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Old 05-29-2008, 03:06 PM
 
Location: washington state
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I currently teach 7th grade in Washington State and I am looking to move with my fiance to LA. He has suggested that I look into west LA, but it is so big and diverse. I'm not sure where to even start, is there a district office? I'm not very familiar with California but I know that the credentials are different then Washington and the requirements are different. For the most part the recruitment fairs want teachers to teach in southern California, which is not what I am looking for. Does anyone have any insights as to where to get a foot in the door and learn more about these schools?

Thanks,
Meg
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Old 05-29-2008, 03:35 PM
 
Location: South Bay
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to teach in west la, you would have to apply with LAUSD and hope that get placed in a west la school. however, if you are hired, you may get placed somewhere in the valley or south central, which is part of the reason why LAUSD is always hiring, i guess teachers don't last too long in the really poor neighborhoods. you could also try malibu/santa monica, beverly hills, and el segundo, all of which are adjacent to west la, the only problem is that with the looming budget cuts it doesn't appear that any districts will be hiring any time soon. if they do hire, i'd imagine that the competition would be fierce.
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Old 05-29-2008, 04:02 PM
 
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I currently teach 7th grade in Washington State and I am looking to move with my fiance to LA. He has suggested that I look into west LA, but it is so big and diverse. I'm not sure where to even start, is there a district office? I'm not very familiar with California but I know that the credentials are different then Washington and the requirements are different. For the most part the recruitment fairs want teachers to teach in southern California, which is not what I am looking for. Does anyone have any insights as to where to get a foot in the door and learn more about these schools?

Thanks,
Meg
what does that mean? where do you think west LA is?

most CA school districts use this site to post job openings:

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Old 05-29-2008, 04:25 PM
 
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one more thing: i don't think the general public understand what those "lay-offs" really mean. the teachers given notice were non-tenured teachers, who must be notified by a date certain (usually march 15) if their year-to-year contracts might not be renewed for the following school year. these notices are supposed to be issued every year, budget cuts or no. in many cases, they are merely a form of CYA for the district: they issue them en masse so that they are not obligated to keep any individual untenured teacher in their employ.

come september, there will have to be teachers in the classroom, because there will be students in the classroom, and many of those teachers will be "re-hired." classroom size is limited by contract, so schools cannot fire all the teachers, and put 200 kids in a class; the unions would never stand for that. some districts might try to cut costs by hiring subs who don't receive benefits, but as this creates a lot of chaos in the classroom, no one views it as viable long-term solution. cuts will be made on a program basis, and many AP's and AS's and "specialists" will find themselves back in the classroom as admininstrative positions are cut and consolidated, but, rest-assured, core-curriculum instructors will have jobs in the fall. if you teach art, however, you might want to find other employment.
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Old 05-30-2008, 08:10 AM
 
Location: Hot Springs, AR
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I'm sorry katenik, we are going to have to disagree on this one: I understand that the contract-to-contract teachers get notices every year but who wants to live with the constant uncertainty? Teahcing in California is not the best career move. When other states hire teachers, they are hired. Their teachers don't have to wonder from year to year if they are going to have a job.
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Old 05-30-2008, 11:34 AM
 
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Default West LA

Hi,

I have been looking at Burbank, Glendale, Santa Monica, Venice and Brentwood areas. I'm not very familiar with LA but from what I was told this is considered west LA.


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what does that mean? where do you think west LA is?

most CA school districts use this site to post job openings:

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Old 05-30-2008, 11:49 AM
 
Location: South Bay
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Hi,

I have been looking at Burbank, Glendale, Santa Monica, Venice and Brentwood areas. I'm not very familiar with LA but from what I was told this is considered west LA.
The areas I highlighted red are considered to be on the westside of LA. Burbank and Glendale are in the eastern most portion of the San Fernando Valley, some 15-20 miles from the westside.
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Old 05-30-2008, 01:42 PM
 
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I'm sorry katenik, we are going to have to disagree on this one: I understand that the contract-to-contract teachers get notices every year but who wants to live with the constant uncertainty? Teahcing in California is not the best career move. When other states hire teachers, they are hired. Their teachers don't have to wonder from year to year if they are going to have a job.
i don't think it is a good system, either. when i was a teacher, i was lucky (or unlucky) enough to work in a district that was too disorganized to get their notices out by the deadline most of the time, so i never faced that anxiety...and wouldn't have wanted to. however, once you're tenured, it ceases to be an issue, and most teachers in the state (for now, at least) are tenured.

funny coincidence: shortly after i posted that yesterday, i heard a news report that many of the teachers who received pink slips in march have already been notified that their services are being requested for the fall semester. it had to happen, because the fact of the matter is that you can't run schools without teachers. of course, the CTA knew this all along, but the union has a vested interest in promoting the myth that the biggest problem with CA schools is the lack of funding, so the mass "lay-offs" just provided grist for their disingenuous mill.

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Old 05-30-2008, 02:01 PM
 
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Hi,

I have been looking at Burbank, Glendale, Santa Monica, Venice and Brentwood areas. I'm not very familiar with LA but from what I was told this is considered west LA.
burbank and glendale are separate municipalities, with their own school districts. neither is in west LA. santa monica is, broadly speaking, in west LA, but is a separate city, with its own school district as well. venice and brentwood are communities on the west side of the city of los angeles, and are served by LAUSD. your chances of being assigned to either of these areas as a new hire in LAUSD are very slim, possibly even non-existent.
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Old 05-30-2008, 03:59 PM
 
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Also try Culver City Unified School District.
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