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Troops to Teachers Colorado
About Troops to Teachers Colorado
The state of Colorado has approximately 409,000 veterans and serves over 900,000 students across urban and rural contexts. The state, like all others in the country, is experiencing an increasing teacher shortage in critical content areas. While there may be a teacher shortage, there is also a population of over 400,000 highly-talented, skilled and socially-conscious military veterans ready to support students.
The Troops to Teachers Colorado program matches veterans with high-needs education areas, including geographically isolated rural school areas and developing socioeconomic areas. The program also aims to fill subject areas affected by the teacher shortage, such as math, science, special education, foreign language and STEM subjects.
The program focuses on the face-to-face relationship building at six military bases as well as with local schools and districts, higher education and communities. There is also strong relationship development between CDE and veterans through targeted recruitment, career guidance and support into the classroom.
Troops to Teachers Update: Fiscal Year 2021
Due to the uncertain Fiscal Year 2021 budget, Troops to Teachers Program registrations or bonus applications are not being accepted at this time. The Troops to Teachers Program and State offices will continue to assist current participants with teacher licensing and hiring assistance. Current program participants can continue to access and update their records via the Jobs2Teach link on www.proudtoserveagain.com.
Service members and veterans interested in becoming a program participant should complete the “Program Interest” form located on www.proudtoserveagain.com. This form provides basic contact information so you can be notified directly if program funding becomes available.
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Troops to Teachers Colorado provides counseling, advising and employment referral services.
Does Troops to Teachers provide classes and programs that lead to teacher licensing?
Troops to Teachers does NOT teach classes. Troops to Teachers provides assistance to veterans to find state-approved licensure programs and pathways.
Does Troops to Teachers award teaching licenses?
Troops to Teachers does NOT issue teaching licenses. Each state has specific licensure requirements. Troops to Teacher advisors are familiar with state licensing requirements and will assist applicants in meeting those standards.
Does Troops to Teachers determine where you teach?
No. The Troops to Teachers participant decides what and where they want to teach. There may be financial assistance/incentives (up to $10,000) if the Troops to Teachers participant is eligible for incentives and secures employment in a high need school.
Once troops registers, are they obligated to teach?
No. Registering with Troops to Teachers does not incur any obligation. There is a three-year obligation to teach in a high needs school only if the Troops to Teachers participant is eligible for and accepts Troops to Teachers financial incentives (stipend/bonus).To learn more about financial assistance, please visit the Troops to Teachers financial assistance webpage.
Do you need a degree in education to be eligible for Troops to Teachers?
A degree in education is NOT required to become a teacher; however, most teaching positions require a minimum of a bachelor’s degree.
Will Troops to Teachers help you bypass state requirements to help you get into the classroom more quickly?
Being a member of the Troops to Teacher program does not allow you to bypass any of the state standards. All teachers must meet state certification requirements.
Virtual office hours are conducted every day of the week. If you would like to schedule a virtual counseling session with John or Korey, please contact us via email to establish the appointment.
No in-person office hours will be scheduled in February 2021 at the Denver Office; however, both John and Korey will hold in-person office hours at Colorado military bases throughout every week. Please contact us to schedule an appointment.
Please note that Troops to Teachers Colorado is operating remotely in accordance with the Statewide Stay-At-Home Order. We are still available to answer questions and provide support! Contact Korey Brown by email or at 303.945.5537 or John Scheuer by email or at 720.670.0882.
Most job fairs are anticipated to be canceled or moved to virtual platforms due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The latest news and updates will be posted on the Troops to Teachers Colorado LinkedIn group webpage. This webpage is updated regularly but we ask that you contact Korey or John for the most up-to-date information.
For additional school and district support, visit the CDE COVID-19 Resources webpage.
Substitute Boot Camp
The Substitute Boot Camp is a free, virtual seminar specifically designed to support, assist and encourage substitute teachers with starting their first day on the job. This seminar is an excellent resource for currently authorized substitute teachers and individuals who are in-process of obtaining their substitute authorization. Participants will learn about their roles and responsibilities as a substitute teacher, including:
- Understanding and executing academic lesson plans
- Preparing lesson plans when lesson plans aren't available
- Classroom management and identification of challenged and high-needs students
- Maintaining appropriate student records, including recording grades
- School policy and emergency response
Additional information, including Substitute Boot Camp dates and registration details are available on the Substitute Boot Camp flyer.
Learn more about becoming a substitute/guest teacher, the different authorizations available, and resources available to support you in this pathway!
Troops to Teachers is proud to announce new professional development opportunities. Each month Troops to Teachers will conduct “Licensing 101” virtual briefings via Zoom. These seminars are designed to discuss the benefits of the Troops to Teachers program, introduce TEACH Colorado and to review requirements to become an educator or perform duties in educational support across Colorado. These professional development opportunities will be conducted virtually to reach our rural partners. All events are from 6:00PM to 7:30PM. Zoom link is available in the Troops to Teachers LinkedIn page.
- February 25th
- March 25th
- April 29th
Networking events, also known as social mixers, will be held each month to provide an opportunity for current and future Troops to Teachers educators to come together. Registration is not required. Additional information will be available soon.
Work Force, Employment and Recruitment Events (Virtual and In-Person)
The Troops to Teachers program participates in employment and recruitment events throughout the state. Upcoming event dates and locations will be listed below. Additionally, Transition Program Career/Resourcing and events are held at military bases every month. Be sure to follow us on LinkedIn for the most up-to-date information.
- March 4 (9 - 11:00 am) - Adams State University Veterans Center (In-Person)
- March 4 (1 - 3:00 pm) Fort Lewis College Education Center (In-Person)
- March 9, 10 and 11 - CASE Winter Leadership Conference (In-Person)
- March 16 - Recruit Military Career Fair (Virtual)
- March 18 - Colorado Mesa University Teacher Job Fair (In-Person)
- March 25 - Colorado Mesa University Teacher Job Fair (Virtual)
- March 25 and 26 (3 - 7:00 pm) - University of Northern Colorado Teacher Job Fair (Virtual)