Friday, July 29, 2016

Join us for the 2016 Queen Creek Town Council Candidates Forum, Aug 2

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The Queen Creek/San Tan Valley Independent is hosting a Town Council candidates forum at the Communiversity at Queen Creek, Tuesday, Aug. 2, 6:30-8 p.m. 

Queen Creek residents and businesses are encourage to send questions in advance by e-mail to qcnews@newszap.com

Free and open to the public. 

Learn more in this QC Independent story.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Reminder About Friday Summer Closures


As a reminder, the Communiversity at Queen Creek is closed on Fridays throughout the summer.

The Rio Salado Testing Center will remain open during this time.

We will resume regular hours beginning August 15.

Enjoy your weekend!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Register to Vote by Aug. 1 Deadline!

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August 1 is the registration deadline for Arizona voters to take part in the State Primary on Tuesday, August 30, 2016. 

Exercise your right to choose! 

Register now at http://www.arizona.vote

2016 Primary Elections Include:
● US Senate
● US House of Representatives
● Corporation Commission
● State Legislature
● Local & Municipal

‪#‎vote‬ ‪#‎Arizona‬ ‪#‎Democracymatters‬

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

My.Maricopa Student Center Outage July 30

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The My.Maricopa Student Center will be down for planned maintenance Saturday, July 30, 7 a.m. - noon.

The following online student services will be unavailable during this time:

  • Maricopa Enterprise ID account creation
  • Enrollment for classes
  • Grade reports
  • Transcripts
  • Financial aid information
  • Student message center.

Please plan accordingly.

During this outage, your student email, Canvas and RioLearn portals will still be available. You will also have the option to search for classes, research programs and degrees or contact an advisor.

Visit this web page for the latest updates.

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 http://www.riosalado.edu/programs/education/bachelors-degree-pathway/Pages/elementary-education.aspx. 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

Rio Salado Teacher Education Orientation Sessions Begin July 25 at 6 p.m.

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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

Rio Salado Advising 101 Webinar Sessions Begin July 27

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Rio Salado College will begin offering Advising 101 group webinar sessions, Wednesday July 27 at noon and 6 p.m. 

Advising 101 satisfies Step 3 of the "Initial Advising Session” to complete registration in my.maricopa.edu.

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Students will learn how to:
● Work with an advisor to reach their educational goals.
● Choose appropriate classes and programs.
● Apply prior college classes to their program.
● Transfer credits to a university program.
● Find resources and tips to help them succeed.

Visit www.riosalado.edu/advising101 for the latest details about Advising 101 sessions.

My.Maricopa Student Center Outage July 23-24

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The My.Maricopa Student Center will be down for planned maintenance beginning Saturday, July 23 at 6 p.m. until 6 a.m. Sunday, July 24.

The following online student services will be unavailable during this time:

  • Maricopa Enterprise ID account creation
  • Enrollment for classes
  • Grade reports
  • Transcripts
  • Financial aid information
  • Student message center.

Please plan accordingly.

During this outage, your student email, Canvas and RioLearn portals will still be available. You will also have the option to search for classes, research programs and degrees or contact an advisor.

Visit this web page for the latest updates.

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.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Engage, Connect and Help Solve Pressing Issues @AzTownHall!

Arizona Town Hall log: Creating Solutions

Let your voice be heard by taking part in Arizona Town Hall discussions, which are designed to educate, engage, connect and empower people to help resolve important issues through consensus-- not division, and through civil discussions that value diverse perspectives.

Arizona Town Hall has been overseeing statewide forums for more than 50 years— giving participants a chance to build lifelong professional and personal relationships with other attendees and local leaders—as they work toward creating solutions to address some of Arizona’s most challenging issues.

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Rio Salado student Olivia Mendez had a chance to take part in the 108th Arizona Town Hall discussion about the relationship between Arizona and Mexico, April 24-27 in Tucson.

“What I found most beneficial… is the knowledge you gain,” said Mendez. “Reading the report before the event gives you an idea of the issue but attending the Town Hall gives you the full experience, knowledge and makes your voice count."

The 3-day event included discussions about the countries shared histories, cultures, and values; the opportunities to increase commerce and economic development; how immigration and border security issues effect economic and business opportunities and more.  Click here to read the final recommendations from the Arizona & Mexico Town Hall.

“Also the opportunity for networking is great,” said Mendez.

"There are many people who are passionate about their field and are willing to share their knowledge and resources." 

The next Arizona Town Hall, Financing Arizona's Future is Nov. 13-16, 2016. Please contact the Arizona Town Hall office if you are interested in attending. 

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Discover the Super Teacher in You! Attend a free Teacher Orientation Session with Rio Salado College

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Join Rio Salado's Teacher Education team for a free, Teacher-In-Residence orientation session-- so you can discover the super teacher in you!

Rio Salado’s Teacher-In-Residence program provides a convenient and cost-effective way for students and working professionals with a bachelor’s degree to transition into and launch a teaching career—with paid employment opportunities in the classroom— so students can apply what they learn and earn an income while they complete their certification coursework.

Are you ready to follow the calling? Take part in one of these orientation sessions this summer!

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In-Person
July 13, 2016
August 10, 2016
Rio Salado Conference Center
2323 W. 14th St.
Tempe, AZ 85281
Time: 6:30-8 p.m


Virtual
July 27, 2016
August 17, 2016
Via Skype. Instructions will be provided after registration has been completed.
Time: 5 - 6:30 p.m 


Register Now: www.riosalado.edu/tir

Eager to learn more now? Visit our web page or give us a ring at 480-517-8140.