Showing posts with label K-12. Show all posts
Showing posts with label K-12. Show all posts

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Arizona STEM Pros Transition to Teaching

https://youtu.be/tt6clqBdcZs

Check out this new video featuring Rio Salado Noyce scholar graduates who have successfully transitioned from being STEM pros to Arizona teachers-- talking about the rewards of the program and their new careers.

Rio Salado and the National Science Foundation are looking for ten more candidates. We hope you will consider applying.

Learn more at www.rioslado.edu/noyce

Thursday, July 14, 2016

STEM Pros Needed to Fill AZ Teacher Vacancies

Rio Salado NOYCE Program Flier.  Are you a STEM Professional Looking to Re-career?  Rio Salado College is recruiting its last cohort of students to take part in the Noyce Scholars program. If you are a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) professional who would like to become a teacher, now is the time to make the transition! Through the Noyce Program, individuals who have earned a bachelor’s degree in a STEM field will receive a $16,500 stipend to attend Rio Salado College and earn teacher certification for Arizona K-12 schools. The stipend covers full tuition and fees and other educational expenses. Noyce Program Overview: - $16,500 stipend covers full tuition and fees at Rio Salado - 15-month academic program for teacher certification - 12 weeks of full-time student teaching - Two-year teaching commitment required in grades 6-12 in a high needs district - Assistance with job placement and first-year classroom support Start your teaching career today! Learn More www.riosalado.edu/noyce 480-517-8743 Last Cohort!Deadline to apply: August 1, 2016 Why transition to a teaching career? We need YOU! The number of statewide teacher vacancies for the 2016-17 school year is projected to be more than 7,000. Help make a difference! “There is nothing more rewarding than to watch a student’s eyes light up as they begin to find solutions to problems.” – Tim Jehl, former engineer and Noyce program completer who now teaches at Perry High School in Gilbert, AZ. Use Your Experience! “I am so thankful to have the opportunity to take my past knowledge as an engineer and transform it into an exciting career as a teacher and STEM advocate for high school students.” - Katy Westersund, Cesar Chavez High School.
Rio Salado Partners with National Science Foundation to Help STEM Pros Re-career

Rio Salado College is looking for STEM professionals to re-career as teachers to help Arizona schools meet major shortfalls.

The need for teachers in Arizona is greater than ever,” said Kim Tobey, Rio Salado’s Director of Community Partnerships and Programs. “Arizona has a particular need for science, math, special education and kindergarten teachers, especially in rural communities.” 

poster featuring Rio and NSF logos.  Text: Learning Innovating Partnering.  Start your encore teaching career today!  Learn more at www.riosalado.edu/noyce 480-517-8743

That’s where Rio Salado comes into the picture. The college is helping to prepare the next generation of STEM teachers thanks to the Noyce Scholars Grant funded by the National Science Foundation.

The grant provides a $16,500 stipend to individuals who have earned a bachelor’s degree in a STEM subject to attend Rio Salado College and earn teacher certification for Arizona K-12 schools. The stipend covers full tuition and fees and other educational expenses.

Students-turned-instructors in the Noyce Scholars Program are excited to show youth across Arizona the possibilities available when they apply themselves to STEM subjects.

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The Noyce program allowed me the opportunity to pass along my love of the sciences to the next generation of engineers, scientists and mathematicians,” said Timothy Jehl, a retired Intel electrical engineer who earned teacher certification through the Noyce grant.

Jehl now teaches engineering at Perry High School in Gilbert. “There is nothing more rewarding than to watch a student’s eyes light up as they begin to find solutions to problems” he said.

photo of Bob Upham

Former civil engineer Bob Upham earned his teaching certification in December 2015 and started teaching math at Kyrene Middle School. 

“As a Noyce Scholar I have been given a tremendous opportunity to pursue my dream to be a secondary math teacher,” Upham said.

“I have received enormous support in this rigorous program which [has prepared] me well for a teaching career.”

Students interested in the Noyce Scholars program must complete a 15-month academic program and commit to teaching for two years in high-need areas in grade 7-12 school districts. Upon program completion, students receive assistance with job placement and first-year support in the classroom.

The deadline to apply for Rio Salado’s Noyce Scholars program is August 1, 2016

For more information visit www.riosalado.edu/noyce.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Discover the Super Teacher in You!

