Demographic breakdown of summer 2013 teachers:
• 50% males
• 72% teachers of color
• 77% current college students
All Applicants Must:
• Attend an accredited high school or college and be at least 16 years old.
• See themselves as caring leaders and strong role models.
• Be interested in working with a group of 7-9th grade students who are ethnically and economically diverse.
• Be deeply concerned with the academic success and future of the students in the program.
• Be able to relate openly and directly with adults, peers and students.
• Be capable of assuming responsibility without close supervision yet be able to acknowledge problems and share them with members of the staff.
• Be ready to receive and give direct and constructive criticism
Every year, we look to recruit the best and brightest high school and college students to teach in our afterschool and summer programs.
During the summer, students and teachers are arranged into "families," consisting of four teachers, and 10-12 students. All teachers are teamed into teaching pairs.
Teachers belong to one academic department and teach enrichment classes. Every teacher intern belongs to one of our four main academic departments: literature, writing, mathematics, or science. During Orientation, teachers are trained within departments, and professional teachers provide them with specific skill goals for each grade level (for example, "the five-paragraph essay" or "solving equations with one variable"). At the beginning and end of the summer, students are assessed through program-wide skill tests, which are designed to measure their progress meeting the skill goals.
In addition, teacher interns can self-design an elective class based on their own interests. In previous summers, our mini-course offerings have included History of Rap Music, Visual Art, African Dance, History of Chinatown, Graph This!, Public Speaking/Debate, Poetry, Women in Science-Fiction, Comics as Literature, Number Theory, and Malcolm X & Martin Luther King, Jr. Electives may be taught alone or in teams. Athletics, computers, and art are also offered in the afternoon.
During the school year, our teacher interns work more intensively with three students on homework and additional enrichment work. It is our goal to ensure that our students receive the extra homework help that they need to remain on a strong academic track.
How We Train:
We designed our training model specifically with the needs of brand new teachers in mind. Through intensive workshops, modeling and coaching by professional teachers, our teacher interns are trained and ready to teach! Throughout the summer and school year, our teacher interns can expect to receive feedback and training with professional educators and extra help in learning how to implement scripted curricula.
If you are a high school or college student interested in applying to teach at Breakthrough New York over the summer, please read the section on Breakthrough Collaborative’s website for a general overview of the teaching experience, and to complete the online application.
For answers to frequently asked questions, please read here before sending an email.
Breakthrough New York aims to select 90% of summer faculty by mid-February. If New York is your first choice site, please apply as early as possible.
The deadline for applications is Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 7:00 PM.
Tutors are expected to commit to Mondays and Wednesdays after-school from October-December (Fall semester) or January-April (Spring semester), with the exception of pre-scheduled school vacations.
For more information about the position, please download the information sheet here.