On 3/12/11, 479 wrote:
> 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?
> Question two:
> 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?