January 2011 Archives

Teacher candidates are wise to consider all the teaching options available to them, particularly in non-traditional classroom environments. One option that is often ignored is teaching in corrections systems. Prisons and jails typically have teaching and training programs for adults and youth. Working in corrections is not on a lot of people's radars, so there's not a lot of competition. Even if it isn't the job of your dreams, the experience alone would be valuable... and impressive on your resume. What's it like working with the incarcerated? In both one-on-one and group sessions, they tend to be like everyone else. ...


When applicants apply for a teaching job, they generally go to the school's website to learn more about the district. While this approach can render some good information, applicants should strive to learn even more about a district. Logical sources are the community's newspaper (either in print or on-line), contact with the state's education association, or the website of the state's Department of Education. All of these would prove to be valuable in providing more depth of information. I would recommend another website that I encourage applicants to use for each school that they are seriously considering for employment--School Data ...


I am hesitant to respond to any career changer before determining that there is ample reason for a change, but that is especially true of my interactions with educators who wish to leave the field. First, I know very well that good, experienced teachers are hard to find and for a variety of reasons are all too often harder to keep. I also know how much time and effort goes into the preparation for this profession, regardless of whether it is a four-year degree program in education or an alternative certification program. So, I hate to dissuade anyone from becoming ...


I was just reviewing the NACE (National Association of Colleges and Employers) Job Outlook 2011 report and one of the sections caught my eye -- "What Employers Want: Candidate Skills and Qualities". I found it interesting that employers are much more interested in verbal communication skills rather than written skills, ranking it at the top of the list. Following that was strong work ethic, teamwork skills, analytical skills and initiative. Rounding out the top ten list were problem-solving skills, writing skills, interpersonal skills, computer skills, and flexibility/adaptability. What really struck me was that I am currently serving on a ...


A new year, for many of us, signifies renewal or new projects. For me personally, I'll tackle organizing the garage and shedding some unwanted holiday pounds. AAEE bloggers would like to begin this bright new year with an invitation to you. The American Association for Education in Employment has been partnering with Education Week Top School Jobs for over four years now, sharing thoughts about education careers and employment in the field. But rather than just writing about what we think interests you, we are hoping to engage in a meaningful exchange with Career Corner blog readers. We know that ...


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