Breakthrough San Francisco provides intensive academic enrichment and ongoing support to motivated San Francisco students with limited educational opportunities, ensuring they are academically successful and on the path to college. Our students are extremely hard working but under-represented in higher education: 99% are of color; 61% speak a language other than English at home; and 86% will be the first in their families to attend a four-year college. We also train outstanding college students from across the country for education careers. For our summer 2016 residency, we selected 32 out of 440 applicants. 100% attended selective colleges and universities; 56% were of color.
The intensive six-week summer program for rising fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth graders is a key component of Breakthrough’s effort to ensure students are receiving academically rigorous instruction through middle and high school. Summer programming consists of four core academic classes (math, literature, writing, and science), as well as electives, such as mock trial, Japanese, and poetry. Because Breakthrough utilizes a “students teaching students” model, all summer classes are planned and taught by our exceptional college-aged fellows. Teaching Fellows bring energy, commitment, and a willingness to learn, and Instructional Coaches bring experience and knowledge. Because of this successful partnership, our college students leave the summer inspired: 66% of Teaching Fellows who graduated from college in the last six years are currently working in the education field.
General Job Description
Instructional Coaches (ICs) are experienced and successful professional educators who provide content-specific support and mentoring for Breakthrough’s Teaching Fellows (TFs) and engage fully in the Breakthrough San Francisco community. ICs dictate the level of academic rigor during Breakthrough’s summer program through their interactions with TFs. Each IC supervises four TFs in one subject area, leading weekly department meetings, visiting classes, evaluating lesson plans, and meeting frequently with individual Teaching Fellows regarding their on-going work. As the only professional teachers on-site, ICs are accountable for the quality of instruction Breakthrough students receive and are responsible for supporting Breakthrough TFs through their first teaching experience. As of March 2017, we are accepting applications for three positions: ELA (6th grade), ELA (8th grade), and Math (5-6th grade).
Specific Instructional Coach Duties
Complete two Saturday training sessions (to be scheduled in May)
Complete pre-summer readings
Consult with Breakthrough staff regarding curriculum in specific content area
Refine existing unit plans in specific content area as needed
Meet with program staff to plan teacher orientation workshops
Facilitate teacher training workshops on topics such as classroom management, lesson planning, and teaching practices specific to content area
Participate fully in all orientation workshops
Guide TFs through lesson planning and general preparation for the summer
Six-Week Summer Program:
Provide four TFs with support and regular feedback as they design and revise lesson plans
Maintain a big picture understanding of the curriculum and guide TFs in making adjustments as necessary
Observe each TF in classroom at least twice weekly
Conduct once weekly one-on-one debrief sessions with TFs, in which they receive concrete feedback based on Breakthrough’s Teacher Excellence Rubric
Plan and lead weekly departmental meetings
Work with Instructional Coach team to determine professional development needs for TFs and lead at least one large group professional development session
Communicate regularly with the Director of Curriculum & Instruction regarding TF progress
Engage fully in the Breakthrough San Francisco community
Submit a final narrative evaluation and letter of recommendation for each assigned TF
Work with TFs to provide revisions and suggestions on curriculum for next summer’s TFs and coaches
Outstanding track record as a professional classroom teacher for at least three years (preferably in grades 5-8)
Outstanding knowledge of subject matter and broad knowledge of available resources
Superior presentation, writing, and organizational skills
Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously
Exceptional interpersonal skills: ability to hold others to high standards while also offering support and maintaining positive relationships
Ability to deliver positive, constructive, and honest feedback, both written and verbal
Experience with curriculum development and implementation
Creativity, energy, and commitment to excellence
Prior experience with Breakthrough or Summerbridge is highly desirable
Familiarity with San Francisco schools is highly desirable
Experience teaching in an academically rigorous college preparatory institution is highly desirable
Pre-summer trainings and preparation (approximately 25-30 hours)
Two Saturday or Sunday trainings, to be scheduled in May
Curriculum refinement and teacher training preparation, to be done independently
Teacher orientation, June 19-23 (8am to 5:30pm)
Six-week program, June 26-Aug 4 (approximately 30 hours/week)
Monday-Thursday from 8am to 2pm, possibly finishing earlier some days
Fridays from 8am to 12:30pm
Three late afternoon events over the course of the summer
End-of-summer Celebration, Thursday, Aug 3, 6pm-8:30pm
May require some work off-site via email or phone with TFs as needed
Wrap-Up Week, August 6-8 (approximately 10 hours)
Compensation is in the form of a $6,725 stipend.
The application is available at http://www.breakthroughcollaborative.org/coach and requires a resume and cover letter. Note that Breakthrough Collaborative is a national organization; the application is available for sites across the country, so please be sure to indicate your interest in coaching at the San Francisco Day School site. Applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis until April 6.
For more information, please visit: www.breakthroughsf.org and www.breakthroughcollaborative.org
Questions? Contact Josh Shald, Director of Curriculum & Instruction, at 415-568-3662 or email@example.com.
SFDS is an independent, co-educational, K-8 school. SFDS educates, nurtures and inspires girls and boys of diverse backgrounds to achieve their highest academic and creative potential, to embrace ethical values and to become active contributors to their communities. San Francisco Day School welcomes and celebrates children, families, faculty, and staff that reflect the broad range of diversity in ...the Bay Area. The school values the strengths and accomplishments of the individuals who are part of the community and takes pride in and celebrates the diversity and special character of the community as a whole. Therefore, San Francisco Day School encourages people of color and LGBT applicants to apply.