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

Monday, July 25, 2016

Queen Creek Teacher Ed Orientation Sessions

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The Rio Salado Teacher Education team is hosting a series of free, post baccalaureate teacher education orientation sessions at the Communiversity at Queen Creek. The first session begins today at 6 p.m.

Post Baccalaureate courses are designed for individuals who have a bachelor’s degree or higher (in any area) from an accredited university and would like to become a teacher.

Attendees will learn about:
  • Rio Salado College's Teacher Preparation program requirements
  • Program expectations and support
  • Registration process and requirements
  • Answers to any other related questions you may have

Queen Creek In-Person Orientation Dates: 
July 25, 2016
August 22, 2016
September 26, 2016

Communiversity at Queen Creek
21740 South Ellsworth Road
Queen Creek, Arizona, 85142
6-8 p.m.
Registration required.

Register now.

For more information, visit Rio Salado’s Post-Baccalaureate Programs web page or call 480-517-8140.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Arizona STEM Pros Transition to Teaching

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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.” 

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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.

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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.

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

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Announcing NCU Bright Future Scholarship

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Northcentral University's Bright Future Scholarship provides an awesome opportunity for Rio Salado students who are thinking about transferring to NCU.  

The scholarship will cover the tuition cost of an NCU master’s or doctoral degree program of your choice.

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Six new students will be selected to receive the scholarship based on their essay submission.

Students must apply for their master’s or doctoral degree program, submit their NCU Bright Future Scholarship essay and start their degree program between June 1 - June 27, 2016.

Learn more 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.

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.


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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
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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, 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

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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.”

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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.