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 ...


One of our readers asked about adding to an MA in Educational Leadership and finding the mentorship opportunities in order to move up to a superintendent's position. Dawn Jones of Northern Illinois University answered, "The American Association for School Administrators (AASA) would be a good place to start your search for mentorship programs. The website is www.aasa.org. Local affiliates might be excellent contacts, too. I know that there is a strong affiliate in Massachusetts and in many other states as well. If you start a PhD program, the program itself is very likely to provide not only information ...


Emily (Pennsylvania) wrote in about requesting a transfer in the district, especially the timing of such a request. To address this question, I turned to AAEE’s President and President-elect for their opinions. Doug (Colorado; human resources) responded: “In considering a transfer request, you should probably know what the school district does in terms of procedure. Do internal transfers occur prior to vacancies being posted to the outside? Do internal transfers have a small window that you need to be aware of for notification? The discussion probably is never too early but the reality is some supervisors might be upset ...


The New Year is often a time that you begin thinking about changes in the coming year. The holiday break gives time to reflect and often the new year brings about thoughts of a new career direction. For those of you thinking about a K-12 position beginning in August, it is not too early to begin those plans. Todays suggestion: update your resume --- it should be on your computer and ready to print or upload at any minute. It's a living document that changes every time there is a significant educational event in your career or preparation. Many education ...


Michelle --- being a teacher assistant, a substitute teacher, a long-term sub, a teacher's aide, etc. are all good alternatives to full-time teaching, if you can survive financially. Your academic achievements and volunteer experiences are excellent building blocks, but subbing, etc. places you directly in a public school classroom environment with 20-30 kids, other teachers, and administrators. So, the comparability to a full-time teaching position is very close. It is your job never to let someone make you feel like a second-class citizen. When you are serving in these alternative titles, the district depends upon your commitment and excellence just ...


To the reader who commented anonymously on the difficulty of getting administration positions. You are correct in many items you bring out in your posting. It''s so true that grades, GPAs, etc. etc. do not guarantee employment in education or in educational administration. It sounds like you were willing to make the changes in districts and positions in order to pursue what you wanted. Another comment made me think of what I used to say to education graduates at Ohio State when I worked there: "It's Who You Know" --- but in a positive, proactive way. No employer is going ...


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