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June 30, 2009

The Coming Tsunami in Hiring Teachers

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...

June 19, 2009

Does the law of supply and demand apply to teachers?

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...

June 12, 2009

Are Teachers Hired by Personality?

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 facul...

May 07, 2009

“I’m Older and I know They Won’t like Me”

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-...

April 30, 2009

To Be or Not To Be: Will Teacher Tenure Exist in Your Future?

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 ...

December 30, 2008

To Join or Not to Join

Teachers are invited to join many professional organizations. Should you join or not? Only you can answer that definitively, but here are a few thoughts I have. The two largest general teacher organizations in the U.S. are the National Education Association (NEA) and the American Federation of Teac...

October 21, 2008

Calling All Veterans!!!!

As you begin to transition from your military service, there is a way that you can continue to “Be All that You Can Be,” and “Aim High,” and still “Be Part of the Action,” as you “Let the Journey Begin,” as one of “The Few, The Proud,” become a teacher. If you are considering ...

October 16, 2008

Felony+Teaching Career=Problems

“When I was in high school, I made a really stupid mistake. I went to a party and all my friends were drinking, so I did, too. I had a curfew, and I knew that my parents would worry if I didn’t get home on time, so I drove – even though I shouldn’t have. I hit a car, and the investigating...

October 11, 2008

Reduce Stress – Be a Better Teacher

Burned out? Overwhelmed? Exhausted? Whether you’re a student teacher, new teacher or seasoned professional, you may find yourself overcome by stress at this time of the year. You never think twice about being there for your students and responding to their needs. But what about you? If you don...

July 15, 2008

Sustainability in K-12 Education

What is Sustainability? Sustainability is the concept of meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. It is progress toward a sustainable economy, society and environment (environment, equity and economy). Sustainability can be descr...

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