DPS recruiting teachers from ranks of pros

DENVER – Denver Public Schools is recruiting for its teacher residency program and is reaching out to professionals in Boulder and Broomfield counties.

The DPS Denver Teacher Residency Program has 75 openings for its fifth class, which begins this summer. The application deadline is Feb. 15.

The program is looking for individuals from all backgrounds, but the need is especially high for bilingual teachers who would be willing to teach secondary math or science.

The program is an alternative way for professionals who already have a bachelor’s degree to jump into teaching.

Teachers who go through the program earn a master’s degree from the University of Denver, have supported time teaching in the classroom and are guaranteed a job in DPS. Once teachers finish their fourth year teaching in the district, they receive full reimbursement of their tuition for the program.

An estimate of fees to participate in the program and an application form are available online at www.denverteacherresidency.org. Costs include application fees, books and other student fees associated with DU’s Morgridge College of Education.

DPS pays its teachers using ProComp, a system that rewards teachers by offering salary incentives for service in hard-to-serve schools, teaching in high-needs subject areas, professionalism and high performance.

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