Great Video on a New Way to Teach Math

May 17, 2010

Check out Math Teacher Dan Meyer’s critique of contemporary math curriculum and instruction methods. He references an amazing quote from Albert Einstein:

The mere formulation of a problem is far more essential than its solution, which may be merely a matter of mathematical or experimental skills. To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle requires creative imagination and marks real advances in science.

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Heads Up – Site Director

April 30, 2010

Strong Out-of-School Time partner looking for a Site Director in D.C!

Site Directors serve as the instructional and operational leaders in Heads Up’s
after-school tutoring and summer academic program for low-income children
grades K-8. Our year-round program adds 30% more instructional time to our
students’ academic year and uses a balanced literacy approach to outpace the
gains students would otherwise experience attending their neighborhood schools
alone.
Heads Up Site Directors train and manage a corps of college students who lead
literature circles, homework help, and enrichment activities. By fostering a
culture of high expectations with a focus on results, Site Directors increase
student achievement while simultaneously inspiring college students to pursue
careers in education and service. Site Directors also maintain effective
relationships with a variety of stakeholders including students, college tutors,
parents, teachers, and school administrators.

http://www.headsup-dc.org/


Alumni Featured Opportunity: Captial Teaching Residency with KIPP DC

April 15, 2010


Mary Williams taught at Breakthrough Atlanta in ’04 and Breakthrough San Francisco in ’06. Now, in 2010 she teaches with KIPP schools in DC and she wants other members of the Breakthrough family to join her.

Several Breakthrough alum teach in KIPP schools now! KIPP DC: is hiring outstanding and experienced educators for early childhood, elementary, middle, and high school. KIPP DC is the city’s highest performing charter network and an excellent place to work! If you are looking at getting in to teaching, KIPP DC has launched the Capital Teaching Residency for aspiring teachers with grit and potential. Apply online at www.kippdc.org. You can also email Mary Williams at emaryew@gmail.com with any questions. She is an Atlanta (2004) and San Francisco (2006) Breakthrough alum.


Transforming Mathematics Education :: Reasoning Mind

January 22, 2010

Check out this Houston based group doing big things next year! Seniors, lot’s of positions available!!!

Reasoning Mind is a non-profit that is using the Internet to dramatically improve the math achievement of children from disadvantaged communities. Thousands of children have benefited from our curricula, which not only teach basic math knowledge, but also develop students’ critical thinking skills. By working as a Program Coordinator for Reasoning Mind, you can make a difference for thousands of elementary school children from disadvantaged communities.

In a Reasoning Mind classroom, each child sits at a computer and works online in the RM system, learning concepts and solving problems at his or her own pace. The system creates an individual path of learning that is tailored to the needs of each child. The teacher is freed to give one-on-one help and attention to struggling students, while advanced students are able to move ahead to more challenging concepts.

Reasoning Mind is now hiring individuals with a passion for improving education:

Become a Program Coordinator.

Program Coordinators are responsible for making the program a success at each school, helping teachers and school administrators get used to a new way of doing things. They are completely in charge of running the Reasoning Mind program at several schools.

Become a Curriculum Editor.

Curriculum Editors are responsible for the overall presentation and usability of the 2nd through 12th grade curriculum. They edit curriculum that has been translated from Russian to ensure the entire math curriculum is pedagogically appropriate and effective for students at each grade level.

Become an Analyst.

Analysts work as engineers, examining current software and business processes to improve them or design new ones.


Achievement First Upcoming Events

November 10, 2009

AchievementFirst“A Day in the Life: An Achievement First Elementary Teacher” Virtual Information Session

November  17th , 2009  from 8 p.m. – 9 p.m. EST.

Hosted by Ernie Clarke, an Achievement First Talent Recruiter. During this session, participants will learn what teaching in an Achievement First elementary school is all about—including information on training, ongoing professional development opportunities, and things our schools are currently working on to push our scholars forward in academic and character skills.  Ernie will discuss opportunities that we have for the ’10-11 school year as well as our application process.

Please RSVP here.

  • Apply to be a school leader!

The Achievement First deadline for first round applications is Sunday, November 15, 2009! Apply online at www.achievementfirst.org

December

The Leadership Fellows Program: Future Leaders of Achievement First Virtual Information Session

December 1st, 2009 from 8 p.m. – 9 p.m. EST.

Hosted by Becca Howlett, Achievement First’s Senior Director of Teacher and School Leader Recruitment. During this session, participants will learn about The Leadership Fellows program which has been designed to support teachers who are interested in honing their instructional and people leadership skills while remaining in the classroom in a high performing school.  Becca will give an overview of the program and our results with the program, the application process and what it means to be a Leadership Fellow at Achievement First.

Please RSVP here.

Achievement First is always looking for great educators!

We are currently hiring for teachers and school leaders for all grade and subject levels for our Hartford, New Haven, Bridgeport, CT and Brooklyn, NY schools. Go to www.achievementfirst.org to apply online or learn more today.

  • The Day in a Life: An Achievement First Middle School Teacher Virtual Information Session (5-8)

December 8th, 2009  from 8 p.m. – 9 p.m. EST.

Hosted by Pamela Bookbinder, an Achievement First Talent Recruiter. During this session, participants will learn what teaching in an Achievement First middle school is all about—including information on training, ongoing professional development opportunities, and how our teachers are currently working on to push our scholars forward in academic and character skills.  Pamela will discuss opportunities that we have for the ’10-11 school year as well as our application process.

Please RSVP here.


Donate to Breakthrough TODAY through America’s Giving Challenge!

October 29, 2009

Dear Breakthrough students, teacher, friends and supporters!

We’ve already gotten three donations today! Let’s keep the momentum going! Spread the word and donate to Breakthrough starting at Noon, PST/ 3p.m. EST. Click here to DONATE! Breakthrough Collaborative is participating in America’s Giving Challenge through Facebook Causes. 100% of your donation will go directly to providing program support for our students and teachers across the country. Thank you for making breakthroughs happen! Feel free to forward this along to friends! Learn more about our Cause here. Spread the word!

Sincerely,
The Breakthrough Team

Below are a few friends of Breakthrough who have already donated today!

Jennifer H. about 1 hour ago
Donated $10.

Meredith L. about 1 hour ago
Donated $25.

Kate E. about 4 hours ago
Donated $10.

Click here to DONATE!


Congratulations Photo Contest Winners!

August 14, 2009

Check out the 2009 Photo Contest winners!  We had over 250 submissions and all of the judges agreed it was difficult to narrow down their votes.  Thank you to everyone who participated!