Showing posts with label teachers. Show all posts
Showing posts with label teachers. Show all posts

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Rio & NSF Help STEM Pros Become Teachers

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“Rio Salado has been very supportive during my first year of teaching,” said Kyrene Middle School teacher Bridget Bambling, one of 17 scholars who has completed Rio Salado’s Noyce Scholars program, which helped her re-career as a teacher.

“I appreciate the feedback I have received from the instructors who have visited my classroom. I know they are there for me if I have any questions or need assistance,” said Bambling, who received her certification in May 2015 and has been teaching 7th and 8th grade science at Kyrene Middle School since last August. Bambling was a nurse for nearly 20 years before deciding to re-career as a teacher.

Flier for program.  Image of an older gentlemen standing in front of a chalboard, snapshots of kids at play.  Text: SMILE for Math and Science. Are you interested in re-careering? Do you like science or math? Want to help others learn? Do something that will make a difference... get certified as a teacher through Rio Salado College’s Noyce Scholars SMILE program. The Noyce Scholars SMILE (Science and Math Innovative Learning Environments) program is an online 15-month comprehensive secondary teacher certification program in math or science. Program participants receive: $16,500 stipends to cover tuition, fees, and some living expenses, Mentorship throughout the student teaching experience, Assistance with job placementApply for Your SMILE Today!  Call: 480-517-8580 Email: Karen.Nave@riosalado.edu www. riosalado.edu/noyce.  Applications Being Accepted.  Images of Rio Salado Collee, Maricopa Community Colleges and NSF logos.

The Rio Salado Noyce Scholars fast-track teacher education program provides mentoring, assistance with job placement, first-year classroom support and a generous stipend of $16,500 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to cover expenses.

The NSF is providing funding for ten more science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) professionals to re-career as secondary classroom teachers in Arizona.

The 15-month, post-baccalaureate program is online, making it accessible and convenient for Valley STEM professionals who’ve been thinking about making the transition to teaching.

Qualified candidates will work toward a Secondary Arizona Teaching Certificate in math or science for grades 6-12 and plan to share their industry experience with students in an effort to prepare teens for high-need STEM careers-- and to help combat the severe shortage of qualified STEM teachers in the state.

The deadline to apply is August 1, 2016.

Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree, three or more years of experience in a non-education STEM 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

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.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Help Underrepresented Males of Color Succeed


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We encourage you to take part in a lively discussion hosted by the Maricopa Community Colleges on April 22, 2016 Underrepresented Males of Color: What Faculty Must Know.

The purpose of this learnshop is to provide faculty with an opportunity to engage in discussion and to develop practices and strategies that will best serve underrepresented male students of color with an emphasis on American Indian male students.  It is believed that the practices and strategies for effective engagement will support student retention, persistence, and completion. (learn more)

Student, staff, faculty and public input is welcome. 

Register Now Online

Keynote Speakers 

Dr. Bryan McKinley Jones Brayboy (Lumbee) is President’s Professor and Borderlands Professor of Indigenous Education and Justice in the School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University. At ASU, he is Special Assistant to the President for American Indian Affairs, Director of the Center for Indian Education, Associate Director of the School of Social Transformation, and co-editor of the Journal of American Indian Education. (read more)
Dr. Jill Wendt, Arizona State University. Dr. Jill Wendt received her Doctorate in Education in Leadership and Innovation in May 2014. Her research interests and publications have focused on minority male retention in higher education. She has served as adjunct faculty for eight years teaching psychology and sociology at Chandler-Gilbert Community College. In addition to her faculty and research role, she is a practitioner in Student Affairs. (read more)

Dr. Patrick Williams, Chandler-Gilbert Community College Dr. Patrick Williams is a Residential Faculty member in the Composition, Creative Writing, and Literature division at Chandler-Gilbert Community College (CGCC) where he also serves as Lead Faculty for Developmental Writing. Patrick is a faculty adviser for the CGCC chapter of the Male Empowerment Network that is part of the MCCCD's Minority Male Initiative. (read more)


2016 Underrepresented Males of Color:
What Faculty Must Know!
April 22, 2016
9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Rio Salado College Conference Center

2323 W 14th Street
Tempe, AZ 85281
For additional event details, contact Dr. Wanda Tucker
480-517-8268

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.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Free Teacher Ed Employment Workshop March 22

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Join Rio Salado College’s Educator Preparation program for an Evening of Job Preparation!

