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Volume 20, Issue 13 (January 20, 2014)


  • Breakthrough is a national organization that provides six weeks of free academic programming for middle schoolers. Another key feature of the program is that all Breakthrough teachers are high schoolers and college students. (High school juniors & seniors are eligible to apply, as well as current college seniors.) There are more than 30 Breakthrough sites across the country, and each site's structure and culture is different. I'm writing on behalf of the Minneapolis site, LearningWorks, where I've spent my last two summers teaching. LW teachers choose their topic, create their own curriculum, assignments, and activities. LW is an incredible program, and I encourage anyone even remotely interested in education to apply. 

    The application deadline is Feb. 25, 2014, and the application is a bit of work, so it's a good idea to start now. 

    Noam Wiggs, a director of LW, will be tabling with me in Sayles on Wednesday morning from 11AM-1PM, so stop by if you have any questions or curious about the program. 

    Who: High school & college students interested in teaching/education
    What: a summer internship teaching middle schoolers + incredible opportunity. Application deadline is Feb. 25, 2014
    When: LearningWorks 11:00am-1:00pm
    Where: Sayles tables

    Feel free to email me at judillam for any questions or concerns you have about Breakthrough, LW, the application, what it's like to write lesson plans, etc.


    The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) is offering summer projects for students interested in working on NASA missions or space-related research opportunities at APL. Students will receive a stipend for the 10-week program, and housing will be provided. Visit the website for more information and to apply:

    Applications are due January 27, 2014.