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Title: What Principals Want: A Guide For Getting Your First Teaching Job


1
What Principals Want A Guide For Getting Your
First Teaching Job
2
Who Are These People?
  • Janice Traylor, Director
  • Office of Field Experiences
  • Kennesaw State University
  • Kennesaw Hall
  • Room 3221
  • jtraylo2_at_kennesaw.edu
  • 678-797-2236

3
Guests
  • Vicki Piedmont
  • Hiring Supervisor
  • Elementary Schools
  • Cobb County School District
  • vicki.piedmont_at_cobbk12.org
  • Lynne Turner
  • Executive Director Personnel
  • Paulding County School District
  • lturner_at_paulding.k12.ga.us

4
Guests
  • Trey Olson, Assistant Superintendent
  • Personnel Management
  • Cherokee County School District
  • Lynne Turner, Executive Director
  • Personnel
  • Paulding County School District

5
All Principals Want Teachers Who Are . . .
  • Academically Prepared
  • Certified
  • Flexible
  • Happy

6
Where the Jobs Are . . .
  • TEACHGEORGIA
  • teachgeorgia.org
  • School System Web Sites
  • countyname.k12.ga.us
  • JOB FAIRS
  • KSU Career Center careerctr_at_kennesaw.edu

7
You Cant Always Get What you Want….
  • Elementary
  • Most competitive areasK-3, PE, Art,Music
  • Most desirable locationMetro area
  • SO
  • Take whats available and offered
  • Go where the job is !
  • But you can get what you need…a JOB!

8
You Cant Always Get What you Want….
  • Middle/High School
  • Most competitive areasHistory, PE, Art, Band
  • Most desirable locationMetro Area
  • SO
  • Take whats available and offered.
  • Go where the job is!
  • But you can get what you need…a JOB!

9
What if I Dont Get an Offer?
  • Dont Dispair.
  • Hiring continues at least through the first 10
    days of school in January
  • Be Seen in Action
  • Take a supply position, parapro position,
  • substitute position, After School Program
  • THINK LONG TERM

10
The Decision to Hire Begins with the
School Districts Application
  • Who reviews the application?
  • Do principals see the application?
  • Why isnt a resume enough?

11
An Outstanding Application for a first-year
teacher tells the School System that the applicant
  • Will be ELIGIBLE for a certificate on hire date.
  • Has had supervised experiencesTOSS and Student
    Teaching ( where/when).
  • Has extracurricular interests and has received
    special honors, recognition or distinction (post
    high school)
  • Can write thoughtfully and accurately and
    proofreads.
  • Has appropriate referencesCollaborating Teacher,
    University Supervisor, Other.
  • Has accurate phone numbers, professional email
    addresses for you and your REFERENCES.
  • Has a clear criminal background.

12
  • Are there any deal breakers on the application?

13
So, now do I just wait?
  • YES
  • And while you wait
  • Develop your resume and cover letter?
  • Call schools and ask for interviews?
  • Drop in schools with your resume and ask for
    interview?
  • Network?

14
Ponder These Questions
  • Should I accept interviews at schools Im not
    interested in for the sake of practice?
  • Should I try to sell myself in the interview?
  • Should I take my portfolio to the interview?
  • Should I be casual or totally business?
  • If I had a horrible student teaching experience,
    should I reveal that?

15
More to Ponder
  • If I am in a high competition area, what can I
    do to boost my chances of getting a job offer?
  • Take GACE in another content areageography,
    economics, political science, reading, etc.
  • Add an endorsementSpecial Education, ESOL.
  • Be willing, eager to take on an after school
    activitycheerleading!
  • For Art and Music, send a resume to the County
    Supervisor of that area.
  • If you are closely acquainted with a principal or
    teacher in the school system, ask that person to
    put in a word for you.
  • Ask your collaborating teacher to recommend you
    to the principal.
  • Finally . . .

16
GET OFF MY SPACE
17
INTERVIEW PHONE CALL!
  • Professional MESSAGE on cell/home phone
  • Lose the MUSIC!
  • This is her/him.
  • Name and Title of interviewer (may not be the
    principal)
  • Date and Time of interview
  • Thank caller

18
BEFORE THE ACTUAL INTERVIEW . . .
  • PLAN

19
PLAN . . .
  • COVER LETTER AND RESUME
  • See Resume Packet
  • Look neat and professional, cream/white paper, no
    more than two pages.
  • Make several copies, keep in folder.
  • Must have contact information for references
    email, best phone number, mailing address

20
Plan…
  • ITEMS FROM THE PORTFOLIO
  • Lesson Plans
  • Project Plans and Rubrics
  • Assessments
  • Reflections
  • Student Work
  • Any item you are especially proud of
  • MAKE COPIES AND PUT IN A FOLDER

21
PLAN
  • Something to ask about the school
  • WEB PAGE
  • Location of the school and drive time
  • MAP QUEST/ACTUAL DRIVE
  • Interview Outfit
  • MACYS ONE-DAY SALE

22
PLAN . . .
  • RESPONSES TO ALL SORTS OF QUESTIONS
  • See Preparing Interview Responses Being Ready
    for Anything

23
A Planning Strategy for YOU
  • Collaborate with Three to Five Colleagues
  • Role play an interview. Maybe video it?
  • Brainstorm classroom situations you could use as
    examples of a great/horrible lesson, good/bad
    behavior management, assessment, accommodation
    and motivation of diverse learners, use of
    technology, GETTING ALONG.

24
Plan . . . Questions to ask the Interviewer
  • What support is available for first-year
    teachers?
  • Will I have a classroom in the building or in a
    mobile unit or will I float?
  • What kind of technology is available for
    Teachers? Students? Support?
  • Youve been very thorough. I dont have any
    questions at this point.
  • When do you expect to make a decision about this
    position?

25
The Interviewer May Ask …
  • Is there anything I have not asked you that you
    would like to share?
  • (Have something ready)
  • IF I OFFER THE POSITION TO YOU TODAY, WILL YOU
    TAKE IT?

26
The Day of the INTERVIEW . . .
  • Take with you the schools phone number,
    directions, interviewers name, your cell phone.
  • Have resume and portfolio information in a
    folder. Have notes on questions to ask.
  • Be on TIMEnot EARLYnot LATE.
  • Dress like you knew you were going to an
    interview.
  • AND . . .

27
Turn Off Your CELL PHONE !
  • Notice something in the lobby (student art work,
    trophies, award plaques) or some activity going
    on in the building or on campus.
  • How does the school feel?
  • Greet the school secretary with a smile.
  • Greet interviewer with FIRM HANDSHAKE, DIRECT EYE
    CONTACT, CONFIDENT BODY LANGUAGE, APPROPRIATE
    VOICE LEVEL. Be aware of personal space.
  • After the interview, thank the interviewer for
    the interview opportunity.
  • Tell the secretary goodbye.

28
  • EXUDE
  • CONFIDENCE

29
The Day After the Interview . . .
  • Hand write a thank-you note to the interviewer.
  • Use professional correspondence card.
  • Mail to interviewer.

30
ANSWERS
  • From the Horses Mouth
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