Struggling to land teaching jobs

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “I’d heard so many things that California needs teachers so badly and I thought it would be pretty easy to find a job if I did well in my studies. It’s been a frustrating experience because I feel like I’m ready to take on the world and I’m trying to find someone who’ll let me do it. “You graduate and they push you in the pool and see if you sink or swim.” Simmons and other prospective educators are finding it tough to get their first job even though CSUN has one of the nation’s largest teacher credentialing programs and Los Angeles Unified is the nation’s second-largest school district. Shrinking budgets, declining enrollment and severe shortages of specialty teachers – math, science and special education teachers, in particular – have dramatically changed the job market in Los Angeles. Credentialed teachers who were in short supply in 2001 now are competing for scant vacancies. Of the 700 vacancies in the LAUSD this summer – 100 fewer than last year at that time – just two were in San Fernando Valley elementary schools and 60 others were scattered throughout the city. Simmons, for instance, who had envisioned getting her own classroom at a Valley school, even considered moving to Orange County and becoming a substitute teacher to get her foot in the door. Officials said the job climate calls for more flexibility by new teachers if they want to get a job. Los Angeles Unified is assigning the most highly qualified teachers to the most academically challenged schools. “The whole district is giving the priority to our program improvement schools,” said Deborah Hirsh, the LAUSD’s chief human-resources officer. “It’s very competitive, and if a top-quality candidate wants a job in the district, they need to be flexible and accept a job where they’re needed most. That’s how you stay competitive.” The LAUSD offered Simmons an “early entry contract” – a guaranteed job extended to about 10 percent of fully credentialed applicants. She turned it down because she didn’t know which school she’d be assigned to or the type of commute she’d face. Jennifer Konnight, who graduated from Pepperdine University this month with a master’s degree in education and a teaching credential, had no problem signing an early contract. She started teaching sixth grade at Mount Vernon Middle School near Crenshaw on Aug. 2. “I knew when I applied to graduate schools that I wanted to work with low-income students in communities with a Hispanic population, because that’s where they need us most,” said Konnight, 25, who moved from Malibu to Redondo Beach to be closer to her new assignment. “I wish more people would take the early contract. People just don’t take chances anymore.” Three years ago, the Los Angeles Unified School District hired about 4,000 teachers yearly, a number that has dropped closer to 3,000. In the 2003-04 recruitment and hiring season, the district received 11,486 applications and hired 3,068, Hirsh said. Also, the district may command more experience in applicants. The LAUSD has gone from 77 percent fully credentialed teachers in 2003 to more than 90 percent this year. In 2003, there were about 6,300 provisional teachers – pre-interns and emergencies – and that number now is under 500. Los Angeles is one of the “hot spots” in the nation, where tight fiscal times and shrinking enrollment have forced districts to clamp down on hiring, said B.J. Bryant, executive director of the American Association for Employment in Education. Districts might still want teachers in every field, but they are more likely to spend their limited funds on hiring those in most demand, such as special education, science and math teachers – shortages being felt throughout the nation. “If you are in those fields, the job market will be enjoyable for you. But if you’re in English, or social studies … It means you’ll have to go out there and look harder and smarter for a job in terms of figuring out the districts that are hiring.” Nationally, 2001 was the best job market for education in the past 30 years, but it’s been a roller coaster since, Bryant said. Student enrollments at the elementary level are decreasing in most Southern California school districts, but are on the upswing in growth areas such as the Inland Empire and Central California. “It might mean being more geographically flexible, getting to a different part of California or going to Arizona, or other growth areas,” Bryant said. “I think it just means that if you’re in an area that school districts are not coming after, you just need to go the extra mile to get the positions you want.” The growing perception that demand for general-education teachers is declining has caused CSUN to experience a drop in its number of applicants and the number of students pursuing a career in education, said Philip Rusche, dean of the Michael D. Eisner College of Education. CSUN is the largest feeder of teachers into the LAUSD. In the 2004-05 school year, 10 percent of the LAUSD’s new hires were CSUN graduates. But the trend will likely reverse itself in a few years, much as it always does, Rusche said. Simmons said signing an early contract with the LAUSD would probably have saved her a lot of headaches hunting for a job on her own. “Looking back on it, I thought it would be easier to find a job on my own, but in retrospect I wished I had signed it,” Simmons said. “I think the peace of mind of having a job – it may not be right next to my house – but that peace of mind would have been worth it.” Naush Boghossian, (818) 713-3722 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Janae Simmons now chalks it up to naivete or overconfidence, but she figured it would be a cinch to get hired as an elementary-school teacher in Los Angeles after getting her degree and credential. She was wrong. After straight A’s and an intense desire to teach, she applied to two dozen school districts in Southern California and submitted her resume to about 100 local elementary schools but it took five months before she finally got a job in the Burbank Unified School District. “I thought that it wouldn’t be that hard, but it seems like nobody’s hiring,” said Simmons of North Hills, who recently graduated from California State University, Northridge. last_img read more

