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The Career Services Office has had a busy spring semester!

Posted by Dara Eisenstein on March 30, 2012

Career Services WorkshopOn Friday, January 27th, over 75 students and alum attended our annual Job Search and Support Day. Resume Writing Workshops were held at the beginning and at the end of the event to accommodate the hectic schedules of our students and alum. Alexis Wright, Dean of the SFC, Gil Schmerler, Director of the Leadership for Educational Change Program, and school leaders and co-authors of How to Get the Teaching Job You Want, Dr. Robert Feirsen and Dr. Seth Weitzman graciously led these workshops. Ann Cox, conducted an information session on NYS certification, followed by Lonnie Saunderson, Recruitment Manager, Office of Teacher Recruitment & Quality at the Department of Education who provided detailed information on working in the NYC public schools. Finally, a panel of experienced school leaders and current students shared their expertise on the job search process.  

Career Services hosted two well-attended job fairs for the first time this year! Thursday, March 1st was the Independent Schools Job Fair, and Wednesday, March 7th was the Public and Charter Schools Job Fair. Both events took place from 5:30-7:00 pm, and all students and alum were welcome to attend. The job fairs are a wonderful opportunity for students and alum to connect with school leaders and learn about job opportunities. Students reported that with more “breathing space” and shorter lines, they were able to connect with more schools than in past years.

The NYS Association of Independent Schools also hosted their annual Job Fair to Promote Diversity on Saturday, March 10 from 9:30am-3:00pm at Trinity School. This job fair was for educators of color interested in teaching jobs in NYC independent schools. 

We encourage all students and alum interested in teaching in the NYC Public Schools to complete the DOE online application. The Office of Teacher Recruitment and Quality (TRQ) selects top tier teacher applicants for a special program called TeachNYC Select Recruits. Select Recruits are a diverse mix of candidates who, through the online teacher application and a rigorous interview process, have shown the greatest potential for success in the classroom, including the capacity to both improve student achievement and serve as effective leaders and contributors to their school community. Some Select Recruits have prior teaching experience and others are recent college grads with a record of excellence. 

Important DOE Application Dates:

  • Friday, April 27 (2nd deadline) – for final consideration for TeachNYC Select Recruits
  • Friday, June 29 (final priority deadline) – final deadline for consideration for the New York Teacher Finder and eligibility for employment for the 2012-13 school year.

On, Saturday, March 24th, Career Services also hosted a workshop that covered:

  • Essay Writing – The Department of Education online application consists of two essays. In addition, hiring trends show that schools are expecting their teachers to be able to write a concise statement of educational philosophy. This part of the workshop focused on the structure and content on writing an effective essay.
  • Interview Skills – This part focused on the interview. Mock interviews took place allowing students and alum to practice and review the results.
  • Demo Lessons – Interviewees are often asked to lead a demo lesson in a classroom. Participants learned how you should prepare for this and observed as a few volunteers conducted a demo lesson during this workshop.

Please Career Services for a list of all upcoming career service events, and sample cover letters and resumes.