Friday, October 12, 2012

District 150 - Teachers Wanted


Openings as of 10/12/2012 from The District website.

Elementary School (13 openings)
Bilingual Grade 2 @ Irving Primary School
Teacher-Middle, Grade K-8 Bilingual-Spanish and ESL @ Harrison and Irving (split)
Teacher-Elementary, ESL @ Thomas Jefferson Primary School
Teacher-Foreign Language-Spanish @ Trewyn School
Teacher Elementary - Technology/Computer Lab @ Glen Oak School
Teacher-Elementary, Kindergarten @ Glen Oak School
Teacher-Elementary, Grade 1 @ Whittier Primary School
Teacher-Technology / Computer Lab @ Harrison School
Teacher-Elementary, Kindergarten @ Harrison School
Teacher-Elementary, Grade 3 @ Glen Oak School
Interventionist/CSSS @ Thomas Jefferson & Administration
Teacher-Technology/Computer Lab @ Whittier Primary School

High School Teaching (7 openings)
Teacher-High, English 9-12th Grade @ Manual Academy
Teacher-High, Foreign Language - French @ Manual Academy
Teacher-High, Auto Body Repair @ Woodruff Career and Technical Center
Teacher-Business & Math Grades 6-12 @ Woodruff Career and Technical Center
Teacher-High, Physical Education @ Woodruff Career and Technical Center
Teacher-High, Librarian @ Peoria High School
Teacher-High, Spanish Teacher/Part Time @ Richwoods High School

Middle School Teaching (8 openings)
Teacher-6th Grade @ Lincoln Middle School
Teacher-7th Grade @ Lincoln Middle School
Teacher-5th Grade @ Lincoln Middle School
Teacher-Middle, Grade 7-8 Language Arts & Reading @ Lincoln Middle School
Teacher-Middle, Alt Ed-Math/Science @ Woodruff Career and Technical Center
Teacher-Middle Grade 5-8 Band @ Sterling Middle School/Mark Bills Middle School
Teacher-Middle, Alt Ed/RSSP-Social Studies/Technology @ Woodruff Career and Technical Center
Teacher-Middle, Science (7-8) @ Manual Academy

37 comments:

Anonymous said...

There will be many more to come, just watch. Sometimes you have just had enough, no matter what it costs you!

Anonymous said...

Well, people here constantly blame the teachers, never the actual problem which is the clients, what would you expect? A mass exodus.

Sharon Crews said...

I wonder if anybody thought that the new evaluation system, etc., would draw more teachers into public education. If teachers are going to be judged by the accomplishments of their students, why wouldn't we expect teachers to go for jobs in the suburbs and at private schools where their work is done by parents who prepare their children for school?
Now that teachers are being blamed for student failures, the days of caring teachers in the inner city might well be coming to a screeching halt. Many didn't believe or realize how much the teachers of the past cared--we did. I just wonder how many are going to risk their livelihood on the success of these kids who so much need caring teachers. NCLB will be the end of the public school. I just heard Romney say during the debates that he was happy with NCLB and wanted to go a step further to choice. Prediction: When we go to a voucher system, only the rich will be able to send their children to the "choice" schools where tuition will be the government voucher payment plus a hefty extra amount meant to keep out the unwanted.

Anonymous said...

Poor Peoria 150. People just do not want to work there any more. The ones that have been there for a long time only stay for retirement. This does not mean that people do not care about the kids! Its the board and the last two to three superintendents along with the idots they hire that have brought the district down. They have ruined the culture in District 150.

teacher said...

Talked to a young teacher that has had enough. Horible working conditions, no support, and students that don't care. Guess which school?? It could be any, as long as it is within peoria city limits. Not RHS, but ask someone who works there. Going down hill quick. Wonder why??? Usually starts at the top.

Anonymous said...

