People Development on Our Team

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  • At SLPS, one of our core values is “people matter.” The Academics and Human Resources teams, in partnership with the Parsons Blewett Memorial Fund and our local university partners, are committed to ensuring that our employees have the opportunity to continue to grow professionally in ways aligned to their passion. We firmly believe that we all must be learners in this work, and that’s why we take providing a wide range of learning opportunities for our employees seriously. Through partnerships with many local universities and organizations, we offer many certifications, scholarships through Parsons Blewett, graduate programs, tuition discounts, etc. You can explore them here!

    Please use this guide to learn about current opportunities for growing yourself professionally as well as to give us feedback about your interest in potential programs!  Please ensure you complete the survey here to give us feedback on what else you’d like to see!

    In Partnership,
    Your Academics and Human Resources Team


     

  • Navigating This Guide: 

    • Section I: Information for certificated employees
    • Section II: Information for non-certificated employees
    • Section III: Additional opportunities applicable to most employees and contact information. 
    • Survey Hyperlink: All of the survey hyperlinks route to the same survey, which will allow you to weigh in on opportunities that interest you.
  • Thank you to Parsons Blewett Memorial Fund, whose generosity has made many of these programs possible.

     

    Section I: Pathways for Certificated Employees
    (Teachers, School Leaders, Counselors, etc.)

    Program

    University

    Current or Potential

    Additional Notes

    Next Steps

    Gifted Certification 
    [funded by Parsons Blewett]

    Lindenwood University

    Current

    Priority given to teachers in gifted schools and gifted classrooms within SLPS schools

    Contact LaTisha Smith

     

    Reading Specialist Certification
    [funded by Parsons Blewett]

    University of Missouri-St. Louis

    Current

    This is a track to become certified to become a certified reading specialist (a requirement for the role of Academic Instructional Coach). We recognize the importance of literacy skills for all students grades PK-12. This program helps teachers become better teachers of reading, while earning their certification in the process.

    Contact LaTisha Smith

    Montessori Certification
    [funded by Parsons Blewett]

    Hope Montessori

    Current

    This program certifies teachers in Montessori methods. Priority is given to teachers in Montessori schools within SLPS. Most training occurs during the summer, with follow-up into the fall and spring semesters.

    Contact LaTisha Smith

    English as a Second Language Program

    Webster University

    Current

    Priority given to teachers in ESOL programs and schools serving large ESOL population.

    Contact Alla Gonzalez Del-Castillo

    STEM Certificate
    [funded by Parsons Blewett]

    Maryville University

    Current

    This is a summer program for teachers interested in gaining a STEM certificate. Learn more here: https://www.maryville.edu/ed/stem-education-certificate-program/

     

    Contact Cindy Frank, Parsons Blewett or Zehra Khan

    Individual Pathways
    [funded by Parsons Blewett]

    Varies

    Current

    Through Parsons Blewett, certificated employees can receive up to $30,000 in tuition reimbursement at a university of their choosing. Individuals must apply through application and must be employed with the district one-full year to be eligible.

    Contact Cindy Frank, Parsons Blewett

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    Section II: Pathways for Non-Certificated Employees
    (Teacher Aides, Instructional Care Aides, Etc.)

    Program

    University/Organization

    Current or Potential

    Additional Notes

    Next Steps

    Teacher Certification
    [funded by Parsons Blewett]

    Lindenwood

    Current

    This is for current SLPS teacher assistants (TAs) or instructional care aides (ICAs) interested in receiving their initial teacher certification. Candidates must have at least a 2.75 GPA and 60 credit hours from an accredited university.

    Contact LaTisha Smith

    Accelerated Teacher Certification Program

    TBD

    Potential

    This program would allow current SLPS non-certificated staff to become certified to teach in a high-need area through an innovative, micro-credentialing platform. 

    Contact Anna Westlund

    Certification Exam Tutoring Course

    University Instructors via EdForce

    Current

    This is a learning opportunity designed to support employees who have a degree in education, but need support passing their Missouri certification exams (MEGA). 

    Contact Anna Westlund

    Teacher Residency

    St. Louis Teacher Residency (in partnership with Washington University)

    Current

    This is a program targeted at persons who have an undergraduate degree and want to become a teacher. In this program, first year residents work with a mentor teacher full-time for a stipend. In the next three years, residents will be hired as full-time teachers and will complete a Master’s with Washington University. There will be no cost to the resident. More information at www.stlteach.org

    Contact Anna Westlund

    Teach For America

    Teach For America (in partnership with UMSL)

    Current

    This is a program targeted at persons who have an undergraduate degree and want to become a teacher. In this program, a TFA corps member has summer training and then is immediately the teacher-of-record in an SLPS classroom. Through coursework and coaching, corps members receive their certification after two years. More information at www.teachforamerica.org

    Contact Anna Westlund

     

     

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    SECTION III: Additional Opportunities and Contact Information

    Additional Opportunities Available to SLPS Employees:

    • Washington University Tuition Reduction: SLPS employees can enroll at University College at Washington University and receive a 50% tuition reduction on all coursework (contact LaTisha Smith with questions and interest)
    • Parsons Blewett Professional Development Series: SLPS employees can be supported to attend conferences, academies, and other professional learning opportunities through the scholarship fund with Parsons Blewett (contact Cindy Frank with questions and interest)
    • Support Staff Scholarship (contact the SLPS Foundation with questions and interest)

    Contact Information:

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