SETSS Coordinator
Ascend Learning Charter Schools - Brooklyn, NY

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The Ascend Learning college-preparatory school design couples the SABIS educational system with the No Excuses school culture to fuel K-12 charter schools that close the achievement gap and place every student on the path to college.

Ascend’s mission is to develop a scalable solution to the underachievement of economically disadvantaged children—a network of urban, college-preparatory, K-12 charter schools, operating with widely available human and financial resources, and posting achievement levels equal or superior to suburban schools educating students from middle-class families.

The mission of our schools is to equip every student with the knowledge, confidence, and character to succeed in college and beyond. Our students will, from the earliest grades, steadily build a strong foundation of learning habits, critical thinking skills, and knowledge; excel academically in the middle and high schools; and graduate as confident young adults, prepared to succeed as college students, citizens, and leaders in their chosen fields.

Position Overview

At Ascend, talented teachers—deeply committed to changing the lives of their students—fuel exceptional academic outcomes. In cases where scholars’ environments or personal circumstances threaten their achievement, teachers strive relentlessly to change the trajectory of those lives and to close the achievement gap. The SETSS (special education teacher support services) coordinator 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. The role of the SETSS coordinator, a certified special education professional, is twofold: (1) s/he shall work across the school (all grade levels and content areas) serving students with special needs through small-group pull-out instruction, whole-group instruction, or support for scholars “pushing in” to the general education classroom; and (2) as the
school’s primary contact with the Department of Education’s Office of Special Education, s/he 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 SETSS coordinator is responsible for:

- Coordinating staff professional development in the areas of special education, 504s and at-risk support

- Supporting the SETSS teachers and other instructional staff by

- Identifying students’ needs for special education services

- Implementing IEPs and managing the provision of direct services by related service providers approved by the New York City Department of Education

- Designing differentiated instruction and administering rigorous, standards-based assessments to serve students needing special services

- Ensuring that all general education teachers know of, understand, and implement all classroom accommodations and modifications required by IEPs and 504 plans

- Working with the school’s certified special education professionals to share best practices across schools in the Ascend network and resolve any school-based crises expeditiously

- Ensuring that all schools create, implement, and monitor RTI/RTB through weekly data-driven meetings and planning sessions with the support of the school-based teams

- Creating, implementing and reviewing 504 plans

Staff and Reporting Relationships

The SETSS coordinator reports to the school director. He or she also accepts direction from, and works closely with, the dean of instruction.


Candidates must have:

- Full-time classroom experience and a demonstrated track record of propelling students’ academic growth and mastery

- A bachelor’s degree and special education certification

Applicants with out-of-state special education certification will be considered, but if hired s/he must complete the reciprocity process before the start of the school year.

All classroom instruction is in English. However, at Bushwick Ascend Charter School, some parents speak only Spanish; therefore, for applicants who wish to teach in Bushwick, preference will be given to teachers who speak Spanish.


The SETSS coordinator must:

- Demonstrate an unwavering belief that all students can achieve at high levels and that scholars with disabilities are as capable of greatness as general education scholars

- Manifest a total commitment to do whatever it takes to prepare all of the school’s students for college

- Demonstrate a record of producing dramatic student achievement gains as a teacher in a tightly disciplined setting

- Have exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail

- Be passionate about urban education and closing the achievement gap

- Be committed to education standards, statewide testing, and accountability

- Believe in a structured, predictable environment for children, and a No Excuses classroom

- Be willing to be the authority in the classroom and to set the rules

- Be prepared to invest in building relationships with students

- Value being effective over being creative

- Have a “can do” attitude and be a team player, relentless in the pursuit of the school’s academic objectives; be hard-working and willing to take feedback and engage in a process of self-improvement

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