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Career Corner
How Do I Handle Those Online Application Essays?

What constitutes a good response to an essay question? Dawn Jones, online advisor of career services at Northern Illinois University, offers advice on how to make a good impression in online application essays.

Read the complete post on our Career Corner blog, maintained by members of the American Association for Employment in Education.

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Teaching Ahead: A Roundtable
Are You Prepared for the Common Core Standards?
Our teacher-panelists discuss ways to maximize the potential opportunities that the Common Core State Standards brings.

Education Week Teacher Book Club
Creating Opportunities for 'Other People's Children'

From May 16 to 18, acclaimed author Lisa Delpit will lead an online conversation about her new book "Multiplication Is for White People": Raising Expectations for Other People's Children and how educators can help improve learning for African-American students. We hope you will join us for what promises to be a challenging and engaging discussion.

For more information on the book, see our Book Backgrounder. You can buy the book here.

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Career News and Perspectives
As out-of-school programs—and the expectations for them—grow, the field is struggling to identify the kind of training staff members need to meet those expectations. (Education Week)
Most teachers do not believe standardized tests have significant value as measures of student performance, according to a new Scholastic-Gates report. (Teacher)
First Person
Considering all the time teachers set aside for discussion, it makes sense to find ways to formally measure students' oral contributions, says teacher Kyle Redford. (Teacher)
Commentary
Brain research shows that ranking teachers could lower performance for some, Karen Hunter Quartz and others say. (Education Week)
Baltimore schools will have to fire more than 100 international teachers because they are teaching subjects that could be taught by qualified and certified American teachers. (Associated Press)
Administrative positions with the word "innovation" in the title are cropping up in school districts and state education departments nationwide. (Education Week)

K-12 Talent Manager
Focusing on the Customer Experience—In Hiring

Emily Douglas offers guidelines on establishing and maintaining good customer service practices during the selection process.

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TEACHER PD SOURCEBOOK

The Spring 2012 issue of the Teacher PD Sourcebook, now online, highlights innovative instructional efforts that are showing signs of success in bringing reading and writing to life for today's students. See the complete Table of Contents.

And don't miss our exclusive directory of PD resources and services. Browse listings in Reading/English, Project-Based Learning, School-Wide Improvement, Differentiated Instruction, and more.

PD Webinar Series: Reading the Future
Tuesday, April 24, 2 to 3 p.m. ET

Two experts in assistive technology bring you up to date on the platforms teachers are using to enhance literacy learning for students with disabilities and what changes and improvements can be expected in the near future. They will also discuss how teachers are integrating new assistive technologies into their lessons and planning and offer practical tips on transitioning from paper-based classroom environments.

Register for this webinar now. View the complete series, Reading the Future: New Directions in Literacy and Language Arts Instruction.

Upcoming Webinars
Tuesday, April 17, 2 to 3 p.m. ET
Underwriting for this webinar is made possible by a grant from The Carnegie Corporation of New York

Recent research indicates that students who choose to attend New York City’s 123 nonselective small high schools graduate at higher rates and achieve higher scores on state standardized tests than their peers at larger, traditional public schools. Join Shael Polakow-Suranksy, New York City Public Schools’ chief accountability officer, and Rebecca Unterman, a research associate at MDRC, for a discussion about New York City’s small schools and why they’re getting good results.

Click here to register for this free live event.

Thursday, April 19, 2 to 3 p.m. ET
Underwriting for this webinar has been provided by The MetLife Foundation

According to the 28th annual MetLife Survey of the American Teacher, teacher job satisfaction has hit its lowest point in more than two decades. In this webinar, Dana Markow, vice president of youth and education research for Harris Interactive, will outline the survey's findings, with particular focus on those related to teacher morale. Susan Moore Johnson, professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, will discuss the many factors that influence teacher satisfaction and offer suggestions for supporting and retaining effective teachers.

Click here to register for this free live event.

Tuesday, May 1, 2 to 3 p.m. ET
Underwriting for this webinar is made possible by a grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

The Common Core State Standards in English/language arts demand new skills from both teachers and students. Teachers in two districts in Kentucky are experimenting with instructional tools to do both. Join us for a compelling discussion with two educators overseeing the implementation in these districts.

Click here to register for this free live event.

 
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