It is important to understand diversity at all levels - from student teachers who must gain additional experience working with diverse student populations via volunteer activities, to colleges and universities that need to make it a priority to place their student teachers in diverse settings, to school district administrators charged with staffing schools with diverse educators.
The first in a five part series highlighting tips for all parties involved in the teaching profession - from future educators, to those who prepare them, to the school district administrators who hire and support them in their careers.
Don't miss the Virtual Career eXPO on March 5th, 2015! A chance to connect online with representatives from over 60 school systems from across the country who need to fill hundreds of teaching vacancies for the 2015-16 school year. Attend webinars, participate in Q&A with industry professionals from AAEE (American Association for Employment in Education), and network with employers - all done real-time online!
As you begin your search for a teaching job, don't limit yourself geographically. Consider leaving your hometown or home state and venturing off to urban or rural school districts that desperately need highly qualified teachers. You may find not only an increased demand for educators (especially in surplus teaching fields) but also many additional benefits such as first class technology, mentoring opportunities, and professional development. Be open to serving those who may need you most.
Public school classrooms are becoming increasingly diverse and it is imperative that today's teachers strive for equity and excellence. Teachers must believe that all students can learn, set high standards, and adapt classrooms and instruction to meet the needs of students as necessary.
Suggestions for a long-term classroom educator pondering a career change.
Do your due diligence and research the school or school district prior to interviewing. Be able to impress interviewers with your knowledge of their schools and needs, and reinforce for yourself why you hope to work there.
Consider substitute teaching as a great way to gain additional experience, make connections, and open the door to future full-time employment opportunities.
Impress interviewers by demonstrating a successful sample lesson. Prepare well to show that you're a good fit for their school or district.
Beyond certification and related experiences, recruiters look for more. Likability and trustworthiness become highly desirable factors.