Teacher Education/Special Education Latest News
Important Information from Cindy Gutierrez, UCTE Director:
One of the best things I have always loved about teaching is the opportunity that breaks allow you to relax and rejuvenate! It’s so easy to get caught up in our work as educators and forget to take care of ourselves. I hope everyone takes this opportunity to do that “special something” for themselves so that you will be ready to once again give your all to making a difference in the lives of Denver’s urban youth!
Also, I want to send a very special thank you to all of our UCD and Professional Development School faculty and staff for the tremendous amount of dedication, time and energy they have given to make the Urban Community Teacher Education program exceptional! And to all of you, our teacher candidates, present and alum… you embody the very hopes and dreams we all have for the future of urban schools. Thank you for your incredible dedication to becoming the best urban teacher you possibly can be!
~Cindy Gutierrez, Ph.D., UCTE Director
A couple of reminders from Meredith Lopez, UCTE Academic Advisor
Planning around Professional Development Schools’ calendar
You have already received your placement assignment for the Spring term at the beginning of December. (see section below re: REGISTRATION FOR INTERNSHIPS) Your welcome letter from the PDS will include important dates and links to their calendar in order to plan for when to start internships. If you did not get your Welcome Letter from your Site Team, let Rachel know. Note that most of our PDSs will require you to be back at schools January 3, 2011.
Registration for Internships
Placements were emailed in December. Your email will include your internship assignment, section number, and call number. You will register for internships just like you register for your courses.
Remember, if you are registering for more than 18 credits hours in one semester, you will need to fill out a Schedule Adjustment Form. Please fill out the form using the information provided in your placement email and fax ATTN RACHEL to 303.315.6311 or email the form to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please remember, we cannot process SAFs if you are on waitlists. As soon as all waitlists are removed, we will process your form.
Important Spring 2011 Registration Information
As you recall, the deadline for Spring 2011 registration was December 17th. If you were registered for everything by the 17th, there is nothing you need to do. However, you may notice that some of the section and class numbers on your schedule have changed. THIS IS OKAY! You are still registered for the correct classes. The instructor, days, and times will all remain the same. Do not drop these new sections, these sections are correct for your cohort.
The reason why we had to have everyone registered by the 17th is because the Records Office needs to change our class numbers. As of yesterday, Records started the process of closing our old classes and building the new classes. If you were registered by the 17th, you will automatically be rolled into the correct, new sections. If you did not register, or there are any classes that you didn’t get on your schedule by the 17th, I will need to send you the new class numbers. The class numbers I sent you before are now void.
AGAIN – if you are already registered for everything you need for spring, there is NOTHING YOU NEED TO DO. You will be rolled into the new sections. But, if you drop any courses, you will need to contact me for new registration information.
If you have not registered, or there are a few classes you did not register for, you must email me requesting class numbers for the classes you are missing, or entire cohort schedule. Once I get the information from Records, I will send it to you ASAP.
Internships are not affected by these changes. All information about internships (section numbers, class numbers, etc.) will stay the same. We will continue to process Schedule Adjustment Forms as they come in. When registering for internships, or filling out SAFs, use the information provided in your internship assignment email. Internships class numbers will stay the same.
The next deadline for registration is January 23rd. Please do not worry if you can’t complete your Spring 2011 registration before break. We have 3 weeks in January to get you registered.
Fall Licensure/Endorsement Completers
To start your licensure application process, use this link to the CDE application wizard to begin online process for your applications.
Remember-all grades must be complete and listed on transcript before you can start the application process. Grades will begin to be posted December 28, 2010 and you can order through UC Access. I will not be able to begin signing on licensure paperwork until January 4, 2011. Please contact me for an appointment.
• If you need a confirmation letter for employment while waiting for your licensure paperwork to process, please email me your request with details and how you would like the letter delivered or held for pick up.
• Please note, if an incomplete has been taken in any licensure course (SAPS for example) the grade must be posted for the incomplete course. All prerequisite courses must be completed and you must have passed the PLACE or PRAXIS II tests. This is a requirement that should have been completed prior to entering your third internship.
• You can make a request for UCD transcripts to be mailed to your home once grades are posted via UCDAccess or pick them up from the Bursar’s office for a fee. Graduate students will also need to include a copy of undergraduate transcripts-we have an extra copy of your transcripts in your file if needed.
• IMPORTANT: CLAS Undergraduate Licensure Completers will submit their licensure paperwork for institutional recommendation to Stephanie Hamington. Graduate teacher education students submit their paperwork to Meredith Lopez.