Olympics: Mary Kom & Narang upbeat about ‘ 12 Olympics

first_imgOne year is all that stands between athletes around the world and their bid to attain the top prize at the pinnacle of sport – the London Olympics.With International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge set to get the official ‘One Year to Go’ countdown underway in London on Wednesday, the focus of athletes will shift to honing their skills and getting ready for the mega event, which begins on July 27 at the new Olympic Stadium.Boxing and shooting offer India its brightest chances of bettering its tally of one gold and two bronze at the previous Games in Beijing. On Tuesday, the two sports came together in the form of five-time world champion MC Mary Kom and rifle ace Gagan Narang.The duo was here at the launch of a new website for Olympic Gold Quest (OGQ), a non-profit organisation founded by legendary sportsmen Prakash Padukone and Geet Sethi and that supports the training and other needs of the athletes. The website was launched by film star Deepika Padukone, Prakash’s daughter and a director of the OGQ. Speaking to Mail Today, Mary Kom outlined her plans in the build- up to the Games, at which women’s boxing makes its debut.”I hope I can bring the kind of performance I have had at the World Championships to the Olympics next year. I am preparing hard to get a qualifying spot at the World Championships next year and, hopefully, a medal at the Olympics too,” said Mary, who will be competing in the 51kg category.advertisement”I am working on some stronger punching and also my speed, in order to adjust to the category. The technique doesn’t need much change, but it does make a bit of difference, which is what I need to fine- tune at the camp in Patiala,” she said.Narang admitted to being jittery before the Games. It is very exciting that there is just one year to go and our final preparations will now be on the way. Earlier, we used to wait for the final qualifying tournaments but this time eight shooters have already qualified for the Olympics,” he said.Deepika, meanwhile, said she keenly follows sports and that was pleased to be supporting athletes. “Even if I don’t get time to watch sports, I definitely keep myself updated, either through my dad or through Twitter. It made sense to me to come on board with OGQ and actively take part and support our athletes,” she said.Viren Rasquinha, chief executive of OGQ and former India hockey captain, announced special plans to help athletes. The chief among these is the help of a video analyst for badminton ace Saina Nehwal, which will be provided by Sports Mechanics, a sports technology organisation headed by the Indian cricket team’s former video analyst S Ramakrishna.Mental strengthening coach Abha Banerjee has also been brought into the fold. She has worked with rifle shooter Sanjeev Rajput and it helped him win a World Cup gold medal and an Olympic quota spot this year.In addition, for the nine shooters part of OGQ, a Kazakh masseur recommended by national rifle coach Stanislav Lapidus, is being brought in.Support For AshwiniAsked about OGQ’s support to dope- tainted athlete Ashwini Akkunji, Rasquinha said: ” In our official capacity, we have stopped funding to her, pending the result of the inquiry. Performance- wise, she had the potential and her doping history was clean. In a personal capacity, we are giving her support to ensure that she gets through this difficult phase.”Even if she has made a mistake, we will support her emotionally, and we will make sure that every supplement, every medicine that our athletes take is approved by an expert doctor first.”last_img read more

Schalke keen on Chelsea outcast Baba Rahman

first_imgTransfers Schalke keen on signing Chelsea outcast Baba Rahman Stephen Darwin 20:01 1/8/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Baba Rahman Chelsea Getty Images Transfers Schalke 04 Chelsea Premier League Bundesliga The Blues defender hasn’t played for the club since 2016 and could be heading back to Gelsenkirchen, where he spent the 2017-18 season on loan Schalke are keen on securing a deal for Chelsea defender Baba Rahman in the January transfer window.The Ghana international spent the 2016-17 campaign on loan with the Bundesliga side, making 21 appearances in all competitions.He remains on the periphery at Stamford Bridge, with the likes of Marcos Alonso and Cesar Azpilicueta ahead of him in the pecking order, whilst the Blues have also been interested in securing further cover at left-back in the form of Alex Sandro. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player And Schalke head coach Domenico Tedesco has now revealed the Bundesliga club are looking at bringing Baba back to Germany and that they are assessing the potential for a long-term loan deal.He told Kicker: “One more player would be good for us, I’m thinking about Abdul Rahman Baba for the left wing above all.”He still has a flat here in Gelsenkirchen, he knows Schalke and Schalke knows him. If we could get him on loan from Chelsea for a longer spell we wouldn’t be averse.”We are clarifying now how good his fitness is at the moment.”Schalke have already signed Juventus midfielder Marko Pjaca on loan from Juventus, while Cedric Teuchert has also arrived from FC Nurnberg in the winter window.Tedesco’s side currently find themselves in second place in the Bundesliga table, 11 points behind current leaders Bayern Munich.last_img read more

