November 2013 Archives

Where Do You Get Your News? Last week I had the opportunity to present in a couple of classes to new education majors. Before class, several students were chatting with the instructor about a local school board meeting they attended as part of an assignment. They were surprised at the length of the meeting and the attention, or lack thereof, paid to items on the agenda. What a great assignment! The issue it raises for me is how well we follow what is going on in our communities and where that information comes from. I believe that, to be an ...


Bah! Humbug! ̓ Tis the season! Here come the holidays again. Whether you love or hate the holiday season (and I go back and forth), it presents a few opportunities for education job seekers that you should take advantage of. Here are two you might think about. First, maximize the advantage of holiday networking opportunities. Regardless of what holidays you celebrate, there are likely to be gatherings of various kinds that you will attend. They may be gatherings of family, friends, organizations, or informal groups of associates. Whatever the group, it's a networking opportunity. Though these gatherings may seem insignificant to ...


Last week I attended the annual conference for the American Association for Employment in Education (AAEE), the organization that sponsors this blog. In a few brief vacation days for me following the conference, I reflected on what professional associations, including AAEE, mean to educators. For teachers, two large umbrella organizations sometimes referred to as unions are the National Education Association (NEA) and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT). You may already be a member of one of these organizations in order to have liability insurance for your student teaching. AFT is very open about being a union; it's an affiliate ...


In today's world it is important to be flexible and adaptable. You never know when you may need to look for a job outside of teaching. For instance, what if you are geography-bound to a certain area and there is a hiring freeze or budget cuts force your school district to decrease the number of teachers and you find yourself without a job? The good news is that teachers possess many marketable transferable skills that make them very competitive in the job market and open up a wealth of rewarding career possibilities. Not sure what those careers are? In addition ...


"It is being hailed as the best-ever Emmy speech, or at least the shortest ever," wrote USA Today's Olivia Barker. She was speaking, of course, about the recent acceptance speech of Merritt Wever, who won for Supporting Actress in Showtime's Nurse Jackie. Neil Patrick Harris, host of the Emmy awards show, issued similar praise, "Merritt Wever," he chimed, "best speech ever!" All she said was, "Thanks so much. Thank you so much. I gotta go. Bye." In the world of the job search, a follow-up "thank you" after a networking encounter or job interview doesn't have to be much longer ...


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