Re: HS Language Arts Instruction: 2 Questions

    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?