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Old 10-10-2008, 04:21 PM
 
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As those of you who have read some of my previous posts know, I am having difficulty finding a permanent teaching position. I am currently substituting, as a result. Until I do find a permanent job, I need to find a way to keep up my professional development credits to maintain my certifications. My district told me that the ones they offer are only for "our employees" (funny - I thought they signed my paychecks) . Does anyone have any suggestions of how I can continue to accumulate my 30 hours a year?
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Old 10-10-2008, 05:31 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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Sorry to hear about your troubles finding a teaching position, I am also in the same boat. And although I can't help with your current predicament, I just wanted to tell you not to lose hope. I know some districts are still hiring. I just got calls and interviewed for a teaching position this week, as well as for a paraprofessional position. The teaching job is a little out of town, but right now, a job is better then no job.

Good luck!!!!

Forgot to mention. The school at which I interviewed for the para position was also interviewing for two other full-time teacher positions (though I can't remember what they were). It was in SAISD though.

Also, two math teachers at the school where my wife works were threatening to quit last week (don't know the story though, lol). So you never know, something might come up.

Also, don't forget the December is coming up and that sometimes teachers will suddenly retire when they notice they can get away with it by using their accumulated sick days. This happened last year at my wife's school.

Last edited by elmariachi; 10-10-2008 at 05:46 PM.. Reason: added comments
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Old 10-10-2008, 06:11 PM
 
Location: Boerne area
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Try your local education service center - San Antonio's service center is Region 20 - google it. They provide professional training and resources for teachers.
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Old 10-10-2008, 08:23 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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Yep, I would suggest Region 20 as well - Region 20 Home Page, then I think you can click on Workshops (or maybe Search - haven't been on their site for a while). Some of their stuff is free and some has a fee.

Also try the zoo, area museums, etc. - sometimes they have education areas on their websites and sometimes those have info on teacher workshops. If you have never done Project Wild (science activities), I know that workshop is offered occasionally at the Witte and I think the cost is very minimal (maybe around $20?).

Are you only subbing in one district? If you are considering applying at any others, maybe you could also ask what their policies are regarding professional development for subs. Maybe some are more open to that than others?

Good luck!
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Old 10-10-2008, 09:30 PM
 
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I'm currently in the same boat, but I am working as a special ed inclusion assistant. Because I am a full-time employee, I can take classes. My principal has told me she is just waiting for a teaching position for me. I've learned a LOT about inclusion in the meantime.
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Old 10-11-2008, 10:11 AM
 
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As those of you who have read some of my previous posts know, I am having difficulty finding a permanent teaching position. I am currently substituting, as a result. Until I do find a permanent job, I need to find a way to keep up my professional development credits to maintain my certifications. My district told me that the ones they offer are only for "our employees" (funny - I thought they signed my paychecks) . Does anyone have any suggestions of how I can continue to accumulate my 30 hours a year?
I, too, am in the same boat. I have been substituting in two different districts since December. Regarding your professional development, the state requires 150 hours every 5 years (standard certificate). It says nothing about 30 hours per year. Once you're hired as a teacher your district may/will require a certain number of hours per year, but until you're hired you can manage those hours however you choose. You can take one 3-credit course at any college or university and earn 45 hours toward your Professional Development requirement. Yes, it'll come out of your pocket, but until you get hired your options may be limited. I've chosen to wait until I get hired. After 9 years of college while working full time (Associates, Bachelors, Masters), I'm taking a well-deserved break! Hope this helps!
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Old 10-04-2009, 09:19 PM
 
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I, too, am in the same boat. I have been substituting in two different districts since December. Regarding your professional development, the state requires 150 hours every 5 years (standard certificate). It says nothing about 30 hours per year. Once you're hired as a teacher your district may/will require a certain number of hours per year, but until you're hired you can manage those hours however you choose. You can take one 3-credit course at any college or university and earn 45 hours toward your Professional Development requirement. Yes, it'll come out of your pocket, but until you get hired your options may be limited. I've chosen to wait until I get hired. After 9 years of college while working full time (Associates, Bachelors, Masters), I'm taking a well-deserved break! Hope this helps!

Well I am looking for a home school teacher I am an actress/model and need someone who is willing to be flexible when I have auditions. If you can get back with me i will br greatly appreciated.
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