Our Favorite Plays From Saturday’s Win Over Texas Tech

first_imgWe had some fun with this post last week as we looked at some of the most memorable plays from Saturday’s game. Oklahoma State posted the game highlights, but these were individual (and maybe more under the radar) moments that stood out to us.Blake Jarwin (again)This is becoming a weekly occurrence. Jarwin has at least one catch in nine of 10 games this season and exactly one in three of the last four. Almost all of them look exactly like this one.Lil Sho TDThis was just a disgusting pitch and catch. Remember when people were calling Rudolph “average” earlier this year. Yeah, LOL.McCleskey’s fumble I know this ended poorly, but man I really loved the formation and setup. Would love to see this more with No. 1.Justice For allHe’s just a complete freak. And that downfield block from Lacy was paramount.Dimes on dimes on dimesA big balls throw from No. 2 over the middle here. He loves that spot as well as the sideline comeback. It’s a joy to watch.Justin Phillips sackPhillips had 14 tackles including this takedown of Mahomes in the fourth quarter. He was awesome with Chad Whitener out.PeaceCould watch forever. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

How OSU Can Use All of Its Receivers In 2017

first_imgThe Oklahoma State Cowboys head into 2017 with one of the best receiving groups in the nation. They have enough players at wideout to employ the same type of hockey-like line changes like Mike Gundy expects at offensive line throughout the year.Since 2012, the Cowboys have used a variant of the two-back spread, with their main personnel package featuring one back, one cowboy back and three wide receivers (11 personnel). The cowboy back is used all over the field, as the Cowboys frequently put him on the line, in the backfield and even split out at wide receiver.But with the departure of seniors Zach Veatch and Blake Jarwin, the cowboy back position heads into the 2017 season with minimal experience. This, combined with how stacked the Cowboys are at wide receiver, should lead to the incorporation of more 10-personnel formations (one back, no cowboy backs, four wide receivers), i.e. the Cowboys using more wide receivers at once.Part of the reason why the the 2010 and 2011 Cowboys were so successful offensively, and why former OSU offensive coordinators Dana Holgorsen and Todd Monken were so heavily lauded, was that the Cowboys used a true version of the air raid offense.The air raid system doesn’t just mean that a team throws the ball down the field. The system specifies the base concepts and philosophies, which includes using a small base of passing plays, doing everything with tempo, and predominately operating from 10 personnel. It would be unlikely for the Cowboys to change their scheme during the offseason, especially considering that their current one has been fairly successful. But that doesn’t mean that OSU can’t focus more on formations with more wide receiver-heavy personnel.With players like James Washington and Marcell Ateman coming back, alongside receivers like Chris Lacy and Jalen McCleskey and newcomers Tyron Johnson and Tylan Wallace, the Cowboy receiving corps. is set to be one of the best in Cowboy history. The question is, will they be properly used? While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Taylor, Carson, Lampkin All Headed to NFL Combine

first_imgThe Big 12 has a professional football player problem. This is no surprise to people who follow these things closely. Oklahoma State is certainly part of that, but this year the Pokes actually surpassed the Big 12 average in NFL Combine invites.Of the 19 Big 12 players invited to Indianapolis next month, OSU has three of them. Defensive tackle Vincent Taylor, running back Chris Carson and cornerback Ashton Lampkin will all take their talents to the next level to see how high they can move up draft boards.Other Big 12 invites include Rasul Douglas, KD Cannon, D’Onta Foreman, Dede Westbrook, Jordan Willis, Pat Mahomes, Seth Russell and Samaje Perine.I asked Taylor how excited he is to go to Indy.“I’m very excited being one of the guys from OSU to go as a junior,” Taylor told PFB. “I’m looking forward to going out there to do my best and just enjoy the moment because moments like this only come around once.”Lampkin got a 5.12 grade from NFL.com, Taylor got a 5.35 and Carson did not a grade on the following scale:“I think as a pro I will learn from some of the other guys who have been in the league and I think I bring my athleticism as a big guy,” Taylor told me. “I’m just looking forward to going in to contribute to any team that drafts me.”The Combine will take place from Tuesday, February 28 to Monday, March 6. Here is a full list of all the participants. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Watch: Mason Rudolph, Mike Gundy Talk Oklahoma State Spring Game

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Coach Mike Gundy and his quarterback Mason Rudolph chatted with the media after the Cowboys’ Spring Game. They spoke about what they saw and Rudolph’s Heisman Trophy candidacy.last_img read more

