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gseAmid layoffs, Willamette MAT teacher candidates find jobs

Despite strained school budgets in Oregon and the nation, Willamette MAT 2012 candidates found recruiters at the April 10-11 Professional Educator Fair eager to talk to them about joining their teaching staffs. Several candidates received offers to interview, and at least three candidates, Brandon Bennett, Shelby Roach, and Kelsie McGovern had received job offers by the end of the Fair. In addition, when he completes his MAT, Aaron Longo of the online cohort will begin additional teaching assignments at the school where he presently teaches under an emergency license.

“The GSE has historically enjoyed strong hire rates due to the reputation of Willamette and GSE’s research-based approach to teacher preparation,” said Dean Julie Gess-Newsome. “Our teachers leave with over 1,000 hours of classroom experience, and the vast majority also complete highly marketable endorsements in ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages), SPED (Special Education), or Reading. Today, when more and more is demanded of classroom teachers, and when the nation struggles to rescue and revitalize public education, the GSE is preparing knowledgeable, culturally competent, reflective educators with the potential to become leaders in their schools and communities.

Professional development courses aid Salem-Keizer teachers

Classroom Action Research for Teachers (CART) is a series of workshops taught by Dr. Rita Moore of the Graduate School of Education that is helping teachers in Salem Keizer study their classroom practice. The teachers worked this spring to design, gather, and act on real classroom data focusing on special interests such as motivating readers, comprehension strategies in a high school science curriculum, and much more. There were four teachers involved in the CART project and the GSE hopes for more next year.