These are Human Resources Department-related questions asked during the Listening Tour hosted by the Board of Education in 2018.
- How do I know about open positions at KCKPS?
Jobs are posted on the KCKPS website as well as social media sites, educational institutions, government and regulatory agencies, private and public organization websites or newsletters. Additionally, the jobs are posted on equal opportunity media websites and/or advertisement with access to provide vacancies to potential applicants of diverse backgrounds that reach a pool of candidates locally, nationally, and internationally.
- How do I know if I am qualified to teach in the KCKPS District?
The Recruiting team evaluates each teacher candidate’s application, resume and experience to determine the type of license an individual has or may be eligible for in accordance with the job posting requirements. The Professional Workforce team provides additional review and assistance, as needed, for all traditional and alternative licenses pathways such as: Restricted Licenses, Expired Licenses, STEM, Out-of-State, Career Technical Education (CTE), Visiting Scholars, and International teachers programs.Professional Workforce and Recruiting Teams held two training sessions in the summer and fall of 2018 with the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) to seek guidance and advisement on how to expand and use the entire suite of license pathways to fill our teacher vacancies. We have increased the number of teachers who will have alternative certification and/or restricted licensure over the last two years.
- What is the process if I want to become licensed to teach in KCKPS?
We place a high priority on hiring qualified individuals who are licensed through the State of Kansas State Dept. of Education. Individuals may become licensed to teach in KCKPS in the following ways:
- Traditional licensure process for any individual who has graduated from a teacher education program in an accredited university.
- Licensure through alternative certification programs such as KCKPS Teaching Fellows, Para to Teacher program.
- Licensure through an accredited university upon acceptance into a Master’s in Education program (restricted license)
- How can I become a Special Education Teacher in the District if I have a general education degree?
We have provided opportunities for general education teachers to become Special Education teachers by paying for their Special Education waiver courses. KSDE allows general education teachers to immediately teach in the Special Education area while obtaining 10 courses that would provide them with a provisional license. In return for the payment of the waiver classes, teachers agree to work additional years at KCKPS.
- Do you review applicants from previous times for current job postings or do I have to apply each time?
It’s always best to reapply for positions that you are interested in pursuing. We do try to scan old applications but most of the time applicants have already taken other positions especially if the application is more than 30 days old. Additionally, the Recruiting team constantly scans resumes from multi-licensed teachers, to encourage them to review additional job openings. Invitations are sent to all candidates for our local District Career Fairs. This may include, but is not limited to: applicants, previous employees who may have left our district and wish to return, and referrals. If a previous employee is able to be rehired, invitations are provided to them as well.
- Do you have opportunities for “special assignments” or volunteer opportunities for those who like to work with kids but don’t have teaching degrees?
Teachers are required by state law to be licensed in order to be in the classroom with students. We do not hire teachers for “special assignment.” Individuals who come into our schools have to be hired as an employee with our onboarding process (background check, TB test, references). If someone wants to work within our schools and are not hired as an employee, s/he could apply to be a volunteer within our school district. To be a volunteer, a person is required to complete an application and background check through Student Services.
- Who makes the decisions about hiring classroom aides?
The budgets are set annually which affects the amount of classroom aides we have within each building. It is our hope that as the school district budget allows, we can continue to offer these positions to some of our KCKPS alumni while they are attending community colleges or universities locally once they obtain either 48 or 60 credit hours which many of our classroom aide jobs require.
- How do you determine what are “hard to fill” positions and which positions are currently identified this way?
Currently, the hard-to-fill positions include all math, science, English, Language Arts, Spanish, and special education jobs. These jobs are identified through KSDE and/or among jobs listed in the Teachers’ Negotiated Agreement.
- What support is provided to help teachers develop their skills?
As outlined in the Teacher’s Negotiated Agreement, the Intensive Assistance Support is a part of the teacher evaluation process. This process is designed to be additional support to those teachers who have been identified through the evaluation process as needing the supportKCKPS is fortunate to have Professional Development (PD) every Wednesday. Our PD is conducted both at the building level and the district level. These sessions focus on the goals and expected outcomes as outlined by district leadership.The district has also developed partnerships with several colleges and universities to promote continuing education for all of our staff. We have two universities, Mid-America Nazarene University and Grand Canyon University who offer discounts to our employees as well as their families. Additionally, we invite 30-plus colleges twice a year to participate in a College Education Day held at Central Office to discuss career development and encourage employees to pursue educational goals that will impact their ability to seek other positions within our school district.
- I am a classified staff member and want to know what professional development is available for me?
The district has also developed partnerships with several colleges and universities to promote continuing education for all of our staff. We have two universities, Mid-America Nazarene University and Grand Canyon University which offer discounts to our employees as well as their families. Additionally, we invite 30-plus colleges twice a year to participate in a College Education Day held at Central Office to discuss career development and encourage employees to pursue educational goals that will impact their ability to seek other positions within our school district.