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Join Rio Salado's Teacher Education team for a free, Teacher-In-Residence orientation session-- so you can discover the super teacher in you!

Rio Salado’s Teacher-In-Residence program provides a convenient and cost-effective way for students and working professionals with a bachelor’s degree to transition into and launch a teaching career—with paid employment opportunities in the classroom— so students can apply what they learn and earn an income while they complete their certification coursework.

Are you ready to follow the calling? Take part in one of these orientation sessions this summer!

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In-Person
July 13, 2016
August 10, 2016
Rio Salado Conference Center
2323 W. 14th St.
Tempe, AZ 85281
Time: 6:30-8 p.m


Virtual
July 27, 2016
August 17, 2016
Via Skype. Instructions will be provided after registration has been completed.
Time: 5 - 6:30 p.m 


Register Now: www.riosalado.edu/tir

Eager to learn more now? Visit our web page or give us a ring at 480-517-8140.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Free Summer Workshops for Educators

image of hand writing on a chalkboard.  Text: Take advantage of Rio Salado College professional growth workshops for teachers.
Join Rio Salado College's Teacher Education team for a series of free, educator workshops this summer!

A to Z Web 2.0 (Karen Guerrero) 
image of a smiling teacherJune 28, 6-9 p.m. - Rio Salado Tempe Tower, Room 515
Explore some innovative H.O.T. (H=Handy; O=Outstanding; T=Time-saving) Web 2.0 Tools, such as: wikis, Google sites and digitized interactive notebooks, integrated with empowering Active Engagement Instructional Strategies that will help you connect with students and create a challenging and energized classroom environment. Design your course around outcomes, teach with passion and develop some Web 2.0 Tools that assist in checking for understanding as your students engage in the lessons.

Strategies of Engagement: Supercharging Your Math and Science Classrooms Part A (David Hill)
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July 11, 6-9 p.m. - Rio Salado Tempe Tower, Room 515
Many teachers become the “sage on the stage” rather than the “guide on the side”. This workshop will help teachers develop activities and techniques that will actively engage their students in the learning experience. Workshop participants will see active learning techniques demonstrated and perform actual hands-on math and science activities as models for their classrooms. Everyone will come away with some high tech and low tech activities that are both fun and challenging for students. These techniques will help promote both Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards for math and science teachers. Implementing these ideas with students will “supercharge” the learning that goes on in virtually any classroom. This is a part one of the workshop (each workshop will stand alone if you cannot make both dates).

Strategies of Engagement: Supercharging Your Math and Science Classrooms Part B (David Hill)
image of a smiling teacherJuly 18, 6-9 p.m. - Rio Salado Tempe Tower, Room 515
This workshop is a continuation of the Strategies of Engagement Part A elevating participants’ strategies for actively engaging students and diversifying classroom management techniques. Through demonstration and hands-on activities, teachers will be motivated to examine how the mode of presenting classroom demonstrations can affect student learning and make learning fun. Discover new techniques which promote both Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards for math and science teachers.

Moving at Risk-Students Forward (Dr. Schavon Waggoner) image of a smiling teacherJuly 26, 6-9 p.m. - Rio Salado Tempe Tower, Room 515
This workshop will help teachers bring true hope to at-risk youth, adolescents who are less likely to transition successfully into adulthood and achieve economic self-sufficiency. Workshop participants will engage in activities and discussion to better understand the at-risk students’ emotional or behavioral problems, truancy, low academic performance, showing a lack of interest for academics and expressing a disconnection from the school environment. Learn how to build and motivate student resilience to have a strong sense of purpose and a belief in success; including goal direction, education aspirations, motivation, persistence, and optimism.

Register now at www.riosalado.edu/workshops


For more information call 480-517-8140

News courtesy of Rio Salado Teacher Education

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

#‎TeachersMatter‬!

We are delighted to share this video tribute to teachers presented by the Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize, featuring Professor Stephen Hawking talking about being inspired by his St. Albans School math teacher Mr. Tatha, who he says “opened my eyes to the blueprint of the universe itself—mathematics.”

Here’s to all of the amazing teachers in the world who inspire us—and help us find our purpose!

Young man looking into camera.  Text: I want to be a teacher (one day crossed out), now!


