Career Advice

Tips and strategies about looking for a new school job and advice on how to improve in your current position.
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    Career Advice Cover Letter: Must-Have or Has-Been?
    The use of cover letters is waning. Here's what that means for school districts.
    Elizabeth Heubeck, January 29, 2024
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    Career Advice Is That Teaching Job Right for You? Red Flags to Look Out For
    Signs to look for and questions to ask before you say yes.
    Elizabeth Heubeck, April 5, 2022
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    Career Advice Relocating for a Teaching Job: What to Know Before You Take the Gig
    Double check the cost of living, assess the cultural fit, review teacher licensing rules, and see how you can become part of the community.

    Elizabeth Heubeck, July 21, 2021
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    Career Advice Thinking of Becoming an Administrator? First, Consider These 4 Things
    Teachers who stayed in the classroom and those who left share their perspectives on making the leap from teaching to administration.
    Elizabeth Heubeck, June 22, 2021
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    Career Advice 5 Essential Questions Teachers Should Ask During Job Interviews
    When being interviewed for a teaching job, it's as important to ask questions as to answer them. Here are 5 key questions to start you off.
    Elizabeth Heubeck, June 3, 2021
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    Career Advice Want to Be a Principal? How to Prove You're Right for the Job
    What it takes to attract the attention of K-12 recruiters looking for their schools' next principals.
    Elizabeth Heubeck, February 26, 2021
    5 min read
    Career Advice Opinion The Three Question Interview
    Most interviews begin with a time-wasting question such as: "Tell us something about yourself." Why? As the interviewer, you have the candidate's resume, cover letter, and some other documents like a portfolio, reference letters or surveys, transcripts, and test scores. What more do you need to know about a 22-year-old interviewing for their first teaching position?
    AAEE, June 16, 2018
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    Career Advice Opinion You Have Knowledge - What About Wisdom?
    This is the time before the school starts to be reflective of your life up to this point. Have a real introspection and in-depth conversation to give yourself credit where deserved, face the facts when necessary, be aware of where you need development, and be informed and confident in your natural gifts and abilities.
    AAEE, June 5, 2018
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    Career Advice Opinion On Your Mark, Get Ready, Search! Navigating Your Job Search as a First Year Teacher
    Every school and school district is unique so, do your research and do not make assumptions.
    AAEE, March 13, 2018
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    Career Advice Opinion The advantages of the self-motivated learner and the digital class
    The demands of a post-modern society imply the need for students who are, in the words of Albert Einstein, "passionately curious" about their environs. Curious students are the best students. Technology and virtual learning paired with curiosity create abundant and dynamic learning opportunities for the 21st century classroom.
    AAEE, February 21, 2018
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    Career Advice Can Data Help Districts Address Teacher Attrition?
    A new data analytics company helps schools find solutions to turnover and attrition by administering surveys to teachers and coming up with tailored plans.
    Alix Mammina, February 12, 2018
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    Career Advice Opinion It's All About the Money. Or Is It?
    Recent graduates may find themselves a bit overwhelmed when navigating the teacher job market for the first time. While it is easy to be enticed by districts or schools that advertise high salaries, the wise job seeker will weigh numerous factors when considering competing employment offers. Many of these considerations revolve around the employer's benefits package.
    AAEE, November 27, 2017
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    Career Advice Opinion Strategies for Making Friends in a Professional Setting
    We tend to gravitate towards fun-loving people! The old adage, "Laugh and the whole world laughs with you, cry and you cry alone", is a nice way to remind ourselves of the power of laughter. To be successful, we need to go beyond fun and consciously build an environment that stimulates our professional growth.
    AAEE, November 7, 2017
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    Career Advice Opinion RATED "R" SOCIAL MEDIA
    I understand the First Amendment and it is clear with regards to a person's right to free speech, but I guarantee you that our Founding Fathers never could have imagined what we are dealing with today in schools across the country. So, the next time you are about to post something on Social Media, make sure that it is RATED "R" before you post it.
    AAEE, October 23, 2017
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    Career Advice Opinion International Schools and Overseas Teachers
    International schools have been around for well over 100 years, initially providing education in the native language and curriculum for children whose parents worked as diplomats. Today, according ICEF (International Consultants for Education and Fairs) there are over 12,000 international schools in operation around the world. The types of international schools are numerous and varied; each one representing a different demographic of students, curriculum, leadership and financing.
    AAEE, September 5, 2017
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