Summer 2021 Instructional Coach

San Francisco, California
$8,000 stipend
Feb 01, 2021
Mar 03, 2021
Job Function
Education / Teaching
Focus Areas
Position Type
Temporary / Seasonal

Breakthrough Overview

Breakthrough San Francisco is a college access and teacher training program. Our intensive six-week summer program for rising fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth graders is a key component of Breakthrough’s effort to ensure students are receiving academically rigorous instruction throughout middle school. Summer programming consists of four core academic classes (math, literature, writing, and science), as well as electives, such as knitting, Spanish, and slam poetry. Because Breakthrough utilizes a “students teaching students” model, all summer classes are planned and taught by our exceptional college-aged fellows. Teaching Fellows bring energy, commitment, and a willingness to learn, and Instructional Coaches bring experience and knowledge. Because of this successful partnership, our college students leave the summer inspired: in summer 2019, 100% of Teaching Fellows said they ended the summer better prepared to be a classroom teacher, and 87% said their Instructional Coach was critical to their development.

General Job Description

Instructional Coaches (ICs) are experienced and successful professional educators who provide content-specific support and mentoring for Breakthrough’s Teaching Fellows (TFs) and engage fully in the Breakthrough San Francisco community. ICs dictate the level of academic rigor during Breakthrough’s summer program through their interactions with TFs. Each IC manages four TFs (in-person) or two TFs (virtual), leading weekly department meetings, visiting classes, evaluating lesson plans, and meeting frequently with individual Teaching Fellows regarding their on-going work. ICs are accountable for the quality of instruction Breakthrough students receive and are responsible for supporting Breakthrough TFs through their first teaching experience. ICs also receive professional development in order to broaden their coaching and leadership skills and set them up for future coaching opportunities in their own schools and districts. 

Specific Instructional Coach Duties


  • Complete two - three training sessions in May (on weekends or weeknights, depending on availability of the entire IC team)
  • Complete pre-summer readings
  • Refine existing unit plans in specific content area
  • Create assessments for content-specific units
  • Meet with program staff to plan teacher orientation workshops

Teacher Orientation:

  • Help facilitate teacher training on topics such as classroom culture, lesson planning, and teaching practices 
  • Participate fully in all orientation workshops and rapidly build professional relationships with TFs
  • Guide TFs through lesson planning, sample teaching, and rigorous preparation for the teaching experience

Summer Program:

  • Provide two - four TFs with support and regular feedback as they design and revise lesson plans
  • Hold TFs accountable for professional deadlines and creating structures to allow them to rapidly grow
  • Observe each TF in class at least twice weekly
  • Conduct weekly one-on-one debrief sessions with TFs, in which they receive concrete feedback
  • Plan and lead departmental meetings, at least twice per week
  • Lead at least one professional development session, either live or self-paced
  • Check in and communicate regularly with the Director of Curriculum & Instruction regarding TF progress
  • Engage fully in the Breakthrough San Francisco community

Wrap-Up Week (done remotely):

  • Submit a final narrative evaluation and letter of recommendation for each assigned TF
  • Work with TFs to provide revisions and suggestions on curriculum for next summer's TFs and coaches
  • Evaluate overall summer program


  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree preferred
  • Outstanding track record as a professional classroom teacher for at least three years (preferably in grades 5-8)
  • Outstanding knowledge of subject matter and broad knowledge of available resources
  • Superior presentation, writing, and organizational skills
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills: ability to hold others to high standards while also offering support and maintaining positive relationships 
  • Ability to deliver positive, constructive, and honest feedback, both written and verbal
  • Ability to reflect proactively on and participate in discussions around identity, race, and issues of social justice
  • Experience with curriculum development and implementation
  • Creativity, energy, and commitment to excellence
  • Prior experience with Breakthrough or Summerbridge is highly desirable
  • Familiarity with San Francisco schools is highly desirable


Pre-summer trainings and preparation (approximately 25-30 hours)

  • Two - three trainings in May, to be scheduled based on availability of the IC team
  • Curriculum refinement and teacher training preparation, to be done independently

Teacher orientation, June 14 - 22, 2021 (9 am - 4:00  pm; times vary, and if virtual, we’ll end each day by the early afternoon)

Six-week program, June 23 - July 30 (30 hours/week); if virtual, we may end the summer a week earlier

  • Mon - Thu 8 am - 2 pm, possibly finishing earlier some days; Fri 8 am - 12 pm
  • End-of-Summer Celebration, Thu, July 29, 6 - 8 pm
  • May require some work off-site via email or phone with TFs as needed

Wrap-Up Week, August 2 - 4 (completed by ICs remotely); if virtual, we may end the summer a week earlier

To Apply

The application is available at and requires a resume and cover letter. Note that Breakthrough Collaborative is a national organization; the application is for sites across the country, so please be sure to indicate your interest in coaching at the SF Day School site. Applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis until April 8, 2021.

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