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Breakthrough New Orleans Summer Teaching Fellow

About Breakthrough New Orleans

Founded in 1990 as Summerbridge and hosted at Isidore Newman School, Breakthrough New Orleans (BTNOLA) provides a multi-year academic enrichment program that builds a path from middle school to college for under-resourced students from the city's public schools. During middle school, students commit to attend a six-week summer academy and participate in enrichment opportunities on Saturdays throughout the school year until they enter high school. As high school students, they receive test preparation for the SAT/ACT, college/career counseling, and internship placement.

Additionally, BTNOLA trains talented high school and college students to become educators and engaged citizens by giving them teaching responsibilities. Teaching Fellows develop skills, such as lesson planning and classroom management, to effectively support the academic growth of Breakthrough students.

As an organization, Breakthrough emphasizes academic excellence, family involvement, teamwork, leadership, creativity, and diversity and is an affiliate of Breakthrough Collaborative, an award-winning national non-profit educational organization.

Job Description

Breakthrough is looking for hard-working undergraduates to join our classrooms this summer. We seek undergraduates from all academic backgrounds – both those planning careers in education and those who are considering it for the first time. Breakthrough teaching fellows have a deep commitment to social justice and passion for working with our inspiring middle-school students. Our Teaching Fellows must be committed to personal growth and comfortable working in a fast-paced, collaborative environment.

You’ll join a supportive community where you’ll receive extensive training, continuous support, and the opportunity to lead a classroom. Throughout the summer, you will assume leadership roles and practice persistence, creativity, flexibility, and problem-solving. Under the guidance of experienced educators, you will work alongside other exceptional teaching fellows to plan and teach classes, manage a classroom, advise students, lead field trips, and develop as a teacher and leader. Your summer at Breakthrough will help prepare you for a career in education and will grow professional skills that will help you stand apart in other professions.


As a Teaching Fellow, you will:

• Participate in a summer teaching and leadership experience with a living stipend provided

• Receive 100+ hours of teaching and leadership training

• Teach at one of our 25 affiliates throughout the U.S. and in Hong Kong

• Learn lesson planning, classroom management, instructional strategies, feedback techniques, and other essential teaching tools

• Teach core academic classes (math, science, writing, literature) and design enrichment classes (e.g., world language, dance, art)

• Lead and participate in team meetings

• Receive coaching from professional educators

• Collaborate with other exceptional undergraduate teaching fellows in a challenging but fun and supportive environment

• Work with a diverse group of highly motivated students from under-resourced communities

As a teaching fellow, you will teach at one of 25 affiliates, which are located in cities across the country. Your summer will include the following:

• A nine-week teaching residency that includes two weeks of training, six weeks of classroom instruction, and one week of wrap-up and reflection.

• An intensive daily schedule, which often runs beyond normal business hours, five days a week and sometimes on weekends.

Breakthrough provides a living stipend during the residency. Stipend amounts and limited housing vary by affiliate and individual qualifications.

For additional information about our sites, frequently asked questions, teaching fellow application and instructions, please visit our website.

Regular Decision Deadline: Thursday, February 29, 2024 


To be eligible to apply, you must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree program. All majors are encouraged to apply and we accept first year undergraduate students through seniors. Non-U.S. citizens are eligible to apply if they are authorized to work in the U.S.