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Our mission is two-fold: 1) to provide means for a college-prep experience for students who show consistent affluence in the classroom with a dire passion to learn, who generally lack the means to afford unparalleled learning experiences, and 2) to provide a hands-on teaching experience for college students who aspire to be educators. Hence, our concept of “students teaching students” emerges and the rubber truly meets the road. Much of our ability to accomplish our mission is hinged on the availability of classroom-space The Lovett School has provided since 1996. However, Breakthrough Atlanta has developed a need for an additional site that now operates as a satellite campus at the Atlanta Youth Academy (AYA) during the summer program.
Summer 2010 marked the successful launch of Breakthrough Atlanta’s new site at Atlanta Youth Academy, which operated simultaneously with the primary-site at The Lovett School as an identical program. The new site hosted 32 students and employed 8 teacher-interns, 3 mentor teachers, one Dean of Student, and the Site Director. All teachers were given the latitude to develop their own lesson-plans, and moreover they were guided by mentor teachers, who are current educators in the metro Atlanta area certified by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission. The teachers were presented with professional development opportunities on a weekly basis by way of outdoor activities, orientations, power-point presentations and a myriad of hands-on opportunities developed by mentor teachers. During the summer, the students engaged in a mock-trial experience in real courtrooms, community service projects, college visits, student government, field trips to historical landmarks in Georgia and a rigorous curriculum based future standards for their ensuing grade level.
With both sites working in tandem, Breakthrough Atlanta has pioneered an academic pulse veined through Atlanta’s underprivileged metropolis. Our passion is to serve more of Atlanta’s communities as a beacon of light and a compelling source for academic equity and learning opportunities. With state-of-the-art classrooms and a genuine passion to shape the lives of our youth, Breakthrough Atlanta is charged to foster an innovative culture of academically motivated students, who boldly assert greater competition in the classroom setting and on life’s center-stage. Therefore, without end, Breakthrough Atlanta strives to enhance our potential to deliver a positive charge to Atlanta’s academic climate, so that we may be of some assistance in more communities who are weathering the storms of today’s economic hardships.
Breakthrough Austin creates first-generation college graduates. The program admits students in middle school and makes a long-term commitment to helping them graduate from high school and college by providing academic summer programs, individualized academic support and enrichment and college-prep activities for students and families. Breakthrough Austin operates two summer sites: one for rising 6th, 7th, and 8th graders at a campus in Manor Independent School District and one for rising 7th, 8th, and 9th graders at the University of Texas at Austin. Breakthrough seeks enthusiastic, creative, and successful high school and college students to teach and mentor during our academic summer sessions. Under the guidance of seasoned teaching professionals, high school and college students will teach English, math, social studies, or science to classes of eight to ten students. Teachers will also serve on committees, lead study skills lessons, and design Explorations (electives) classes for their students.
Low cost summer housing is available through a partnership with College Houses, Inc., and Breakthrough teachers live in “co-ops.” Food is provided, and three hours of “labor” are required each week.
All Breakthrough Austin summer teachers are AmeriCorps members for the duration of their work in the summer program (June through August). After that term of service, members are eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Education Award (currently valued at $1,468) that can be applied towards educational costs such as student loans or college tuition. This will be in addition to the stipend of $2,000 that is paid for summer teachers.
According to AmeriCorps regulations, our summer teachers will now have to meet the following requirements:
• Be 17 years or older
• Be enrolled and in good standing at a high school or four-year college or university
(also eligible the summer after college graduation)
• Be a U.S. citizen, or U.S. national or lawful permanent resident of the United States
• Have a commitment to community service and the ability to provide service for the
complete program year (June –August)
Breakthrough Austin strives to empower all our students to reach their college dreams. This summer, Breakthrough seeks talented, student-centered teachers who want to work hard, take risks, have fun . . . and make a difference!
After 20 years of success, Breakthrough Cambridge has expanded to Breakthrough Greater Boston. We are now well positioned to change the academic trajectories and career paths of more students and teachers in the Greater Boston area.
