After School Program Teacher (Spring 2020)
After School Program TeacherSpring 2020Deadline to Apply: Open Immediately, applications reviewed on a rolling basis until position filledOrganization OverviewBreakthrough Silicon Valley launches talented but underserved middle school students on the path to college, while at the same time inspiring high school and college students to become educators. While ambitious in our goals, BTSV works: a stunning 99% of BTSV graduates are accepted into four-year colleges and 89% of BTSV 2017-2018 Teaching Fellows are inspired to pursue a career in education as a result of their summer experience.Breakthrough Silicon Valley’s tuition-free program provides year-round out of school time academic support, counseling, and advocacy for a diverse group of talented students, most of whom come from under-resourced communities and are first in their family to go to college. Through our students-teaching-students model, Breakthrough also provides a consummate professional development experience in education by providing talented high school and college students the opportunity to design and teach classes under the direction of seasoned education professionals.Located in San Jose, California, Breakthrough Silicon Valley is an affiliate of The Breakthrough Collaborative, a leading national service organization that acts as the national voice for 24 Breakthrough sites across the country.Position OverviewBreakthrough Silicon Valley seeks an enthusiastic, engaging teacher to lead our after-school STEM-based, problem-solving program for our middle school students.Breakthrough’s After-School Program (ASP) provides creative learning opportunities for our 7th and 8th grade students. Knowing that our students have already had a full school day when they come to us, the After-School Program aims to develop essential academic, college-going skills in a fun, creative environment. By focusing on meaningful activities, the program aims to development “The Three Cs” in our students--communication, critical thinking, and collaboration—knowing that the development of these three skills is imperative to their success in high school, college, and the 21st century workforce. The ASP also ensures that students maintain connections with their Breakthrough peer group throughout the school year.For three hours per week (distributed over two days), over the course of 6 weeks, 7th graders work in groups to engage in a hands-on STEM activity, written problem solving activities, academic discourse, and reflection.This program is supported by volunteer facilitators: motivated high school and college students who engage with our students, share their experiences, and serve as academic role models. In exchange, facilitators improve their own communication and facilitation skills, and gain an understanding of the educational inequities in our community.Responsibilities and Functions
- Understand the unique challenges facing first-generation college students.
- Demonstrate ability to develop engaging and results-oriented programming to support our students to navigate those challenges.
- Embrace “Breakthrough Spirit.” Is committed to excellence, is open-minded, demonstrates a growth-mindset, thinks creatively to solve problems, and works with integrity and a sense of humor.
- Work with BTSV staff to revise current curriculum and develop new curriculum prior to January 20, 2020.
- Deliver program to a cohort of approximately 50 students (approximately 25 per session).
- Oversee the ASP volunteer facilitators and meet with them directly following the ASP daily.
- Meet weekly with Director of Admissions and Middle School Program to provide and receive feedback.
- Possesses an understanding of and passion for working with first-generation college-bound youth.
- Has a knowledge of Social-Emotional Learning skills and STEM competencies, especially as they relate to first-generation college-bound middle schoolers.
- Has experience teaching, preferably in a STEM area.
- Has experience in developing engaging, creative STEM curriculum to middle school students.
- Approximately 15 hours of planning and orientation: January 2020
- Program dates: February 3 – April 2, 2020
- Program days/times: Monday through Thursday
- 3:30 – 5:30 PM at Bridges Academy and Sylvandale Middle Schools in San Jose
- OR 4:30 – 6:30 PM at Hoover Middle School in San Jose
- $3500 stipend
- Please note that this position, and therefore stipend, may be split amongst two (2) people.