The Arkansas Teacher Recruitment Job Fair, sponsored by the Arkansas Department of Education TeachArkansas Recruitment program, will be Feb. 5 at the Clear Channel Metroplex, 10800 Colonel Glenn Road in Little Rock.
School districts from around the state will accept applications and interview applicants for an estimated 700 positions that are either currently open or are expected to open by the start of the next school year through 2006.
The Job Fair is a "one-stop shop" for those interested in teaching in Arkansas, which includes education majors as well as career changers, military troops to teachers, and retired teachers with a desire to return to the classroom. "We need the most able and determined to provide this leadership, those who have the desire to make a meaningful difference in the world," said Christina Villareal, TeachArkansas Recruitment Program Advisor.
Attendees' previous education and valuable work experience may allow them to enter the classroom and begin teaching sooner than they might realize through the non-traditional route. Teaching offers numerous opportunities to explore professional positions. "Teaching is a rewarding and demanding profession, one that has the power to shape the future of our state and its children," said Dr. Ken James, director of the Arkansas Department of Education.
Experts from numerous educational fields will be on hand to answer questions on a wide range of subjects from non-traditional licensure and testing, to salaries and benefit options, to high-demand subject areas. Representatives from colleges and universities will also be on hand with information about education programs and classes that can help attendees to obtain their teaching licenses.
The Arkansas Department of Education representatives will conduct ongoing seminars throughout the day. Fingerprinting and background checks will also be offered for potential teachers.
The Teacher Job Fair is free and open to the public, and no prior registration or teaching experience is required of attendees. Attendees should bring their resumes and be prepared to interview. The hours for the Teacher Job Fair are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For more information go to the Web site www.teacharkansas.org.