August 2011 Archives

Tomorrow is September 1st. In many parts of the country school has started or is just about to start. This is the time of the year that many unemployed teaching candidates feel despondent; that there is no chance for a job. THIS IS NOT THE CASE! Many schools find themselves in need of last minute teachers for various reasons: turnover, enrollment, budget, and unexpected leaves of absence. Just yesterday, I was contacted by a local charter school who needs 4-5 new teachers immediately and was organizing a last minute open house. A simple search on Indeed.com shows over 1700 ...


It is the start of another academic year, which means it is time to consider your goals for the next nine months. If you are looking for ways to distinguish yourself from your peers, improve the quality of your instruction, and manage your career, consider the following activities: 1. Network. Join a professional association or attend a conference. Create a LinkedIn account, add connections and join discussion groups. Networking not only helps you locate future job leads, but you also stay abreast of current trends and best practices within the field. 2. Contribute to the field. Volunteer for a leadership ...


If ever there was an industry where you needed to distinguish yourself from your peers, it is education. Nearly everyone has identical experience because of state credentialing requirements. Student teaching alone is insufficient because every applicant will have it. Don't worry though. There are some strategies you can use to stand out. Begin by considering the needs of your readers. For example, many districts emphasize 21st century skills. Make a list of the qualifications districts will look for in an ideal candidate. Then identify the ways your academic journey or professional background can demonstrate your ability to meet these needs. ...


If you feel stuck in your job search, do not lose hope. First and foremost, the labor market is not as bleak as you might believe. If a traditional teaching position is your primary objective, be persistent. The fastest way to increase your job prospects is to expand the geographical parameters of your search. If you have not done so already, connect with your college's career services office or faculty for troubleshooting. They can also help you gain a competitive edge by reviewing your resume, cover letter and interview responses. If you are limited in your geographical mobility or are ...


Reality: Many districts may give preference to individuals who have held a permanent teaching position over others with limited subbing experience. Unless you are in a long-term position, substitutes are there one day and gone the next. Individuals with a permanent teaching position often have more experience with classroom management and lesson planning. They are also able to form ongoing relationships with students, attend IEP meetings, serve on interdisciplinary teams and communicate with parents. Subbing does indeed expand your network and is a viable option if you have no other alternatives. If you find yourself substitute teaching, strengthen your rapport ...


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