In the summer of 2013, Breakthrough Greater Boston will operate two sites. Our original site at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, near Harvard University, will serve rising 7th, 8th and 9th graders. Our newest site at TechBoston Academy will hire its founding teachers to instruct its first class of rising 7th graders. With two sites, Breakthrough will serve double the number of highly motivated, high need students and promising future educators!
Breakthrough Greater Boston teachers are bright, energetic, and driven. They come from diverse academic and personal backgrounds, but share a strong commitment to learning the art of teaching, to closing the achievement gap, and to making a real and lasting impact on their students.
With a student-to-staff ratio of 3:1, Breakthrough Greater Boston classes are small to allow for students to receive individualized attention. Summer teachers implement engaging, student-centered classes that culminate in hands-on final projects. All students receive two hours of homework each week night, and receive a great deal of support from their teachers to complete all assignments. Each day’s schedule also includes time for mentoring, homework help, recess, and community building.
All teachers independently teach two sections of math, literature, writing, social studies, or science. Teachers also serve on a committee to support programming (e.g. Olympics Committee, Family Night Committee, Camping Trip Committee, etc.). Teachers are paired with Instructional Coaches, who are professional educators in the Greater Boston area. Instructional Coaches provide our teachers with consistent support, training, and resources throughout the summer.
Hours: 7:30am - 6pm, Monday - Friday, plus take-home work (lesson planning, giving feedback on student work, providing homework help over the phone, etc.)
Select teacher applicants will be invited to attend an in-person interview. If you are not in the Greater Boston area, alternative arrangements will be made.
Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Due to the large volume of applications we receive, we encourage you to submit your application as early as possible.
Learn. Teach. Inspire. Join us this summer at Breakthrough Greater Boston.
At Breakthrough Cincinnati, teachers are organized by academic departments and teaching teams. Each teacher teaches two sections of an academic core class in the morning such as literature or math. In the afternoon, teachers may elect to teach either a foreign language class (Spanish, French or Latin) or an academic elective class of their own design (previous classes include Debate, Journalism, and Going Green). Lastly, teachers collaborate to offer a wide variety of athletic and artistic mini-courses such as dance choreography, basketball, chess, acting, and arts/crafts which cap off the students’ day at Breakthrough Cincinnati. Teachers work closely with mentor teachers and a Dean of Faculty to create their own lesson plans and infuse their own creativity and ideas into a skills-based curriculum that pushes students to excel.
Leadership positions for teachers abound at Breakthrough Cincinnati and include not only roles as Family Heads but also as Committee Heads and as members of our various special event and project committees including Career Day, Yearbook, and Canoeing Committees. In addition, each teacher serves at least once as CEO of the day, coordinating all activities for that day including breakfast, All School Meeting, Student of the Day Selection and dismissal. Typical hours for teachers are 7:30am-4:30pm.
Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, so applicants are encouraged to submit their applications as early as possible. We will begin interviews in January. If you are not in the Cincinnati area, alternative arrangements will be made. Applicants must be at least 16 yrs old by June 1st.
The Queen City, Cincinnati is located on the majestic Ohio River and boasts a variety of world class attractions. From amusement parks to art museums, farmers’ markets to shopping malls, our city has something for everyone. While in Cincinnati you will want to take in a Red’s game (the first professional baseball team in history), try Cincinnati style chili, and indulge in our locally made Graeter’s ice cream. Cincinnati is a metropolitan area, made up of charming and unique communities surrounding the city’s core. When it comes to getting around and accessing the multitude of neighborhoods we recommend travel by car.
We are located at Kent Denver School, and we provide 3-5 home stays for teachers who are outside of the Denver area.
A typical day at Breakthrough Kent Denver is full of excitement, energy, and of course learning. While our main focus is academic achievement, we also stress the values of leadership and community, all while enjoying and sharing our experience through building strong relationships. Our teachers start the day by welcoming students with loud cheers and applause as they get off the bus. We then have breakfast as a community, and a teacher shares his/her “vision” for the day. Vision is a shared experience within our community which provides inspiration for the day. Teachers then teach two to three sections of Math, Literature, Writing or Science dependent on their expertise. After lunch, the teaching continues as we have elective courses designed by the teachers. The entire community then attends All School Meeting where we have guest speakers and performances, and where students also practice public speaking by giving presentations. We wrap up each day with “Micromadness,” a time for the community to engage in a magnitude of fun activities that allows for bonding time outside the classroom. Activities are all created and run by teachers and include, but are not limited to soccer, basketball, movie editing, crochet, board games, fishing, ceramics, capture the flag, and dodgeball. Every Friday, we hold special events such as Spirit Day, Olympics, Visitor’s Day, The Shakespeare Festival, and Celebration. At Breakthrough Kent Denver, the focus of our staff is diligence in learning, leadership, and building strong bonds with our students that make learning fun.
