(Closed) Anyone work for a charter school?

posted 4 years ago in Career
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Honey bee
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p2010 :  Charter schools are still schools and you will be required to have a teaching license.  They are considered public schools.

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cmbr :  +1. I went to a charter school for middle school, and our class would take the city bus to the public library or local University library with our teacher(s) every to supervise us every Friday. We would spend the day collecting research materials for our papers and projects and discussing them with our teacher(s) in the small meeting rooms. I think that’s pretty typical of charter schools in my area. 

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p2010 :  Do you have a Masters of Library Science? I have two friends who do and both of them got their foot in the door at the public library. One of my friends was in the Young Adult section and another working in References. They got their university jobs after a couple of years of working at the public library. I hope this helps, just in case you find it difficult and frustrating to find the gig you want right away. 

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p2010 :  Girl, private schools require teaching licenses too.  Pretty much any school would require a license.  I’m not sure you fully understand what a school librarian does.  In most situations library is an actual class.  School librarians read to the kids, teach the kids where to find things, teach the kids about books and authors…in some cases they even help with Accelerated Reader testing and sometimes even standardized testing.  Have you ever taught a class with 25-30 kids, all with questions?  Have you ever read to 30+ kids at once and managed them effectively?  Plus…most school librarians are only part time, if the school has a librarian at all.  At my private school our middle school reading teacher takes over the library classes and volunteer moms come in to do all the organization.  So…it’s definitely NOT a full time job.

Basically what I am saying…make sure you know fully what a school librarian does before you get into it.

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Helper bee

Actually, many charter schools will allow teachers to teach on a long-term substitute license, which only requires a Bachelor’s degree (and clean background checks and all that associated paperwork). Not every charter school is held to the same standards as the public school system; it depends on where their funding comes from. However, I wouldn’t recommend doing it unless you’re planning on pursuing licensure, because teaching (or working in a school in any capacity) is a tough gig that no one should do unless they’re really committed. I’ve taught at a charter school for the last three years; let me know if you have questions.

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p2010 :  My point was that charter schools may not require licensure if you’re highly qualified in other ways–it varies from school to school, at least in my state. I would look into an online librarian licensure program if that’s your goal–why not go ahead and get a school librarian certification (which is not the same as a teaching license) if you know that’s what you want to do?

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