Re: HS Language Arts Instruction: 2 Questions

    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?