At Breakthrough Manchester, our Teaching Fellows experience all aspects of teaching, learning and leadership that prepare them for future careers or study in education or other fields. Over the course of the 9-week summer session, Teaching Fellows solo-teach two sections of an academic class, co-teach an extracurricular course, advise several students, serve on a committee and 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. Teaching Fellows are supported and mentored by Instructional Coaches and staff; you learn by doing, and we teach you how to develop and deliver powerful lessons that activate learning and to use effective strategies to engage and motivate your students.
The Breakthrough Teaching Fellowship at Manchester is like no other experience; both exhausting and exhilarating, the whirlwind summer is full of opportunities for responsibility and personal growth. Having high expectations means a lot of hard work, long days, and always looking for ways to be more effective. It promises to be one of the most challenging and inspiring nine weeks of your life. Which is exactly why the most hard working and talented college students love this opportunity.
Breakthrough Manchester will select approximately 24 Teaching Fellows for Summer 2018. Our competitive admission process is designed to select highly qualified candidates to participate in our teaching fellow corps. Ideal candidates to Breakthrough are committed to the mission. They believe that hard-working students with limited resources should have the same access to quality education, regardless of low income, race, ethnicity, neighborhood, family structure or zip code. They believe it is their responsibility to use the opportunities they have been given to create opportunities for others. As a result, they are inspired and inspiring. Ideal candidates are also persistent and hard-working, academically successful and ready for new experiences.
You do not have to have any teaching experience to teach at Breakthrough and you do not need to be an education major in school. We will teach you how to teach, but you must want to do this work—to be with our students, to work collaboratively with your colleagues, and to grow in an intense, fast-paced, nurturing environment.All applicants must be at least 17 years old and currently enrolled in an accredited high school or undergraduate college program.
You will teach two sections of one core academic class in literature, math, science, or writing, using a professionally developed curriculum designed to help you produce significant gains in the six weeks you have your students. In each of your classes, you have an average of 8-10 students. Your responsibilities extend beyond this one class, however. Teaching Fellows are also advisers for three to five students, co-teach an extracurricular class, serve on a faculty committee, and take on numerous other formal and informal roles throughout the summer. Breakthrough Manchester serves students entering grades seven through nine; if you have particular interest in any of these grade levels, be sure to indicate that in your interview.
You will receive a base living allowance stipend of $1,400, which will be distributed weekly throughout the course of the residency. Returning Teaching Fellows earn an additional $100 for each year they return, and some leadership positions come with additional 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.Out-of-town Teaching Fellows are a vital part of the Breakthrough Manchester community. Housing is provided for these teachers by local community members who open a room in their home. Each homestay situation varies slightly based on the host family’s summer schedule and living arrangement, and we work hard to match teachers and homestay families to create a positive experience for all. In past years, out-of-town teachers have had overwhelmingly positive experiences in their homestays and often stay in touch with their homestay families long after the summer ends.
How to ApplyThe application to teach in summer 2018 opens in late October, 2017. The Early Action deadline is January 11 while the Regular application deadline is February 22. Applying Early Action is highly recommended; at Breakthrough Manchester we typically select 60-80% of our teaching Fellows from the Early Action pool. If you are interested in applying to teach at Breakthrough Manchester this summer, these are the steps you need to follow: Step 1: The online application is managed by the national Breakthrough Collaborative. To complete the application, you will need the following materials (you will be able to save the application and do not need to complete it in one sitting): The name and email address of a teacher, adviser, supervisor or another professional who can complete a recommendation for you A resume that summarizes your paid and unpaid extracurricular, work, volunteer, and leadership experiences A transcript from your school (a screenshot or electronic version is fine and an official copy is not required) Thoughtful responses to three short-answer questions (please proofread carefully; spelling and grammar matter) Your preferences for three sites to which you wish to apply. Be sure to select Manchester if you wish to teach with us this summer. The order of your three choices is important because your highest priority site will have first dibs on you as a candidate; most sites give priority to applicants who rank their site higher, and sites receive your application in the order you list them. Your preferences for the academic subjects you wish to teach. Be careful not to narrow your preferences too much; a preferred site may not have a slot available in that department. Ready to Apply? Go to the Breakthrough Collaborative application page. The link to the online application is there, along with an overview of program dates, stipends and housing information for each Breakthrough site and an FAQ section on the application process. Step 2: First Round of Admissions: If your online application is selected for our first round of admissions, you will be asked to submit a short video of you teaching a mock lesson. Step 3: Second Round of Admissions: Based on your mock teaching video, if you are selected for our second round of admissions, we will then schedule a follow-up, one-on-one phone or in-person interview with a Breakthrough Manchester staff member. Step 4: Selected applicants will receive notification by the end of January (Early Action) or by April 15. We maintain a small waitpool in case an accepted applicant turns down an offer, in addition to the National waitpool. If your first site declines to offer you a position, your application will automatically advance for consideration by your second choice site. Please note that the application process is competitive and not all applicants are guaranteed admission at any site.If you have any questions, please call (603-641-9426) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) our Assistant Director, Lucy Weathers.
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