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Arkansas Teacher Corps Fellowship

Posted on: December 21st, 2016 by jheo1

Our program, the Arkansas Teacher Corps (ATC), serves high-need school districts in Arkansas by helping them to fill their annual teacher vacancies with outstanding, specially trained, and effective teachers who serve them for 3 years. This paid service opportunity/adventure/challenge awaits all students that believe all children should have the right to an equitable education. We provide 3 years of  outstanding training and support. This is not a traditional teaching model. This is new. This is groundbreaking. This is the work that needs to be done, and your students can do it.

 

Individuals that submit online applications before one of the two remaining application deadlines (1/3/17, and 3/5/17) will begin teaching in the fall of 2017.

 

Individuals interested in the program may reach out to us anytime (via email/phone – see below). Below you will find more information and an FAQ. Please remember to pass this information on to interested students.

 

Billy Rice

Student Recruiter

Arkansas Teacher Corps

 

“All Arkansas students will have the agency to pursue extraordinary lives through excellent, equitable education that empowers them intellectually, socially, emotionally, and physically.”

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FAQ

Who can apply to become an Arkansas Teacher Corps Fellow?

Any individual with a bachelor’s degree (or graduating with a bachelor’s degree by June of the application year) who can legally work in Arkansas is eligible to apply to become an ATC Fellow. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 2.7 and a GPA of 3.0 or higher is highly recommended.

Read more: Becoming a Fellow (Link to page)

 

What if I am not an education major?

The lack of teachers in some regions of Arkansas has led to the adoption of alternative certification programs that allow individuals holding a bachelor’s degree the opportunity to become licensed teachers through a number of alt-cert teacher programs. ATC is one of these. We provide 3 years of outstanding training. For more information about our vision for our teachers, please click here.

 

When do I apply?

Individuals may apply online before one of the three application deadlines throughout the school year (expedited decision in Oct, early decision in Jan, and regular decision in March of each application year).

 

I am a Senior and I have not completed my degree, may I still apply?

Absolutely, as long as you are expected to receive your degree before June 2017, you are welcome (and encouraged) to apply at any time throughout your senior year.

 

What is my commitment?

If offered a Fellowship, aspiring Fellows will be required to attend the 7-week summer institute (tentatively scheduled to begin late May/Early June in 2017) and begin teaching in the Fall of 2017. Fellows teach in school districts for 3 years under normal teacher contracts as they become provisionally licensed to teach in Arkansas through ATC. After they complete their 3-year commitment and meet all licensure requirements, graduating Fellows will receive as standard 5-year teaching license.

 

What is a provisional license?

This is the temporary license that the Arkansas Department of Education allows alternatively certified teachers (ATC Fellows) to use for the three year provisional period. Once the Fellow has completed their third year of teaching, the license is updated to a standard 5-year teaching license. Provisionally licensed teachers are subject to the same salaries and contractual conditions that fully licensed (individuals that hold a standard 5 year license) are.

 

I am already licensed to teach (or will be licensed to teach in May), may I still apply?

Absolutely, licensed teachers are welcome to apply. Their expectations for participation will be just the same as non-licensed Fellows (all Fellows will attend Summer Institute).

 

What is the application process?

  • Individuals apply online before one of the application deadlines (expedited decision in Oct, early decision in Jan, and regular decision in March of each application year).
  • Applications consist of basic information and require a handful of additional documents to be attached (cover letter, resume, and unofficial transcript). To learn more about the application, including more info on these additional  documents please click here.
  • After applications are submitted, ATC staff review the applications and respond in one of three possible ways:
      • Applicant is invited to a final in-person interview, known as an Interactive Selection Event (ISE), and this takes place generally within two-three weeks after the application deadline; or
      • Applicant is invited to participate in a phone interview so that ATC can gather more info, after which the applicant will either progress to the final interview or denied; or
      • Applicant is not offered Fellowship and other avenues to being a teacher are recommended
  • Applicants that are invited to the Interactive Selection Event (ISE) will choose which ISE location/time is most suitable for them. They will choose between:
      • Fayetteville, AR ISE
      • Little Rock, AR ISE

*Applicant will have a choice between the AM session and the PM session

*ISE lasts for about 4 hours

 

What happens at the Interactive Selection Event?

