A nationally board certified teacher sent me an email this weekend describing how she and other NBCTs were approached about doing some screening of online teacher applications that they assumed would be NEW online teacher applications. That didn't make a ton of sense, given how many teachers were being laid off, but she applied anyway (and didn't get the gig). She attached the letter and I thought you might want to see it. It doesn't say either way, though I can see how it might be confusing. Do you know anyone else who applied to do this? At what point were they told they'd be screening veteran teachers not newbies? Did any of them bail out at this point? Read the attached note and let us know what you think. UPDATE: WBEZ says up to half of online applications were rated poorly.
SCREENING APPLICATIONS FOR NEW TEACHER CANDIDATES
Even in these difficult economic times, there remains a need to fill teaching vacancies, and CPS anticipates receiving thousands of applications from qualified teacher candidates in the coming weeks.
In an effort to more effectively select our future teachers, the Office of Human Capital is seeking National Board Certified Teachers to help review and rate components of the online applications before they are forwarded to CPS principals. Participants are expected to commit a minimum of 5 hours per week beginning in July and potentially carrying into early August. While there is no limit on the hours NBCTs can work per week, screening MUST NOT be performed during hours in which your school is in session.
Participating NBCTs will be paid $5 per application; we anticipate an average pace of 7-8 applications screened per hour (~$35-40/hour). Participants are encouraged to do this work from home in the evening and/or on weekends, as long as you have access to a non-public (work or personal) computer.
If you are interested in participating, you will be expected to complete a brief practice activity (~20 minutes) and a short webinar training session (~60 minutes); a final list of NBCTs will then be selected. You will be paid for participating in both of these activities, as well.