Showing posts with label Shakespeare. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Shakespeare. Show all posts

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

I2Teach Teacher Certification Scholarships

elementary school teacher in classroom with students
If you have a bachelor’s degree in any area, you are already on your way to becoming a teacher with the support of i2Teach, a 2-year teacher support program utilizing the Arizona Department of Education “intern” certificate through Rio Salado College’s Teacher in Residence program.

The i2Teach program is funded by a three-year $300,000 grant from the APS Foundation, and targets adults who want to transition into teaching careers.

“Teaching is such a rewarding career and is a great way to give back to the community while helping to make a difference in people’s lives,” said Jennifer Gresko, faculty chair for teacher education and elearning design.

Those who meet the program criteria must commit to teaching full-time for two years in an Arizona public, private or charter school while also taking classes as a full-time student.

“Program participants will be placed into small groups with a cadre leader to offer guidance and mentorship,” Gresko said.

“My cadre mentors were very helpful and supportive,” said Eric Failner, a student who earned a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University in 1991, and recently completed Rio’s teacher-in-residence program.

Currently, about 300 students are participating in the i2Teach program. Gresko said the average age of participants is 38 years, but “we have people from all walks of life – stay at home moms and dads, recareering adults and those seeking encore careers.”

The first semester of the program includes 12 webinars (one per week) that introduce students to Rio Salado College and cover basic topics such as how to conduct parent-teacher conferences.

As part of their assignments, students are asked to film 3-5 minutes of classroom interaction and upload it to a secure site for group feedback, as well as write blogs on specific topics.

“Twice a semester, cadre leaders will observe students in their classrooms,” Gresko said. “This helps encourage discussion and identifies best practices.”

A majority of the i2Teach grant funding will help students by paying for 4-credit hours plus fees for each participant per semester.

“Rio Salado’s teacher certification program is already a great opportunity because of our affordable tuition,” Gresko said. “With the i2Teach grant providing scholarships for participants, it makes teacher certification financially viable because students are also receiving full-time salaries from their schools.”

The remainder of the grant funding is used to provide equipment such as cameras for student teachers to use in classrooms as part of their assignments.

To be eligible for i2Teach, participants must:
  • Have a bachelor’s degree
  • Attain an IVP fingerprint clearance from the Arizona Department of Education
  • Pass a subject-matter proficiency exam
  • Successfully complete an online Structured English Immersion (SEI) course (8 or 14 weeks in length)

It is up to the program participants to find and apply for an open teaching position.

“The tradeoff is that, in Arizona, and nationwide, there is a teacher shortage across the board, especially in the areas of math, science and special education,” Gresko said.

Rio Salado College is currently accepting applications for the i2Teach program.

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This story can also be found in the Sept. 27, 2014 edition of the Tempe Republic. By Mira Radovich, Communications Coordinator at Rio Salado College.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Volunteer Thespians Perform Shakespeare's 'Measure for Measure' on Sun Sounds of Arizona

In the 1940’s Americans gathered around their radios for family entertainment. Then the visually-stimulating television era came along, relegating once-popular radio dramas to the closets and hard drives of specialty collectors—with one exception: our nationwide community of people with visual impairments.

On January 7, Sun Sounds of Arizona, a radio service for the visually impaired, will present its newest Radio Theater selection, Shakespeare’s "Measure for Measure,"produced entirely by a volunteer cast and crew and directed by Valley theater critic M.V. Moorhead.

Director M.V. Moorhead
leads cast of "Measure for Measure."
"I’ve loved this play for years," says Moorhead, who directed a full production of it at Southwest Shakespeare Company in 2000. Several cast members from that production have reprised their roles for this hour-long Sun Sounds Radio Theater version.
 Director Moorhead is no stranger to Sun Sounds Radio Theater, this being his sixth directorial production for the radio reading service. Except for the narration, this production was recorded in a three-hour session in late August at the Sun Sounds studios in Tempe. In many cases the actors were cold-reading—for instance, veteran actor Tom Blackwood learned that he would be playing the lead role of the Duke that afternoon. "Due to skill both of the cast and the deft and patient engineers, our "guerilla radio theatre" production managed to come together," says Moorhead. 

While classed as one of Shakespeare’s comedies, Measure for Measure concerns a high government official who attempts to extort sexual favors from a young woman, in return for which, he says, he will spare the woman’s brother from execution—certainly a dramatic and gripping premise, but hardly the sort of plot usually associated with comedy.

The cast and crew of Sun Sounds Radio Theater’s Measure for Measure includes Jenn Banda (Isabella), Ezra Bemis (Servant), Tom Blackwood (Duke Vincentio), Meriam Conyers (Sister Francesca), David Gofstein (Escalus/The Provost), Owen Kerr (Lucio/Friar Peter/Messenger), Douglas Loynd (Pompey/Claudio), Grace Moorhead (Julietta), M.V. Moorhead (Angelo/Narration), Julie Peterson (Mistress Overdone), Susan St. John (Mariana) and volunteer engineers Mike McFadden and Roy Weinberg.

"Measure for Measure" will broadcast at 8 p.m. For those who would like to tune in, visit for online access.

Sun Sounds of Arizona is a radio reading and information access service for people who cannot read print due to a disability. A public service of Rio Salado College, Sun Sounds and 500 volunteers across the state provide information access free of charge, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week using radio, cable TV systems, telephone and the internet. To apply for service, donate, or volunteer, see