Four things happen at Final Interviews:

  1. Applicants perform a 4-7 minute sample teaching lesson
  2. Applicants complete a thoughtful response to a writing prompt
  3. Applicants participate in a group discussion/project
  4. Applicants participate in a formal interview with ATC staff

I live far away and I am not able to attend a Final Interview, am I still able to apply?

Yes. In these cases ATC offers an online Final Interview via skype. When applicants move into the Final Interview part of the selection process (when applicants are offered a Final Interview) they will communicate with ATC staff to set up a skype interview.

 

What is Praxis testing?

These are the tests that are required in most states, including Arkansas, to become  a teacher. In order to teach any subject in Arkansas individuals must complete both Praxis 1 and Praxis 2 testing.

  • Praxis 1, also known as Praxis Core, consists of three subtests (Reading, Writing, and Math). These tests are designed to ensure the teacher satisfies basic knowledge requirements.  Praxis 1  tests are available to be taken  in one sitting (Praxis Core Combined #5751). ATC will cover the costs of your first attempt at the Praxis 1 test if the accepted applicant registers and takes the test prior to the start of Summer Institute.
  • Praxis 2 is the specific subject test for the content area and grade level you will be teaching. For example, if the individual wants to be a Biology teacher, they must take and pass Praxis 1 (Core) and Praxis 2 (Life Science/Biology #5235). Accepted applicants may wait to take the Praxis 2 test after the Summer Institute, but they must register for the test during the summer and complete the test prior to September.
  • Once the ATC Fellow has completed their second year of teaching they will be required to take the Praxis Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT).

*Praxis tests are available at most ETS centers

*More information on Praxis testing requirements in Arkansas can be found here:

https://www.ets.org/praxis/ar/requirements

 

Is it true that if I score high enough on the ACT, SAT, or GRE that I may be exempt from taking the Praxis Core?

Yes, please see the chart below for Praxis Core Exemptions:

 

Must I complete Praxis testing before I submit an application?

No, you may apply and accept Fellowship without having completed praxis testing as long as you have completed a college degree with a minimum GPA of 2.7. Once you formally accept your Fellowship, however, you will be required to complete praxis testing before you begin teaching. To learn more about the Praxis requirements, please visit: https://www.ets.org/praxis/ar/requirements

 

How much does praxis testing cost?

Generally Praxis tests cost around $150.00 per test. Beginning in 2017, ATC will pay for Praxis 1 testing for all 2017 Fellows. At this point, we are considering how the timeline will work and the details will be forthcoming.

 

When do I apply for Fellowship?

Applications for 2017 Fellowships (Fellows begin teaching in Fall of 2017) are open from August 24th through March 5th. In order to accommodate applicants, ATC offers three deadlines (Expedited Decision, Early Decision, Regular Decision). All applications submitted in the 2016-17 cycle are considered for a 2017 Fellowship. The first page of the application will give you all the instructions on completing and submitting the application and supporting documents.

 

Where do ATC teachers serve?

Currently ATC has teachers placed in the areas below. ATC is not limited to the districts listed below. ATC will consider serving in any Arkansas school district deemed high-need.

 

What grade levels do ATC teachers teach? ATC is recruiting and placing individuals to teach middle school, junior high, and high school (K-12).

 

What is a critical shortage academic subject area?

Every year the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) compiles a list of subjects representing the highest need for teachers in Arkansas. For the 2016-17 school year, the ADE has identified the following content areas as critical shortages:

  • Agriculture Science & Technology
  • Art
  • Computer Science
  • Family and Consumer Science
  • French
  • Library Media
  • Mathematics
  • Physical Science (Chemistry, Physics)
  • Spanish
  • Special Education

 

ATC places individuals to teach in all of the above subject areas (except library media and special education) and more. Applicants interested in teaching art, computer science, mathematics, physical science, and Spanish will be reference and most likely easier placed in a partner school.

 

Do I get to pick where I can teach? How do placements work?