We encourage you to contact the Rio Salado Teacher Education team to learn how you can transition into a rewarding teaching career. www.riosalado.edu/programs/education

#‎TeachersMatter‬!  



Friday, March 4, 2016

Maricopa Colleges Summer Camps for Kids

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From life skills and performing arts, to Kid’s College and STEM in Spanish, students ages 4 and older can go to “camp” at Maricopa Community Colleges this summer.  

Registration for 30 different summer camps and programs offered at different college locations and covering various topics including music, art, STEM, STEAM, theatre, veterinary care, babysitting, and much more starts Monday, March 7, 2016.

STEM and STEAM camps at GateWay (GWCC), Glendale (GCC), Paradise Valley (PVCC) and South Mountain (SMCC) Community Colleges include specific offerings in the areas of bioscience, math, technology, and STEM in Spanish.

Young musicians will find chamber music, jazz music, brass ensemble or music technology courses at PVCC, and band and jazz camp at Mesa Community College (MCC).

Theatre students from kindergarten through 12th grade can take summer musical theatre programs and summer intensives at PVCC and MCC.

Teens ages 11-15 can learn life skills including babysitting, workplace injury prevention, and healthy living at Gateway Community College.

Students interested in the arts, including photography, journalism, broadcasting, dance, multimedia, animation, and story writing will find camp options at Rio Salado, Gateway and Mesa.

Kids College at Estrella Mountain have many unique classes for ages 4-18, including culinary, cheer and dance, BYO toy doll house, music and theatre, media arts, app design, LEGO™, 3-D video gaming, robots, Minecraft™, and much more.

Even children as young as four years of age can get a taste of what college is like at Camp Gecko at GateWay.

Some programs require course registration while others require an application. Scholarships are available for some programs.

See the complete list of summer programs, sorted by college location, at www.maricopa.edu/summer-camps.

News courtesy of the Maricopa Community Colleges

Friday, February 12, 2016

Join Us for Tempe Geeks Night Out!

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Explore the wonderful and wacky world of science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) and much more at the 5th annual Tempe Geeks Night Out, Thursday March 3 at Tempe City Hall! 

photo of Rich Cuprak at 2015 Geeks Night Out
Cuprak at 2015 Geeks Night Out
Among the many exhibitors will be Rio Salado College STEM Faculty Chair Rick Vaughn and Faculty Chair of Applied Technology Richard Cuprak, who will give participants insights into some of the latest, emerging technologies and hopefully spark an interest in young people to consider a STEM career.


“Technology evolves very quickly. We want to encourage the type of curiosity and drive for lifelong learning that will allow students to evolve with it,” Cuprak said. “It’s also a lot of fun.”
Vaughn at 2015 Geeks Night Out
Vaughn and Cuprak will provide participants with information and access to fun gadgets to better understand the latest developments in Nanoscience and Energy Technologies-- including access to a scanning electron microscope and thermocouple and infrared devices-- to show how these new technologies can improve our way of life.

"The best part is that we get to play with really cool toys, meet new people who share our interest in science and geek out about the things we love,” said Cuprak.

Vaughn and Cuprak will also introduce attendees to careers in emerging technology fields and educational opportunities through Rio Salado's Energy System Technology and Nanotechnolgy programs.

“While these events are educational, they also provide an opportunity for Rio Salado to show the public that learning is fun and can happen in many different ways,” Cuprak said.
image of young attendee playing a video game
Forget what you think you know about science! Geeks Night Out is all about discovering what makes science fun! Check out this City of Tempe video with Richard Cuprak and you'll see what we mean.

 2016 Geeks Night Out - Science the Tempe Way Share https://youtu.be/C9uIj1yb0h8

5th Annual Tempe Geeks Night Out 
Thursday, March 3, 2016  
4:30-7:30 p.m.
Tempe City Hall


Tempe Geeks Night Out is part of the statewide Arizona SciTech Festival, which takes place in February and March each year. Cities across Arizona host a variety of events and activities to promote STEM in local communities.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Child Development & Adolescent Studies Database

Image of children.  Text: Child Development and Adolescent Studies

Are you taking courses in Early Childhood Education or Child & Family Studies? Are you looking for information about adolescent themes? If so, you are encouraged to explore EBSCO’s Child Development & Adolescent Studies database. 

It contains journals, books, technical reports, and more that explore the growth and development of children and adolescents.

Check it out now!

