Breakthrough Pipeline Partners

Through a highly selective network of partners, we prepare and help place our teaching fellows into leading residencies and accreditation programs in 29 states across the US. To maximize the impact of our expanding cohort of teacher alumni and to create a stronger pipeline into education for them, we continue to formalize new national partnerships with top teacher-training organizations. 

For more information about becoming a Breakthrough Pipeline Partner, please contact Alumni Relations Associate Bridget Anderson.

Academy for Urban School Leadership

The Academy for Urban School Leadership (AUSL) is a non-profit school management organization that improves student achievement in Chicago’s chronically failing schools. This is accomplished through a disciplined turnaround process, built on a foundation of specially-trained AUSL teachers. AUSL's Chicago Teacher Residency program is an intensive 12-month, full-time, paid training program that combines teacher preparation, certification and a master's degree to give Residents the tools they need to dramatically improve student achievement in Chicago’s public schools. Since 2001, AUSL has graduated over 500 residents and today manages 25 schools serving over 14,000 students. AUSL is providing real change for the children of Chicago.

Achievement First

Achievement First is a growing network of non-profit, college-preparatory, K to 12 urban public charter schools in Connecticut, New York and Rhode Island. Our schools are focused on providing scholars with the academic and character skills they need to graduate from top colleges and to serve as the next generation of leaders in our communities. Teachers participate in the Achievement First Teacher Career Pathway, a systematic, coordinated approach to recognizing and developing great teachers as they progress through five career stages. We strive to recruit a talented and diverse team of educators, and we believe our students are best served by a team that represents the global community for which our students are being prepared. To learn more and apply for opportunities with Achievement First, please click here.

Aspire Public Schools Teacher Residency

Founded in 1998, Aspire Public Schools is a national K-12 school system focused on improving public education by preparing underserved students for college, training highly effective teachers and sharing innovative best practices. Aspire serves more than 14,600 students in 38 open-enrollment public schools in underserved communities across California and Memphis, TN. The Aspire Teacher Residency (ATR) is an intensive and supportive teacher training program that prepares highly-effective urban educators. ATR offers a comprehensive four year program that integrates exceptional academic preparation and practical teaching experience. Residents earn an MA in Curriculum & Instruction and teaching credential in the first year while co-teaching with a trained mentor four days a week for the entire school year. Residents receive priority hiring for a teaching position at an Aspire school the following school year upon successful completion of year one.

Blue Engine

Blue Engine partners with public high schools serving low-income communities to increase academic rigor and prepare dramatically greater numbers of students for postsecondary success. To ensure students build strong academic foundations in high school, Blue Engine recruits, trains and supports Blue Engine Teaching Assistants (BETAs), recent college graduates who collaborate with teachers to help students develop advanced skills in mathematics, literacy and social cognition before they set foot on campus. BETAs commit to a single year of service, are paid an Americorps stipend (along with other financial benefits) and work in teams alongside a lead classroom teacher.

Boston Teacher Residency

Boston Teacher Residency (BTR) is a master’s program in education that recruits talented college graduates, career changers and community members and gives them the tools they need to make an immediate impact in the classrooms of the Boston Public Schools (BPS). Teacher Residents spend the full academic year in a BPS classroom, teaching alongside an experienced mentor and applying theory to practice through rigorous coursework. Their commitment earns them a master’s degree in education from UMass Boston, a Massachusetts Initial Teacher License and credit toward a dual license in Special Education.

Brown Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Program

The Brown Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Program is an intensive one year master’s and certification program that prepares tomorrow’s teacher leaders for careers in elementary education (grades 1-6) or secondary education (grades 7-12) English, history/social studies, or science (biology, chemistry or engineering/physics). With a passionate commitment to equity and social justice, MAT candidates become content experts who create innovative and rigorous learning experiences for youth. The program is intentionally small in size and fosters close collaboration with faculty and mentor teachers. MAT graduates pursue leadership opportunities in the classroom and beyond; as teachers, school leaders, community advocates and policy makers, they spur reform initiatives in schools, educational organizations and at the district and national levels.

Capital Teaching Residency

The Capital Teaching Residency (CTR) is a nationally recognized, highly selective teacher training program that provides a pathway for aspiring teachers to develop into outstanding educators prepared to serve in high-need schools in Washington, D.C. The mission of the Capital Teaching Residency (CTR) is to close the achievement gap by increasing the number of highly effective educators in the District of Columbia. CTR serves as an effective model for teacher training programs across the country.