When you apply you will include preferences in the following areas:

  1. Where you want to teach (which geographic region of Arkansas)
  2. What subject you want to teach
  3. What grade level you want to teach (K-12)

Once you are accepted into the program we will have a “placement call” where we confirm your preferences. Then ATC works to place you in a geographic area, subject area, and grade-level that you are comfortable with. That being stated, our top priority is the students and it is always possible that we are not able to find the applicant the perfect placement. We ask our applicants and Fellows to have some flexibility when it comes to placements.

 

I live in or am from ____________ (high-need area/district ATC currently serves), can I teach here?

While we would love to send you back to your hometown and we may have placed there in the past, we cannot guarantee that there will be a placement in this particular district.  If accepted, we would certainly work to have you placed there or find a placement that you are comfortable with (you could possibly be close to home while still filling our placement requirements).

 

I will graduate in ___ can I apply?

The Arkansas Teacher Corps can accept applications from individuals with all majors and backgrounds who will have a bachelor’s degree or higher by June 2017.

 

I have ___ degree am I eligible?

The Arkansas Teacher Corps can accept applications from individuals with all majors and backgrounds who will have a bachelor’s degree or higher by June 2017. The majority of our placements are in math, science and English, but we often have requests in other areas. Flexibility is key in regards to placement subject.

 

What is my compensation?

ATC Fellows are paid in two ways:

  1. They are paid teaching salaries by their districts (as they are provisionally licensed teachers of record). In Arkansas schools teaching salaries differ by district. Generally our Fellows salaries range between  the state minimum of $30,122.00 and $36,832.00 for individuals with a bachelor’s degree.
  1. ATC supplements each Fellow’s teaching salary with stipend payments totalling $15,000.00 over the course of the three years. The following table shows the stipend schedule:
Payment 1 June of pre-Year 1 $3,000.00
Payment 2 September of Year 2 $2,500.00
Payment 3 September of Year 3 $4,500.00
Payment 4 June of Year 3 $5,000.00

*The graduated stipend payment chart displays current plan for 2017 and is subject to change (the overall total of $15k will not change).

 

Are there additional monetary incentives in addition to my teaching salary and the $15,000.00 stipend from ATC?

In some cases, yes. The Arkansas Department of Education’s office for Teacher Recruitment and Retention offers bonus stipends for people that teach critical-needs subjects in smaller, high-need school districts. All ATC teachers are candidates for this additional funding given they fill the subject and geographic area requirements, for more information please visit the ADE’s information page regarding teacher recruitment and retention: http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/assembly/2015/Meeting%20Attachments/410/I14363/Teacher%20Recruitment%20and%20Retention.pdf

 

What is a high-need school?

Although the specific qualities regarding what deems a school to be high-need are debatable across many educational forums, generally these are schools that have serious difficulty hiring and retaining teachers and that serve student populations with a high poverty index and/or a high minority rate. ATC aims to place teachers in high-need schools.

 

I have student loans; will serving through this program help me?

Absolutely, the options for teachers needing student loans deferred or forgiven seem to multiply, with some changing slightly, every year. In many cases you can qualify for student loan forgiveness by serving through Arkansas Teacher Corps. ATC is not currently staffed to administer the deferment and forgiveness of Fellow’s student loans (many types of loans exist) and recommends that potential applicants do their research prior to joining. They can start by visiting the following website: http://thecollegeinvestor.com/student-loan-forgiveness-programs-by-state/arkansas-student-loan-forgiveness-programs/

 

What is Summer Institute?

Individuals who accept the Fellowship will participate in Summer Institute in late May or early June of that year. The seven-week Summer Institute serves as the initial step of the ATC professional development required to become a licensed teacher in Arkansas. During Summer Institute, lodging and some meals are provided by ATC; however, Fellows are entirely responsible for travel to/from Summer Institute and the majority of meals. Fellows receive an initial $3,000 to assist summer costs and basic living expenses during Institute. Fellows will receive more information during Summer Institute about the transition to their placement community, but in general Fellows should be prepared to move into housing in their placement community in late July or early August. Many public schools begin their beginning-of-year PD the second week of August.
For more information regarding Fellow Development please visit:
http://arkansasteachercorps.org/about-us/teacher-development/

 

Is there a cost to apply or to be a part of the program?

