Tomorrow is September 1st. In many parts of the country school has started or is just about to start. This is the time of the year that many unemployed teaching candidates feel despondent; that there is no chance for a job. THIS IS NOT THE CASE! Many schools find themselves in need of last minute teachers for various reasons: turnover, enrollment, budget, and unexpected leaves of absence. Just yesterday, I was contacted by a local charter school who needs 4-5 new teachers immediately and was organizing a last minute open house. A simple search on Indeed.com shows over 1700 ...


It is the start of another academic year, which means it is time to consider your goals for the next nine months. If you are looking for ways to distinguish yourself from your peers, improve the quality of your instruction, and manage your career, consider the following activities: 1. Network. Join a professional association or attend a conference. Create a LinkedIn account, add connections and join discussion groups. Networking not only helps you locate future job leads, but you also stay abreast of current trends and best practices within the field. 2. Contribute to the field. Volunteer for a leadership ...


If ever there was an industry where you needed to distinguish yourself from your peers, it is education. Nearly everyone has identical experience because of state credentialing requirements. Student teaching alone is insufficient because every applicant will have it. Don't worry though. There are some strategies you can use to stand out. Begin by considering the needs of your readers. For example, many districts emphasize 21st century skills. Make a list of the qualifications districts will look for in an ideal candidate. Then identify the ways your academic journey or professional background can demonstrate your ability to meet these needs. ...


If you feel stuck in your job search, do not lose hope. First and foremost, the labor market is not as bleak as you might believe. If a traditional teaching position is your primary objective, be persistent. The fastest way to increase your job prospects is to expand the geographical parameters of your search. If you have not done so already, connect with your college's career services office or faculty for troubleshooting. They can also help you gain a competitive edge by reviewing your resume, cover letter and interview responses. If you are limited in your geographical mobility or are ...


Reality: Many districts may give preference to individuals who have held a permanent teaching position over others with limited subbing experience. Unless you are in a long-term position, substitutes are there one day and gone the next. Individuals with a permanent teaching position often have more experience with classroom management and lesson planning. They are also able to form ongoing relationships with students, attend IEP meetings, serve on interdisciplinary teams and communicate with parents. Subbing does indeed expand your network and is a viable option if you have no other alternatives. If you find yourself substitute teaching, strengthen your rapport ...


Melissa, an Upward Bound student, has been helping out in the Career Center for the past six weeks. She graduated from high school in June and took some concurrent enrollment classes at Dixie State College. She is considering secondary education as a career. This choice is based on a positive experience she had with a dynamic history teacher in her junior year of high school. I asked her to share with me and with you what she thinks makes a good teacher. Here is her response. What Makes a Good Teacher A good teacher knows the subject they are teaching ...


Recently, Joyce from Massachusetts posted this question on the Education Week Top School Jobs Career Corner blog. I would like to address her question as my blog entry this week. Teaching was a second career for me, so when I retired, I did not get as large a pension as a 30-year teacher. Therefore, I still need to work. I taught 4th and 5th grade for 18 years in public schools. Now I'd like to do something else, but am not sure what that is. I have a Masters in Elementary Education, and have some supervisory/mentoring experience. Aside from ...


Every classroom teacher needs to read. Although many schools require teachers to adhere to prescribed curriculum, in many cases there is room for some teacher-selected literature. The classics are always a good choice; however, that does not mean teachers have to ignore popular fiction/non-fiction entirely. It is a good idea to have an understanding of what students are selecting on their own. I suggest you educate yourself by reading what your students are reading, so you can initiate conversations about or allude to characters and situations from their picks. Whether you have a job or not, and regardless of ...


You are at a summer family gathering and inevitably someone asks, "Do you have a job yet?" If your answer is no, it is hard to keep from feeling discouraged. However, you are not alone. Many recent graduates have not found suitable employment yet. Unfortunately, this is particularly true for education graduates. When I graduated from college with my teaching certificate, teaching jobs were scarce. In fact, I was hired just one week before the school year started at a high school that was closing at the end of the year due to district boundary changes and dropping enrollment. I ...


Because teaching certification is sanctioned by individual states, teacher candidates often wonder how to transfer their credentials from one state to another. While there are requirements that are unique to each state, the process is manageable. Here are some tips: 1) Begin with the State Certification Office - Typically this agency is referred to as the Department of Education (DOE) for the state. The American Association for Employment in Education (AAEE) provides a comprehensive list of state certification offices in its annual Job Search Handbook for Educators. You can also Google the DOE for individual states. 2) Navigate as an ...


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