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To our Ed Admin friend

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I want to respond to the commenter who wrote that she is losing hope of ever landing an ed admin. postition. It's tough to hear the discouragement after your posting. However, I have a few ideas I'd like to run past you. First of all, is it absolutely necessary to stay in the same district? In most locations around the country, there are usually more than a dozen school systems within commuting distance from someone's home. Nationally, there is a strong need for school administrators, so opportunities may be nearby but not in your district. Also, some ed admin opportunities will not be listed as far-and-wide as teaching vacancies, so you need to get your network of friends "listening" for vacancies in nearby districts. Openings appear on the Agent K-12 website if you are willing to move further than commuting distance. One more idea—stay the five years until retirement for your benefits, and then take a new position in your state or another state! A retirement adventure! Many states now have the retire-rehire option, and I've seen many instances where individuals can retire from one location and move into a new position elsewhere. Does any of this help?

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