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February 28, 2017

What Do They Want to Hear?

So what are administrators expecting from you as they examine your paperwork, read your reference letters, conduct your interviews, consider your portfolio, and see you teach a lesson? We asked that question to a number of administrators in Western Pennsylvania not too long ago, and here are the most important qualities they seek, in no particular order:

February 21, 2017

What Do Buzzwords Have To Do With My Career?

The 2017 AAEE Job Search Handbook for Educators contains an article on page 35 titled Know the New Education Reform Initiatives. Yet, this article only touches on some of the issues, terms, and acronyms you need to know. And one of the initiatives in this article, "Race to the Top (RTTT)," is a program under President Obama. Does it still exist with President Obama no longer in office? That's what you, as a future educator, should know.

February 14, 2017

Only One, Please

While school administrators want to see your passion to be a teacher, your writing never needs more than one exclamation point per sentence!!! One exclamation point indicates passion as effectively as two or three or four or five or ... you get the idea. Would you use multiple question marks??? Multiple apostrophes '''??? Looks sloppy and unprofessional, don't you think? Yes, it does!

February 07, 2017

No Kidding Around

I believe the word kids can express a genuine warmth and passion for teaching students. You may feel the same. But if you are interviewing with a professional who feels that word is disrespectful, your opinion will not matter.

January 31, 2017

Find "Your Person"

No matter what stage of your career you are in, keep your eyes, ears--and heart--open to finding "your person." Why? Because you are called to a profession with quite a daunting task: educating, supporting, and loving the children and youth who are our future.

January 03, 2017

Why Consider Substitute Teaching? (I'm Talking to You, December Grads!)

Subbing is be a bridge to full-time employment for many educators. All of us who have ever filled out a standard application with a question about whether or not we'd be willing to substitute have paused to consider the option carefully.

August 30, 2016

What Makes a GREAT Teacher? - A Parent's Perspective

So as I prepare to send my first child out into the big world (your classroom) where she will be surrounded by new children and grown-ups, ready to learn and explore this big world, I share with you what I hope for her teachers.

August 23, 2016

Plan B: Career Alternatives to Teaching

Most individuals who pursue a degree in teaching can identify exactly what motivates them to become a teacher. There tends to be a passion for education, desire to help others, and/or a commitment to impacting the leaders of tomorrow. Over the years, my work with teachers has always been so inspiring to me. When I ask about their teaching experiences, they absolutely light up speaking about the students they have impacted, challenges they've helped them overcome, or a creative lesson that really connected with their class. It's incredibly inspiring to see these new teachers so on fire for their future career!

August 16, 2016

Professional References: Who, Why, and How to make them work for you

As you begin your job search, you may find yourself wondering about references, letters of recommendation, and how to most effectively use both throughout the process. Following are some tips to help you better understand the purpose of each and how to use them most effectively.

August 09, 2016

Student Teaching - Advance your career before it starts!

For most undergraduate Education majors, student teaching will be your most in-depth teaching experience, one that will be featured prominently on your resume and from which you will share numerous examples of your work impacting and educating students. And while student teaching is an incredibly busy, stressful, amazing experience, consider the following to set yourself up for a successful job search:

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