Books to Celebrate Black History Month

2020 brought the Black Lives Matter movement into the forefront of the public consciousness. This Black History Month, it’s critical to connect with students and talk with them about the importance of Black history and how past events have shaped our nation’s history, from before the Revolutionary War to present day. Check out these age appropriate titles to help your students start the conversation.

Lower School Titles:

  • All Different Now: Juneteenth, the First Day of Freedom by Angela Johnson
    With Senators recently pushing to declare Juneteenth a federal holiday, it’s more important than ever that students understand the meaning and significance of this day. With beautiful illustrations and prose, All Different Now is a joyous portrait of the dawn breaking on the darkest time in our nation’s history.
  • Harlem Renaissance Party by Faith Ringgold
    This book tells the story of a boy and his uncle who travel to Harlem in the 1920s, meeting famous writers, musicians, artists, and athletes such as Langston Hughes, W.E.B. Du Bois, Josephine Baker and Zora Neale Hurston. Harlem Renaissance Party will help students outline how these influential people helped define the period of the Harlem Renaissance.
  • Freedom on the Menu: The Greensboro Sit-Ins by Carole Boston Weatherford
    Another picture book, Freedom on the Menu tells the story of the nonviolent sit-in protests in Greensboro, North Carolina. This book is the perfect segue to discussing segregation and the protests of the Civil Rights era with your students.
  • Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly and Winifred Conkling
    Based on the New York Timesbestselling book and the Academy Award–nominated movie, this book tells the story of Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Christine Darden, four Black women who helped NASA during America’s first journeys into space.

Middle School Titles:

  • Black Pioneers of Science and Invention by Louis Harber
    This chapter book tells the stories of Benjamin Banneker, Granville T. Woods, George Washington Carver, and eleven other gifted Black innovators who have played important roles in scientific and industrial progress.
  • The Seeds of America Trilogy by Laurie Halse Anderson
    This trilogy tells the story of three young enslaved people living on the Eastern Seaboard in 1776. As war breaks out, these characters will help middle schoolers question what they would risk for freedom.
  • The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine
    The Lions of Little Rock tells the story of Marlee and Liz, two girls starting middle school in 1958 in Little Rock, Arkansas. But when Liz is caught passing for white, she and Marlee must take on segregation and the dangers their friendship could bring to both their families.
  • Glory Be by Augusta Scattergood
    Augusta Scattergood’s debut novel, this novel tells the story of a Mississippi town in 1964 and the debate to keep the segregated public pool open.

Upper School Titles:

  • Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom: My Story of the Selma Voting Rights March by Lynda Blackmon Lowery
    This nonfiction memoir tells the story of Lynda Blackmon Lowery, the youngest person to walk all the way from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama on the Voting Rights March in 1965. Pair this lesson with a viewing of 2014’s Selma for an in-depth discussion on the Selma Voting Rights March.
  • The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer
    Now a Netflix adaptation, this book tells the true story of fourteen-year-old William Kamkwamba, who built a functioning windmill out of junkyard scraps and brought electricity to his Malawi village.
  • Warriors Don’t Cry: A Searing Memoir of the Battle to Integrate Little Rock’s Central High by Melba Pattillo Beals
    Melba Pattillo Beals tells her account of becoming one of The Little Rock Nine, the first Black students to integrate Little Rock’s Central High School in the wake of the landmark 1954 Supreme Court ruling, Brown v. Board of Education. This memoir will transport high schoolers to their own communities and raise discussions on racism, segregation, and the right to education.
  • X: A Novel by Ilyasah Shabazz and Kekla Magoon
    Co-written by Ilyasah Shabazz, Malcolm X’s daughter, X: A Novel uses historical fiction to tell the story of Malcolm X’s youth, from his childhood to his imprisonment for theft at age twenty. This graphic novel is the perfect introduction to lessons on Malcolm X and the history of the Black Panther Party.

Black history is, of course, history and should be celebrated and recognized throughout the year as teachers move towards creating a more inclusive and diverse curriculum.  With these titles, educators and students will have fodder for lessons and discussions beyond just February.  And if you’re looking for a way to support Black businesses this month, check out Black-owned, independent bookstores like Mahogany Books, Uncle Bobbie’s, Semicolon Bookstore, Hakim’s Bookstore, and Sister’s Uptown to buy these titles and more.  A list of Black owned bookstores by state can be found here.

