School Year Teaching Internship
Breakthrough’s Super Saturday “College-Bound” program occurs on five Saturdays during the school year. High school students, supported by professional staff, teach academic skills and reinforce a love of learning with our Breakthrough seventh and eighth graders through Saturday classes and workshops in November, December, February, March and April. Teaching interns generally work in teams of two and may teach different kinds of classes such as:
- a skill-oriented class designed to develop academic and problem-solving abilities
- a college-bound class to research and understand topics related to the college planning process
- a discovery class developed by teachers based on personal interest and expertise
- tutoring in an academic subject such as algebra or writing
The Saturday sessions keep our middle school Breakthrough students connected with each other and keep them focused on the ultimate goal of attaining a college degree. For high school students who apply, Breakthrough can be an extraordinary opportunity to learn and practice the basic skills of teaching, public speaking, collaborative lesson planning and mentoring younger students. The leadership experience is unparalleled. You will learn by doing. We teach you and support you, but you will have a high degree of responsibility and autonomy. Teaching at Breakthrough can be a life-changing experience for high school students, and it looks great on a college application, too!
Who We Select
Breakthrough Manchester will select approximately 12-15 teacher interns for the 2016-2017 Super Saturday program. All applicants must be a junior or senior in high school. We look for applicants who demonstrate responsibility, academic diligence, a sense of fun, and a positive attitude. You do not need to have any prior experience teaching or tutoring, but you do need to like working with other people. In fact, we encourage any motivated student to apply, regardless of what they intend to study in college. The process is competitive; not everyone who applies will be accepted to teach in the program.
Breakthrough represents a significant commitment. The application and selection process requires an online application, transcript, teacher recommendation and a group interview/mock teaching exercise. Applicants who are accepted attend several general training and preparation sessions first, and then will devote approximately 40 hours to topic-specific training, practice and direct work with students between November and April. Attendance is required at all trainings and scheduled Saturday sessions. We do recognize that most high school students have busy schedules during the year, and we ask that you and your family make a good faith effort to plan ahead and make yourself as available as possible. Specific deadlines and dates for the application process, training sessions and Super Saturdays are listed below for the 2016-2017 school year.
Application and Selection Timeline:
- September 9 – The School-Year Teaching application goes live.
- September 30 – The School Year Teaching application must be submitted online, and you must request a transcript from the guidance office/registrar of your current school by this deadline.
- October 6 – Final date for receipt of academic transcript and final date for online submission of teacher recommendation. All applicants will be notified of their status by the end of the day and selected applicants will advance to the group interview.
- October 13 – Selected applicants will participate in the required group interview from 6:00-8:00 pm at the Derryfield School. An alternate date may be scheduled if an applicant has an unavoidable conflict with this date. The group interview includes participation in a group activity and the presentation of a 5-minute mock lesson. More information will be provided to selected applicants in advance.
- October 17 – All applicants are notified of acceptance decisions. See below for specific training and session dates. (Note: As part of the application process, all prospective teachers will be asked about their availability for all required dates through April.)
Initial Orientation and Training Timeline for Selected Applicants:
All selected teachers, notified of their selection on October 17, will attend three required training and orientation sessions at the Derryfield School prior to the first session with students.
- Session 1: Wednesday, October 26 – 6:00-8:00 pm
- Session 2: Saturday, October 29 – 9:00 am-1:00 pm
- Session 3: Wednesday, November 2 – 6:00-8:00 pm
These trainings will provide you with essential teaching and classroom management techniques, introduce you to the culture of Breakthrough, orient you to a typical Super Saturday day and connect you with the students you will advise and teach between November and April.
Topic trainings and Super Saturday dates:
- Topic training for SS #1 – Wednesday, November 9, 6:00-8:00 pm
- Super Saturday #1 – November 19, 9:00-2:00 (Students attend 10:00-1:00)
- Topic training for SS #2 – Wednesday, December 7, 6:00-8:00 pm
- Super Saturday #2 – December 10, 9:00-2:00 (Students attend 10:00-1:00)
- Topic training for SS #3 – Wednesday, February 1, 6:00-8:00 pm
- Super Saturday #3 – February 4, 9:00-2:00 (Students attend 10:00-1:00)
- Topic training for SS #4 – Wednesday, March 1, 6:00-8:00 pm
- Super Saturday #4 – March 4, 9:00-2:00 (Students attend 10:00-1:00)
- Topic training for SS #5 – Tuesday, April 4, 6:00-8:00 pm
- Super Saturday #5 – April 8, 9:00-2:00 (Students attend 10:00-1:00)
Deciding to Apply
In 2016 online applications will be available on September 9. If you are interested in applying to teach at Breakthrough Manchester during the school year, these are the steps you need to follow:
- Carefully read all of the material above, noting all dates and deadlines.
- Complete the online application here. As long as you use the same computer, you may complete the application over two or more sessions. While the application is not long, the content and quality of your written responses will be evaluated. The online application will ask you to complete sections as either a NEW or RETURNING (Summer or School-Year) Breakthrough teacher.
- Request a copy of your school transcript (Request for Academic Transcript 2016) from your school’s registrar or guidance counselor and have it sent to the Breakthrough office, either via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or via mail to 2108 River Road, Manchester, NH 03104. (Note: if you attend the Derryfield School, you may simply send an email to Mrs. Flagg (email@example.com ) requesting that your transcript be provided to Breakthrough.)
- Prepare for and attend a Group Interview.
- Applicants will receive notification of their final admission status by October 17. We maintain a small waitpool in case an accepted applicant turns down an offer.
Please note that the application process is competitive and not all applicants are guaranteed admission.