While a resume and cover letter are non-negotiable documents in the application process, a portfolio is an optional piece. Rarely will an employer request a portfolio, either in the initial screening or at the interview. So, if employers don’t request portfolios, why prepare one? Based on feedback from recent graduates and employers, here are some reasons to consider: • The portfolio demonstrates organization and attention to detail. • Bringing a portfolio to an interview implies motivation and passion for teaching. • Creating and formatting a portfolio (either hard copy or electronic) demonstrates expertise with technical applications. • The portfolio provides a concrete visual ...


What may once have been an exciting indicator of a new technological era, the virtual job fairs of today have taken a more meaningful role in recruiting and employing qualified teachers. With current school budget cuts reducing the number of available positions and recruitment monies, virtual job fairs may be a more viable option for both employers and candidates. For candidates, virtual job fairs provide an opportunity to view and apply for positions all in one, on-line location, even from the comfort of their own home computers. For employers, virtual fairs are more economical, permitting school districts to post vacancies ...


The lazy days of summer are upon us, but if you’re still searching for a teaching position for the fall, these summer days are probably filled with anxiety and fear. It’s not too late to find a fall job, so don’t give up! Below are a few summer job-search strategies: 1) Clean up from the spring. Review the list of applications you have sent out, and re-contact districts you have not heard from. Ask politely if they can give you an idea of their hiring timelines. Even a rejection notice will allow you to cross that job ...


As an educator, I find it imperative and a sense of duty to the profession, to engage in constant professional development, educational growth, and personal learning. Life-long learning, after all, is what being a teacher is about. International teaching, with its built-in structure of constant professional development combined with working in a culture and society far removed from our own, opens new horizons with endless opportunities for expanding our minds. Should you consider the path of international teaching, you will find excellent benefits packages. These usually include excellent salaries, travel stipends, and housing. The typical K-12 American School abroad often ...


The national newspaper USA Today recently ran an article about the coming tsunami in hiring teachers. I thought this was an interesting article since we are in the middle of a sharp downturn in the economy and there are layoffs in education. Many districts are cutting staff and laying off teachers, so how could this article be correct? After browsing the article and pausing for a moment of thought I realized that this headline was correct. We will soon, maybe it will take a year or two, have a great need for new teachers. This will be a result of ...


Does the law of supply and demand apply to teachers? The reason I ask this question is because we have a shortage of math, science, and special education teachers. Will schools eventually join the free enterprise system and reward teachers in these high demand areas with commensurate salaries from the non-teaching world? Recently I have seen signing bonuses for student teachers graduating in these fields. Will these bonuses continue for the career of the teacher? The reason I mention this is twofold. First, I was visiting with an excellent junior high school science teacher who had been the teacher for ...


A few years ago I attended an AAEE (American Association for Employment in Education) national conference. The conference attendees were abuzz over a statement made by a recruiter. The statement was in essence that a teacher is hired because of his or her personality. College and university faculty and career services personnel were very upset. How could someone think that a teacher was hired because of personality? What about the years of training and education? Didn’t those years of education mean anything? After pondering the idea of personality as the reason for hire I came to the following conclusion. ...


A few years ago a student came into my office to discuss his teaching career. He said, “I just finished student teaching. I graduate in two months and I hate teaching. What do I do now?” I was stunned. How did this student get so far in his education without getting experience in the classroom to find out if he would be a good teacher? Was his teacher preparation program so rigid about his in-class studies that they missed the most important part of his education, real time in the public school classroom? How could the teacher education program better ...


I wish that I had a nickel for every time that I have heard these words spoken by a non-traditional age college student as we begin a job search discussion. Education majors seem to be worse than others. Maybe that is due to the fact that the students in our PK-12 system typically range from ages 4-19 and the logical assumption that follows is that the farther from these ages you are, the less effective you will be relating to young students. Some people will even go so far as to assume that “older” teaching candidates may lack the energy ...


I am fairly certain that most prospective teachers and even many first-year educators do not spend much time pondering the topic of tenure. Indeed, aside from possible mention in the introductory courses in education I would daresay tenure is considered germane to the actual training of teachers. I don’t think much about the topic, either, until I come across articles about its eminent demise. These articles appear to be occurring more and more frequently which is why all prospective and current teachers should increase their awareness and knowledge of tenure policies and laws. Whether or not you agree with ...


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