One key to Breakthrough New York’s success is our unique “students-teaching-students” model. This time of year, that means bringing many of the nation’s brightest college students into our classrooms, to serve as BTNY Teaching Fellows, instructing and inspiring our middle school students during our six-week summer program.
When our 2017 program begins on July 3rd a cohort of 72 Teaching Fellows will step to the head of the class to help our rising seventh, eighth, and ninth graders bolster their writing, literature, math, and science skills. They will also serve as role models for our students, most of whom have little or no exposure to college students and graduates at home.
This year’s Teaching Fellows were selected from a group of over 400 applicants, based on academic accomplishment, leadership experience, and ability to learn teaching techniques as demonstrated during the interview process. More than half of this year’s Teaching Fellows are African American, Latino, or Asian, and 21 are STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics) majors. We have eight returning Teaching Fellows and two Teaching Fellows who are current BTNY students
Earlier in June, our Teaching Fellows underwent three weeks of intensive training, including mock teaching sessions. During the summer, they will be serving at our Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Bronx sites, where they will each teach one academic class and one elective class, such as basketball, soccer, choir, drama, or karate. Additionally, they will participate in weekly special events with students, including Diversity Day, Spirit Olympics, and Career Day on July 27, which will include all grade levels this year. Instructional coaches support the Teaching Fellows with content and lesson planning, and feedback, throughout the summer.
An impressive 90% of the program’s past summer instructors have gone on to pursue careers in education, with many citing their experience at BTNY as their inspiration. It’s no wonder that our Teaching Fellows program is consistently named a Princeton Review Top Ten internship!
This year’s Teaching Fellows hail from prestigious colleges across the country:
Amherst College Mills College Spelman College
Boston College Minerva Schools at KGI St John's University
Bowdoin College Montclair State University St. Gregory's University
Brandeis University Mount Holyoke College SUNY at Binghamton
Brown University Muhlenberg College University at Buffalo
Colby College New York University The University of Chicago
Colgate University Oakwood University University of Michigan
Columbia University Oberlin College University of Missouri
Cornell University Occidental College University of New Hampshire
CUNY Hunter College The Ohio State University University of North Carolina
Dickinson College Oregon State University University of North Texas
Elmhurst College Pace University University of Pittsburgh
Elon University Pomona College University of Southern
Emory University Princeton University University of Texas
Fordham University Scripps College Vanderbilt University
Haverford College Sewanee-The University of the South Wesleyan University
Howard University Skidmore College Wheaton College
Marist College Smith College
Michigan State University