There is no direct cost to apply or accept a Fellowship with the program. However, once accepted you will be responsible for covering some of the cost to license you: Praxis testing, background check, child maltreatment form, etc. In order to help you we will pay you an initial stipend payment of $3,000.00 in the spring. In the spring of 2017 we will also be offering to pay for Praxis testing. *please see above

 

If I become licensed through the Arkansas Teacher Corps, will I be able to use my license in another state once I complete my three year Fellowship?

Absolutely. Generally you will still have to jump through a hoop or two, but transferring your license to another state is pretty simple (differs by state). Please visit the following page regarding licenses and reciprocity:

http://www.teaching-certification.com/teaching/arkansas-teacher-reciprocity.html

 

I want more information about the program.

We would love to talk to you more about the program, so feel free to contact us by phone (479-575-6418) or email atc@uark.edu  with any additional questions.

 

International students

It is possible for international applicants to have a school district sponsor their VISA but our program is not set up to coordinate this. Applicants will need proper work eligibility to be accepted into the program and must be willing to take care of all work eligibility or visa paperwork required by their school districts. While some of the districts could offer assistance with work authorization or visas it is not a guarantee.

Americorps VISTA Opening, Mississippi

Posted on: November 18th, 2016 by jheo1

We are currently recruiting for VISTA positions that will begin a year of service on January 30, 2017. VISTA positions are available locally at Good Food for Oxford Schools, Horizons at the University of Mississippi, the Lafayette County Literacy Council, and the Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies. Outside of Oxford, we are recruiting for VISTA positions at Crenshaw Elementary School (Crenshaw, MS), North Panola High School (Sardis, MS), the University of Mississippi Medical Center (Jackson, MS), and Youth Opportunities Unlimited (Marks, MS).

 

For more information, visit vista.olemiss.edu. You can also find our recruitment flyer attached. I would appreciate it very much if you can disseminate this information throughout your networks on campus and in the community. Additionally, our VISTA Leaders, Sara Baker and Shannon Curtis, are available to speak to classes about this opportunity.

 

The deadline to apply is Monday, December 12. Thank you for helping us to spread the word about this national service opportunity to fight poverty through education in Mississippi.

 

Sincerely,

Albert

 

Albert Nylander, Ph.D.

Director, McLean Institute for Public Service and Community Engagement

Professor of Sociology

The University of Mississippi

311 Howry

University, MS 38677

(662) 915-2050

nylander@olemiss.edu | mclean.olemiss.edu

nvmp-recruitment

Multimedia Journalists, KARD, West Monroe, LA

Posted on: October 10th, 2016 by jheo1

KARD, which operates FOX affiliate, and KTV, which operates NBC affiliate, in West Monroe, La., have immediate openings for two multimedia journalists and one overnight producer. Send application materials to alum Kayla Lusby (thank you, Kayla) at klusby@nbc10news.net and she will forward to the news director.

KCRG-TV9 Job Opening: Photographer

Posted on: September 7th, 2016 by jheo1

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) – KCRG-TV9, the number one news station in Eastern Iowa (DMA 90), is seeking a skilled news photographer. This position works independently and along side reporters to tell compelling stories using video and sound. Position must be skilled with a camera and non-linear editing software. Photographers are assigned camera and lighting equipment. KCRG utilizes an SNG satellite truck, ENG unit and multiple cell phone backpack live units.

We look to photographers to be a part of a team reporting effort, whether working with a reporter, coordinating with producers on live shots or coordinating with the newsroom while working independently on a story. This position should also be aggressive in getting the video needed to tell a good story.

Email resume, references, cover letter and any work examples to Jobs@kcrg.com

Experience:

  • Previous news videography.
  • Experience with nonlinear editing software.
  • ENG and SNG experience a plus.

Requirements:

  • Valid driver’s license with good driving history
  • Able to lift and carry 25 to 50 pounds.
  • Ability to work under deadline pressure

KCRG-TV9 Weekend Anchor/Reporter and a Morning Producer, Cedar Rapids, IA

Posted on: August 17th, 2016 by pchurdle

KCRG-TV9 in Cedar Rapids, IA has openings for a Weekend Anchor/Reporter and a Morning Producer

The anchor/reporter position will anchor 6 & 10 pm Saturday & 5:30 & 10 pm Sunday newscasts plus report 3 nights each week. This job requires 2 years experience.

