Breakthrough GRO

Breakthrough GRO

Our Innovative Culture of Professional Growth and Development

Schools thrive when teachers and staff do. At Breakthrough, we make major investments in our people’s growth and development. We recognize the work of education is people work and strive for all of us to be happy, healthy, and here for the long haul.

Our Breakthrough GRO Program (Growth, Recognition, & Opportunities) offers professional development, performance-based compensation and career pathways to all employees across all our schools.

Specifically for educators, our Breakthrough GRO Program supports instructional development and leadership through every career stage. Learn what rigorous, invested coaching, mentorship, and collaboration can do for your career in our network.


We actively support our teachers’ growth and share progress transparently.

Teacher coaches, frequent support-based observations, and iterative feedback provide our teachers with day to day support and a vision for long-term success.


We reward our teachers for great practice and great results.

Performance-based pay at both an individual and collective level creates opportunities for raises and bonuses for educators.


We help our educators expand their impact, in and beyond their classrooms.

We offer our educators opportunities to strengthen their skill sets through our master teacher and instructional leadership career pathways.

“Being a teacher as well as a coach has really helped me become more aware of myself as a teacher, and has made me more reflective on my own practices.”

− Kimberly Slany, E Prep & Village Prep

One of the most effective professional developments that I have received was about leadership and collaboration.  It helped shaped me into the grade level team leader and mentor teacher that I am today.

-Amanda Puente, Citizens Academy Southeast

Every teacher in that building is there for the same reason, to educate kids. You can go to any teacher and ask for assistance, a resource, or just a listening ear and you will receive it. Something is invigorating knowing that we are all working together towards one goal which is to educate our students!

-Anna Bullard, V Prep Willard


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