I have two questions:
I have a BA in English, with an emphasis in writing. I have
over 15 years' experience working as a journalist, marketing
copywriter, editor, and proofreader. I have about 10 years'
experience in education, having headed adult GED programs,
taught middle-school Language Arts previously, substituted,
and working as a para as well. I've also taught English and
Journalism at the college level.
Are there any support or networking groups for Language
Arts/Humanities/English/ESL/ELA teachers anywhere in
Colorado? I have not been able to find anything concrete on
the CDE or DPS websites. There are "information sessions"
listed on the DPS calendar but they have no set dates,
times, or locations and e-mails asking for this information
have not been returned. Such groups would seem reasonable to
want, but I have not been able to find any traces of them.
Can anyone help with direct information?
How do Language Arts instructors, or those wishing to teach
Language Arts and believe in the value of knowing how to
read and write intelligently and accurately find positions?
It seems that the procedure is to apply online and then one
day perhaps hear something back. There do not seem to be
recruiting events for Language Arts instructors and I keep
hearing that there is no need for such instructors and with
such deep financial cuts not to expect any job offers at
all==but we also know that there is a very high turnover
rate for inexperienced teachers and hiring takes place all
the time within inner circles. How does one break through
without personal connections?
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