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Your Winter Break Job Search To Do List

We know that the weeks between Thanksgiving and Winter Break are busy times for teachers, especially this year as schools navigate between in-person and remote learning.  Hopefully, you find yourself with some well-deserved downtime during Winter Break and you can steal a few moments to think about your independent school job search.

This has been a tough year to plan ahead and while plans often change at the last minute, it is highly likely that the hiring season will be conducted virtually again this year.  Schools will continue to have openings for the fall, so it never hurts to explore new jobs in schools even if you’re just curious about making a possible move.  You never know when your dream job may appear!  Below are some actions you can take over Winter Break so you’re ready to hit the ground running and find your next administrator or teaching job in an independent school in 2021.

Of course, you can always reach out to your Placement Manager at Educator’s Ally at any point to discuss the below in more depth. We love hearing your hopes and ideas for your future job search.

  • Define the right fit for you
    • Think about what types of opportunities and kinds of schools appeal to you.
    • Is this the year you start to explore leadership positions?
    • Have you always wondered what it would be like to teach in a school with a different philosophy than your current school?
    • Does a cross-country move sound fun?
    • EA Tip: Casting a wide net in terms of location, school type, and position will increase the number of potential opportunities your Placement Manager will be able to share with you (which means increased odds of an offer!).
    • EA Tip: Keep an open mind, there’s no harm in hearing about something new.
  • Review and edit your resume
    • Have your responsibilities changed since your last search?
    • What professional development sessions have you attended?
    • Were you able to attend this year’s virtual People of Color Conference or other virtual conferences?
    • Have you served on any committees?
    • Did you start or complete a graduate program?
    • Are you an Associate Teacher with sole responsibility for a pod of students?
    • EA Tip: Be sure to include information about your remote teaching.
      • What technologies did you use?
      • Did you attend any professional development sessions about remote or hybrid learning?
      • Are you coordinating remote learning for your whole division or providing in-house professional development for your colleagues on this topic?
    • EA Tip: Share your updated resume with your Placement Manager so they can offer feedback.
  • Draft a cover letter
    • Having a strong cover letter template you can tweak for each search will save you time and stress this hiring season.
    • Feeling confident in your cover letter template will make it easier for you to apply for more positions.
    • EA Tip: Every job you apply to should receive its own tailored letter speaking to the specific position and school, but it can be helpful to get a head start on the bulk of your cover letter that isn’t school-specific.
    • EA Tip: Share your drafted template with your Placement Manager so they can provide additional ideas or edits.
  • Ask for references
    • If your search isn’t confidential, ask a few supervisors if they would be willing to serve as a reference, and even write a letter on your behalf.
    • If your search is confidential, are there any colleagues who you trust to keep your job search quiet?
    • EA Tip: Ask your references soon so they have time to write a thoughtful letter.
    • EA Tip: Remember you can share your Placement Manager’s email with your recommender so that they can send their letter confidentially.
    • EA Tip: Former colleagues or supervisors who have moved on from your current school or who you worked within a previous position are good people to ask.
  • Film a (virtual) demo lesson
    • If you are teaching in-person, filming a lesson of yours will be useful in your job search this year. Having a demo lesson available will allow potential schools to see an example of your work (of course, this will need to wait until after break when students return).
    • Another option is to record yourself teaching a virtual lesson. Plan a sample lesson or morning meeting and film yourself teaching as if your students were present.  This can showcase how you creatively use technology to engage your students and how quickly you’ve adapted to online learning.
    • EA Tip: Read our blog on virtual lesson tips here.
  • Reflect on 2020
    • The pandemic has been hard on everyone, and has especially upended how we teach and learn. Think about how the transition to remote or hybrid learning (or switching back and forth between in-person learning) has gone for you and your school.  What have you learned about yourself?  Did you discover new skills?  Has your teaching changed and adapted for the better?  What did you learn in the spring that you changed for this fall?
    • How does your identity affect your teaching, students, and colleagues? What steps have you made to make your classroom and curriculum a more inclusive and equitable place?  What personal steps have you taken to explore your identity?  What anti-racist and anti-bias work have you done, even if not through official channels at your school?
    • This hiring season, you will be asked about online learning and your experience in DEI and anti-racist work, so thinking about how you’d answer possible interview questions on the topics will help you prepare.
  • Connect with EA
    • If you aren’t already working with EA, apply now! Your Placement Manager is a great resource to review your documents, help with interview prep, answer questions along the way, and (not to mention!) connect you with your next dream job in a school.

