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PRESS RELEASE

June 7, 2006

Cathy Schroeder
(850) 245-0413

Great Florida Teach-in to Be Held in Tampa
Florida is looking for teachers to serve the needs of almost 2.7 million students

TALLAHASSEE — Teacher candidates from around the state and nation will have an opportunity to look for a teaching job by attending the Great Florida Teach-In June 7 and 8 in Tampa. The statewide job fair is the cornerstone of Florida's campaign to attract approximately 32,000 classroom teachers in time for the 2006-07 school year.

"The Great Florida Teach-In is a terrific forum for teachers seeking employment in Florida," said K-12 Public Schools Chancellor Cheri Pierson Yecke. "High-quality teachers from around the country will have a convenient one-stop-shop venue to locate a teaching position."

Teacher candidates should expect to graduate by August 2006 or already have a bachelor's degree or higher in education or a relevant subject area from an accredited U.S. institution. Candidates can also have an equivalent degree from a foreign institution. In addition, a candidate's chances of being offered employment increase if he or she possesses at least one of the following credentials:

  • a valid Florida Professional or Temporary Educator Certificate;
  • a valid Standard Educator Certificate from another state; or
  • an Official Statement of Eligibility issued by the Florida Department of Education.

Representatives will be on-site from more than 60 school districts and charter schools to schedule interviews and offer job contracts to selected candidates. Nearly 1,700 teacher candidates have pre-registered to attend the Teach-In and a similar number are expected to register on-site.

Teachers can also find out about teaching in Florida by visiting www.TeachInFlorida.com, the state's official teacher recruitment web site. Educators can locate teaching positions, post their resume or learn about the Troops to Teachers and Education as a Career programs. The site also offers information through the Teacher's Toolkit and the Teacher's Lounge.

On-site registration begins at the Teach-In at 8:00 a.m. both days. There is no registration fee.