1. Troops to Teachers SEPTEMBER 2012 Central States Vol. 4-12A Great Opportunity: Teacher Ambassador STAFFIf you’ve been teaching for at least five years, check out the Teacher Ambassador Program. With the Jefferson City Officeoption of participating on full-time or part-time bases. There are only a very few Fellows selected, 877-530-2765so please contact the TTT office for guidance on the application process. View program details atthe following link: Teacher Ambassador Fellowship. Chad Schatz Directorhttp://www2.ed.gov/programs/teacherfellowship/index.html John Hose Assistant DirectorThe Teaching Ambassador Fellowship program offers three separate year-long paid positions: Ron Marsch Supervisor 1. The Washington Fellowship is a full-time appointment based at the Department’s Headquarters in Washington, John Parker 2. The Classroom Fellowship enables teachers to participate on a part-time Supervisor basis for the Department, in addition to their regular school responsibilities, Debbie Butcher working in collaboration with the Department’s Regional Offices and Teacher Certification 3. The Regional Fellowship, which is a full-time appointment based at one of Supervisor the Department’s Regional Communications Offices – Atlanta, GA; Seattle, Alice Kirsch WA; and either Boston, MA, New York City or Philadelphia, PA. Administrative AssistantIf you are interested in applying for 2013-2014 Fellowship, email the US Dept of Ed at email@example.com with the subject line “notify me” and they will inform you when the 2013-2014 St. Louis OfficeApplication is released. 314-467-5080 Mike Bitzenburg“All Teaching Ambassador Fellows spend one year learning about key federal programs and poli- Supervisorcies; sharing their expertise with federal staff members; and providing outreach and communication Robert Hummelabout federal initiatives to other educators on behalf of the Department in order to help teachers Approval Developerunderstand and implement these efforts at the federal, state and local levels, to improve the likeli-hood of their success. For the Fellows, the program adds greater knowledge of educational policy Suzanne Adamand leadership to their toolkits to contribute to solutions at all levels for long intractable challenges Secretaryin education.” Kansas City Office 816-241-1705 Scan this code and Scan this code with Turner Shipman be the first one to Supervisor your mobile device leave a message. to be directed to the Leo Blakley Mention that you Approval Developer Troops for Teaches used this code and website. Sharon Sawyer receive a free gift. Secretary To find out if you are eligible for GI Bill education and training benefits, call 888-442-4551.
2. State Teacher Job Vacancy Sites VA Medical Looking for a new job? These are some sources that may prove useful for certified teaching and substituting. Centers IA: http://www.iowaeducationjobs.com/ MO: http://www.moteachingjobs.com/ in Missouri KS: http://www.kansasteachingjobs.com/ NE: http://www.nebraskaeducationjobs.com/ Columbia 800 Hospital DriveHow to Participate in Troops for Teachers 573-814-6000The most common initial question candidates ask is, “How do I participate in Troops to Teachers?” Kansas CityA helpful way to get started is by understanding the Participant Lifecycle below: 4801 Linwood Blvd. 816-861-4700 orDetermine Eligibility 800-525-1483Go to www.proudtoserveagain.com to complete the Self-Determination of Eligibility Guide to findout if you may be eligible. Poplar BluffRegister 1500 N. Westwood Blvd.Register online at www.proudtoserveagain.com or ask the Troops to Teachers Office for a Registration Packet. 573-686-4151Your Certification Pathway St. LouisYour state recognizes subject-specific preparation programs which result in certification. Contact the Jefferson BarracksTroops to Teachers Office for details on specific programs. Jefferson Barracks DriveTeacher Certification 314-652-4100 orCertification, in most states, requires passing the Praxis exam and getting a criminal history check. To 800-228-5459receive a 10% off on Praxis study materials use the discount code “troops” at www.ets.org. St. LouisGet Hired John Cochran DivisionTTT can help you land a position by identifying job opportunities and providing guidance onrésumés, cover letters and the interview process. 915 N. Grand Blvd. 314-652-4100 orBecome a Mentor! 800-228-5459Classroom experience helps you understand what it means to be a great teacher. Share your knowl-edge and passion for teaching with a new TTT participant! s to Teacher oop s The national Troops to Teachers website is located at www.proudtoserveagain.com. Tr Teacher Certification Contact Information Iowa Ce s Geri McMahon • )515-281-8323 n tr a l S t a t e E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org www.troopstoteachers.mo.gov Missouri In order to qualify for the Debbie Butcher • )573-751-7863 Troops to Teachers program,Missouri/Kansas/Nebraska/Iowa E-mail: email@example.com a veteran must have at leastChad Schatz, Director Kansas six years of military service.John Hose, Assistant Director Sungti Hsu • )785-291-3573 Most have much more than that. Often, a TTT veteran is aMissouri Department of Elementary E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org retiree with at least 20 years ofand Secondary Education Nebraska service. This gives the schoolVeterans Education and Training Section administrator a dependableP.O. Box 480 • Jefferson City, MO 65102-0480 )402-471-0739 • E-mail: email@example.com teacher for today’s challengingPhone: 877-530-2765 • Fax: 573-526-5710 Website: http://www.education.ne.gov/tcert school environment.Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgThe Department of Elementary and Secondary Education does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programsand activities. Inquiries related to Department programs and to the location of services, activities, and facilities that are accessible by persons with disabilities maybe directed to the Jefferson State Office Building, Civil Rights Compliance (Title VI/Title IX/504/ADA/Age Act), 205 Jefferson Street, Jefferson City, MO 65102-0480;telephone number 573-526-4757 or Relay Missouri 800-735-2966. DESE 3440 9/11