While teaching at Breakthrough Kent Denver may seem overwhelming, we offer a wealth of support. A full time Director of Instruction is on staff who provides all encompassing support for staff, instructional coaches- one per subject- who are professional teachers and provide not only feedback, but also full classroom support. Additionally, teachers attend a two-week orientation and training at the start of the summer and professional development once per week.
We hope you join us in molding talented, college bound leaders from Denver Public Middle schools!
Check out our Promotional Video! http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=tThlESmEsp0
Houston's population is amazingly diverse, and countless cultures are represented at Breakthrough Houston. Teachers at the Houston site truly "own the program" - by taking major leadership roles in the summer program, running all the faculty and department meetings and serving on administrative committees. Professional development is a big focus at Breakthrough Houston - we want to help you grow as a teacher and a leader! We will have professional development seminars several times during the summer. Peer and mentor observations are a large part of the professional life at BTH because we learn best from each other! At Breakthrough Houston, we're looking for inspiring self-starters who are ready to dedicate themselves to our amazing students. Our 2 week orientation beginning on June 5 promises to prepare you for the intense 6 week summer program with our middle school students.We will have rising 7th, 8th and 9th graders. We can set you up with a homestay family if you are not from Houston. We have teachers from many different schools and from around the US.
Breakthrough Manchester offers you a rigorous and rewarding opportunity through its summer teaching internships. We balance the teaching experience so that you can be challenged while also achieving success as a young teacher. On one hand, we give you tremendous ownership over your experience and opportunities to take on leadership within our community. On the other hand, we balance your responsibilities with intensive support, training, and resources. We maintain high standards of excellence for students, teachers, and the professional staff at Breakthrough and define our success as a community by the success of each individual within the community. We often describe teaching at Breakthrough Manchester as “the hardest thing you’ve ever done.” Our teachers report that this is no understatement, but it’s also the reason they enjoy our community so much. The value of the teaching experience is evidenced in the number of people who teach more than once at Breakthrough Manchester; typically, a majority of our summer faculty returns to teach for at least a second summer, and some teach for multiple years.
For a complete overview of the Breakthrough Manchester teaching experience, including information on classes and other summer responsibilities, please visit the Teacher section of our website at www.breakthroughmanchester.org.
Founded in 1991, Breakthrough Manchester is the third oldest site in the nation and serves the distinctive community of Manchester, New Hampshire, the largest and most diverse city in Northern New England. In 21 years, Breakthrough Manchester has served over 1,500 young people.
Join us this summer. Your students are waiting.
Breakthrough Miami is a non-profit organization that serves children throughout Miami Dade County. We are hiring a total of 86 teacher interns for all of our sites and have a very limited amout of homestays available for applicants who are able to provide their own transportation. Applicants who live in Miami Dade County, Broward or Palm Beach counties are not eligible to stay in a home-stay.
Summer 2013 will mark the thirteenth year of LearningWorks. We are a well established program in Minneapolis and deeply rooted in our community. When LearningWorks' Summer Program opens in June, we will surpass 600 students served and 230 aspiring educators trained.
Students who make the commitment to LearningWorks have proven the success of the program through their attendance and attrition. The summer program has a 97% daily attendance rate. With each passing summer, the academic rigor of LearningWorks classes increases and energy and excitement at LearningWorks expands.
At LearningWorks, we operate on the guiding principles that "It's Cool to Be You. It's Cool to Be Smart. It's Cool to Care." The combination of these three principles are the driving force behind student and teacher investment at LearningWorks.
At LearningWorks, teachers create their own content for their classes based around the skill needs of our particular students through a direct curriculum partnership with Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS). Teachers work directly with a Mentor Teacher to create courses and lesson plans specifically tailored to the needs of the students in their classes.