Messi, Ronaldo & La Liga’s top creators of decade

first_imgPrimera División Messi, Ronaldo and La Liga’s assist leaders of the last decade 23:01 25/2/2018 Comments(14) 1/22 Messi, Ronaldo and La Liga’s assist leaders of the last decade GFX LaLiga Assists Goal & Getty Images Isco Getty Images Full screen 1 of 22 Share Close Lionel Messi unsurprisingly leads La Liga in assists over the past 10 years. But who joins him in the top 20? FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Primera División Lionel Messi Real Sociedad Leganés Villarreal Málaga Real Madrid Levante Athletic Club Getafe Valencia Girona Celta de Vigo Eibar Deportivo Alavés Las Palmas Barcelona Sevilla Atlético Madrid Real Betis Espanyol Mesut Özil Cristiano Ronaldo Gallerylast_img read more

‘Ronaldo can play at the top as long as he wants’

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo Ronaldo can play at elite level for as long as he wants – Fernandes Sacha Pisani 19:05 3/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(5) CristianoRonaldo-cropped Getty Images Cristiano Ronaldo Lokomotiv Moskva v Spartak Moskva Real Madrid v Getafe Real Madrid Portugal Primera División World Cup Lokomotiv Moskva Premier League The attacker may have turned 33 last month, but he shows few signs of slowing down, something his countryman puts down to his mentality Real Madrid and Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo can continue playing at the highest level for as long as he wants, insists countryman Manuel Fernandes.Ronaldo celebrated his 33rd birthday in February but the five-time Ballon d’Or winner is still going strong for club and country.He has scored 14 La Liga goals and 28 across all competitions for Madrid in a relatively modest season by his own exceptional standards but netted twice in Madrid’s 3-1 win over Paris Saint-Germain in the first leg of the Champions League last-16 tie last month. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Indeed, he has started 2018 better than any other calendar year with Los Blancos and now the former Manchester United forward will look to help Madrid complete the job at the Parc des Princes on Tuesday as Madrid seek to win the competition for the third season in a row.And Lokomotiv Moscow star Fernandes told Omnisport: “Cristiano is special because of his strong winning mentality.”He is very aware of what needs to be done in order to achieve his goals.”Obviously, he takes care of himself and that’s another main reason for his success. A true model of professionalism and constant superiority.”Keeping up his physical condition and wanting to achieve more, he can play at the highest level until he wants to.” Aside from a potential Champions League three-peat, Portugal’s captain, all-time leading scorer and most capped player will also be targeting World Cup glory.Ronaldo helped Portugal triumph at Euro 2016, and Fernando Santos’ men now head to Russia in June with heightened expectations.The European champions will come up against neighbours Spain, Morocco and Iran in Group B and Portugal’s hopes are set to rest heavily on Ronaldo.”Spain are one of the strongest candidates to win the cup,” World Cup hopeful Fernandes – who has 11 caps for Portugal – said.”It is true that the initial clash with them will be extremely difficult, but I’m sure they think the same when they consider their first match in the World Cup is against the European Champions.”We will be focused on that initial match, but also must consider how difficult the games against Morocco and Iran will be. Morocco has players featuring in the best European leagues and Iran has had an impressive qualification phase and has been preparing exclusively for this competition for over a year now. It’s a World Cup level group, one of the strongest.””Cristiano as always will be in his best form but if you ask him, I’m sure he will say the team’s form and belief will be the decisive factors.”last_img read more

‘We did perfect’ – Pep happy after controlling Chelsea

first_imgManchester City ‘We did perfect’ – Guardiola ‘so happy’ after Man City controlled champions Chelsea Tom Webber 04:02 5/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Pep Guardiola Man City yellow ribbon Getty Images Manchester City Premier League Guardiola Manchester City v Chelsea Chelsea The visitors’ approach to the Premier League clash at the Etihad Stadium made it difficult to score, according to the home manager A 1-0 win over Chelsea did not reflect Manchester City’s dominance, according to Pep Guardiola, who said it was difficult to create against a team that “defend with nine players in their box”.City dominated from the outset but Bernardo Silva scored the only goal of the match as they opened up an 18-point lead at the Premier League summit to move four wins away from the title.Chelsea, who started with Eden Hazard as a false nine and Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud on the bench, failed to register a single shot on target across the 90 minutes. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Guardiola claimed the Blues’ approach made it difficult for City to add to the scoreline, but he was proud of how his team performed.”Chelsea are still champions. They played with 10 players behind the ball, amazingly well-organised, but we didn’t concede one chance,” he told Sky Sports.”We created enough to win the game, score more goals. Our high pressing, our build-up was outstanding so we are so happy because it’s another step forward to be champions. We have 78 points. We did perfect.”We had to control the counter-attacks, Hazard, Willian and Pedro are all quick players but we controlled it and we were quick with the ball, nobody was making extra passes or extra touches.”It’s not easy when they defend with nine players in their box, it’s complicated to try to create chances.”Chelsea didn’t have one shot on target. At Old Trafford and against Barcelona they created chances, so today we were so good and we didn’t concede anything.”We are close to be champions … but it is not already done. It’s in our hands. Now we start again, we have to try to stay calm.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more