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.

We support our people’s growth & professional development as a network.

In addition to school based supports, we work collaboratively to ensure our educators get individualized, tailored support & coaching at a network level. These opportunities include our BILD (leadership development) and RISE (cultural competency) programs.

Friday Development has been essential in my growth as an educator. In PD we focus on how to enhance our teaching with engaging checks for understanding and developing activities that promote mastery and high-quality work. 

-Beatrice Baker, Citizens Leadership Academy

“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


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