Teachers and teaching students are invited to take part in this free event featuring presentations by Educator Preparation staff.

You will learn how to:
  • 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.

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!  



Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Attend Free Teacher Ed Orientation Sessions

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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
.
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, 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.

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.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Get Paid While You Learn to Teach

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Rio Salado Teacher Program 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.

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.

If you have a passion for teaching and want to learn more about Rio Salado’s TIR program, visit this Teacher Education web page  or call 480-517-8140 to speak to a program Outreach Specialist.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Teacher-In-Residence Orientation April 1

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Rio Salado’s Teacher-In-Residence intern 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?

Join us for our Teacher-In-Residence Orientation April 1 
Rio Salado College Conference Center
2323 West 14th Street
Tempe, AZ 85281
6-7 p.m.

RSVP: Click here to let us know you will attend! 

You will have a chance to learn about:
  • Rio Salado Teacher-In-Residence Program requirements
  • Program expectations and support
  • Registration process
  • Answers to any other related questions you may have

We look forward to meeting you there! 


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

Monday, January 5, 2015

For the Love of Teaching Math

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Congratulations to Lindsey Buckles, who will earn her teaching certificate from Rio Salado and begin teaching at Bradshaw Mountain Middle School later this month.

Buckles is one of several Rio Salado Noyce Scholars who is taking advantage of a generous $16,500 stipend from the National Science Foundation to transition from a STEM career to teaching.

Check out this great story by Prescott Valley Tribune Reporter Sue Tone to learn more about Buckles journey into teaching, and then visit www.riosalado.edu/noyce for more details about Rio Salado's Noyce Scholars program.

Application deadline is Feb. 3, 2015.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Early Childcare Workshops for EV Parents

Victoria Diforte and Cindy Radebaugh, Shining Stars owners.
Work is like play for Victoria Diforte. She can’t think of a better profession.

“I don’t think there are any other jobs where you get to be hugged and kissed and play all day,” said Diforte—a parent, owner and director of Shining Stars Learning Center in Queen Creek, Arizona, who will share her passion for and expertise in early childhood education during a community workshop series at the Communiversity at Queen Creek, Aug. 27, 2014 through June 23, 2015.

The free monthly classes are based on a training program developed by the Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning at Vanderbilt University, which promotes the social and emotional development of infants and toddlers, and school readiness by the age of five.

“So much change happens in the first few years and you can have a great impact,” said Diforte, who will also impart some of her 17 years of experience as an early childhood education specialist. Diforte has a Master of Education in curriculum and instruction, with an early education endorsement from ASU. She is also a certified K-8 teacher.

The workshop will include information on how infants and toddlers develop, parenting techniques, teaching skills and where to find community resources and services.

Diforte, who recently joined Rio Salado’s adjunct faculty team, is collaborating with the college to make early childhood education accessible to parents and professionals alike.

“I’ve worked with Rio on other community projects and I think it’s great that they’re here in Queen Creek and placing an emphasis on early childhood education,” said Diforte. “There aren’t a whole lot of educational options close by and to provide these educational opportunities is exciting.”

“We’re offering these non-credit classes as a community service for parents, foster parents, and early childhood professionals—who can in-turn learn some tips on how to work with parents,” said Rene Manning, Rio Salado’s Senior Manager of Corporate and Government Partnerships for the Early Childhood and Human Development Undergraduate Program.

“There are approximately 100 childcare providers in the Town of Queen Creek and surrounding communities—including homecare providers, child care centers, school districts, and head start programs— so there is an obvious need for this kind of instruction,” said Manning.

Participants will earn a two-hour training certificate upon completion of each class. The classes meet Arizona’s Children Association and A Place to Call Home training requirements.

Workshops are FREE and take place 6-8 p.m.