Not only are teachers engaged in active skill building for MPS, teachers are exposed to a representative population and their learning needs. LearningWorks teachers are familiarized to best-practice teaching around creating equity in education. By using "strictly positive" as our model to interactions and "leaning in" to uncomfortable topics, teachers and students experience a full-minded educational experience in a safe setting.
Out of town teachers ALL have the opportunity to have housing during their summer at LearningWorks. Thanks to a partnership with a local college, LearningWorks subsidizes the majority of the cost of housing for out of town teachers. The total cost of housing is $325 which will be deducted little by little biweekly from the summer stipend . That $325 covers all nine weeks of summer for housing that is walking distance from LearningWorks. During the interview process, more information about housing will be available.
LearningWorks strives to self-evaluate toward the betterment of the program. Below are statistics based on program surveys completed by LearningWorks parents and students:
100% of parents with graduated students from the program believed that LearningWorks prepared their kids for high school.
96% of LearningWorks teachers felt supported and trained on working with a student population representative of Minneapolis.
92% of students felt LearningWorks classes challenged them and met learning needs.
A past LearningWorks teacher put it best when she said, “LearningWorks is the ultimate intercultural education experience. It’s definitely academic… but it’s an introduction to a world outside of yourself.”
To offer a challenging academic enrichment program to a representative group of motivated, high potential middle school students from Minneapolis Public Schools, setting them on the path to college by preparing them to enter rigorous high school programs; and
To draw talented high school and college students into the education field by engaging them in the art of teaching.
To foster the success of a diverse groups of young people as learners, educators, and leaders.
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At Breakthrough New Haven, each Teacher-Intern teaches two classes in Math (Algebra, Geometry or Algebra II), Science, English (Shakespeare’s "Much Ado About Nothing"), or History Research Workshop for rising eighth and rising ninth graders. Teacher-Interns develop their own lesson plans, with emphases on both academic skills development and collaborative/cooperative learning. Each Teacher is individually responsible for his or her classroom and courses. At Breakthrough New Haven, our Teacher-Interns have assumed the responsibility of preparing motivated, academically successful students for private, public and parochial college preparatory high school programs.
Curriculum development is supervised by professional Mentor Teachers. These teachers guide Teacher-Interns through the process of learning distinct pedagogical approaches to teaching the various academic subjects. In particular, we emphasize the use of Bloom's Taxonomy, Lemov's Taxonomy, and Cooperative/Collaborative learnning
Teacher-Interns also hold leadership positions andare assigned to coordinate various co-curricular activities, including Career Day, Community Service Day, Olympics, and Overnight. They also act as guidance counselors/faculty advisors for two or three students. As an advisor, each Teacher-Intern acts as a liaison between the entire faculty of Teacher-Interns and the students’ families. The families of approximately 10% of our students speak only Spanish only at home, thus any Teacher-Intern with the ability to speak Spanish would be highly desired.
You may not know much about New Haven other than the fact that it is home to Yale University. In fact, it’s so much more! Hopkins School, the fifth oldest educational institution in the Western Hemisphere, is celebrating its 350th year and is located on beautiful 108 acre campus in the western end of New Haven. New Haven itself and the surrounding suburbs are home to distinctive landmarks including lighthouses, charming town greens, the Connecticut Greenway, museums, and, of course, Yale’s campus. However, it also has lively concerts and events, including live bands, cool clubs, sophisticated lounges and theater performances around every corner. There are over 80 restaurants in New Haven, including some of the best pizza in the United States!
Our Teacher-Interns work hard and enjoy each other and their experience with us. Our Teacher-Intern for Breakthrough New Haven is one who believes three things: 1) that motivated, high potential students absolutely need (and should have) the opportunity to learn the skills critical for academic success; and 2) middle school students best learn when engaged in a variety of modalities; and 3) teachers are leaders and role models who are responsible for engaging and encouraging their students to improve and grow academically and socially . We’d love for you to experience Hopkins School, the City of New Haven and our ambitious, fun-loving students!
The base stipends for Teacher-Interns at Breakthrough New Haven's Summer Program are $1,500 for high school students and $2,000 for College students.
