68% of Breakthrough students qualify for free or reduced-price school lunch.
Breakthrough offers one of the greatest opportunities for undergraduates to assume leadership roles and practice creativity, flexibility, and problem-solving. Breakthrough recruits hard-working undergraduate students of all majors and backgrounds from universities across the country to serve as teaching fellows in our academically rigorous summer program.
The first two weeks of the summer are dedicated to training using a research-based, data-driven model of instruction. You’ll learn the skills and techniques to set you up for success in the classroom such as, effective lesson planning, individualized instructional strategies, and classroom management practices. Throughout the summer, you will be mentored and supported by an experienced educator, known as an instructional coach. Your instructional coach will regularly provide feedback and guidance to help you grow and develop your teaching skills throughout the summer.
The Breakthrough teaching residency is designed for undergraduates of all majors; those who intend to pursue careers in education, as well as those who are interested in pursuing other career paths. Education coursework is not a prerequisite; students from all majors and with all professional interests are encouraged to apply. To be eligible, you must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree program.
Ideal candidates have a deep commitment to social justice and passion for working with middle-school students. Our teaching fellows are committed to personal growth and are comfortable working in a fast-paced environment.
The days at Breakthrough are demanding; the hours are long and the work is hard. But the rewards—
teaching motivated and hard-working students who dream of college; working alongside the most committed and passionate college and high-school students from across the country; and receiving guidance and support from instructional coaches—are unparalleled.