Monday, December 14, 2015

Rio Visits Wilson Elementary Bearing Gifts

Image of Wilson Elementary students and teachers alongside Rio Salado College staff at front entrance of school.  Donations are in gift bags in front.

Rio Salado staff visited Wilson Elementary School in Phoenix to drop off book and supply donations that were collected during the college's 2015 Valley of the Sun United Way Giving Campaign!

The group, which included Vice President of Student Affairs Dr. LeRodrick Terry, staff from the Teacher Education department and members of Rio Salado's United Way committee, met with 4th-8th grade teachers and students on Friday, Dec. 11 to share the donations.

Image of Rio staff with Wilson teachers and students after presentation.

 “As educators, we have a responsibility to serve our communities," said Dr. Terry. "Interacting with people from the community reminds me of why we do what we do. Our purpose as an institution and as people are made clearer when we take the time to serve.”
A big thank you to Rio Salado staff, students and members of our community who dropped off book donations and monetary gifts during our fall campaign.

Visit our Facebook page for additional photos.


United Way poster: Give. Advocate. Volunteer.  Live United.  Montage of images featuring volunteers and people who benefit from UW services.

To learn about ways you can give, advocate and volunteer with the Valley of the Sun United Way, visit www.vsuw.org.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Rio PTK Hosts Healing Arts Day for Kids Dec. 19

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Rio Salado's Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Alpha Theta Omicron Chapter is hosting Healing Arts Day for youth as part of its Honors-in-Action (HIA) project for 2015!

Students who take part in PTK HIA projects are charged with conducting research, evaluating results and taking action on a topic of interest. This year, Rio Salado’s PTK team focused on this question: “How do the arts foster hope and well-being?”

After researching and evaluating their results, Rio Salado PTK students decided to take action by sponsoring a Healing Arts Day for youth at the Temple Public Library.

Their goal is to give young people a chance to experience the positive effects of the arts-- whether it be dance, music, painting, poetry, scrap-booking, writing or the spoken word.

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We encourage you to join Rio Salado’s PTK team for this free, family-friendly event!

Healing Arts Day 
December 19, 2015
10 a.m. -12 p.m.
 

Tempe Public Library

3500 S. Rural Road
Tempe, Arizona 85282


Contact John Bastian at john.bastian@riosalado.edu or 480-517-8656 for more details about this event.

PTK actively promotes scholarship, leadership, service and fellowship. To learn more about PTK and other student life initiatives, visit this Rio Salado Student Life web page.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Federal Work Study Tutoring Oppty

Image of kids jumping in the air, door next to them with Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix log.  Caption: A Job that will help you change lives!
Here's a federal work study opportunity through Rio Salado College that will give you a chance to help others!

The America Reads Tutor will work with the Boys & Girls Club of Metro Phoenix Branch (BGCMP) to help members develop reading skills.

Duties Synopsis:
Assists in the development of reading skills among members, ages 6‐12 years old, as directed by BGCMP Program Manager, including but not limited to tutoring small groups and providing one‐on‐one or small group assistance with homework.

Qualifications: 
  • 18 years old or older
  • Successful completion of BGCMP volunteer placement process
  • Experience working with children
  • Ability to relate to children in a positive, patient, sensitive, non‐judgmental manner

Special Note: Must comply with any Boys & Girls Club Health and Safety requirements, including but not limited to fingerprinting, a background check and a health screening if necessary.

Hours & Pay Rate:
Up to 20 hours per week
Monday – Thursday, after school 3:30 - 5 p.m.
Exact times vary by location; flexible schedule
$8.15/hour

Please visit this web page for a look at all duties, qualifications and details on how to apply.

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Visit www.bgcmp.org to learn more about the Boys & Girls Club of Metro Phoenix Branch

The Maricopa County Community College District is an EEO/AA institution and an equal opportunity employer of protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Attend Free Teacher Ed Orientation Sessions

poster for teacher ed.  Text: Make a Difference.  Become a Teacher!  Learn more about Rio Salado's Teacher Ed Programs

The Rio Salado Teacher Education team hosts free orientation sessions to provide details about its Bachelor Degree Pathway and Post-Baccalaureate programs!

Please join us for one of these orientation sessions in December!


