Norman Doors: “The Tyranny of Bad Doors Must End”

Do you know what “Norman Doors” are? We didn’t either but now we can’t stop seeing them every day and everywhere!

We had the pleasure of sitting in on a session led by Jed Dioguardi, Director of Information Technology, at Hackley School on “A Design Approach to Problem Solving in Project-Based Learning” at the ATLIS (Association of Technology Leaders in Independent Schools) Conference this week. The session introduced us to Don Norman’s idea of human-centered design and his book The Design of Everyday Things.

Check out this fascinating and hilarious 5-minute video by Vox Media about Norman Doors and let us know how many you have in your office (we have 4!). Then, as Jed did with his students at Hackley, let your class test their discoverability skills and see how many Norman Doors, or other poorly designed items, are on your campus.

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Game-Based Lessons Make Learning Fun

Using technology and game-based learning in the classroom can be an exciting and useful way to get students involved.

In our recent conversations with teachers, foreign language teachers in particular, we’ve heard that Kahoot! has been an effective tool for review and test preparation. Kahoot! is a free, downloadable, game-based learning and trivia platform that “brings fun into learning, for any subject, for all ages.”

Here’s how it works. Teachers upload questions to the platform, which are then displayed on students’ screens (computer, tablet, or smartphone) where they can view the questions and select the correct answers before the time runs out. The results are displayed on a shared screen in real time. Why is this helpful? As a representative from Kahoot! explains, “It creates a ‘campfire moment’ encouraging players to look up and celebrate together.” Students enjoy a sense of inclusivity and teamwork as they work together to find the correct answer. In the process, their skills in the areas of sharing, problem-solving, and blended learning improve.

Here is an example of how a Spanish Teacher uses Kahoot! in her classroom and why it works for her class.

Are you a foreign language teacher who enjoys incorporating tech into your classroom and looking to pursue next steps in your career? Educator’s Ally would love to assist you with your search! Upload your resume to get started on our application here.


Educator’s Ally is a highly personalized placement agency that connects teachers and administrators with independent day and boarding schools. With New York roots and a national reach, EA’s dedicated approach to recruiting has been valued by schools and candidates alike since 1975.
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The Performance Art of Teaching

Whether you’re teaching a Math or Science class, engaging students in a History or English Harkness discussion, there remains one common thread essential to captivating your audience: recognizing that one key ingredient is the art of performance. At least that’s what Jessica Lahey, writer for The Atlantic believes. In her latest article entitled, “Teaching: Just Like Performing Magic” she shares entertainer and magician, Raymond Teller’s (of Penn & Teller) ruminations on “how performance and discomfort make education come alive.” Read it here.

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Your First Job Search: It’s Not Too Late!


As the new year begins, many college seniors may have “find a job” on their list of resolutions. At Educator’s Ally, we work with educators at every stage of their career, from senior administrators to college students looking for their first teaching position. The independent school hiring season is just beginning, so it is not too late to begin a job search!


EA team members at a recruiting event at Williams College.


If you are someone who has always enjoyed working with kids, whether that’s as a camp counselor, babysitter, coach, or tutor, teaching may be the career for you. Many private schools have specific teacher training programs for first-year teachers where you work closely with experienced educators and receive mentoring and professional development. Often called Teaching Fellows or Assistant Teachers, these positions are full-time, paid opportunities, and are a great way to develop your skills in the classroom. Whether you’re interested in teaching at the elementary, middle, or high school level, Assistant Teacher programs exist at all grade levels, in both boarding and day school environments. Some schools will even provide housing or graduate school stipends for their Teaching Fellows!

Every school structures their program differently, so let an EA Placement Manager help you navigate the landscape of independent school hiring. Your Placement Manager will also help you with your application and advise you throughout every step of the job search from writing a cover letter to how to ace an interview.

Private schools do not require teachers to hold certification, nor do you have to be an education major. Schools are looking for an enthusiasm for working with kids, as well as a willingness to pitch in outside of the classroom, whether that is coaching, residential life, or the arts. If you’re curious about pursuing entry-level teaching jobs, send us your resume here to get the conversation started.

If finding an elementary school teaching job is your focus, read our blog post titled, Breaking In: Finding an Entry Level Elementary Teaching Position.

Educator’s Ally is a highly personalized placement agency that connects teachers and administrators with independent day and boarding schools. With New York roots and a national reach, EA’s dedicated approach to recruiting has been valued by schools and candidates alike since 1975.
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Recruiting Without Bias at Private Schools

As 2017 comes to a close and the 2018 hiring season kicks into high gear, independent school administrators and faculty may be reflecting on how they can improve upon their school communities and the ways in which they can make a difference. One of the highlights of the EA Team’s year was the workshop we presented at PoCC in conjunction with some very inspiring educators. If you missed,“Recruiting Without Bias,” the video can be found on our Facebook page.

Hear from noted cultural competency consultant Tiffany Taylor-Smith, Wheeler School’s Princess Bomba, Chris Kolovos, Associate Head of School at Greens Farms Academy, and of course, EA President Lisa Lovering. In this workshop, the panel discussed ways in which implicit bias can derail efforts to diversify faculties and steps administrators can take to address this issue.



