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A Shopping List for Teachers and Districts

By AAEE — March 22, 2016 1 min read
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Teachers, you are looking for:

  • A good fit
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Collaboration
  • Technology integration
  • Program specifics
  • Individual interests
  • A place to make a difference

How do you get there?

  • Attend job fairs
  • Ask questions during job fairs, at the interview and follow up
  • Be prepared for your interview: take a resume and supporting documentation
  • Make connections through your College or University and your current/previous employers and experiences
  • Talk with your peers, practice interviewing, make the move together
  • Add additional endorsements to be more marketable

Ask yourself:

  • What do I want?
  • Where do I see myself?
  • Am I willing to move?
  • How did my interview go and what can I improve upon?
  • Who, besides myself, is going to help me be successful?
  • Why did I become a teacher? (Have that information ready in a quick 3-5 minute speech that you could give anywhere - you never know when you will run into someone that will ask)

Districts, you know what you need and want. How do you get there?

  • Partnerships with other local and out of state districts
  • Partnerships with local and out of state colleges and universities, for hiring and for current employees
  • Offer great opportunities for teachers: professional development, tuition assistance, grow-your-own programs (Teacher Cadet program or special education program cohorts for paraprofessionals), hiring bonuses, district/school tours, in-district job fairs, greater presence on social media. . . there are endless possibilities to find the just right balance of opportunities for each district

To Teachers and Districts: Always carry business cards/resume-- you may find your perfect match during your next shopping trip.

Amy Spruce

Certified Recruitment and Retention Administrator

Human Resources

Adams12 Five Star Schools

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