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Bachelor Degree Pathway Orientation
Learn how this educator preparation program allows students to complete 90+ credits at the community college level and then transfer to Northcentral University for the remaining courses toward earning a bachelor's of education degree.


Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015
6:30 - 8 p.m
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Rio Salado Tempe
Rio Tower - Disney Room #4 (6th floor)

Register now

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Post- Baccalaureate Orientation Sessions
Learn about the convenient and cost-effective ways students and working professionals with a bachelor’s degree can transition into a K-12 teaching career. Applicants can receive certification in Early Childhood, Elementary, Secondary (content specific) and Special Education.


Traditional Pathway
Learn about the traditional pathway model for certification which includes completion of all coursework, testing, and 12 week student teaching experience.

  Monday, Dec. 14, 2015
6 - 8 p.m.
Communiversity at Queen Creek

Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015
6 - 8 p.m.

Communiversity at Surprise

Register now

Teacher in Residence Pathway
Post-Baccalaureate Teacher-in-Residence Orientation

Learn about paid employment opportunities in the classroom available to students while completing certification coursework. Visit this blog post for additional insights about this program and Arizona's pressing need for teachers.

Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015
6:30 - 8 p.m.

Rio Salado Tempe Conference Center

Register now

Monday, September 21, 2015

Can You Pass the New AZ Civics Test?

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The American Civics Act (Arizona House Bill 2064), which was signed by Governor Doug Ducey in February, requires high school students to pass a citizenship test. 

The class of 2017 will be the first group of students required to prove subject matter proficiency in American history and government before they can graduate.

http://www.history.com/citizenship-quiz

Here's a link to a similar test, courtesy of the History Channel. Test your knowledge about U.S. history, civics and government as we celebrate Constitution Week at Rio Salado-- and share this resource with Valley teens to help them prepare for the test!

Check out this related East Valley Tribune story about a group of Kyrene eighth-graders who chose to put their knowledge to the test in commemoration of Constitution Day, Sept. 17.

‪#‎Constitution‬

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Be a Leader College Fair Sept. 27

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The 7th Annual Be A Leader Taking Steps Towards College Success resource fair and walk-a-thon takes place Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015, in downtown Phoenix.

The event kicks off with a college resource fair at 9 a.m. at Civic Space Park. The walk-a-thon begins at 11 a.m. The event concludes with a college fair from 12-3 p.m. at the Phoenix Convention Center.

This family-friendly event is perfect for teens who want to explore a variety of college career options-- and educational advocates who want to support a good cause.

Check out this YouTube video from last year's event.


The event is sponsored by the Be a Leader Foundation which promotes personal development and higher education opportunities for students in grades 7-12.

Rio Salado College is a proud supporter of this initiative.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Attend Free Teacher Ed Orientation

Take advantage of these in-person and webinar orientation sessions hosted by Rio Salado Teacher Education.

Learn more about Rio Salado College’s Teacher Education Programs. Undergraduate Orientation Dates: •Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015 •Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015 •Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015 •Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015 Orientations will be held from 6-9 p.m. at Rio Salado College, 2323 W. 14th Street, 6th Floor Tower Bldg. , Tempe, AZ 85281. www.riosalado.edu/undergrad 480-517-8430.   Post Baccalaureate Orientation Dates: •Monday, July 20, 2015 - Communiversity at Queen Creek •Wednesday, July 22, 2015 - Webinar •Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015 - Webinar •Monday, Aug. 24, 2015 - Communiversity at Queen Creek •Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015 - Webinar •Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015 - Webinar •Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015 - Webinar In-person orientations will be held from 6-9 p.m. at the Communiversity at Queen Creek, 21740 S. Ellsworth Rd., Queen Creek, AZ 85142. Webinars held from 7-9 p.m. on dates listed. www.riosalado.edu/postbac 480-517-8580   Secure your future today.     Board-approved program from the Arizona Department of Education  Northcentral University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (HLC).  (230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604, 1.800.621.7440, www.ncahlc.org). For program disclosures, please visit ncu.edu/program-disclosures.  Rio Salado College is an accredited institution. Online classes may have in-person components, testing requirements, block calendar guidelines and require proof of legal residency. Payment plan options and financial aid are available to those who qualify.


































UPDATE: The July 22 orientation session has been cancelled.  Please visit these web pages for the latest updates:
www.riosalado.edu/undergrad
www.riosalado.edu/postbac

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Noyce Program Paved the Way for Mesa Teacher


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Tom Hagen recently completed Rio Salado’s Noyce Scholars Program, which helped him prepare for a new career as an algebra teacher at Mountain View High School in Mesa.

