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Program Director – Connect
Breakthrough Houston added a Gulfton/Sharpstown site to its original site at St. John’s in 2016. The new site, called Breakthrough Houston at Connect, serves students from southwest Houston with partnerships with HISD, KIPP, YES Prep, and other local charter schools. This expansion allows Breakthrough Houston to provide more college access programming to underserved students. The position will begin immediately, to begin with running our School Year Program and start the recruitment of students and teaching fellows for Summer 2021. Breakthrough is an academic program in which outstanding high school and college students teach high-achieving middle school students who have limited resources outside the school. Through this unique “students teaching students” model, the program provides a path to college for underserved students while inspiring and training the next generation of teachers. Breakthrough Houston at CONNECT is seeking a full-time Program Director who will be responsible for both the School Year Program and the Summer Program.
Instructional Coaches (ICs) are experienced and successful professional educators who provide content specific support for Breakthrough teachers throughout the summer and engage fully in the Breakthrough Houston community. ICs dictate the level of academic rigor during Breakthrough’s summer program through their interactions with teaching fellows. Exemplary ICs effectively communicate content specifics to teaching fellows, guide them through effective planning and execution, and hold both teaching fellows and students to the highest expectations. Each IC will have 6 or 7 teachers in his/her department and is expected to help lead department meetings along with the department head (a returning teacher). ICs will visit each teacher’s classroom at least twice a week, evaluate lesson plan revisions and curriculum overviews, and meet individually with teaching fellows regarding their on-going work, all the while giving constant feedback and support to them. Since ICs are the only professional teachers on-site, they are accountable for the quality of instruction Breakthrough students receive and are responsible for supporting Breakthrough teaching fellows through their first or second teaching experience.