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First Impressions Count: How Educator’s Ally Can Help You Stand Out in a Job Search

Your resume looks great. Your references are in order and on standby. You know exactly what position you’re looking for and what type of school environment you’re seeking. So why would you need to use an agency for your independent school job search? Because no matter how well qualified you are, you won’t get far if your application materials and preparation don’t reflect that. Educator’s Ally works to ensure that you bring your best self to life throughout the hiring process because you never get a second chance to make a first impression!

For over 40 years, Educator’s Ally has been working with teachers and professionals exploring opportunities in private schools, and in that time we’ve learned a lot about what makes a successful job search, as well as the fatal flaws that educators routinely make without the guidance of an agency like ours. Let us help you avoid making the simple mistakes that you may not even be aware of that get your resume sent right to the shredder.

Educator’s Ally will work with you to not only create the most effective resume package but also to connect you with positions that you would not even know about because many of our schools work with us on confidential openings. Our goal is to help you find the right job, and that will entail lots of conversations along the way about your career goals. 

Just starting your independent school career? Thinking about moving into a new area of school work? Ready for the next step in your teaching or administrative career? No matter what your motivation for doing a job search, let Educator’s Ally partner with you through what we know can be a stressful and humbling time. With our representation, you’ll get the introduction that will get you noticed. To learn more about what we do and apply, please contact us.

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Tips on How to Find Your Dream Teaching Job


With the 2018 independent school hiring season fast approaching, the EA Team wants to make sure you feel as prepared as possible for the opportunities ahead.

Here are some steps to take to begin a successful job search in independent schools:

  • Update your resume.
    • Don’t procrastinate, do it! Be sure to add any new responsibilities and titles you’ve assumed, as well as any professional development opportunities you’ve taken advantage of since your last search.
    • Use bullet points. School administrators are busy, and you want your experience to stand out at a quick glance. More details can be filled in in a cover letter or in an interview.
    • Keep your resume simple in terms of font, design, and formatting.

  • Think about what the next step looks like.
    • Why are you searching? What does your dream job look like? Are you open to relocating? Thinking about these questions ahead of time will help focus the goals of your search and ensure you end up in a place that’s right for you.
  • Get in touch with Educator’s Ally.
    • To get the conversation started, apply here with your updated resume.
  • Why work with EA?
    • We support our candidates throughout every step of the search process. From proofreading cover letters, to providing interview tips, to negotiating an offer, to resume feedback, we’re here for you.
    • Our services are free for job seekers!
    • We know our schools and what makes each one unique. With that knowledge, we work hard to find our candidates the perfect job at the right independent school. To get a feel for the EA difference, read some testimonials below from candidates and administrators who’ve worked with us.



Want more help on how to conduct your search? Read our other blog posts, Tips for a Successful Private School Job Search Part 1 and Part 2.

Educator’s Ally is a highly personalized placement agency that connects teachers and administrators with independent day and boarding schools. With New York roots and a national reach, EA’s dedicated approach to recruiting has been valued by schools and candidates alike since 1975.
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A New Spin on a Chemistry Classic

How many science teachers out there have taught the periodic table to only be met with students scratching their heads (and not from lice!)? This ingenious table will change everything, especially for your visual learners. Take a look!

Who knew that Strontium helps put on all the fireworks shows on the Fourth of July?!

Or that right now, reading this post you’re benefiting from Indium, an element used in LCD screens?!

Thanks to Keith Enevoldesn, a Boeing software engineer who created this epic periodic table, science teachers can help students understand the elements that make up…..well, everything!

Are you a science teacher interested in exploring job opportunities? If so, we’d love to hear from you. Please visit Educator’s Ally to learn more about who we are and how we can help you in your private school job search.

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Sayonara, Summer!

EA’s summer synopsis and a look at what’s ahead

As we say goodbye to summer ‘17 and hello to the new school year, the EA team took time to reflect back on all the wonderful places and faces we visited this summer and got pumped up for the months ahead.

Since June, we’ve traveled throughout New England and the Mid-Atlantic, visiting schools, attending conferences, and catching up with school administrators who finally have a minute to breathe and reflect on this past hiring season and the one ahead.

A highlight for Lisa Lovering was her visit to beautiful Ripton, Vermont, the home of Bread Loaf’s famous graduate school of English. In this idyllic setting, she had the pleasure of connecting with English teachers looking to explore opportunities for next year.

A Bread Loaf student catches up on her reading in-between classes while taking in the beautiful Vermont landscape.

Brett Bodnar visited with aspiring educators and teaching interns at Taft, Choate Rosemary Hall and Northfield Mount Hermon School where she shared advice on how to get your first teaching job out of college.

Choate’s campus was bustling this summer with middle and upper school programs. We found some quiet in-between classes to take this peaceful shot.

EA placement manager, Brett, chats with future educators at NMH!

As we prepare for the upcoming hiring season, the EA team has a jam-packed fall schedule! We look forward to catching up with old friends and making new ones too at the following events:

The Liberal Arts Recruiting Connection (LARC), Boston

Eastern College Career Day, Boston

Fall Recruiting Consortium, NYC

EA Networking Event for Early Career Educators, NYC

People of Color Conference (PoCC), Anaheim, CA

The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS) Conference, Boston

Various college networking events (including Yale, Williams and Middlebury)

Educator’s Ally is a highly personalized placement agency that connects teachers and administrators with independent day and boarding schools. With New York roots and a national reach, EA’s dedicated approach to recruiting has been valued by schools and candidates alike since 1975.



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