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Ultimately, that is the fundamental question. With all of the programs and initiatives that we implement in schools, the greatest factor in the academic achievement of students is the teacher. There is no amount of interview coaching or resume development that can substitute for a teacher that is qualified to teach and passionate about the success of students. If your passion for the learning and success of your students does not come through, your interview process will be short. Before you launch into a career move or into your first teaching assignment search, spend some time reflecting on what you ...


There is a saying that "the job isn't finished until the paperwork is done." There is a different spin on this when applying for a position. The job won't begin if the paperwork is not done correctly. Your application and resume introduce you as a prospective candidate. Often attention to detail makes the difference in whether you are screened out or brought to the table in an interview process. Building and personnel administrators can tell stories of paperwork blunders that sometimes cost a potential candidate an interview and ultimately a position. First, take care in the story you tell. Your ...


As a principal it was so clear when a candidate just wanted a job and when he or she was truly interested in working at my school. We hosted a multi-step interview process that gave potential teachers an opportunity to interact with various members of the staff. Each stage of the process painted a clearer picture of the candidate under consideration. Additionally, however, each stage gave the candidate an opportunity to learn a little more about our school, its climate, culture and values. I typically will ask a simple question, "Based on the questions you have heard, what do we ...


A RECENT QUESTION FROM A READER: How would I present information about a contract non-renewal in a positive way to prospective schools? All applications ask this and I am worried I will not receive consideration. I do have a reference from my supervisor. The non-renewal was due to differences with the priest (Catholic School). RESPONSES: Prospective employers will be interested if you have had a contract non-renewal due to performance or behavior. I think the best way to address this is to be honest about the circumstances. You would need to disclose that you did experience a non-renewal. If it ...


Often we think a job interview consists of the answers given to a series of questions from a committee or building administrator. There is an interview that happens even before you walk into the conference room or office that too often candidates overlook. The impressions you make on the students and office staff can impact the decision as to whether or not a candidate is a good fit for a school. Being personable, approachable and aware of those in the room is an indicator of the presence you will have in the school community. I recall an interviewee at my ...


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