Summer Teaching Fellowship
“This was the most rewarding thing I have ever done. I am so thankful for the chance to interact with these fantastic students and to have a chance to experience the field of education. The most rewarding moment was when my advisee thanked me for believing in her; that was incredibly impactful.”
-Jimmy Hanson, Controls Engineer, Lonza, Portsmouth, NH; University of New Hampshire ‘21; Breakthrough Student and Teaching Fellow Alumnus
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- While you need to enjoy working with middle school students, you do not need to be an education major
- Complete and pass a criminal background check
- You must be a current high school junior or senior, or college student
- Must be available and present for all programming days
- Leadership Orientation: June 8-9, 2023
- Full Staff Orientation: June 12-23, 2023 *June 19 Holiday
- Summer Program: June 26 – August 4, 2023 *July 4 Holiday
- Wrap-Up: August 7-11, 2023
- Receive extensive training, continuous support, and the opportunity to lead a classroom
- Commit to social justice and equity work
- Solo-teach two sections of academics daily
- Work with a given curriculum (flexible) and lesson plan
- Co-teach an extracurricular course
- Advise and mentor a small group of students over the course of the summer
- Serve on a committee
- Work alongside other exceptional college students from across the country to plan and teach classes
- Lead field trips and community-wide activities
- Attend weekly professional development workshops
- Have fun!!
Stipend and Housing
- Housing is available at no cost for out-of-state students.
- Base living stipend of $1,700, plus a potential $1,300 AmeriCorps Educational Award
- Teaching Fellows are eligible to apply for additional financial assistance up to $2,000
- Fulfill school internship or volunteer requirements
Why Teach in Manchester, New Hampshire?
Established in 1991, Breakthrough Manchester is the third oldest Breakthrough site in the nation. Our longevity is a testament to the strength of the program and its ability to empower young people to take ownership over their educational opportunities. Breakthrough Manchester works to connect Teaching Fellows to pipeline partner schools and organizations such as MATCH Charter Public School, Excel Academy Charter Public School, Boston Teacher Residency, Uncommon Schools, the Urban Teaching Center, Teach For America, and Fulbright, among others. Finally, your weekends are your own and can be spent exploring the natural beauty and proximity of New Hampshire’s White Mountains, the Lakes Region, the Seacoast, and Boston – all within an hour’s drive.
IMPORTANT APPLICATION INFORMATION
|Application Opens||October 13, 2022|
|Early Action Deadline||January 12, 2023|
|Regular Decision Deadline||February 23, 2023|
Breakthrough Teaching Fellows are part of a National Collaborative
For more than 40 years, Breakthrough Collaborative has been creating empowering educational experiences for traditionally underrepresented students on their path to college and operates the largest pre-professional teacher training program in the country. Breakthrough Teaching Fellows play an integral role in Breakthrough’s nationally recognized middle school summer program.
WHAT IS A TEACHING FELLOW?
Breakthrough Teaching Fellows are committed to personal growth, education equity, and developing as leaders and learners. Teaching Fellows learn to be lead classroom teachers, through professionally designed training and continued support from Instructional Coaches and professional staff. Additionally, Teaching Fellows have the opportunity to take on leadership roles planning community events and projects.
Breakthrough Teaching Fellows are undergraduates of all majors to ensure Breakthrough students interested in STEM, business, the humanities, or any other major, have the opportunity to connect with Teaching Fellows who are as passionate about the same topics as they are.
Breakthrough Teaching Fellows come from diverse backgrounds and bring with them a variety of life experiences. At Breakthrough, we know it is important for our students to have teachers who they identify with. Over 75% of Breakthrough Teaching Fellows identify as people of color and over 40% of Teaching Fellows are the first in their family to attend college.
Breakthrough Teaching Fellows create and nurture Breakthrough’s community, culture, and fun! No Breakthrough summer would be complete without spirit days and spirit checks, All School Meeting, field trips, talent shows, and unique Breakthrough traditions! Our alumni carry Breakthrough culture with them back to campus and beyond as they build innovative communities of their own.
Visit www.breakthroughcollaborative.org/teach/ to learn more about the Breakthrough Collaborative
“The most rewarding part of the summer for me was seeing how much my students grew and hearing/seeing how we have changed their lives. These students have opened my eyes and my heart to a whole new perspective of how truly amazing each and every student is.”
— Kaitlin, Special Education Elementary School Teacher, Merrimack, NH, Southern New Hampshire University ‘21, BTM Summer Teaching Fellow
The two week pre-summer training and orientation is especially designed for pre-professional teachers. We use the best research and educational practices to giveTeaching Fellows the strategies and resources they need to be successful in the classroom.
Beyond pre-summer training, professional Instructional Coaches work with Teaching Fellows every day providing curriculum, observing classes, and giving consistent feedback. Teaching Fellows also have the support of other teachers in their department as well as ongoing professional development throughout the summer that is coordinated by the Dean of Faculty with input of the entire professional team.
Many Teaching Fellows return to Breakthrough Manchester to teach for a second summer; some return for several years. Experienced Breakthrough teachers may also choose to apply for different roles within Breakthrough Manchester, including Operations Coordinator or Dean of Students.
What Do They Teach?
Over the course of the 9-week summer engagement, Teaching Fellows:
- Solo-teach two sections of an academic class in literature, math, science, or writing, using a professionally developed curriculum designed to help close any learning gaps from the past, prevent the proverbial “Summer Slide,” and best prepare students for the year ahead
- Co-teach an extracurricular course
- Advise 4-5 students
- Serve on a committee
- Participate in all aspects of building a welcoming and joyful learning community!
Teaching Fellows establish meaningful relationships with their middle school students and often make lifelong friends among their colleagues.
Breakthrough’s summer commitment on campus is five days per week, Monday through Friday, with one Saturday commitment.
The 2022 calendar is typical example of a Breakthrough summer:
- Orientation: June 14-24*
- Program: June 27-August 5
- Celebration: Saturday, August 6
- Wrap Up Week: August 8-12
* Applicants who commit to leadership positions will arrive on June 10 for additional training, preparation and teambuilding.
The faculty day typically runs from 7:30 a.m. to about 5:30 p.m. but there are 4 later evenings built into the schedule. Working hours can go long so commitments outside the program are discouraged. Past Teaching Fellows describe the experience as intense and all-consuming yet incredibly rewarding and inspiring. We strongly recommend that you do not try to maintain a weekend or evening job during the nine weeks of Breakthrough.
Out of Town Teaching Fellows
Out-of-town Teaching Fellows are a vital part of the Breakthrough Manchester community. Housing and meals are provided by Southern New Hampshire University.
Living Allowance Stipend & Supplemental Income
Teaching Fellows receive a base living allowance stipend. Returning Teaching Fellows and members of the Leadership Team receive stipend enhancements.
In addition, all teachers may apply for up to $2,000 extra through the Breakthrough Manchester Elkin Teaching Fellowship. These need-based awards can be used toward paying educational expenses or aiding in the cost of travel to and from Manchester for out-of-town applicants.
All Teaching Fellows (18+) may also be eligible for an Education Award through AmeriCorps. The Education Award may be used to pay college expenses or loans. Additionally, many colleges and universities will supplement or underwrite summer internship earnings, especially for students eligible for work study. Some teachers have also been able to earn college credit for their Breakthrough internship.
If you have any questions about the application, what it is like to teach at Breakthrough Manchester or need more information, email Caroline Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org