The Summer 2017 application can be found here.

Learn more about the professional benefits of the instructional coach residency here
Click here for a complete description of the instructional coach role.

View the 2017 instructional coach site directory here.

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Breakthrough’s instructional coaches (ICs) provide intensive training, coaching and support to our teaching fellows — top college and high school students from across the country who compete for 1,000 positions in our prestigious teaching residency. Together, teaching fellows and instructional coaches provide transformative summer learning experiences for primarily low-income students, the majority of whom will be the first in their families to graduate from four-year colleges.

Teaching fellows bring energy, commitment and a willingness to learn, as they serve as full-time teachers for six-week summer sessions. Instructional coaches bring experience, knowledge, passion for preparing the next generation of urban teachers and a commitment to equity and excellence. Coaching with Breakthrough is a life-changing opportunity to learn, teach and lead.

Instructional coaches receive intensive training and materials to support teaching fellows while they implement Breakthrough-specific teaching strategies and curricula. ICs help teaching fellows differentiate lessons, engage challenging students and assess student work. ICs work closely with each other and Breakthrough directors to ensure all teaching fellows receive the support they need to be effective teachers. 

Please review the 2016 Instructional Coach Directory to learn more about local program structures, time commitments, compensation details, and position availability (the updated 2017 Directory will be released the first week of February). If you have additional questions about specific sites, please contact the directors directly. On the instructional coach application, you will indicate the site where you are applying to coach. In addition, you may select up to six other sites for which you would like to be considered, in the event you are not offered a position at your first choice. If you are selected to coach at Breakthrough, you will receive an offer from only one site.

Please note that Breakthrough does not provide housing for instructional coaches, so please apply to sites located in cities where you can provide your own housing.

The Summer 2017 deadline is Thursday, April 6, 2017. If you have additional questions, please email our recruitment team at

Frequently Asked Questions

What does the instructional coach selection process look like?
Following the submission of your application, you may be contacted for a classroom visit or a video submission of a sample teaching presentation; an interview; and/or a mock coaching session. You will be contacted directly by a director if you advance to the next stage in the selection process.

What does it mean to be part of the Breakthrough network?
Your Breakthrough experience may be beginning this summer, but it won’t end when the summer does. You will join tens of thousands of Breakthrough alumni who are working across the country to transform education. You will be eligible to participate in our regional trainings and future Leadership Summits and to engage with Breakthrough coaches across the country. The Breakthrough movement will cause systemic changes in our public schools, and we are thrilled you are joining us on this exciting journey. 

"As I engaged with the enthusiastic, motivated Breakthrough teachers, I reconnected with my own sense of purpose in choosing my vocation."
                                                                                - Former instructional coach