3. Gov. Nixon signs legislation to strengthen, expandSpecial Points Show-Me Heroes program to further increaseof Interest employment opportunities for Missouri veterans••The Department In July 2012, Gov. Jay Nixon visited Broyles Transfer and Storage in Kirksville to sign House of Veterans Affairs Bill 1680, which strengthens and expands the Show-Me Heroes program. Missouri’s Show-Me Heroes program was established by Gov. Nixon in 2010 to expand employment opportunities wants all veterans for Missouri’s military veterans and spouses. to know about During his visit, the Governor also officially presented Broyles Transfer and Storage with the recent changes Flag of Freedom award, which is presented to Missouri businesses that hire veterans. Jacob made to the Post- Condon, one of the owners of the company, is an officer in the Missouri National Guard who is currently deployed in the Middle East. 9/11 GI Bill. “I am proud to present the Flag of Freedom award to a business that has made hiring veterans••There are various a priority,” Gov. Nixon said. “I am also proud to sign this legislation to strengthen our Show- Me Heroes program so even more Missouri businesses hire those who have served us so ways to determine admirably in our Armed Forces. Our military veterans are well-trained and make excellent eligible benefits. employees, and Show-Me Heroes is a great way to acknowledge their sacrifices while helping them transition back to civilian life upon their return home.” Under HB 1680, Show-Me Heroes would add an On-the-Job (OJT) training component for returning National Guard, Reservists and recently-separated active-duty service members that The Missouri Show-Me Heroes employers agree to hire. Through an OJT program, employers would be reimbursed for 50 percent of the Show-Me Heroes participant’s wages during a contracted State Approving training period. The wage reimbursement will serve as an incentive for Show-Me HeroesAgency Directory employers to hire and train returning National Guard, Reservists or recently separated active duty personnel.features all schools The legislation also expands the eligibility of financial assistance to the spouses of active- and colleges duty service members in addition to the spouses of National Guard and Reservists who are approved for the currently eligible. The financial assistance in this legislation includes payment of overdue bills; transportation and day care costs when pursuing employment; and vocational counseling and GI Bill. Request a subsidized employment. copy by calling The Show-Me Heroes program, established by Gov. Nixon in January 2010, is designed 877-530-2765. to connect military veterans with job opportunities when they return home from service. Administered by the Missouri Division of Workforce Development within the Department of Economic Development, Show-Me Heroes has served as a campaign to showcase Missouri businesses that are committed to hiring veterans. Employers participating in the Show-Me Heroes program sign a pledge to increase efforts to reach out to, recruit and interview veterans for job openings at their business. (Cont)
4. Federal Benefits for Veterans, Get the most Dependents and Survivors out of your The 2011 edition of the VA’s Federal Benefits for Veterans, Dependents GI Bill benefits and Survivors booklet is now available. It provides rates for certain Click here to federal payments and visit the official outlines many programs GI Bill site at and services provided www.gibill. by the VA and other federal agencies. The va.gov booklet also includes toll-free phone numbers, Internet addresses and aTo date, 2,118 Missouri businesses have taken the Show-Me directory of VA facilitiesHeroes pledge and 1,637 veterans have been hired. Those throughout the country.businesses like Broyles Transfer and Storage that have hired Download a PDF version of the booklet by clicking onveterans receive the Flag of Freedom award, which consists the link below. Or, view the information online usingof a plaque featuring an American flag patch from the combat your Web browser by going to www.va.gov/opa/uniform of a member of the Missouri National Guard worn publications/benefits_book.asp.while that Citizen-Soldier or Airman was deployed in Iraq orAfghanistan. Click HERE to download the 2011 edition of the booklet.Employers who wish to participate in Show-Me Heroes can visitthe state’s Web site, MO.gov, to register and take the pledge.Once a company has done so, it is listed in an online databasethat highlights veteran-friendly employers across Missouri. Thedatabase includes contact information for the businesses andlinks to their Web sites.Employers receive a special certificate, signed by the Governor,and a decal to display at their location. In addition to theemployer directory, the Show-Me Heroes Web site also includesresources for job-seeking veterans, including links to employmentopenings in state government and a link to a statewide one-stop-shop for Missourians looking for work.“My administration remains committed to helping our veterans The Sweet Dream Picture Pillows are available to thefind jobs when they return home,” Gov. Nixon said. “I ask every children of any family whose father or mother is onemployer in Missouri to visit MO.gov today to take the Show- active duty and will be absent from their family for atMe Heroes pledge so we can express our gratitude to Missouri’s least three months.service men and women, while continuing to move our economy Please read more about Sweet Dream Picture Pillowsforward.” on our website to learn more about this project and the brave men and women serving in every single branchIn addition to Show-Me Heroes, another measure the state has of our armed forces.taken under Gov. Nixon to encourage veterans to live, work,and retire here in Missouri came in 2009 when the Governor You are appreciated and we thank you!signed legislation gradually phasing out the state tax on militaryretirement income. Under the new law, by 2016, military Visit our website at: http://www.pillowprojectusa.comveterans will not pay any state taxes on military pensions. To find out if you are eligible for Veterans Education and Training benefits, or to see how much your entitlement is, call 888-442-4551.
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