All Points North Foundation is one of the few foundations focused on public middle-school education (grades 6-8) in underserved communities (both rural and urban). The foundation recognizes the vital importance of the middle-school years in shaping the future of our nation’s youth.

With a three-year grant from All Points North Foundation, Breakthrough Collaborative has launched the Breakthrough Leaders SEL Initiative to ensure students, Teaching Fellows and Instructional Coaches achieve competency in social emotional learning (SEL) through a refined curriculum and professional development training. Breakthrough staff will collaborate with consultants to research and update the program’s current framework, integrating the best practices of entities such as the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL). By achieving social emotional learning competency, Teaching Fellows and their students will understand how self-awareness and interpersonal skills impact the classroom environment and can cultivate healthy student-teacher relationships, resulting in greater achievement in middle school, high school, college and beyond.