dean of student services will teach collaboratively with a general education teacher in an inclusion classroom and differentiate instruction for students with special needs. The special education responsibilities include:
Staff and reporting relationships
The dean of student services reports to the school director. He or she also works closely with the dean of instruction and network director of student services.
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.
The role of dean of student services, a special education professional, is threefold. S/he (1) will supervise and coach special education teachers (all grade levels and content areas); (2) will work across the school serving students with…