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2020 NAIS Online People of Color Conference: “New Decade, New Destinies: Challenging Self, Changing Systems, and Choosing Justice”

By Kate Humphrey

For the past seven years, the highlight of Educator’s Ally’s year has been our sponsorship of the National Association of Independent Schools’ People of Color Conference (PoCC). We could not be more excited to support, in our eighth year, the first-ever online iteration of PoCC. Despite the different setting, we know that the mission and restorative nature of the conference will remain the same and is more important than ever. Increasing the diversity of faculty in schools has long been a priority of EA’s and we are honored to sponsor the first-ever PoCC Social Justice Summit: Waking Up NAIS Schools, featuring noted social justice and civil rights advocates Brittany Packnett Cunningham, activist, educator, and leader at the intersection of culture and justice, as well as founder of Love & Power Works; Khyati Joshi, scholar of the intersectionality of race, religion, and immigration; Jose Vilson, Math Teacher, Executive Director of Educolor, and author of This Is Not A Test: A New Narrative on Race, Class, and Education; and Randall Dunn, Head of School of Latin School of Chicago.  The Social Justice Summit will be kicked off with a keynote address from Lezley McSpadden-Head, Chief Executive of the Michael O.D. Brown Foundation, and moderated by Caroline Blackwell, NAIS Vice President for Equity and Justice.

PoCC is NAIS’ flagship event for discussing issues of equity and justice in teaching and learning. For over thirty years, the conference has offered unique seminars, master classes, affinity groups, and a myriad of over one hundred workshops that focus on topics pertaining to social justice, inclusion, equity, and diversity independent schools. As a safe space for people of color, PoCC provides opportunities that foster leadership skills, networking abilities, professional development, and the chance to advance the interracial, interethnic, and intercultural climate at schools. With past conferences occurring in cities like Seattle, Nashville, and Atlanta, PoCC strives to positively influence academic, social-emotional, and workplace outcomes for both adults and students.

A crucial component of PoCC is the Student Diversity Leadership Conference (SDLC), a parallel conference designed specifically for student leaders in high school that focuses on “self-reflecting, forming allies, and building community”.  The workshops and smaller group sessions are led by adult and peer facilitators and the students’ passion and energy are palpable. It’s not uncommon to hear loud cheers and chants from the students as they make their way from their hotels to the conference center!

The theme for the 2020 conference is “New Decade, New Destinies: Challenging Self, Changing Systems, and Choosing Justice” which serves as a vital lesson on the importance of creating diverse environments and demanding justice for all. Although it will be a virtual conference held between November 30th and December 4th, we are confident every seminar, class, affinity group meeting, and workshop will be just as informative and impactful as previous years.

The 2020 General Session speakers are the distinguished scholars Dr. Eddie S. Glaude, Jr., Dr. Bettina L. Love, and Dr. Khyati Joshi. Dr. Glaude is chair of Princeton’s Department of African American Studies, president of the American Academy of Religion, author of Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul, and In a Shade of Blue: Pragmatism and the Politics of Black America, and has contributed to The New York Times, Time Magazine, and HuffPost. His writings and teachings take inspiration from African American literature and examine politics, gender, class, and religion in Black communities.

Dr. Love is the award-winning author of Hip Hop’s Li’l Sistas Speak: Negotiating Hip Hop Identities and Politics in the New South and We Want to Do More Than Survive: Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom. Her work has been featured in publications such as the English Journal, Urban Education, The Urban Review, and the Journal of LGBT Youth and explores a wide variety of subjects including, Abolitionist Teaching, Hip Hop education and feminism, anti-racism, queer youth, Black girlhood, and Black joy.

Joshi’s work aims to promote cultural and religious pluralism in the U.S., particularly through the lens of the South Asian American and other immigrant communities’ experience.  Her most recent book is White Christian Privilege: The Illusion of Religious Equality in America and she is also the author and co-editor of Teaching for Diversity and Social Justice.  Dr. Joshi runs in-depth professional development programs for educations through the Institute for Teaching Diversity and Social Justice, of which she is a co-founder.

In addition to the wonderful keynote speakers, you’ll have the opportunity to hear from people like LaShawn Chatmon, Executive Director of the National Equity Project during PoCC’s Master Classes, and attend Equity Seminars presented by an array of diverse speakers from independent schools across the nation.

For more information, you can explore the conference’s Facebook page, Twitter, and register for PoCC on their website.  We are sorry not to be able to reconnect with old (and new) friends in person as you stroll through The Hub, but we are looking forward to (remotely) meeting you at our virtual booth, so be sure to connect with us on EA’s exhibitor page, and we can live chat or schedule a post-conference call!

