Showing posts with label TeacherRecognition. Show all posts
Showing posts with label TeacherRecognition. Show all posts

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Rio Salado Solution to Arizona’s Teacher Shortage

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This blog feature contributed by Rio Salado staff member Stefani Blaylock provides a look at the challenges Arizona schools are facing as a result of teacher shortages-- and a solution to help fill those needs.

Grow Your Own Teacher:
Rio Salado’s Answer to Arizona’s Teacher Shortage

For the past several years, Arizona has experienced a teacher shortage. Some attribute the situation to higher standardized testing requirements, substandard classroom resources and low pay.

In addition, a recent survey by the Arizona School Personnel Administrators Association, 52 K-12 public school districts in Arizona will have nearly 1,700 unfilled teaching positions for the upcoming school year.

Rio Salado College is working to combat the shortage by offering three “Grow Your Own Teacher” programs that identify and recruit future teachers. Many teaching candidates are individuals already working at the school as support staff or are community members interested in the profession.

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"By offering flexible and affordable programs, we can assist schools in identifying potential teachers who are already embedded within their community,” said Dr. Jennifer Gresko, Educator Preparation Programs faculty chair. “When drawing from your own community, the likelihood of the individual teaching for the school long term is greater.”

Rio offers three pathways to become a teacher: a Bachelor’s Degree Pathway, the Teacher in Residence program and the Post Baccalaureate program. These educational programs are tailored for candidates at any education level: adult basic education students who need to earn a GED, students who are ready to enter college or those who are re-careering.

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“If Arizona wants the high level of achievement and learning for students, schools need to have the best candidates teaching,” said Dr. Michael Crudder, Principal of Copperwood Elementary in the Peoria Unified School District.

“With the small pool of applicants schools have right now, candidates who normally would not have an opportunity to be the classroom are being hired, which lowers the quality of education for students.”

Retirees and Substitutes
To compound the issue, a large number of teachers and employees are expected to retire in the next few years. A 2015 Arizona Department of Education study found that more than 26,000 public school employees, including teachers, are eligible to retire in 2018.

Because of this shortage, understaffed schools will need to use substitute teachers or increase class sizes. Since substitute teachers are limited on the number of days they can teach in the classroom, multiple substitutes maybe required before a permanent teacher is hired.

This scenario creates classroom management issues as students must adjust to a new teacher and their teaching style, and also increases gaps in learning due to inconsistent curriculum and subject knowledge from one teacher to the next.

Large class sizes create another set of issues. With more students in the classroom, teachers have less time to work with each individual student making it more difficult to meet their learning needs. Additionally, student learning and retention rates decline as students experience a decrease in quality instruction and an increase in distractions from crowded classrooms.

Rio Salado’s Teacher Ed Programs
Rio Salado offers a bachelor’s degree pathway in partnership with Northcentral University. Depending on the degree, candidates can transfer up to 90 credits from Rio Salado toward a bachelor’s degree. All classes are online with the exception of in-person field experience hours.

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Current Rio Salado student Federico Poloni works with at-risk high school students during the day and takes classes at night.

“I have a heart for Glendale and want to give back to my community by becoming a teacher and making an impact on students,” Poloni said. 

“I eventually want to teach freshman math. The fact is with online classes, you don’t have to go to a physical place, which makes it easier for working adults.”

Rio’s Teacher in Residence program allows candidates to take classes while at the same time working as a paid full-time teacher with an intern certificate.

This program requires candidates to already have a bachelor’s degree in addition to other qualifications to get started.

“The TIR program allowed me to work in the classroom as I was taking classes online toward my certification,” said Tammy Kohli, who teaches in the Scottsdale Unified School District. “Rio Salado also enabled easy access to great staff support and exceptionally qualified teaching staff.”

The Post Baccalaureate program is also designed for those who already have a bachelor’s degree and a desire to teach at the preschool and K-12 grade levels. The program takes a minimum of a year-and-a-half to complete including a 12-week student teaching placement.

With start dates almost every Monday, Post Baccalaureate candidates can begin classes as soon as one week after admittance to the program.

Explore Teaching Workshop
For more information about becoming a teacher, a free Explore Teaching Workshop will be held on Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016, from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Rio Salado College Conference Center in Tempe.

This workshop will introduce and address many questions potential teachers have about a career in education before they commit to a certification program. To register and for more information visit www.riosalado.edu/workshops or call 480-517-8140.



Stefani Blaylock serves as Rio Salado's Coordinator of Public Programs for the President's Office.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Free Summer Workshops for Educators

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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

Monday, May 9, 2016

Attend Free Teacher Orientation Sessions!

Hand writing on a chalkboard.  Text: Make a Difference-- Become a teacher!  Learn more about Rio Salado's Teacher Education Programs.

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

Take advantage of these in-person and webinar orientation sessions this May and June!

In-Person Orientation Sessions
May 25, 2016
June 22, 2016

Rio Salado Conference Center
2323 W. 14th St., Tempe, AZ 85281
Time: 6:30-8 p.m.

Virtual Orientation Dates:
May 23, 2016
June 20, 2016

Via Skype, instructions will be provided after registration has been completed.
Time: 5- 6:30 p.m

Register now at www.riosalado.edu/tir

For more information visit Rio Salado’s TIR web page or call 480-517-8140.


Image of a young man smiling at camera.  Text: I want to be a teacher one day.  "One day" is crossed out and "now" is written.