Dedicated to educational equity and excellence for all children, Breakthrough New Orleans aims to foster the love of learning and strengthen core academic skills, helping at-risk students reach their full potential and placing them on the path towards college. Established in 1990 as a direct result of well-documented poor conditions of Orleans Parish public schools, Breakthrough New Orleans (BTNOLA) continues to respond to the ongoing need for high-quality supplementary educational services for children. BTNOLA prepares low-income, high potential public middle school students for rigorous academic experiences and inspires bright high school and college students to become educators and advocates for education. Since Hurricane Katrina, the educational landscape in New Orleans has become one of innovation and reform. BTNOLA has historically been on the cutting edge of education in this city—directly influencing the creation of some of New Orleans’ first charter schools—and continues to contribute to the renewal and reform of public education here. The city of New Orleans is rich with culture, with some of the world’s best food and a vibrant arts and music community. It is also a city in great need of the efforts and energy of young people committed to its renewal.
Breakthrough teachers are talented high school and college students from around the country. They are bright, passionate, and creative, and they feel compelled to teach. Breakthrough teachers are accomplished students and are knowledgable about the subjects they teach. While teachers range from seniors in high school to seniors in college, they work closely together as valued colleagues.
Teaching at Breakthrough is an experience past teachers have characterized as both the toughest and the most rewarding job of their lives.
Why teach with Breakthrough at Norfolk Academy?
The People: Breakthrough staff members come from all over the country. The teachers, though they have varied backgrounds, share a common bond: they love the students. Through their efforts to enrich and educate, the teachers invariably form close and lasting connections with their students and with each other.
The School: All Breakthrough teachers enjoy use of the media resources at Norfolk Academy. Teachers have access to state-of-the-art computer labs for class projects. Every classroom is equipped with computer projectors. Teachers are given Norfolk Academy email accounts and access to academic databases and educational websites to enhance their instruction. Teachers may also make use of Batten Library's extensive collection and may check out books and periodicals. All Breakthrough teachers can enjoy the perk of Norfolk Academy's impressive fitness center and athletic facilities during their free time.
The Support: The success of the program depends on the support afforded the teachers, which enables them to maximize their strengths. Each summer begins with a six-day teacher training program, before the students arrive, to prepare teachers for the classroom. Through the summer, a veteran professional teacher, known as a "mentor," works with each academic department to review lesson plans, lead department meetings, and provide feedback on each teacher's classroom instruction. Breakthrough teachers build skills and confidence thanks in large part to the mentor teachers' guidance.
The Location: Norfolk Academy, as well as the dormitory accommodations at Virginia Wesleyan College, are located fifteen minutes from the Virginia Beach Oceanfront and Downtown Norfolk, forty minutes from Busch Gardens amusement park and Colonial Williamsburg, and an hour and a half from North Carolina's Outer Banks.
The best testament to the value of the experience is our teachers:
"I have never spent less time thinking about myself, and it feels great. But at the same time, I've never learned so much about myself and what I can do." -Hannah, Breakthrough Teacher 2011-12
"The program has given me new insight on what impact I can have on the world. I am exceptionally glad I came." -Corey, Breakthrough Teacher 2011
"I learned that the real reward in teaching is interacting with the students and watching them grow." -Kelly, Breakthrough Teacher 2011-12
Breakthrough has been in the greater Philadelphia region since 1995. We currently have 3 summer sites, hiring 36 intern teachers. Two sites, Saint Joseph’s University and Germantown Friends School, serve rising 7th and 8th graders and our Drexel site serves rising 9th graders. Our students come from over 25 middle schools and are going to attend over 40 high schools. We recruit students from North, Northwest, West and Southwest Philadelphia and Camden, NJ.
Our programs consist of six weeks of classes accompanied by 2 weeks of orientation and a week- long wrap up. You will be provided with a pre-written, skill based curriculum designed to support your growth as a new teacher. From Monday through Thursday students will take Math, Science, Reading and Writing as well as a club. Teachers will have the option to propose their own club based on their passions and interests. Past clubs have included Hip Hop, Debate, American Sign Language, Indian Dance and Costume Design. We also host teacher planned, co-curricular events on Fridays. These range from Olympics, to Career day, a college trip and a day of community service.
