Become An Instructional Coach

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The 2020 application has closed. If you are interested in learning about opportunities for the summer of 2021 please complete this interest form:



During the nine-week residency, instructional coaches learn research-based teaching strategies, best practices for teaching observations to identify strengths and areas of growth, and best practices for delivering actionable feedback to support the professional growth of teaching fellows.

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Do you have questions about applying to Breakthrough as an instructional coach? Answers to some of our most frequently asked questions are below.

Instructional Coaches

Do I have to be a teacher to apply?
Yes, coaches are professional educators with at least several years of classroom experience. Retired teachers are also eligible to apply.
How do I select sites, and how will I be considered for each?
Unfortunately, housing is not available for instructional coaches so we encourage you to apply to your local program OR a program where you are able to provide housing.
Are instructional coaches paid?
Coaches receive a stipend. Please visit our instructional coach site directory for complete details.
What are the dates of the summer session?
Program dates vary from site to site. Please visit our instructional coach site directory for complete details.

Application process

For detailed instructions about the application, please see our application instructions.

What are the deadlines for applying to coach at Breakthrough?

The deadline to apply to coach for Summer 2020 is April 9, 2020.

What should I include on my resume?
Provide a resume that you would submit for a full-time, professional teaching opportunity. Your resume should be comprehensive but not overly detailed. A general guideline is one to three pages, depending on years of experience.

Selection process

What is the selection process like?
Following the submission of your application, you may be contacted for a classroom visit or a video submission of a sample teaching presentation, an interview, and/or a mock coaching session. You will be contacted directly by a director if you advance to the next stage in the selection process.
How quickly will I receive a decision?

Instructional coach applicants will receive a decision by the beginning of May 2020.

I have more questions that are not answered here. Whom should I contact?