Denver Math Fellows

The Denver Math Fellows Program is a district-wide math tutoring initiative in Denver Public Schools. This program is the first large-scale tutoring program integrated into the school day to be implemented district-wide in Colorado schools. The Denver Math Fellows Program seeks people with strong math skills and a passion for working with kids. It is an opportunity to be part of a unique and transformative initiative in the fastest-growing urban school district in the nation. Fellows provide small group mathematics tutoring to students who are below grade level in groups of three-to-one or four-to-one for a minimum of 45 minutes each day, emphasizing depth rather than breadth in math studies.

Denver Schools of Science and Technology

The Denver Schools of Science and Technology (DSST) is a high-performing network of charter schools serving students in grades 6-12 in the Denver area. DSST currently operates six middle schools and three high schools across the city; 100% of DSST graduates have been accepted to a four-year college or university, and DSST’s middle and high schools have consistently been ranked among the best in Denver Public Schools. DSST was also named a Top Workplace in The Denver Post in both 2013 and 2014. As DSST expands its network, schools are always looking for educators who are committed to living DSST’s core values, building strong school culture and ultimately preparing students to achieve in the postsecondary world.

Mastery Charter Schools

Mastery Charter Schools is a growing network of high-performing charter schools based in Philadelphia. Our mission is to ensure that all students learn the academic and personal skills they need to succeed in higher education, to compete in the global economy, and to pursue their dreams. We believe that educational inequity is the most pressing social problem facing our country—the civil rights issue of our day. Mastery exists to solve that problem. We seek passionate, mission-aligned teachers and leaders who are prepared to join in our mission of ensuring that every child receives a quality, college-preparatory education. We provide a number of supports including: coaching, professional development, frequent feedback, collaborative support and best practice sharing to equip our teachers to succeed in the classroom. Our purpose is to raise the bar for urban education and prompt system changes. We live by our motto: “Excellence. No Excuses.”

MATCH Teacher Residency

Match Education operates Match Teacher Residency, which is a two-year teacher prep program. The goal and mission of MTR is to create unusually effective rookie teachers. During the first year of the program, MTRs are in the Match Corps: Boston program and tutor and mentor Monday-Thursday in one of our four public charter schools. On Fridays and Saturdays, MTRs receive training and participate in a mix of graduate schools classes, simulations and ultimately student teaching. During the second year of the program, residents are teaching full time and receiving loads of support and coaching from us. At the end of the second year, and if it’s a successful second year, residents receive their Master’s in Effective Teaching from our in-house grad school, the Sposato Graduate School of Education.


New Visions Teacher Residency at Hunter College

The New Visions for Public Schools–Hunter College Urban Teacher Residency seeks applicants committed to educational equity and the imperative to provide all of New York City’s children with an excellent education. Teaching is a challenging and complex profession that requires working collaboratively with colleagues while engaging in reflection for continual self-improvement. UTR recruits an applicant pool that reflects the diversity of students in New York City public schools. It actively seeks mid-career professionals looking to enter the field of education.

Rocketship Education

Rocketship Education has pioneered the transformative Rocketship Model, which combines teacher development, parent empowerment and individualized learning to improve student achievement.

Rocky Mountain Prep

Rocky Mountain Prep Teaching Fellowship is a one-year residency-based teaching fellowship program which prepares the next generation of PK-6th grade teachers to close the educational opportunity gap. For a full school year, fellows will learn from master teachers at RMP. They will also receive weekly professional development, observation, and coaching. Licensure opportunities are available from the University of of Colorado Denver. The Breakthrough experience is a strong indicator of future success at Rocky Mountain Prep and serving a year with Breakthrough strengthens an applicant’s application and chances for being selected as a Teaching Fellow.  

Shady Hill School Teacher Training Course 

The Shady Hill School Teacher Training Course (TTC) is a nationally known graduate-level teacher residency program that provides aspiring teachers with the skills, knowledge, experience, and credentials to embark on powerful teaching and leadership careers. Our mission is to support and inspire confidence in a diverse cohort of 16-18 aspiring teachers by offering well guided experience in pre-K through eighth-grade public and private school classrooms. In this one year, site-based program, apprentice teachers discover what teaching is all about through observation, supervised teaching and feedback, practical coursework and active involvement in the life of Shady Hill and our partnering public schools. Graduates leave the TTC with their Massachusetts initial teaching license, a master's degree from Lesley University and a teaching job. 