• Master Options for Graduate Licensure Completers–All teacher education graduate licensure completers who are going on to complete a Masters option are required to complete an MA Option Selection Sheet indicating the MA Option that will be pursued and the term starting the MA Option. Please turn this form into the SSC office. For a complete list of IPTE MA Option course requirements, click here. We encourage you to contact the faculty advisor listed on the options sheet for more information and sequencing of courses.
Please note that our main SSC office is now on official fall schedule and is open 8-6pm M-Thursday and 8-5pm Fridays. Our office will be closed December 23rd – January 2nd for Winter Break. You can reach me for appointments or questions by email Meredith.email@example.com or phone 303-315-4980.
Check It Out!
It’s called the Students in Service Awards™, and is a national search for inspirational college students who are positively impacting social and environmental challenges facing our communities. This is open to ALL college students (see specific eligibility requirements on the website).
The Students in Service Awards™ include scholarships and grants to three benefactors:
- College/University Students: One winner will receive a $5,000 academic service scholarship. Two runners-up will each receive $2,500 scholarships.
- College/University Service-Learning Centers: $2,500 grants will go to the college or university service-learning center of each of the three finalists for the purpose of supporting their civic engagement programs for students.
- Nonprofit Partners: $2,500 grants will go to each of the three nonprofit partners sponsoring the winning service projects to support their vital community work.
Students who apply for this award will have their projects posted on the Students in Service Awards website. Students, educators, family members, and other community members will be invited to vote for their favorite student/service project. Fan votes and the Washington Campus Compact staff will select the top 50 inspirational Semifinalists. A national Selection Committee of civic leaders, along with a fan vote, chooses the final Students In Service AwardTM winner and scholarship recipients.
Additional details can be found on this website, www.serviceawards.org regarding eligibility and the nomination process. The comprehensive website will be open for nominations December 15, 2010 through January 28, 2011.
Please share this opportunity throughout your networks and with college students you know who are making a difference. This is our pilot year and we hope that through this scholarship program, we can collectively bring greater visibility to the valuable service college students are doing to strengthen our communities. Finalists will be announced at the Continuums of Service conference in San Diego on April 28th, 2011.
Teacher Fellowships = $$$$
Applications are now available for the Department’s 2011-12 Teaching Ambassador Fellowship, offering highly motivated and innovative school teachers the opportunity to contribute their knowledge and experience to the national dialogue on education, and, in turn, facilitate discussions with educators across the country. Once again, the fellowship includes two tracks. Up to five Washington Fellows will become full-time federal employees in Washington, D.C., participating in policy discussions and working on education programs. Up to 10 Classroom Fellows will remain at their local schools under their regular teaching contracts and be paid for various assignments and projects throughout the school year on a part-time basis. All fellows will be selected on their record of leadership, impact on student achievement, communication skills, and insight from classroom experiences. Applications are due by January 17, 2011. Fellows will be named by early summer. FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE GO TO http://www2.ed.gov/programs/teacherfellowship/.
Professional Learning Day
If you were unable to make it to the Professional Learning Day on December 10th, I have the PowerPoint Presentation we went over. I have tried to attach it here, but unfortunately the codes aren’t working.
Additionally, we ran out of time, but wanted to share this video with you:
Conferences & Special Events
2011 Affective Needs Conference for
The Colorado Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders
January 21, 2011
Registration from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m., Conference from 8:30 to 4:00
Colorado Council of the International Reading Association (CCIRA) is having their annual conference the first Thursday – Saturday in February (February 3rd-5th). Teacher Candidates can register for a reduced price for all or any of the three day conference. Click on ccira.org for registration information. This is an excellent literacy conference with national presenters who are experts in pre-kindergarten through high school literacy instruction and assessment.
TEDx Denver Educators
Click here for flier.
Green Valley Ranch Seeking Part Time Tutors
My name is Lori Paladino and I am a Graduate Student at UCD in the Reading and Writing program. I am currently working at Oar D. Blair Charter School, in Green Valley Ranch. We are preparing to take our 3rd grade Reading CSAP in February and are in need of a part time tutor 3 -4 days a week for 45 min. 75% of my student are ELL and reading 2 years below grade level. I was wondering if there are any students who need work study hours to graduate that would be willing to come in for 45 min 3-4days a week on a volunteer basis and strictly teach beginning phonics. We would like to begin the fist week of January through the beginning of March. If you are or know of any candidates who is will to do this, it would make a tremendous difference for our children. Please contact me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Omar D. Blair Charter School
4905 Cathay Street,
Denver, CO 80211
303-371-9570 ex 3306
COLE Academy Seeking Volunteers!