The producer position is a 4-day work week job (40 hours). 11am newscast Friday & Monday, 6 & 8 am newscasts Saturday & Sunday. It’s a good job for a recent graduate.

Cedar Rapids is Iowa’s 2nd largest city. The market (88) covers Cedar Rapids, Waterloo, Dubuque & Iowa City with bureaus in Dubuque and Iowa City. Cost of living is low in Cedar Rapids, home to Rockwell/Collins, Quaker Oats, and General Mills. The University of Iowa is part of the market in Iowa City.

KCRG-TV9 is a dominant number 1 station recently purchased by Gray Television. A sub-channel provides live coverage of sports & community events with our own 40-ft Production truck.

Both positions pay competitive salaries with a good benefits package. Go to the jobs link at KCRG.com for info on either position.

Contact Adam Carros, News Director via email (Adam.carros@kcrg.com) or phone (319-399-5900) if interested in applying.

 

Digital Campaigner, Environment America, Denver, Colorado

Posted on: June 3rd, 2016 by jasimmon

Environment America is seeking to  hire entry-level staff looking to kick start their career in environmental action and advocacy through our fellowship program and for people to help run our digital campaigns.

BE A DIGITAL CAMPAIGNER

Work with one of our campaign teams to run a powerful digital campaign to help solve global warming, expand solar energy or protect clean water. You’ll write emails and campaign actions that you’ll send to hundreds of thousands of supporters; design and curate content for social media, and engage with our national community; coordinate with our field team of five to nine campaign organizers, and back them up with emails, web pages and digital strategy; develop partnerships and creative online tactics to build our audience and raise money; analyze the results of your work, and report on successes and failures; and keep your projects on track, hold people accountable to their deliverables, and communicate regularly with your team.

 TO LEARN MORE AND APPLY

jobs.environmentamerica.org

Ross Sherman

Clean Energy Digital Campaigner, Environment America

O: 303-573-5995 x338; C: 207-749-2660

Twitter: @rossbsherman

General Assignment Reporter, The Bolivar Commercial, Cleveland, Mississippi

Posted on: April 13th, 2016 by ewrobins

The Bolivar Commercial is looking for a talented general assignment reporter. We publish three days a week–Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoon. You will have the opportunity to layout and design pages, to have input in the editorial content of the newspaper and to be a part of the community in which you live. Applicants should have a solid knowledge of news writing with experience in AP style. Ideal candidate will have skills in photography and social media and a strong desire to learn and grow. We offer a competitive salary and benefits including 401K, health insurance and vacation.

Send resume to the managing editor, Denise Strub, at denise.strub@bolivarcommercial.com or mail resume to: General Assignment Reporter, The Bolivar Commercial, P.O. Box 1050, Cleveland, MS 38732.  

InBound Marketing Position, Deynoodt Marketing, New Orleans, Louisiana

Posted on: April 7th, 2016 by ewrobins

Progressive InBound Marketing agency is looking for someone to join the team to handle InBound marketing campaigns to include social media marketing, public relations, online brand management, graphic design, and more.

Work directly with a team of marketing professionals in all aspects of print and digital marketing. Try on the many hats involved in a full-service advertising agency and develop marketable experience in each area.To apply, send a cover letter and resume to mann@deynoodtmarketing.com relaying your demonstrated experience with:

• stellar organizational skills
• concise communications, including attentive copy editing
• development of InBound Marketing Campaigns
• graphic design (Adobe Creative Suite)

Deynoodt Marketing is a full-service marketing firm specializing in InBound Marketing and the development of brand identity, communications programs, business development, public relations, and print and digital marketing campaigns, including all aspects of website design and maintenance, social media, and graphic design.

News Reporters, KTVE, Monroe, Louisiana

Posted on: March 10th, 2016 by ewrobins

KTVE is looking for four news reporters who have completed at least one internship and who are comfortable as an MMJ.  Send resumes reels to Kayla Lusby at klusby@nbc10news.net.