STRIVE Preparatory Schools

STRIVE Preparatory Schools is a Denver-based network of free, open enrollment, public charter schools committed to providing every student with an excellent, rigorous, college-preparatory education. Our skilled teachers prepare students for the challenges of high school and college in a small, safe and highly-focused learning environment. Since our founding in 2006, a STRIVE Prep/West Denver Prep school has led Denver middle schools in student achievement and academic growth. We currently have seven campus locations serving Denver neighborhoods with additional campuses planned.

Teach For America

Teach For America’s mission is to build the movement to eliminate educational inequity by enlisting our nation's most promising leaders in the effort. TFA recruits outstanding recent college graduates and professionals from all backgrounds and career interests to commit to teach for two years in urban and rural public schools. TFA trains and supports its corps members so that they have an immediate positive impact on their students, and fosters the leadership of its alumni as they address this problem from all sectors.

The University of Chicago Urban Teacher Education Program

The University of Chicago Urban Teacher Education Program, UChicago UTEP, is a five-year experience open to all prospective graduate students, including recent graduates and mid-career professionals looking to become teachers. The five-year experience includes a two year Masters of Arts in Teaching (MAT) and Illinois State Certification program followed by, and, at no additional cost, three years of professional development supports for alumni as they begin their careers as instructional classroom leaders. Prospective graduate students with a bachelor's or graduate degree in any area interested in Elementary education are eligible to apply and prospective graduate students interested in Secondary education with a bachelor's or graduate degree in Biology or Mathematics may apply. The University of Chicago Urban Teacher Education Program prepares teachers of the highest caliber for Chicago Public Schools. Our graduates engage in teaching as a highly intellectual career and are classroom-based instructional leaders and agents for educational equity in their schools and community.

The University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education Urban Teacher Education Program

The University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education Urban Teacher Education Program prepares ethical, reflective, collaborative, and visionary teacher-leaders. The urban focus grows out of our responsibility to the communities in which we live. In the Urban Teacher Ed Program at Penn GSE, prospective teachers learn to negotiate the realities of urban contexts, bringing their content expertise and pedagogical knowledge to their teaching. Building on children’s and adolescents’ strengths, curiosities and interests, we invite prospective teachers to take an inquiry stance toward teaching and learning. Our prospective teachers leave our program inspired to use the power of teaching to deepen student learning, transform schools, and increase educational equity.  

University Prep

The mission of University Prep is to educate every K – 5 student for college. University Prep, a Denver tuition-free public charter school, opened in 2011. University Prep currently serves scholars in grades K-2 from Near Northeast Denver and we are excited to add to our team of hard working, talented and committed educators as we expand to grades K-3 for the 2013-14 academic year. Being a part of the University Prep team means being a game changer as part of a school that will undoubtedly change the academic trajectories and in turn, life opportunities of our young scholars. Both leadership and teaching positions are available.

Uplift Education

Uplift Education is a free public charter school network serving almost 10,000 scholars on 13 campuses in the Dallas-Fort Worth region. Their mission is to create and sustain public schools of excellence that empower each student to reach their highest potential in college and the global marketplace and that inspire in students a life-long love of learning, achievement and service in order to positively change their world. 

Urban Teachers

Urban Teachers is a four-year, alternative teacher preparation program that operates in Washington, DC, Baltimore, and Dallas/Fort Worth (and soon in additional cities). Each cohort participates in an intensive year-long residency, followed by a three-year teaching commitment in a high-need urban elementary, middle or high school. Urban Teachers residents prepare to become highly competent teachers; in addition to the clinical experience, they also enroll in a clinical Masters of Science in Education from the Johns Hopkins School of Education – the number two best rated school of education in the country as rated by the U.S. News and World Reports. All Urban Teachers are part of an unprecedented commitment to student performance: only those who can demonstrate that they can improve student learning will complete the program. Over time, teachers trained by Urban Teachers will be among the most expert and results-oriented in the nation.