Every member of our summer staff holds a leadership position and is an active member of the community. Each teacher will also mentor a small group of students and is responsible for their overall progress during the summer.
Philadelphia is a great place to spend your summer. From street fairs, to museums, free concerts, and sporting events, there is never a shortage of things to do. The public transportation in Philadelphia is extensive and you will not need a car to navigate the city.
Breakthrough of Greater Philadelphia has a two round application process. After you submit your paper application select applicants will be invited to an in person interview on Saturday, January 19th (early decision), Saturday March 9th or March 16th. If you are not local, alternative arrangements can be made for the second round of the interview.
Summerbridge Pittsburgh provides academic and cultural enrichment to middle school and high school students facing limited opportunities. We strive to ensure that all of our students obtain a high school diploma and matriculate to a four-year college. Summerbridge offers a six-week academic enrichment summer program to rising seventh, eighth, and ninth graders on the Sewickley Academy campus.
After three summers in our program, students qualify for our high school program, which provides high school options counseling and help preparing for the SAT college admissions test. Both our middle school and high school students qualify for free school-year tutoring to help them with their studies, as well as cultural programs to build their interests in other topics and become more diverse individuals.
Summerbridge Pittsburgh also inspires young adults to pursue careers in education. High school and college-aged students are instructors during our summer program and tutors during the school year. Our teachers are the life-blood of the program, and many of them go on to careers in education, which is part of the Breakthrough Collaborative's "students teaching students" model of education.
Breakthrough Providence was founded in 1992 and we are well-known throughout the city of Providence as a model program focused on middle school youth. We utilize a team teaching model, which we believe helps teachers understand the value of collaboration and reflect on their own leadership style. We focus on English and Math to build our students’ core academic skills. In addition to academics, our leadership development opportunities for students include a high school options curriculum, Who Am I, Who Am I Becoming? identity development curriculum, and Buggin' Out Time (structured recess).
Providence, RI is a hip, small city with plenty of culture to enjoy and good food to eat. Our program is on the East Side, home to Brown University and the Rhode Island School of Design, so the area has a laid-back, college-town feeling. Our students have a TON of Breakthrough Spirit and we are lucky to have many graduates of the program return as volunteers, office staff, and teachers during the Summer and the School Year Program.
Breakthrough Sacramento will be offering its 19th summer to student leaders in America’s most diverse city according to Time Magazine. We actively recruit students from over a dozen partner Title I schools where the teachers understand our mission and know the transformations that their students will live during their Breakthrough summers. We have averaged a 25% selection rate for new middle school students and this has directly influenced a greater ownership of the program by the students. Each summer we strive to find an ideal balance of returning/new, college/high school, and alumni/new-to-Breakthrough teachers to create a stimulating summer learning community. With our fourth summer implementing the Intern Teacher Training Initiative (ITTI), the students teaching students model will transform individuals, families, schools, and communities while offering intern teachers highly valuable professional and interpersonal skills that will definitely transfer into any career you choose to pursue.
Top 10 things you should know about Breakthrough Twin Cities:
Visit the"Become a Teacher" section of our website to learn more about Breakthrough Twin Cities: http://www.breakthroughsaintpaul.org/summer-teaching-internship.html
Summerbridge San Francisco is over 30 years old and is located in one of the most beautiful and diverse cities on the West Coast. We are minutes from the San Francisco Presidio: acres of open green fields and next to SF Bay, making it easy for our teachers to expand their classrooms beyond the University High School Campus on to the park and shores of San Francisco Bay. Our students come from communities all over San Francisco, and currently our students represent over 30 different public and parochial middle schools. Please apply and join our family today!
NOTE: Student teachers teach independently in Science, History, elective classes, and co-curricular classes. High school and college-age teachers will co-teach with professional teachers in English and Math classes.
Breakthrough San Francisco at SF Day School (BTSF) is known for the program’s high expectations for teachers and students alike, ongoing professional development through the summer, and career development support. The BTSF teachers work closely with Instructional Coaches, professional teachers who have demonstrated proven effectiveness in Bay Area schools to fine-tune lesson plans and ensure effectiveness. Instructional Coaches use a variety of tools and systems to push teachers to their full potential, including frequent classroom observations, video-taped lessons, department meetings, and constant collaboration between teachers. We commit to providing our intern teachers with a set of highly transferable teaching skills that will make them effective educators in the future.
