The teaching fellow application for Summer 2017 is closed.
The application for Summer 2018 will be available in late-October 2017.

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Important Dates

Summer 2017 Application Launch: October 19, 2016

Early Action Deadline for Summer 2017: January 12, 2017

Regular Decision Deadline for Summer 2017: February 23, 2017

Application Instructions

We are thrilled that you are applying to be a teaching fellow at Breakthrough. Please refer to the following instructions as you complete your application and participate in the selection process.

Before You Start

Step 1: Choose a Recommender
Selecting a recommender early in the selection process allows you to give him or her as much notice as possible. Recommenders complete an online recommendation form. Formal letters of recommendation are not accepted. You will be asked to provide your recommender’s name and email address on your application.

Upon submission of your application, we will contact your recommender via email. For advice on selecting and communicating with a recommender, and specific information about the online recommendation form check out our Frequently Asked Questions page. Recommenders will have two weeks to complete the online form – recommendations do not need to be completed by the application deadlines.

On the Application

Step 2: Complete Your Profile Information 
Provide contact information, as well as basic information about your skills and educational background.

Step 3: Upload Your Resume
Upload a current copy of your resume. It should include paid and unpaid extracurricular, work, volunteer, and leadership experiences. To best represent yourself to the selection committee, please be thorough but concise.

  • If you are currently an undergraduate student beyond your first year, you should focus on your collegiate experiences.
  • If you are a college freshman, feel free to include experiences from late high school. See our resume advice on the Frequently Asked Questions page. We encourage applicants to keep their resumes to one page (and not more than two).

Step 4: Submit Your Transcript
Please submit an electronic version of your academic transcripts. This document should indicate your current status as a student, your major, your current year or anticipated graduation year, all the courses you have taken as an undergraduate and the grades you received, your current course roster, and your current cumulative GPA.

Please note that we do not require an official copy of your transcript and we do not accept paper copies; a screen shot of your online grade interface will suffice, as long as it contains the necessary information. You can paste multiple screen shots into a Word document and then save or print it as a PDF to upload multiple pages in one document.

Step 5: Write Three Short-Answer Responses
Your short-answer responses help the selection committee deepen their understanding of your experiences and perspective, as well as assess your communication skills. Content is important, but your presentation sends a strong message as well. Please show us your attention to detail and commitment to excellence by presenting responses free of spelling and grammatical errors. In your writing, strive to be as specific and original as possible. Overly broad, generic-sounding responses don’t add to your application and the selection committee is interested to hear your story.

Step 6: Select Site and Subject Preferences
Indicate at least one specific affiliate where you would most like to teach. To maximize chances of receiving a position at Breakthrough, we recommend that you select three affiliates in order of preference, as well as indicating that you are willing to teach anywhere. Breakthrough has 24 programs in exciting cities across the country.

You will also indicate which core subject areas (math, science, writing, literature) you are interested in teaching. As with site preferences, flexibility is helpful. As directors build their faculties, they like to have candidates whom they can move between departments. On the other hand, you must be qualified to teach each subject you select. Keep in mind, these core classes are at the middle-school level.

For each of these selections, we encourage you to be open-minded but honest about your willingness and ability to accept a position with all of the locations and subjects you indicate.

Step 7: Submit Your Application
Once you submit a completed application, your recommender will receive an email with recommendation form and instructions. You will not be able to make changes to the application once it has been submitted.

Selection Process and Materials

After you submit your application, your application materials will be considered by your preferred sites in order of preference. If you advance in the selection process, you will be asked to complete or submit additional selection materials. Below is information about these additional materials. Please keep in mind that materials and timelines may vary slightly from site to site.

Step 8: Submit a Video
If you are selected to continue in the process, you will be asked to submit a sample teaching video. Guidelines, expectations, and a deadline will be provided to you via email.

Step 9: Interview
The final step of the selection process is an interview. Interview processes differ from site to site, however most interviews are conducted over the phone or video call. Directors will contact you directly via email and/or phone to schedule and complete interviews.

Step 10: Receive a Decision
You will be updated about your application status throughout the process. If you apply to our early action deadline, you may be offered a position. If you are not offered a position by your first-choice program, you will be forwarded to the selection committee at your second-choice program. If you apply to the regular decision deadline, you may be accepted or denied by each of your selected sites, in order of your preference.

Applicants are only offered a position by one site. If you turn down an offer to teach with one site, you are turning down the opportunity to teach with Breakthrough for Summer 2017. If you are not offered a position by any of your three sites and you have indicated a willingness to teach anywhere, you may become part of the national waitlist and may be offered a position at any site. If you are placed on the national waitlist, you will be notified.