School Year Teaching Internship
Breakthrough’s Super Saturday “College-Bound” program occurs five times during the school year. Teacher interns and professional staff reinforce academic skills and a love of learning for seventh, eighth and ninth graders through classes and workshops. Teachers 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
Breakthrough is one of the foremost opportunities for high school and college students to learn the foundational skills of teaching. As a Breakthrough teacher intern, you learn by doing; we teach you how to lead powerful lesson plans that activate learning and use effective teaching strategies to engage and motivate your students.
Who We Select
Breakthrough Manchester will select approximately 12-15 teacher interns for the 2015-2016 Super Saturday program. Our competitive admission process is designed to select the most highly qualified candidates to participate in our school year teacher intern corps. All applicants must be between 16 and 18 years old and currently enrolled in an accredited high school. If you will turn 16 prior to April 2016, you are still eligible to apply.
Application and Selection Timeline:
September 21 – The School-Year Teaching application goes live
October 2 – The School Year Teaching application must be submitted online, and a transcript from your current school must be requested, at a minimum, by this deadline.
October 7 – Final date for academic transcript submission; all applicants will be notified of their status by the end of the day; selected applicants will advance to the group interview.
October 13 – Selected applicants will participate in this 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 and mandatory conflict with this date. The group interview include 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 16 – All applicants are notified of their status; selected applicants will be trained and will teach in Super Saturday sessions. 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.)
How We Train and Support You
As a teacher intern, you will participate in a multi-day, pre-service training especially designed for pre-professional teachers. In addition, periodic trainings and work-sessions support your ongoing learning and growth. We use the best research and educational practices to give you the strategies and resources you will need to be successful in your classroom. A professional instructional coach observes your classes, provides you with feedback, and helps you coordinate your curriculum. You do not need to have any prior experience teaching, tutoring or taking classes in education. In fact, we encourage any motivated student to apply, regardless of what they intend to study in college.
Initial Orientation and Training Timeline:
All selected teachers, notified of their selection on October 16, will attend three required training and orientation sessions at the Derryfield School prior to the first session with students.
Session 1: Tuesday, October 20 – 6:00-8:00 pm
Session 2: Saturday, October 24 – 9:00 am-1:00 pm
Session 3: Wednesday, November 4 – 6:00-8:00 pm (prep for first Super Saturday)
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.
After the required trainings above Super Saturday teachers should expect to 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 recognize that most students have busy schedules during the year and we ask that you and your family make a good faith effort to make yourself available. Specific dates and times for Super Saturdays and topic-specific trainings are listed below for the 2014-2015 school year.
Topic training for SS #1 – Wednesday, November 4, 6:00-8:00 pm
Super Saturday #1 – November 7, 9:00-2:00 (Students attend 10:00-1:00)
Topic training for SS #2 – December 2, 6:00-8:00 pm
Super Saturday #2 – December 5, 9:00-2:00 (Students attend 10:00-1:00)
Topic training for SS #3 – February 3, 6:00-8:00 pm
Super Saturday #3 – February 6, 9:00-2:00 (Students attend 10:00-1:00)
Topic training for SS #4 – March 2, 6:00-8:00 pm
Super Saturday #4 – March 5, 9:00-2:00 (Students attend 10:00-1:00)
Topic training for SS #5 – April 6, 6:00-8:00 pm
Super Saturday #5 – April 9, 9:00-2:00 (Students attend 10:00-1:00)
Deciding to Apply
In 2015 online applications will be available on September 21 and must be submitted by October 2. 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 the above instructions to apply, 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.
- Use this form (Request for Academic Transcript 2015) to request a copy of your school transcript from your school’s registrar or secretary and have it sent to the Breakthrough office, either via email to email@example.com 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org ) 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 16. We maintain a small waitpool in the instance that an accepted applicant turns down an offer.
Please note that the application process is competitive and not all applicants are guaranteed admission.