Feeling nostalgic?  Take a look back at some of our previous PoCC experiences: 2019, 2018, 2017.

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National Hispanic Heritage Month: Tips for How to Teach Your Students about Hispanic Cultures

By: Kate Humphrey

     

Did you know that in 2019, 18% of the U.S. population identified as Hispanic? That is 60.6 million people! From former astronaut Ellen Ochoa to actor Desi Arnaz, to Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Hispanic Americans have contributed to our country in remarkable ways. To honor their accomplishments, we celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month.

Set between September 15th and October 15th, this yearly celebration highlights Hispanic and Latinx achievements while praising their culture and heritage. For National Hispanic Heritage Month, here are some suggestions for ways in which educators can integrate the teaching of Hispanic culture and heritage into their classrooms.

AGE-APPROPRIATE ASSIGNMENTS

The first step to teach Hispanic heritage is including it in the curriculum. To introduce younger students to Hispanic cultures, consider lessons such as ‘Spanish Word of the Day,’ ‘Important Person of the Week,’ or ‘Country of the Week.’ For older students, assign research projects on Hispanic traditions, people, or histories such as Bolivia’s Independence Day or the Jones-Shafroth Act.

LANGUAGE IMMERSION  

To honor the millions of Americans who speak Spanish as their first language, incorporate Spanish lessons into the school day. For beginners, activities like matching games, labeling objects, or listening to Spanish audiobooks are exciting teaching methods. Challenging intermediate and advanced level students to speak only in Spanish for entire classes or conversing with native speakers are wonderful activities.

COOKING AND FOOD

Food is a significant part of any culture that is easily turned into a fun experience. While it may be difficult to cook during class, bringing in Hispanic food for students to enjoy is an exciting way to introduce them to different foods. For an interactive experience, challenge students to cook arepas from Colombia and Venezuela or the Cuban dish ropa vieja with their parents at home.

WHAT IS NEXT?

Although National Hispanic Heritage Month is ending soon, it is important to remember learning about this rich culture does not stop once the month does. To continue learning about Hispanic culture, and to help ensure that your schools’ curriculum is inclusive, we have compiled a list of books by Hispanic authors:

Children (Ages 5-12 years)

Young Adult

Adult 

Now that you have some ideas for class lessons, book assignments, and cooking activities, we hope you are inspired to incorporate the teaching of Hispanic heritage into your classroom!

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COVID-19 and The Hiring Season: Virtual Demo Lessons

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused uncertainty in everyone’s daily life, especially for our teachers and students.  However, the good news is that hiring is still moving forward at many schools, albeit, virtually.  We have been hearing from many of our school administrators that it’s helpful for them to view videos of candidates teaching as they make their final hiring decisions.

If you don’t have a recent video teaching demo, it’s not a bad idea to record one of your lessons now, whether that’s a sample of you explaining an activity for your current class’ remote learning, or being able to record an online class.  Links are easier to share than a large attachment which may be too big to email, so video demos can be uploaded to YouTube (you can adjust privacy settings, so they are visible only with a password), your teaching website (Weebly and Wix are popular), Google Drive, Dropbox, etc.  Explain Everything Edu is a useful app that can record your screen as you deliver instruction.

A successful video demo lesson should include:

  • A detailed lesson plan to accompany the video and examples of any supplemental materials you will use
  • The goal of the lesson: what is the essential question and lesson objective? What do you hope the students will take away from the lesson at the end?  What skills will students be practicing?
  • How you plan to assess the students’ understanding throughout and at the end of the lesson
  • Clear and detailed explanations of instructions throughout the lesson
  • Descriptions of how you would engage the students and get them actively participating
  • Questions you would ask the class and why you’re asking those questions
  • Combination of direct instruction, teacher modeling and independent practice, and class discussion
  • A wrap up of the lesson with clear closure and plans for assessment
  • Ideas of how to extend the lesson if time allows, including how to tweak the lesson for different grades, enrichment activities students could do at home

Schools are understanding that a lesson recorded at home, in front of your computer is no substitute for a dynamic lesson with live students, but administrators will be very appreciative of your flexibility and ability to be adaptable and do whatever is needed during this challenging time.  Plus, here’s a great opportunity to show off your creativity and tech skills!

