Thursday, June 11, 2009
Catalina Foothills HS (Tucson)
Desert Vista HS (Phoenix/Tempe)
Mountain View HS (Mesa)
Sunnyslope HS (Phoenix/Glendale)
Thunderbird HS (Phoenix/Glendale)
Colorado City HS (Colorado City)
Mayer HS (Mayer)
Ray HS (Kearny)
Sonoran Science Academy (Tucson)
St Johns HS (St Johns)
Vision Charter School (Tucson)
This highlights the environment districts are attempting to work with over the short summer months and as they prepare for SY09-10. Unsure of their financial situation effects how HR managers and building principals are left "up in the air" for staffing teachers. Districts are hesitant and wary to hire teachers on contract and possibly be unable to pay them. Districts seem to be awaiting final operational budget figures before proceeding with staffing. This may be a while. Don't be surprised if there remains a lull in the posting of vacancies until July and then see the flood gates open. My best advice is to use this time to be as adequately prepared as possible for when the vacancy postings rise. There will mostly likely be a mad dash at that time to hire, indoc train, etc prior to the opening days of school in early August. Use this time to make sure you have your certifications in order. Have you satisfied the SEI requirements for all teachers? Do you have deficiencies in the right hand column of your certification (i.e. AZ Con)? Have you thought about expanding your certification via varied approved areas (subjects)? If you are an elementary certification, or secondary certification with one 7-12 approved area, have you considered adding a middle grade content area? Middle grade (7-8) math and science are high needs around the state, followed by language arts (via AEPA #10, 39, 38 respectively). Having multiple areas makes you more marketable and versatile in searching for positions. Have you considered adding an endorsement? Feel free to contact Ashford to review your certification and to make recommendations on some options you might want to consider.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
And, just on Monday, VP Joe Biden released the Roadmap to Recovery to President Obama outlining the funding of 135,000 education jobs (see page 9). Though somewhat vague on the Arizona numbers, the state is in the "second tier" along with MI, MO, NJ, PA, OH and WA for between 5,001 and 10,000 jobs (not all will be teachers). Only one state, TX, is in "first tier" with 10,ooo+ eduction jobs funded.
From my point of view, districts and schools are remaining reserved on posting and filling teaching positions as details for individual districts get worked out. In other words, they are waiting until "the money is in the bank" to proceed with staffing. Districts/schools are currently acting on what they know. There is still much they don't know when it comes to their operating budget for the coming school year. As this picture becomes clearer there will quickly be a rise in posting/advertising and hiring. There will be somewhat of a gap in the numbers of those RIF'd and those recalled. Many RIF'd teachers will not wait to hopefully be recalled and will seek teaching positions elsewhere. Thus this will end up creating vacancies. The best advise we can give is to periodically look at www.arizonaeducationjobs.com and also at individual district HR web pages for vacancy postings. You can find a listing of district web pages here and here. In addition, watch the "Hot Jobs" section of our web page at www.azttt.gov.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
To view transcript of Secretary Duncan's opening testimony remarks to the Committee, click here.
To view the complete hearing, click here.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Wayland Baptist University is rolling out a "fast tract" secondary education post-baccalaureate teacher preparation program. Highlights of this certification (AZ) program include:
- cost - Only $220 per graduate level credit.
- convenience - Courses meet at Luke AFB when needed (most coursework online).
- time - Complete the program in less than one year (begin Summer '09, complete Spring '10) with 5 three credit courses and a 14 week student teaching/practicum (8 credits). WBU terms are 11 weeks in length and recommend two course load per term.
- Meets the requirement for the provisional Structured English Immersion Endorsement.
- Direct transferability towards completing the M.Ed requirements.
For an overview of the program, click here.
For more information, or to apply for the program, contact Dr. Sue Bradley - firstname.lastname@example.org, or Bruce Schamburek - email@example.com - 602-279-1011. Feel free to also contact Ashford or John at the TTT office to discuss if this program will work for your pathway.
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
- San Antonio
- Salt Lake City
- Oklahoma City
- Virginia Beach
- Kansas City (MO)
- St Louis
- San Diego