There's no support anywhere on the east bluff! Just make sure you do your manditory weekly testing. And since 90% of the students are two years behind the grade level their in, that means your testing everyday. Your only testing prescripted manuals, drill and practice, and trying to make up two years of deficit teaching in only 180 days of school. Oh, but we can't hold students back, so the gap/deficit only gets wider. We can't make students do homework like their parents in suburbia do. We can't get help from administration in the schools or wisconsin avenue, but blame their is plenty of it. We can't get parent support, but physical, mental, and racist abuse there is plenty of that also. We can't teach to the few students who do get what education is for and why most of the teachers still even believe in their jobs, because we are held hostage by the students who are not ready for the responsibilites of education and decent society rules. And these students are backed by the powers of administrations and their above mentioned parents. I feel sorry for the families that are stuck in the east bluff, whose students can't get the education that us teachers want to give, because of those forces working against us. Because of nobody left behind being screwed over and now everyone must be accepted where they are at, and it is the next teachers responsiblity to make them successful instead of instead of the student and parents taking responsibility for their educational oportunities. I have been told, when seeking additional support for these students, l'm the professional and i can make the decisions necessary. However, when those professional decisions are exercised, i'm overriden, no mentoring or help is extened when asked for, and punishment and overt threats are placed in the teacher's file and at every staff meeting held. There will be more resignations. No teacher is going to be set up for a failing evaluation, when the deck is stacked against them.

Emerge Peoria said...

Anonymous @ Saturday, October 13, 2012 9:40:00 AM

You sound like you need to resign and/or retire immediately.
The level of negativity expressed in your comment is disturbing. The jabs you make at parents of children who live on the East Bluff don't sit we'll with me, cause I'm a parent and I live in the East Bluff.

Your comment is filled with blame and finger pointing. You stand to hurt the moral of any building you may be working in.

Don't continue to work in an environment that hurts you so much - move on - for your own sake.

Anonymous said...

After the parade of firings and double crossing- who in their right mind would work for PSD150 unless you had to?

Value of a good boss means the effectivenss of an organization. After all the drama- where are the results from Lathan and her group?

http://www.slate.com/articles/business/small_business/2012/10/the_value_of_a_good_boss_stanford_researchers_show_the_economic_value_of.html

Anonymous said...

You need to take a look at Florida school distrct. They just handicapped the students, so they can rig the educational system and pass standards. It just so happens grades and standards wii be weighed by race of the students. Take a look at the Drudge report today. It is just sicking to be labeling students abilities by their race. I wonder how long it will take Dist. 150 to adopt this?

Anonymous said...

Teachers spend all day working their butts off to teach the students. They have a smile on their face and a cheerful step. They care way more about the students than some of their own parents. You can't complain about a single thing to your administration, in the building or on Wisconsin. The level of disengagement from the family is beyond belief. We all know it isn't every parent. The frustration level is just so high and so pushed down that when someone starts talking on here, it all boils out. Believe me, what the east bluff teacher says is true. The frustration is SO SO SO intense. The teachers who are hollering the loudest from the frustration and pain they feel in their job are probably some of the best teachers. They want SO much and get nothing in return.

Anonymous said...

Janet, thank you! Crying and screaming everyday for help and support for those that want to learn and to teach and no one seems to hear or see.

Anonymous said...

EmergePeoria = Online Teacher's Lounge?

meanjarhead said...

When i got laid off in march i started to spend my days at Glen Oak helping out. And after spending seven and a half hours at Glen Oak i was more fried than spending 12 hours delivering Soda. If a teacher wants to complain about the way things are i have one thing to say let them they are more than likely right.

Anonymous said...

OUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! that is all I have to say about that! Everyday is a BIG OUCH in district 150! More resignations on the HR report from Oct 9th. Yet the district let got 10 tenured teachers and paid 8 of them $15,000. You could be next!!!!!!!! Watch out! OUCH!

Anonymous said...