"The Noyce Scholar program made a huge difference on my journey to my teaching certification," said Hagen. 
"Not only did they provide a stipend which helped on the tuition end, but they provided a learning community that made a huge difference in support and encouragement."

"Both my fellow Noyce Scholars and the faculty and staff at Rio Salado and the Noyce Scholar program provided many learning opportunities and much-needed support. It made the process an exciting and joyful event."

Hagen is one of 28 scholars who have completed the program. There is an opportunity for 15 more qualified candidates, who will have an opportunity to earn a Secondary Arizona Teaching Certificate in math or science for grades 6-12—along with a generous 16.5K stipend to help with expenses.

The program also provides mentoring, assistance with job placement and first-year classroom support. The 15-month, post-baccalaureate program is online, making it accessible and convenient.

Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree, three or more years of experience in a non-education STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) career-- and a passion for teaching.

Classes begin the first week of September.
Please note, the application process usually takes about a month to complete. 

For more details, visit www.riosalado.edu/noyce or call 480-517-8066

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Rio Salado Teacher Orientation June 17!

Image of teacher writing on chalk board.  Text: Make a Difference.  Become a Teacher.  Learn more about Rio Salado College's Teacher Education Programs.

Join us for a free orientation session to learn more about Rio Salado's Teacher-In-Residence program-- a fast-track re-career option that includes paid employment opportunities!

Date: June 17
Time: 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Rio Salado College Conference Center
2323 West 14th Street
Tempe, AZ 85281

RSVP: www.riosalado.edu/tirorientation

The program provides a convenient and cost-effective way for students and working professionals with a bachelor’s degree to transition into a K-12 teaching career. Through paid employment opportunities in the classroom, students can earn an income while completing the certification coursework. The program can be completed in two years.

Check out this blog post, visit this Teacher Education web page or call 480-517-8140 to speak to a program outreach specialist for additional details.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Free Teacher Ed Orientation June 17

image of a young man looking at camera.  Text: I want to be a teacher (one day text crossed out) now.

Rio Salado Teacher-In-Residence Offers Fast-Track Re-Career Option. Includes Paid Employment Opportunities for Candidates with a Bachelor’s Degree. 

Have you considered a teaching career but hesitated because you’re not in a position to give up a paycheck to go back to school? Rio Salado’s Teacher-In-Residence (TIR) intern program was designed with your needs in mind.

Want to learn more?  Join us for an in-person orientation session this June.

Date: June 17
Time: 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Rio Salado College Conference Center
2323 West 14th Street
Tempe, AZ 85281
RSVP: www.riosalado.edu/tirorientation


The program provides a convenient and cost-effective way for students and working professionals with a bachelor’s degree to transition into a K-12 teaching career. Through paid employment opportunities in the classroom, students can earn an income while completing the certification coursework. The program can be completed in two years.

TIR candidates are paired with a partnering Arizona school district, to work full-time and receive the same salary and benefits of fully-certified classroom teachers. The average beginning salary for teachers is nearly $32,000.

The opportunities for post-program employment are also in favor of Rio Salado TIR program completers. Arizona school districts actively seek Rio Salado TIR candidates specifically because the program requires two years of classroom training, provides intensive mentoring and meets their instruction quality standards.

Rio Salado’s TIR programs are approved by the Arizona Department of Education (ADE).

“The need for teachers in Arizona is greater than ever,” said Director of Community Partnerships and Programs Kim Tobey. “Our state has had an ongoing shortage of science, math, special education and kindergarten teachers—especially in rural communities.”

The need has been so great that 938 teaching positions were filled by substitute teachers during the 2013-14 school year, according to the Arizona Department of Education.

“Although substitute teachers meet an immediate need, TIR candidates benefit from full-time employment, while receiving consistent and strong instruction that may not always be afforded to substitute teachers,” said Tobey. 

There’s a greater shortage looming. Approximately 23%, or 26,000 educators, will be eligible for retirement by June 2018.

A 2015 report by the ADE’s Educator Retention and Recruitment Task Force cites that, “Arizona will not be able to ensure economic prosperity for its citizens and create the workforce of tomorrow,” if it cannot fill these vacancies.

