A RECENT QUESTION FROM A READER: How would I present information about a contract non-renewal in a positive way to prospective schools? All applications ask this and I am worried I will not receive consideration. I do have a reference from my supervisor. The non-renewal was due to differences with the priest (Catholic School). RESPONSES: Prospective employers will be interested if you have had a contract non-renewal due to performance or behavior. I think the best way to address this is to be honest about the circumstances. You would need to disclose that you did experience a non-renewal. If it ...


Often we think a job interview consists of the answers given to a series of questions from a committee or building administrator. There is an interview that happens even before you walk into the conference room or office that too often candidates overlook. The impressions you make on the students and office staff can impact the decision as to whether or not a candidate is a good fit for a school. Being personable, approachable and aware of those in the room is an indicator of the presence you will have in the school community. I recall an interviewee at my ...


Interviewing season is upon us...are you prepared? This post is geared toward interviewing preparation with, what I hope you find to be, helpful information! In order to be invited for an interview, you have to first apply to school districts (check back to the first post of January 2014), so make sure that step is complete. But it's what you do after you are invited for an interview that will help you obtain a teaching position...being prepared! Below are some easy steps to keep in mind when preparing for an interview, as well as afterward! Prior to the ...


It is about this time that many pre-service teachers are beginning or returning to their classrooms for their student-teaching experience. As you do so, I encourage you to take some time to reflect on your personal teaching philosophy and what you hope to imbue in your students. Specifically, I encourage you to think about the importance of citizenship, responsibility, and community action. Your students are part of communities, many of which they define themselves, and all of which are larger than themselves. As effective educators, we seek to identify these communities and encourage our students to think critically about their ...


Do you believe? Take time to reflect on that question, and what it means to you as an educator. Whether you just graduated and are in the first weeks of your teaching experience, searching for a teaching position, or are getting ready to begin your student teaching, this is a very important question. Do you believe in yourself as a teacher? Do you believe in your students and that each and every one of them has the potential to succeed? Below is a video that you may have seen before, but I encourage you to watch it again; if you ...


Happy New Year! I hope everyone is ready for a fantastic 2014, and if you are searching for a teaching position this year, I wish you all the best! For those of you who have begun your search for a 2014-2015 academic year teaching position know the intensity and time that can go along with creating professional documents, gathering necessary materials, and identifying districts where you would like to teach. So, how do you get a job? The first step is to apply, but in order to do so you must be prepared! My advice is to pace yourself, but ...


[Check out the video, "Everyday Leadership," http://www.ted.com/talks/drew_dudley_everyday_leadership.html, by Drew Dudley, on TED Talks] As educators we have likely provided countless "lollipop moments" for our students and their parents. What I love about Drew Dudley's message here is that as student teachers, new teachers, and seasoned professionals, we have the opportunity to be leaders in our classrooms, our educational institutions, our professional organizations, and beyond. What would it be like for YOU to take the leadership role in a group project for your teacher's prep program? What about in your student teaching ...


Are you a fresh new teacher heading out to interview and compete for the best teaching job out there? Well, you aren't alone! Be sure to follow these tips to get ahead in this upcoming interview season: Research, research, research. It is 2013, soon to be 2014, and Google is a powerful tool. So is LinkedIn. When you are offered an interview at a school or with a district, politely ask for the names of those with whom you will be meeting, and then do everything in your power to find more information about them. The more armed you are ...


Hold off on writing a general cover letter. Instead, be sure to have a targeted list of districts and schools and then tailor each letter to the needs of each particular district. Organize your interview portfolio. Many candidates have come to my office for a mock interview prepared to get through a 2-3 inch binder that they printed from LiveText for their licensure requirements. They are often shocked when I recommend that they edit it down to a ½-1 inch binder and to practice referencing their portfolio without the interviewer asking to see it. Locate your references past and present. ...


Many, if not most, of the postings to this blog recommend at one time or another the use of the career center at your college or university. That's such an important suggestion that it merits its own post - so here it is! The career advisors at your college know what employers look for, because they interact with employers on a regular basis. They exchange ideas with employers and with other career professionals. They are constantly seeking new ways to help you connect with the employers of your choice. Here are three of the many things that you should take ...


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