BREAKTHROUGH HOUSTON GREGORY-LINCOLN SCHOOL YEAR PROGRAM APPLICATION '19-'20
SCHOOL YEAR PROGRAM CALENDAR OF DATES

- All applications must be complete by 5pm on Friday, September 20th, 2019.

- Please email a copy of your latest report card/transcript to JoAnna Duncan (joduncan@sjs.org) by September 20th, 2019.

- There is a MANDATORY orientation dates for ALL School Year Program Teachers/TAs. Please hold October 5th for this training. More details to come.

Saturday Session Dates and Times

Saturday, October 12th, 2019 - Gregory-Lincoln Education Center - 9:00 am – 11:30am

Saturday, November 2nd, 2019 - Gregory-Lincoln Education Center - 9:00 am – 11:30am

Saturday, December 7th, 2019 - Gregory-Lincoln Education Center - 9:00 am – 11:30am

Saturday, January 25th, 2020 - Gregory-Lincoln Education Center - 9:00 am – 11:30am

Saturday, February 15th, 2020 - Gregory-Lincoln Education Center - 9:00 am – 11:30am

Saturday, March 28th, 2020 - Gregory-Lincoln Education Center - 9:00 am – 11:30am

Saturday, April 18th, 2020 - Gregory-Lincoln Education Center - 9:00 am – 11:30am *Student Presentations of Learning & Closing Ceremony


BACKGROUND INFORMATION; TWO-FOLD MISSION
Breakthrough aims to prepare students who possess high academic potential, but limited educational resources, for competitive high-school programs and college admission. In addition, we train talented college and high-school students for careers in education.

OUR VISION
At Breakthrough Houston, we envision a day when all children will have equal and equitable access to quality education and teachers committed to their academic success.

- BTH is a tuition-free, year-round academic program.
- BTH focuses its attention on academically talented students with limited educational
opportunities.
- Our students attend Houston ISD schools.
- Our students make a six-year commitment to our program: two years in middle school; four in high school.
- Students begin the program in their summer following 6th grade. The program consists of a three rigorous six-week summer sessions, a School Year Program, and a College Bound Program.

A BTH SYP STUDENT TEACHER VOLUNTEER'S COMMITMENT

As a Breakthrough Houston SYP volunteer teacher, please understand that you will be committing to the following:
- Attend all scheduled School Year Program sessions (must have own transportation) unless there’s an emergency and/or you communicate potential conflicts ahead of time.
- Come to the two mandatory orientation on Saturday, Sept. 21st & September 28th.
- Arrive and depart SYP sessions at the times designated (as listed on the School Year Teacher Application 2019-2020).
- Plan and coordinate all Saturday SYP lessons with your team teacher and your Instructional Coach. This is to be done prior to arriving to teach on the SYP Saturday.
- Arrive for each Saturday session with materials and lessons prepared.
- To the best of your ability, productively use all time on Saturdays for the purposes of teaching and advising BTH students.
- Hold your students and yourself to the highest reasonable expectations.
- Act toward your students, your fellow volunteers, and your Directors in a professional, courteous, and respectful manner, and expect the same from them.
- Give at least a 48 hour notice to JoAnna if an emergency arises and you anticipate having to miss a Saturday session.


If you have any questions regarding the application, please contact JoAnna Duncan @joduncan@sjs.org.

Breakthrough Houston at Gregory-Lincoln
joduncan@sjs.org
Office phone: 346-339-2684
www.breakthroughhouston.org
www.breakthroughcollaborative.org
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I have read the BTH SYP Program Expectations and Guidelines and can commit to the full school year. *
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Are you a current Breakthrough student or student alumni?
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Please take some time to explain how you will be able to maintain your commitment to teaching and attending all scheduled Breakthrough sessions? What are your current Saturday commitments (sports, extracurricular activities)? Have you shown the dates to your parents/guardians and asked them not to schedule vacations on these dates?
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The Breakthrough Houston School Year Program offers Math and Reading classes to its middle school students. If selected, which subject would you like to teach? Why? If you are not given your first choice, would you be comfortable if we placed you where we needed you?
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Why are you interested in teaching with Breakthrough? How did you hear about our program?
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Breakthrough operates academically rigorous programs to prepare high-potential, underrepresented middle school students for the top high schools in Houston. How can you relate to or how do you understand the challenges and opportunities facing high-potential youth in underrepresented communities? Tell us why you would make a strong teacher for these students?
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The Breakthrough community is one that is full of spirit, energy, and enthusiasm. Fun cheers and inspirational talks are infused throughout the Breakthrough culture. Tell us about how you would be able to contribute to this aspect of Breakthrough’s culture? Have you ever been a part of a community such as this?
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Who is/was your favorite teacher? What are the qualities that you believe all great teachers should possess?
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Why do you want to return to teach here at Breakthrough? How do you think your students benefited from having you as their teacher in the past?
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What would you like to improve on as a teacher this school year? What will you do differently now that you know the students and their needs? What are some of your goals regarding the school year program and how can we help you accomplish them?
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Returning volunteer members have added responsibilities and play an important role in the leadership of the program. Please give suggestions for each of the following: How can we make new teachers feel welcome? How can we help them to fully understand the program?
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***NEW VOLUNTEERS ONLY***Please list at least two references. Provide us with their names, titles, best contact numbers and emails, and relationship to you (current or previous teacher, professor, boss, personal, etc.)
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