Breakthrough Collaborative

About Breakthrough Collaborative

As a pioneer in education reform, Breakthrough is more than an organization. We are a nationwide movement, tackling the opportunity gap through our innovative summer and school-year programs. At Breakthrough, we partner with middle-and high school students from under-resourced communities to realize their incredible potential and put them on the path to college. We are also the largest pre-service teacher training program in the country, providing a best-in-class experience for more than 1,000 undergraduate Teaching Fellows every year. Together, we are working to increase academic opportunity for students and to inspire the next generation of educators. Since the founding of our movement over 40 years ago, we have served more than 40,000 students and teachers.


Summer Teaching Fellow

June 2020 - August 2020 San Juan Capistrano, CA
“Driven by the care and bond formed with the students, being a Summer Teaching Fellow was an experience full of interpersonal and intrapersonal growth. Breakthrough challenges their fellows to think outside the box in the ways in which we can better serve students from underrepresented backgrounds. The most gratifying and humbling aspect of Breakthrough is that you get to lean into the uncomfortable while being cheered on by supportive supervisors, colleagues, and students. And all is in the service of creating restorative and liberating education for students. ”

Teaching Fellow

June 2021 - August 2021 Twin Cities, MN
“It was a really good learning experience, especially for those interested in teaching. The program provides you with department meetings and a coach who helps you grow as an educator throughout the program. It is a way to practice teaching actual students in an easy-going environment.”
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