Mar 20, 2011
Counsel on council--oops
On 3/20/11, jesusita wrote:
> I'm not quite sure what you're looking for, but I think based
> on your post it's a job. You do have a lot of valuable
> experience that would directly relate to teaching Language
> Arts, but you don't mention whether or not you have a Teaching
> License. That is probably why you haven't gotten anywhere in
> your job search. It sounds to me like you don't need a support
> group or professional network, but rather practical advice on
> how to become highly qualified to teach in DPS or anywhere else
> in CO. If you want to work with in a good district with decent
> benefits you are going to have to get licensed to teach. That
> means that yes, even with all your experience, you are going to
> have to take classes that relate to education. There are
> alternative certification programs like Denver Teaching Fellows
> that you could check out. I'm quite familiar with the DPS
> website, and everything you could possibly need to know is on
> their website. Read everything and if you're serious begin the
> process. It won't be easy, but nobody at DPS or anywhere else
> is going to council you or overlook your lack of credential.
> 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?