District 150 rarely keeps the jobs section of their webpage up to date. I don't know if each school takes care of their own or if HR is in charge of it. Lots of those jobs are filled or they purposely fill them with subs so they don't have to pay higher wages and benefits. It is just another example of the lack of communication and lack of caring that this school district exhibits. Often times they already have someone in mind, but for legal purposes they must post the job.

Anonymous said...

Why doesn't someone just come out and say it? Lathan has not delivered!

Overall enrollement is down
Test scores are down
Deficit up

Let's go back and see what goals she set when she came here almost 3 years ago. Did she achieve them?

Anonymous said...

Inside your school, you never know who goes straight to the principal or straight to Wisconsin. There are very few people who you feel comfortable enough with to discuss these things. I can assure you, the major problems within PSD150 are NOT discussed in a teacher's lounge.

Anonymous said...

Anon, you are so right. I fear having bad thoughts at school, never know who the "mind readers" are. Not allowed to EVER state displeasure for fear of it ending up on my eval in one form or another.

Anonymous said...

I know when I started teaching a few years ago in Peoria, I thought I could make a difference. I LOVE teaching about 85% of my students.(the other percent have no business being there) I know the challenges of teaching to an urban population, the problems i have don't come from within the 4 walls of my classroom.

Anonymous said...

"I realized that the teachers’ lounge isn’t a room. It’s anyplace where teachers gather to “vent.” And the dangers are many."

http://www.teachhub.com/avoiding-teachers%E2%80%99-lounge-traps

Sharon Crews said...

I do believe that some Anonymous teachers do use the blog to vent--and that the venting doesn't necessarily mean that the teacher reveals a negative attitude in the classroom. The District 150 atmosphere of intimidation is taking its toll--and the ultimate losers will be the kids (teachers, first, and then the kids). I have said before and will say again, what is good (or bad) for kids is, also, what is good (or bad) for teachers. If teachers aren't happy, kids aren't going to be happy. There is no other relationship quite like it--except for parent/child relationships. Administrators aren't personally affected by what happens in classrooms--they were more than happy to get out of the classroom. Try putting all the administrators back in classrooms--how happy do you think they would be to work under the conditions they create for teachers?

Anonymous said...

Could the teachers who are posting PLEASE proofread/correct their submissions before publishing?

Anonymous said...

Are you more concerned about grammar than content? If so, you should stick to watching news on t.v.

Anonymous said...

Everyone one wants to point the finger at someone and Lathan seems to be the target but is she making you teach in Peoria? You have a choice and your retirement will follow you where ever you transfer. I' m sure there are positions open in other districts because this complaining is old!

Anonymous said...

Lathan is the leader dumb bunny. She should be leading.

Anonymous said...

Anon 7:42. Teachers have always taught. The difference, those that interupted teaching and bullied good students and teachers where dealt with by administration. Now they are not. It is also hard to teach when for the second year under lathan there are not enough student or teacher materials/books. Over crowding of buildings. When students tell you to your face they and their parents know the principals and lathan personally and you as teacher can't do anything about it. And the students tell you to your face that they don't have to listen to a white teacher because their parents said so, so go ahead and write me up, ain't nothing going to happen to me! And they are correct and more than happy to interupt class again when they return 10 minutes later. There is no principal/vice principal to escort them back personally, tell them to go to their seat and to stop disrupting class. The students see no consequence for their actions and teachers get no backing and support. You can keep telling teachers to get out, but what you should worry about are the students who want an an education, and can't because of the few students that have been given total control to act anyway they please and spew racial hated won't allow that to happen. And it appears they are correct when they tell you to your face, my mom knows so-an-so, and nothing is going to happen to me.

Sharon Crews said...

Until teachers are willing to document these incidents and go public with them, the intimidation will continue. Yes, it takes courage--but once you go public, it is much harder for administrators to punish you, etc. These are bullies and they count on your silence.
By the way, kids have always made these accusations and threats, etc.--you are still the adults in the room. As soon as kids know that you feel threatened by their threats, the threats will increase. Call their bluffs, for goodness sake--maybe they don't have nearly as many "connections" as you might think.