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COVID-19 and The Hiring Season: Virtual Interviews

Social distancing.  Flatten the curve.  Remote learning.  These phrases have quickly become part of our daily vocabulary in the last week as the country confronts the COVID-19 pandemic.  We’ve been getting questions from candidates and school administrators alike about what steps they should be taking to ensure hiring can still continue, albeit in a different form.  While the news is ever-changing, and it’s too soon to tell how the hiring season in schools will be impacted, we suspect schools will need to rely more on virtual interviews and demos, much like how classroom learning has shifted.

If you have a video of you teaching a lesson, that would be a helpful element to have on hand to offer to schools as you progress through the interview process.  Even if it’s from student teaching, your edTPA, or a few years old, anything that can show how you connect with and interact with your students will be better than nothing.

If you don’t have one, it’s not a bad idea to record one of your lessons now, whether that’s a sample of you explaining an activity for your current class’ remote learning, or being able to record an online class.  Links are easier to share than a large attachment which may be too big to email, so video demos can be uploaded to YouTube (you can adjust privacy settings, so they are visible only with a password), your teaching website (Weebly and Wix are popular), Google Drive, Dropbox, etc.  Explain Everything Edu is a useful app that can record your screen as you deliver instruction.

Here are some things to keep in mind to prepare yourself for a virtual video interview:

  • Treat it the same as an in-person interview.
  • Do your research on the school and position, and have thoughtful questions prepared.
  • Be sure you’re in a quiet space where you won’t be interrupted (by roommates, kids, barking dogs, etc.) with a neutral background.
  • Test your technology and be sure you know how to sign into and use the video-conference software of choice.
  • Call a friend first to be sure your technology works and you feel comfortable speaking and listening virtually.
  • Know there could be a slight delay, so pause for a second or two after answering a question in case your interviewer has a follow-up comment.
  • Limit typing if you’re taking notes as the noise can be distracting. Write your notes by hand or wait until the interview is over.
  • Look at the webcam when you speak, not the interviewer’s face on the screen, so it appears to them as if you’re looking them in the eye.
  • Turn off notifications and other applications on your computer so you’re not interrupted by dings or pop up notifications that may distract you.

Know that EA Placement Managers are here to serve as a resource to you during hiring season—whether you’re doing the hiring or looking to get hired!

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Educator’s Ally is a highly personalized placement agency that connects teachers and administrators with independent day and boarding schools nationwide. Since 1975, EA’s dedicated approach to recruiting has been valued by schools and candidates alike.

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COVID-19 and Our Schools: Remote Learning

As the news about COVID-19 changes daily, our schools are put in a unique position about how to handle the uncertainty around absences, school closures, and remote learning.  The last week has been full of faculty meetings to discuss contingency plans and technology departments have been buzzing making sure students and faculty alike are well-equipped for the possibility of extended, remote learning.

Joy Lopez, Director of Technology (@technomaven, jlopez@shschools.org), and Diana Neebe, Director of Teacher Development (@dneebe, dneebe@shschools.org), at Sacred Heart Preparatory, Atherton, CA shared their comprehensive Flexible Plan for Instructional Continuity.  In consultation with colleagues on campus and from around the world on best practices, they developed plans for a multitude of scenarios.  Joy and Diana’s document includes expectations for faculty, grading rubrics, tips for running online classes, as well as links to tutorials for various technologies.  If you adapt or build on their work, they would appreciate hearing from you so they can continue to revise the plan that is being made stronger each day by talented educators around the world.  The document is licensed under a Creative Commons BY-NC 4.0 License.

As always, NAIS is a great resource with regularly updated guidance on how schools can navigate this event successfully.  Hopefully as schools confront the realities of teaching during the Coronavirus, this will be a useful learning experience for all, particularly in the realm of academic technology.

Stay healthy!

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Learning Math Can Be Fun & Games

 

In recent years, math instruction and curriculum has taken on a new, constructivist face. The teacher’s role in this model has shifted from the central possessor of knowledge to that of the facilitator of learning. Children from preschool through adolescence develop meaningful comprehension by actively constructing their own knowledge, rather than passively receiving information. 

In student-centered classrooms, math games are one such way that students can engage in this style of learning, “grappling with important mathematical concepts” through play that is accessible but challenging. Math education guru and author Marilyn Burns recently published an article, One of My All Time Favorite Games, which walks readers through the specifics of how she facilitates “Two-Dice Sum Games” first with a 2nd grade class and later with 7th graders.