  • Aug.27– Making a Connection
  • Sept. 24– Making it Happen
  • Oct. 21 – Why Do Children Do What They Do? 
  • Nov. 18 – Recognizing and dealing with Childhood Trauma 
  • Dec. 16 – Teach Me What to Do! 
  • Jan. 20, 2015 – Facing the Challenge, Pt. 1 
  • Feb. 18 – Facing the Challenge, Pt. 2 
  • Mar. 24 – Infant/Toddler development 
  • April 21 – Kindergarten Readiness 
  • May 19 – Health and Safety June 23 – Community Resources and Services
Child care available through Shining Star for $20. Scholarships are available.

Register online at www.sslcaz.com or call (480) 888-9545.

Child care provided by Shining Stars Learning Center, 21805 S. Ellsworth Road, Suite B101, across the street from the Communiversity at QC, 21740 S. Ellsworth Road.

By Annette Flores, manager of Rio Salado College media relations.




Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Communiversity Hosts Parent Workshops

The Communiversity at Queen Creek is hosting a series of free Parent Workshops presented by Rio Salado's Early Childhood and Human Development Program and Shining Stars Learning Center.

The workshops begin August 27, 2014, and run through June 23, 2015. The classes are held at the Communiversity at Queen Creek, and take place from 5-7 p.m. These non-credit classes are a community service for parents, foster parents, and early childhood professionals.

The monthly classes are based on a training program developed by the Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning at Vanderbilt University, which promotes the social and emotional development of infants and toddlers, and school readiness by the age of five.

Cost per workshop is $20 and includes child care at Shining Stars Learning Center. Scholarships are available. Participants earn two-hour training certificates for each workshop.

The Communiversity at Queen Creek is located at 21740 S. Ellsworth Road, Queen Creek. Shining Stars Learning Center is across the street at 21805 S. Ellsworth Road, Suite B101.

Register online at www.sslcaz.com or call (480) 888-9545.

Workshops are FREE and take place 5-7 p.m.
August 27, Session 1 – Making a Connection
September 24, Session 2 – Making it Happen
October 21, Session 3 – Why Do Children Do What They Do?
November 18, Session 4 – Recognizing and dealing with Childhood trauma
December 16, Session 5 – Teach Me What to Do!
January 20, 2015, Session 6 – Facing the Challenge (Part 1)
February 18, Session 7 – Facing the Challenge (Part 2)
March 24, Session 8 – Infant/Toddler development
April 21, Session 9 – Kindergarten Readiness
May 19, Session 10 – Health and Safety
June 23, Session 11 – Community Resources and Services

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

APS Foundation $300K Fund for Rio i2Teach

Arizona Public Service Foundation awards Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation $300,000 to support student success.
Funds will support i2Teach Program at Rio Salado College. 

The Arizona Public Service Foundation will create a fund at the Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation to support a new i2Teach program at Rio Salado College. The intensive program, which will launch this fall, will establish mentor relationships for Rio Salado Teacher-in-Residence interns, who have a bachelor’s degree in a non-teacher education area, to achieve teacher certification while being employed as a pre-K-12 teacher statewide.

Preliminary research of this model has proven to increase job retention within the first two years of pre-K-12 classroom teaching. The Arizona Public Service Foundation funds will give priority preference to those teaching Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects.


The Foundation and the Maricopa Community Colleges District are engaged in a $50 million student success campaign. The contribution from Arizona Public Service is an example of corporations recognizing the significant role that the District and its colleges have in training the workforce.

The Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation, the fundraising arm of the Maricopa Community Colleges, ensures access and opportunity to a quality education to students throughout Maricopa County. This is just one example of how they work with organizations to do just that.

“We support students and programs at the 10 Maricopa Community Colleges,” said Dr. Steve Helfgot, CEO of the Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation. “With the generosity from supporters like Arizona Public Service, we are truly able to offer more resources and opportunities to our students.”

“Developing well-trained teachers in the STEM area is an important part of the future of our workforce and our community,” said Julie Coleman, Foundation Executive Director.

Information about the i2Teach program will be available in the coming weeks. To learn more about Rio Salado’s Teacher-in-Residence program, visit www.riosalado.edu/programs/education/teacher-in-residence.

About the Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation:
The Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation, with its donors and partners, supports the Maricopa County Community College District, its students, faculty and staff, through scholarships, programs, equipment, and financial and human capital.