Our primary goal is student outcomes, so we focus our energy on effective instruction. As Arne Duncan, US Secretary of Education, stated, “The single biggest influence on student growth is the quality of the teacher standing in front of the classroom. Not socioeconomic status, not family background, but the quality of the teacher in front of that class.” We believe that all of our teachers can be effective in the classroom if they are willing to work hard, embrace constructive criticism, and push themselves through our regular cycle of feedback.
At BTSF, we are fortunate to be able to recruit students at a younger age than at other sites; we recruit students when they are in the 4th grade. Historically, we have worked with rising 5th and 6th graders, yet we piloted a 7th grade program last summer and will be piloting a new 8th grade program this summer. The additional time we have with our students enables us to spend more time honing in on the academic skills that are essential for success in high school. BTSF has adopted a culture of excellence. We believe that all students can, and should, excel.
While our number one priority at Breakthrough San Francisco is student outcomes and academic excellence, teachers are also expected to bring an unparalleled energy and enthusiasm to everything they do on site, from greeting students on the curb at 7:45am to planning special events, advising a small group of students on organization and study skills, and teaching elective classes in the afternoon. If you’re interested in working harder than you’ve ever worked in your life, apply to BTSF.
Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications as early as possible to have the best chance of being selected. Select teacher applicants will be invited to submit online mock videos and to participate in phone interviews.
Founded in 2002, Breakthrough Silicon Valley (BSV) serves over 100 bright, motivated and all-around awesome students in our summer program. During the summer, we are hosted by The Hillbrook School in Los Gatos, CA. Our students and teachers are diverse and talented, reflecting the diversity of San Jose, California. Our students enroll in our program for six years, staying with us until they are accepted to a four-year university. As a BSV teacher, you will make a lasting impact in your students’ lives.
Sounds awesome. But what will I teach?
Every teacher selects a core class (i.e. math, science, English literature or writing) and proposes an elective to teach. We encourage our teachers to design electives that they are passionate about, whether it’s speech and debate, ancient history or basketball. Most teachers lead three one-hour class sections (2 core, 1 elective) per day.
So I'm only teaching three hours per day?
No! As our past teachers have put it, “Breakthrough’s a lifestyle.” The typical day is from 8:00am to 5:00pm. When you’re not teaching, you’re preparing lessons, leading activities and events, doing crazy cheers with your kids and generally hanging out with them all day. In fact, you’ll definitely take home some work too, continuing your planning and preparation at home.
Wow. That sounds like a lot. So… why would I do it?
Teaching at Breakthrough is a unique, life-changing experience. If you think back to your own childhood, you might be able to come up with a teacher or mentor who opened your eyes to new possibilities, got you pumped about learning or maybe even changed the trajectory of your life.
Now picture packing that into six weeks with a group of students who are eager to learn and a staff that is as passionate as you are. Sure, it’s a tremendous amount of work and leadership responsibility, but you’ll also feel the joy of accomplishing something truly meaningful during the summer.
Plus, if you actually want to pursue a career in education, consider this: 78% of former BSV teachers have entered careers in education. You’ll join a movement of over 40,000 former students and teachers in the Breakthrough network, working to transform the landscape of education in this country.
And the kids really sign up to take classes all summer?
Yep. Our students apply to us from across San Jose, completing a lengthy application and interview. All we tell them is that our program helps prepare them for college and that they’ll be doing a lot of work to get there. Oh, and that they’ll learn from cool, smart older kids.
Yes, most of our students will be the first in their families to go to college, and yes, many of them face significant obstacles to getting there. But, at Breakthrough, we don’t “save” any kids – the kids are bright, motivated people who choose to be in our program. (They are also rising 7th, 8th and 9th graders, so expect some of the usual challenges that all adolescents face.)
But can I really teach?