Among her beliefs about math games, Burns shares:

  1. I think math games should be an integral part of math instruction.
  2. I especially like “low floor, high ceiling” games that are accessible to all students, where learning to play is easy but the potential exists for students to grapple with important mathematical ideas.
  3. I like games that combine numerical skills with thinking strategically.
  4. I also like games that have an element of luck to add some extra excitement.

In addition to Two-Dice Sum, Burns’ blog is a hub of math education resources, including more games, math interviews, and real-world problems to name a few. 

In the Journals of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Douglas Clements and Michael Batista argue, “In reality, no one can teach mathematics. Effective teachers are those who can stimulate students to learn mathematics. Educational research offers compelling evidence that students learn mathematics well only when they construct their own mathematical understanding” (MSEB and National Research Council 1989, 58). While this approach to teaching and learning can sometimes prove daunting for educators, Marilyn Burns is an expert whose research and resources support teachers in developing fun and meaningful approaches to math instruction. 

Are you a math teacher looking for a new job?  Not a math teacher but enjoy constructing fun, engaging ways for your students to learn?  Let EA help you with your job search in independent schools! Apply here to get started.

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2019 Highlight: Dr. Joy DeGruy

While we’re excited for all that 2020 has in store for us, we’d be remiss if we didn’t share a final thought on one of our highlights of 2019. As is the case each year, 2019’s NAIS People of Color Conference left us deeply inspired, offering so much to reflect upon and put into action as we returned home to New York. 

This year’s theme, “1619. 2019. Before. Beyond. Amplifying Our Intelligence to Liberate, Co-Create, and Thrive”, served as an important backdrop–commemorating the beginning of American slavery 400 years ago, and pushing each of us to think about progress and potential for growth in our schools, education systems and society-at-large. 

On this topic, during her opening keynote address, Dr. Joy DeGruy spoke at length about Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome, a term she has coined in reference to the multi-generational trauma that African-Americans experience as a result of the PTSD of enslaved Africans and their descendants. Her talk centered on over 12 years of research that went into writing her 2005 book and highlighted what she refers to as “America’s Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing.” We were hardly alone in yearning to hear so much more from Dr. Joy. Though she spoke for nearly an hour, the entire conference (and Twitter-verse) was abuzz with people noting that they could listen to her all day.

If you, too, are intrigued and want to learn more, we strongly recommend visiting Dr. Joy’s website. Here you can learn more about her theoretical framework, find additional resources (including the African-American Male Youth Respect Scale) AND you can enroll in her 10-week accredited online class that begins in January 2020.

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Your Job Search Over Winter Break

We know that the weeks between Thanksgiving and Winter Break feel hectic for everyone, and that goes double for teachers!  Hopefully, you find yourself with some well-deserved downtime during Winter Break, and in-between time with family and friends, you can steal a few moments to think about your job search.  Below are some actions you can take so you’re ready to hit the ground running and find your next administrator or teaching job in an independent school in 2020!

 

  • Define the right fit for you
    • Think about what types of opportunities and kinds of schools that appeal to you.  Is this the year you start to explore leadership positions? Have you always wondered what it would be like to teach in a school with a different philosophy than your current school?  Does a cross-country move sound fun?
    • Casting a wide net in terms of location, school type, and position will increase the number of potential opportunities to which you can apply (which means increased odds of an offer!).  Keep an open mind, there’s no harm in hearing about something new!
  • Review and edit your resume
    • Have your responsibilities changed since your last search?  What professional development classes have you attended? Have you served on any committees?  Did you start or complete a graduate program?
  • Draft a cover letter
    • Every job you apply to should receive its own tailored letter speaking to the specific position, but it can be helpful to get a head start on the bulk of your cover letter that isn’t school-specific.
  • Ask for references
    • If your search isn’t confidential, ask a few supervisors if they would be willing to serve as a reference and even write a letter on your behalf.  Ask soon so they have time to write a thoughtful letter.
    • If your search is confidential, are there any colleagues who you trust to keep your job search quiet?  Former colleagues or supervisors who have moved on from your current school or who you worked within a previous position are good people to ask.
  • Connect with EA
    • If you aren’t already working with EA, apply now!  Your Placement Manager is a great resource to review your documents, answer questions along the way, and connect you with your next dream job in a school.

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Educator’s Ally is a highly personalized placement agency that connects teachers and administrators with independent day and boarding schools nationwide. Since 1975, EA’s dedicated approach to recruiting has been valued by schools and candidates alike.

 

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