Anonymous said...

Sorry about the grammer, some of us post from our phones!!

Anonymous said...

My phone is always screwing up "your" and "you're" or "their" and "there" and "they're". Nor can it spell "manditory", or maybe the "i" is just too close to the "a" on the keyboard.

But, hey, the content has been received - some want to teach, but just can't because something is holding them back.

Anonymous said...

Sharon. What didn't you understand. These students have been written up, documentation is being erased by the powers that be. If you mean the union, they haven't shown up--and i have called. NOTHING! MAYBE 15 years ago our union and the administration had some integredity, but not now. This is pure bullying and pilling on from the top, and endorsed by allowing political favors and associations with known families to continue to do the dirty work for them. All you have to ask yourself is why all the cloak and dagger from Ardis to Lathan to the principals to hide all the drugs, weapons, fights, and arrests. Still haven't seen anything on the lockdown of Glen Oak on Friday, when as school was starting the cops descened on the parking lot to get some bad guys. Oh, I mean just some misguided individuals.

Anonymous said...

It is worse in the high school. The student's favorite phrase is "I will see the principal and nothing will be done about it". They are indeed correct as they are back in the class room within a few minutes. I am so tired of hearing from Administration "Dr. Lathan is the supt. now, things are different".

Anonymous said...

School officials with no integredity? No wonder it's so hard to be taken seriously as a teacher.

Sharon Crews said...

Everything you all are going through was off to a good start while I was still teaching. That's why I went public with the information--to the PJS. I reproduced the attendance of my own classes to show that absenteeism was extremely high--Mike Bailey used the data in his column. That caused board members to listen. That's what I meant by documentation--I didn't mean taking the complaints to administrators--the cover up and support of students had already started. Jeff and I did the same thing regarding discipline--front page story that did shock District 150 board members.
As to the union--that is one place where teachers do have a voice and I haven't heard you using it. Also, teachers had a chance to choose new and very good leadership in the last election but teachers chose to stay with what they had.
I understand the fear factor--but if everyone continues to be afraid, there is no way for you to win.
My advice--and the advice I gave for myself. Don't voice complaints that affect you alone--find common ground and get allies. I found that supporting other teachers, not complaining about my own problems, gave more credence to the environment we were all enduring. And complain, complain, complain if the union isn't backing you.
Most of all, don't make blanket statements about all kids in District 150. I talked to my own students about what I was writing to the PJS, etc.--of course, they were high school kids and talking is easier than with primary kids. My students knew that I was doing what I was doing to make it better for those who came to learn. Start by keeping track of all the referrals that are being deleted. Then you just must have the courage to take the information to board members first--preferably by speaking at a board meeting.
I don't like doing what appears to be tooting my own horn--that isn't what I'm trying to do here. I know that teachers are under duress--but "letting" it happen to you will not bring change. Just get in the habit of documenting everything--dates, specifics, etc.--then you have the information when you need it. My own computer is still full of all the documentation that I accumulated so as to prove the way things were handled in my building. Administrators are documenting now more than ever--you have to do the same.

Karen said...

Happy Birthday Sharon! Best Wishes!

Anonymous said...

Happy 75th, Sharon!!!!!!!!!! xoxoxxoxo

Anonymous said...

Here's something to look into. How many time Lathan plans visits to schools and then cancels at the last minute?

Anonymous said...

Another teacher injured by a student at Woodruff. This school is full of violent kids that have been kicked out of the other schools. They need social workers with special training. Teachers are put in harms way with little to no training and they end up getting hurt. I believe this is the fourth teacher at Woodruff to be injured or beaten by a student this year. We have not even been in school a whole term yet. This housing of violent kids under one roof is a bad idea and how are these teachers supposed to be responsible for them meeting state standards when they are the worst of the worst. It is hard enough to make growth in the regular 150 schools.