Everyone comes to Breakthrough with varying levels of teaching and tutoring experience. We look for bright, motivated people who demonstrate leadership ability and are willing to tackle the steep learning curve with an open mind and enthusiasm. You’ll join us for over a week of intensive training prior to the summer and receive instructional coaching from a mentor teacher during the summer. Your greatest resource will be your colleagues, who will collaborate, support and inspire you throughout the summer.
Okay, I’m ready!
Check out our website at breakthroughsv.org to learn more about our site and contact Mr. Jia Liu at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’re pretty friendly people and always happy to talk to prospective teachers.
BTSJC launched in 2006 and is among the youngsters in the Breakthrough Collaborative family!
We are dedicated to bringing together the community of San Juan Capistrano in an effort to excellently serve the bright, talented and highly motivated students of Marco Forster Middle School and our local high school students. All of our students are on the determined path to becoming first-generation college graduates.
Starting small in 2006 with 22 seventh-grade students and 6 teachers, we have grown over the years to 75 seventh, eighth, and ninth-grade students and 19 teachers. We are a close-knit community of bonded, enthusiastic leaders, learners and achievers. We have built a solid foundation and really look forward to honing in on our co-curricular activities and continuing to develop strong academics in our students. If excellence in teaching in a small community excites you, join us as a seventh, eighth, or ninth-grade teacher this summer!
Our dates for the summer run from mid-June through mid-August. Our teachers are excelling high school and college students who will be responsible for teaching two department-designed sections of math, English, social studies or science. Additionally, teachers will design and teach one academic elective or exploration. Teachers will also lead Encore/Tutoring (homework time), and an advisory (which consists of team-building and study skills support).
As with any organization, other leadership opportunities will be available throughout the summer, such as: Event Chairs, Committee Leaders, Department Heads, Team Leaders and Encore Lead Teacher.
On your limited “down-time,” you will be able to experience sunny, breezy Orange County, California! Visit the beaches down the road, explore the biking trails and outdoor malls, and enjoy authentic Mexican food. Los Angeles, Disneyland, and San Diego are all within a 60 mile radius, so you'll have lots to see with your host family and fellow teachers!
Breakthrough Santa Fe is located at Santa Fe Preparatory School, a 32 acre serene campus nestled 7000 feet above sea level at the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Santa Fe is rich in Spanish and Mexican history and culture. There are many opportunities during the weekend to get to explore and enjoy the diversity of the "City Different" because campus is only a 1.5 mile hike or bike ride away from historic downtown.
Even though Santa Fe overflows with beauty and culture, our public schools need help. Breakthrough is working with Santa Fe Prep and SFPS to ensure that all children get access to excellent educational opportunities.
Santa Fe also stands out because our summer program includes grades 9-12 in addition to middle school. Each summer we hire 3 College Bound teachers. Please see our website for more information about teaching our high school students in College Bound: http://www.breakthroughsantafe.org/index.php/teachers/C16/
Summerbridge Hong Kong is the only Breakthrough site located outside of the United States. We hire teachers from Hong Kong, the US, Canada and the UK, giving our program a unique international flavor. Our students are highly motivated but underserved Hong Kong youth, many of whom face obstacles such as having recently immigrated from China, attending schools provided in the government housing sector, or missing one or both parents. Our mission also differs from most Breakthrough programs, focusing on English communication, interpersonal and life skills, and love of learning. We maintain a fun “English All the Time” environment and emphasize the holistic development of our students.
As all of our students learn English as a second langauge, our academic classes heavily emphasize English Language Development. Do not worry if you are inexperienced in ELD teaching – we will give you extensive training on how to teach an ELD class.
We only provide airfare allowance and housing accommodation to student teachers with relevant Breakthrough/Summerbridge summer program experience only. That means if you have never taught at the Breakthrough/Summerbridge programs before, you will need to sponsor your own plane tickets and housing accommodation. If we hire you, we will be able to offer you assistance to locate suitable housing. Please keep in mind that you may be able to apply for a scholarship at your school that will cover these costs. Many of our teachers have successfully applied for summer scholarships in the past. If we hire you, we will do our best to support your scholarship application; however, we cannot make any guarantees.
If you are not a Hong Kong citizen, we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible, as we need to apply for a work visa for you (A process of 4-6 weeks) should we hire you.
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