1. Eat lunch in the faculty room and get to know the staff • Become part of the community • Steer clear of inappropriate conversations 2. Volunteer to help others in the building with activities, fundraisers, concerts, etc. 3. Invite the school leadership to observe you in order to: • Receive constructive feedback • Remind them about your talents 4. Attend staff training opportunities voluntarily • You may learn something • Demonstrates interest and enthusiasm to others in the school 5. Volunteer to serve as a mentor or tutor to a student • Before, during or after school • Speak with school counselors or other teachers 6. Arrange ...


While struggling to decide what to write about this week, an email came across my computer. So, as opposed to a list of tips, I am going to tell you a bit of a story and then some advice. Let's backtrack. I am organizing a career night for education students this October. Part of my job is to make sure that students are aware of all career possibilities beyond the traditional classroom teacher in a public school. Hence, I am organizing a career night where I will host approximately 10 organizations seeking an educator skill set, offering students full-time, part-time, ...


Oftentimes candidates, especially in this tight job market, come to me for advice on how to conduct their job search. They find themselves staring at the computer and realize they don't know where to begin, they feel overwhelmed or they use the same job site over and over. What they don't realize is that they need a strategy! A strategy is made up of the tools you need and the methods you choose to follow. Here are some key tools and a method that you may incorporate into your strategy. Tools • An available computer and printer • A job search spreadsheet/notebook/log...


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 ...


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