Would you like to spend time in a vibrant, innovative inner-city school? Cole Arts and Science Academy offers unique enrichment classes on Friday afternoons for 1st-8th graders called Arts and Science Infusions. Current classes include Paper Mache Sculpture, Dinosaur Discoveries, Photography, Dance, Greenhouse Gardening and more. We are always looking for volunteers to support the teachers of these hands-on, experiential classes. Interested students, please contact Julie Carey at Julie_carey@dpsk12.org.
Julie Carey, UCD Site Coordinator/Arts and Science Coordinator
Cole Arts and Science Academy
Mapleton Public Schools Seeking Science Teacher
This is Karla Allenbach from Mapleton. We currently have a .6 Science Teacher position open. I wanted to reach out to you to see if you are aware of any good candidates that completed their student teaching in December that we could contact to see if they might be interested? Please call me if interested!
Karla Allenbach, Director, Human Resources/Professional Development
Mapleton Public Schools
Vista PEAK Seeking Math Teacher
We are in need of a .5 Math teacher who is qualified to teach secondary CORE 1 math (integrated algebra). We are going to repost this week and we hope to get interviews going soon.
Westminster HS Seeking Science Teacher
Westminster High School will be seeking a .5 Science Teacher for the second half of the school year. Candidates should hold a valid CO teaching license with a secondary science endorsement. The position will be similar to a job share situation, wherein the new teacher will work closely with the current full-time teacher who will be moving into another .5 position. The position will involve collaborative planning, teaching and assessing in a standards-based system. Candidates should be interested in working with a diverse population of learners, including but not limited to ESL and low-income students. Direct initial inquiries, questions and/or resumes to Vinnie Basile (email@example.com).
Vinnie Basile, Science Educator/Cross Country and Track Coach
Westminster High School
Vista Peak Seeking Math Teacher
Vista Peak is looking to hire an 8th/9th grade 0.5 math teacher for second semester.
Please forward this along to anyone you know who might be interested. I would be more than happy to talk with anyone who is interested. Thanks for your time.
Dave Schoenhals, Instructional Coordinator, Secondary Mathematics
Aurora Public Schools, 303-340-0859 Ext. 28722
Del Norte HS Seeking Science/Math Teacher
January 10, the beginning of 2nd Semester, Del Norte HS needs a teacher who is qualified in science and math. The teacher will be teaching physics, applied physics, pre-calculus and algebra/trig. If you know of anyone or would like to apply, please contact the person below.
Contact person and information
Principal Chris Vance
Del Norte Schools
Molhom Elementary Seeking Special Education Teacher
There is an opening for a full time special education teacher at Molholm Elementary school in Lakewood, Colorado as of Jan 5th, 2011. This is a Learning Disabilities position. The job will be posted soon on the Jefferson County Schools websight. In the meantime anyone interested can contact the principal, Mr. John D’Orazio , at 303-982-6240. Please advertise this position.
Ruth Lindsay, Molholm Elementary
Bruce Randolph School Seeking Team Leaders
My name is Elizabeth McNeil and I am the program coordinator for the YAchievers after school program at Bruce Randolph School. We are currently restructuring our program and our looking to hire 4-5 part time team leaders to start in early January. Team leaders act as teachers, mentors and academic coaches to the middle school students enrolled in our program. Team leaders have opportunities to develop standards based curriculum and teach small groups of students hands on lessons, as well as faciliate homework help, study skills lessons and plan and chaperone college and career access field trips.
I thought that the students involved with the TEACH Club at UCD might be good candidates for the Team Leader position as it is a great opportunity to get more experience teaching at the middle school level! If you’re interested, please email me: CONSTANCE_MCNEIL@dpsk12.org
Cherry Creek Seeking SPED Generalist
1. Strong commitment to the academic and social development of children with severe needs.
2. Excellent organizational skills.
3. Commitment to the use of data to monitor student progress.
4. Experience administering and interpreting formal and informal assessments.
5. Ability to communicate well with parents and staff.
6. Ability to collaborate with classroom teachers and special education team members.
7. Ability to write an IEP.
8. Training in nonverbal communication methods such as PECs and TEACHH.
Please contact me via email or call me at 720.554.3205.
Mary Shay, Principal
Cottonwood Creek Elementary School
Holyoke Seeking Science Teacher
Happy Holidays! My name is Ashley Clayton and I teach the physical sciences at Holyoke High School in Holyoke, CO. Our life sciences teacher has resigned and we are looking for someone to replace her beginning 2nd semester (January 4th).
Life Sciences Teacher Opening
Courses Taught: Biology, Biology 2, Anatomy and Physiology, and Student Leadership
Applicants can apply online at www.holyoke.schoolfusion.us
Or they may contact Principal Susan Ortner at (970) 854-2284 , email: firstname.lastname@example.org