We Need You!  This is a great time to get into the teaching field!  Check out this related blog about the need for Arizona teachers and Rio Salado's Teacher-In-Residence (TIR) intern program.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Teacher Ed Employment Workshop March 22

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There's still time to register for tomorrow's Evening of Job Preparation-- a free employment workshop for teachers and student teachers who are job hunting!

Rio Salado's Educator Preparation team will help you:

  • Enhance Your Resume
  • Create a Compelling Cover Letter
  • Prepare for Job Interviews
  • And more!

Please note, there will be a follow-up Educator Preparation Mock Interview Day on April 7. Students who wish to take part, must attend the Evening of Job Preparation event.

What: Evening of Job Preparation
When: Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Where: Rio Salado College 

Conference Center 
2323 W. 14th St.
Tempe, AZ 85281
Time: 7-9 p.m. 

Register now


Contact Karen Nave at (480) 517-8743 or karen.nave@riosalado.edu for more details.

Monday, March 14, 2016

20K NCU Kick-Starter Grant Deadline March 28

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Here's a great opportunity for ‪#‎RioGrads‬ who are considering Northcentral University to pursue a master's or doctoral degree!

NCU will award eight $20,000 Kick-Starter Grants to new students who have applied and started an NCU master’s or doctoral degree program on or before March 28, 2016.


The eight scholars selected will attend NCU to the completion of their chosen master’s or doctoral degree and, upon graduation, NCU will present a $20,000 check to the recipients to kick-start their dreams.

Get started on your application now.

Northcentral University and Rio Salado College are working together to provide a unique, innovative educator preparation program that allows students to complete 90+ credits at the community college level and then transfer to NCU for the remaining courses toward earning a bachelor's of education degree. Learn more about this program.

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!  



Monday, August 17, 2015

NACCTEP Student Spotlight: Federico Poloni

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Rio Salado student Federico Poloni was awarded a $1,000 scholarship through the National Association of Community College Teacher Education Programs (NACCTEP).

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Each year the NACCTEP Scholarship Committee reviews applications from teacher education students across the country. Poloni was one of two awardees.

He is a student in the Educator Preparation Program's undergraduate partnership with Northcentral University and will be completing a secondary certificate with a content focus of math education.

Poloni brings a strong background of mentorship with high school students and a passion for working with at-risk students.

Here's Poloni's way of saying thank you by way of video. For more details, visit nacctep.riosalado.edu.

NACCTEP is an affiliate of the Maricopa Community Colleges and operates out of Rio Salado College.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Meet Jenna Leahy, Teacher Extraordinaire

Jenna Leahy surrounded by grade school children.

Here's a terrific success story from the team at Maricopa Matters about Jenna Leahy, who benefited from Rio Salado's Teacher Education program, which helped her become a co-founder of a local charter school. 

"Being able to work full time and take courses at my convenience really fit my personality. Getting my certificate while I was teaching allowed me to learn in real time."

To learn more about Rio Salado's Teacher Education programs, visit www.riosalado.edu/programs/education.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Rae "Kimo" Ormsby Awarded for Excellence

Congratulations to Rae "Kimo" Ormsby of Shadow Mountain High School in Phoenix for winning the 99.9 FM KEZ Excellence in Education Award for September 2012.

Ormsby, was nominated by Amber Kalsow who is a student in Ormsby's Spanish class.


In Kaslow's nomination letter she acknowledged her teacher for his desire to change students' lives through his Spanish class and give them the best education.

"This course has not only taught me Spanish but it has also made me learn a lot about myself.  Kimo makes you think in depth.  Kimo is not a person who looks at teaching as his only a job.  It is what he loves to do."
Each month, a Valley K-12 teacher will be selected from all the entries to be recognized for their outstanding contribution to education. KEZ’s Marty Manning will visit the teacher’s school to surprise them with their “Excellence in Education” Award. The surprise visit will be broadcast during the Beth and Friends Show. All winning teachers are rewarded with $99, an Excellence in Education Award, and a Rio Salado College gift bag.


Excellence in Education is a partnership between Rio Salado College and KEZ 99.9 FM, which recognizes Valley teachers. Students and parents of students are encouraged to nominate K-12 teachers who are excellent at their profession and have gone above and beyond the call of duty to make a difference in their community.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Lookout Mountain Teacher Awarded for Excellence

Congratulations to Amber Bridgewater of Lookout Mountain Elementary School in North Phoenix for winning the KEZ 99.9 FM Excellence in Education Award for September 2012.

Bridgewater was nominated by Amber Shipman whose daughter is in Bridgewater’s first grade class.

In a letter Shipman wrote she commended her for her dedication.

“You set up personal time after school to help the students having a hard time with reading. You are a wonderful teacher who really cares about the education the kids get.”

 

Each month, a Valley K-12 teacher will be selected from all the entries to be recognized for their outstanding contribution to education. KEZ’s Marty Manning will visit the teacher’s school to surprise them with their “Excellence in Education” Award. The surprise visit will be broadcast during the Beth and Friends Show. All winning teachers are rewarded with $99, an Excellence in Education Award, and a Rio Salado College gift bag.

Excellence in Education is a partnership between Rio Salado College and KEZ 99.9 FM, which recognizes Valley teachers. Students and parents of students are encouraged to nominate K-12 teachers who are excellent at their profession and have gone above and beyond the call of duty to make a difference in their community.