⏱ 6 min read
Breakthrough Collaborative is a community that values diversity, equity and inclusion in every sense. Its commitment to taking the necessary steps to close the academic opportunity gap aligns with my own personal values and ideas regarding social justice, which is one of the reasons I was excited about the prospect of working with the organization.
Hey! The Breakthrough teaching fellow experience is designed for anyone interested in teaching. Apply by Feb 21 to become a Summer 2019 fellow.
Their mission of “students-teaching-students, teachers-training-teachers” identifies the dual need for education preparation that (1) provides summer enrichment for motivated students from underserved backgrounds, so they can enter college ready to succeed, and (2) inspires and develops the next generation of teachers and leaders in the field of education, so they have the skills to promote this vision of social justice.
I chose to teach with Breakthrough because I wanted the opportunity to empower other students to love learning. I have been fortunate to have been instructed and mentored by teachers who cared deeply about both their subject matter and their students, and I believe their dedication helped me to develop a passion for inquiry and an interest in teaching others.
Before the summer program began, we—the teaching fellows—were taught classroom management skills, how to write lesson plans, and ways to effectively deliver content. Then, I learned how to be a teacher by actually being a teacher, a role I had never assumed before.
Teaching with Breakthrough last summer was a profoundly transformative experience. I am so thankful to have spent eight weeks learning and growing in an environment that pushed me out of my comfort zone. I gained time management skills, patience and resilience—in addition to insights into the barriers faced on all levels in creating educational parity—that will stay with me.
I had the privilege of spending my summer learning through the experience of teaching, and I am excited by the prospect of being able to return and implement what I have gleaned again this summer, so that I can continue to grow as a student, leader and human being.