M.Smith wrote in about trying to locate states that forgive student loans for new teachers. Jack Kronser (HR director in Colorado) writes: Canceling part or all of your student loans is called Loan Forgiveness and is done so at the state and federal level. It is often circumstantial and typically requires some sort of required service. At the federal level, you might go to: www.staffordloan.com, then look under loan forgiveness. Different states have their own programs as well. Here in Colorado, the program is called LIFT and is available to teachers who teach Math, Science, Special Education ...


Suzette asked for advice regarding a degree and certification in English. Jack Kronser (HR director in Colorado) writes that "from a school district perspective, we find a good supply of English teachers, but we are always looking for excellent teachers in all fields. I would suggest that you have as much content background as possible, as No Child Left Behind has made that a mandate. So, definitely the major in English. Also a minor in a foreign language, Special Education, English as a Second Language, Reading, etc. will make your job search more successful."...


Barbra asked about returning to the US after several years of teaching in Taiwan. Jack Kronser (HR director in Colorado) writes: "Your question is pretty all-encompassing, but I understand your concerns. Yes, being out of the country that long would make you a little out of touch, however, a good teacher is always a good teacher. I would suggest that you start with reading AAEE's Job Search Handbook (www.aaee.org). There are some great tips on what is happening in education relative to job searchers. Subject content-wise, I would suggest that you look at websites, such as the National ...


Barbra also mentioned being "out of the loop of American culture and what is going on in the system." Since you are reading Education Week and Agent K-12, you are obviously online and keeping up with the best source! 1) The use of technology in the job search will be one huge change in the seven years that you have been gone. Especially in urban and suburban school districts you will find that applications are completely online. 2) Online applications will contain pre-interview essay questions to see how you think and feel about teaching. 3) Jobs are listed on school ...


Barbra wrote about being a licensed elementary teacher of 10 years, with a Masters degree and seven years experience in Taiwan. She wanted advice on coming back into the US culture and finding a job. Dawn Jones (Northern IL Univ.) writes: Are you from the Midwest originally? From what institution did you receive your teaching licensure? You may want to begin by contacting that institution to see what job-seeking services it offers to its alumni (resume and cover letter information, access to job openings, interview tips, and job fairs are some common services). Many institutions in the Midwest will offer ...


Lauren asked about the job market for English teachers. We just completed the AAEE teacher supply and demand research study for 2006. Nationally, the numerical rating for English/language arts is 3.06 on a scale of 5.0. This equals being a "Balanced" job market --- there is a balance between the number of candidates available and the number of positions available. However, this does not take geographic location into account. Since I do not know your location, I cannot give you a regional analysis, but most of the regions are still "balanced" for English....


Jane asked about setting up a career resource room in her high school. Dawn Jones (Northern Illinois University) writes: Is your concern about a) selecting materials for a career resource room, or b) securing space for a resource room? As a school counselor, if you belong to the American School Counselors’ Association - http://www.schoolcounselor.org – you should be able to contact this group regarding the most valuable information to include in a career resource room....


Charley wrote in about job fairs, with some frustration about the job fairs being open only to the graduates of those institutions. Here are a couple of ideas that might help you: 1) contact the job fair's sponsor to see if there is a way to register and attend as a non-graduate. I used to manage very large job fairs at Ohio State and they were for OSU graduates only. Yet, we had a system whereby someone not from OSU could register as a reciprocal attendee....


For Michele who was inquiring about being approached about an assistant principal position and wondered what licensure program to pursue --- from Dawn Jones, AAEE President, from Northern Ilinois University. I would recommend that you obtain your Type 75 certification, especially if you envision progressing as an administrator in Illinois. The Type 75 is considered to be the standard for administrative positions. It will open far more doors for you than a master's degree in Teacher Leadership. If you peruse administrative openings - from assistant principal through superintendent - you will see that they almost always require a Type 75. ...


Michele in Illinois, who has been asked about taking an assistant principal position for next fall and already has administrative experience, wrote in to ask whether it would be better for her to obtain a principal's license or a Master's in Teacher Leadership. Jack Kronser, a school human resources director in the Denver area, responds: "I am an HR Director in Colorado but I came from Illinois. If you are being asked to look into the position of Assistant Principal, you will need a state license (Type 75 in Illinois, Principal License in CO) to be able to evaluate certificated ...


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