As reported by KSNV-TV, the Clark County School District has hired about 1,300 new teachers for the upcoming school year, but more than 1,000 teaching positions remain open. For more information, click here.
As reported by Education Week, “After an all-out national marketing blitz to attract teachers to Clark County, the school district is trying a couple of more ways to fill some of its vacant teaching slots: luring back retirees and offering part-time teaching positions.” The magazine said, “As of July 13, there were 556 elementary teaching vacancies, in pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, and grades one through five, according to the district. Of those openings, 108 were in first grade, 105 in second grade and 94 in kindergarten.”
A UNLV online summer class will give high school and middle school journalism teachers a review of the field including news judgment, history, ethics, AP style and design. For more information on the JOUR 250 class, which runs from July 13 through Aug. 14, visit http://summerterm.unlv.edu/registration.php or call Kathy Espin at (702) 895-5126.
CCSD teachers are urged to mark their calendars for Thursday, Aug. 13 when MGM Resorts will host their 2015 Educators' Appreciation Day and Back to School Fair. The event, open only to CCSD educators, will take place in the Mirage Grand Ballroom from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Teachers can stock up on school supplies, learn about educational opportunities and community resources, and enter to win prizes. For more information, click here or call Isabel Chua at (702) 692-9630.
CCSD continues to seek new employees for the 2015-16 school year, with an estimated 1,000 job openings at the present time. According to KTNV-TV, “The biggest need is for elementary school teachers; in second place is special education. Combined, these jobs account for about 80 percent of the vacancies.” Chief Human Resources Officer Staci Vesneske told KTNV, "We're hoping some retirees might want to come back, especially since now for the first time in many years we're going to be allowing people to access part-time contracts.”
Mojave High School geometry teacher Katherine Kelley was crowned Miss Nevada on June 27 at the Smith Center. According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Kelley moved to Las Vegas from Kentucky last year. She will compete in the Miss America pageant, scheduled for Sept. 13 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. In the meantime, Kelley said, "I plan to make my service very focused on educational issues in Nevada - particularly improving attendance." (Photo courtesy of L.E. Baskow/Las Vegas Sun).
Bonner Elementary School teacher Kristi O’Donnell was recently honored with a $2,500 education grant from the Thank America’s Teachers Initiative. According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, a local Farmers Insurance office presented the grant, to be used for purchasing school supplies. O’Donnell was among 60 national grant winners. Pictured, left to right, are Farmers Insurance representative Cindy Yenkowski, Kristi O'Donnell, and student Megan Moss. For more information, visit thankamericasteachers.com.
Nearly three dozen CCSD educators took part in three days of We the People Summer Training through June 10 at the State Bar of Nevada. On June 9, UNLV Professor Rachel Anderson, Esq. led discussions on the 14th amendment. On June 10, Professor Sondra Cosgrove, attorney Andrew Craner and Assemblyman Lynn Stewart acted as judges for the teachers' final problem. Dr. Lou Grillo (Canyon Springs High School), Carol McGrew (Escobedo Middle School) and Debbie Berger (substitute and retired CCSD) served as lead trainers for the week's activities. For more information, click here or call Kathleen Dickinson of the State Bar at (702) 317-1408.
Members of the Clark County School District (CCSD) Police Department were among those who took part in the Hometown Heroes event at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway on May 30. The event honored local law enforcement, fire and first responder personnel, who had the opportunity to join with their families in enjoying a free night at the races. Highlights included CCSD Police Chief Jim Ketsaa serving as race starter and CCSD Police Captain Ken Young singing the National Anthem. Click here for more information.
The Clark County School District is going to great lengths to recruit new teachers for the 2015-16 school year. According to KLAS-TV, “The district has gone as far as to put up billboards 2,500 miles away in Times Square in New York City.” Ads are also posted in airports around the country, including McCarran Airport in Las Vegas. CCSD needs to hire about 2,600 teachers for the upcoming school year.