Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Why a California District Is Recruiting Teachers From the Philippines

Why a California District Is Recruiting Teachers From the Philippines:

Why a California District Is Recruiting Teachers From the Philippines



Officials at the Sacramento City Unified School District took an international field trip to the Philippines this year -- to hire teachers.
The district says it has no choice but to look abroad to fill vacancies, as schools around California and the nation face a shortage of employable teachers.
Sacramento City Unified is the only district in the greater Sacramento region hiring from the Philippines through a program that began last year.
In the Philippines, English is widely taught in schools and is an official language, along with Tagalog. The country, which was governed by the United States before World War II, retains a similar school system, which is why teachers can easily transfer their credentials to the U.S., according to Ligaya Avenida, CEO of AIC Inc., the consulting firm that brings teachers over.
"The teachers from the Philippines, they have a strong desire to do the best they can," Avenida said. "They have a high level of commitment."
Avenida, who charges the teachers $2,500 for a placement in the U.S., completes all of the paperwork, including transcript verifications and visa applications. The process can take a couple of months. There is no cost to the district, except for hotel rooms in the Philippines for its staff.
Jake Hansen, personnel specialist for Sacramento City Unified, flew to the Philippines last year for the first time to hire 12 special education teachers. After three days of interviews, he flew back to Sacramento.
"We couldn't fill our needs locally," Hansen said. "We always have a need for special education teachers."
The teachers are able to work in the U.S. through the J-1 non-immigrant visa program, which promotes cultural and educational exchanges. Legally, they can stay for an initial three-year period and then apply for a two-year Why a California District Is Recruiting Teachers From the Philippines:

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