“We also have a 6.6 percent unemployment rate, about one percent above the national average,” said Tobey. “With this program, we can help shrink that gap by putting people to work right away.”

Image of teacher writing on chalk board.  Text: Make a Difference.  Become a Teacher.  Learn more about Rio Salado College's Teacher Education Programs.

Visit this Teacher Education web page or call 480-517-8140 to speak to a program Outreach Specialist for additional details.

Friday, June 5, 2015

Rio Noyce Scholar Fulfills Dream of Teaching


“As a Noyce scholar I have been given a tremendous opportunity to pursue my dream to be a secondary math teacher. I have received enormous support in this rigorous program, which is preparing me well for a teaching career,” said Robert Upham.

Upham is one of 28 students who have completed Rio Salado’s Noyce Scholars Program.

“Being a Noyce scholar has given me access to conferences and training seminars from master teachers from across the country. These opportunities have exposed me to the methods, ideas and strategies to become an effective teacher in a STEM field.”

Upham will begin his career as a math teacher this fall at a San Tan Valley middle school.

There are fifteen more openings for qualified Noyce scholars, who will have an opportunity to earn a Secondary Arizona Teaching Certificate in math or science for grades 6-12—along with a generous 16.5K stipend to help with expenses.

The program also provides mentoring, assistance with job placement and first-year classroom support. The 15-month, post-baccalaureate program is online, making it accessible and convenient.

Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree, three or more years of experience in a non-education STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) career-- and a passion for teaching.

Classes begin the first week of September.
Please note, the application process usually takes about a month to complete. 

For more details, visit www.riosalado.edu/noyce or call 480-517-8066.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Grant Helps STEM Pros Recareer as Teachers

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Fifteen science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) professionals have a chance at recareering as secondary classroom teachers through Rio Salado’s Noyce Scholars Program. Qualified candidates will benefit from a generous $16.5K stipend provided by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and Rio Salado’s fast-track teacher education program.

The next deadline to apply is July 24, 2015. 

Rio Salado’s Noyce Scholars Program is ideal for Valley STEM professionals who’ve been thinking about making the transition to teaching. The stipend funds are part of a $1.2 million NSF grant awarded to Rio Salado in 2011 as a way of encouraging STEM professionals to bring their industry experience to the classroom, combat the shortage of qualified STEM teachers and help Arizona teens prepare for high-need STEM careers.

It was a natural decision for Phoenix resident Katy Westersund to enter the program. “I started to think about my prior career as an environmental engineer, and about what I can do now,” said Westersund, a full-time mom who also volunteers at her children's school.

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“I attended Rio’s Post Baccalaureate Teacher Preparation Orientation,” said Westersund. “The instructor put up a slide with three questions: Do you like math and science? Are you needing to recareer? Do you want to help others learn? And I said, yes, that’s me.”

“I decided to pursue a career as a secondary math teacher because I loved my career as an environmental engineer, said Westersund. “I think I saw that as a mother I could advocate for my children, to give them the best opportunity and to love math and science. By me becoming a secondary math teacher, I can be an advocate for a classroom of students.”

Westersund completed a student teaching assignment at Tempe Union High School in November and received her teacher certification in January. She plans to teach honors algebra and financial algebra at Horizon Community of Learning Charter School in Phoenix. Westersund is one of 28 Rio Salado students who has already completed the program.

Qualified applicants will have an opportunity to earn a Secondary Arizona Teaching Certificate in math or science for grades 6-12. They will be provided mentoring, assistance with job placement and first-year classroom support.
The 15-month post-baccalaureate program is online, making it accessible and convenient. 

“Students are supported throughout the program with their coursework by a success coach and a mentor during the first year of teaching to assist with classroom management and other first-year teacher challenges,” said Noyce Scholars Program Manager Karen Nave.

Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree, three or more years of experience in a non-education STEM career-- and a passion for teaching. The application process includes a subject knowledge exam, a teaching seminar and screening interview. Please note, the application process usually takes about a month to complete.

Classes for the next cohort begin the first week of September. For more details, visit www.riosalado.edu/noyce or call 480-517-8066.

Pictured above: Rio Salado Teacher Ed staff accompany Noyce Scholars at February 2014 National Title I Conference for Educators Conference in San Diego.