Presenter: Diego Merino, Senior Recruitment Manager, Avenues: the World School
Fit and values
- What do you most value in education, as an educator?
- In what school environment do you thrive?
- What supports do you need?
- Talents, skills, & knowledge best aligned with the job. Be prepared with specific examples for each.
- What makes you flow?
- How do you help students learn & grow?
- Authenticity is critically important.
- Self-reflection required.
- Examples should be specific.
- What did you accomplish & why does it matter?
- How is the school/classroom/student different because of you?
- Describe the accomplishment; quantify when possible.
In cover letter
- Explain 2-3 accomplishments highly relevant to the specific role.
- Use 'PAR' framework (see below).
Problem – Action - Result ('PAR') Framework
- Describe the situation.
- What action you took, and why.
- Use this to illuminate your thought process.
- Describe the impact of your action: what changed, why it’s significant, and how you know.
... and practice!
- Practice with a peer and structure your thoughts.
No Experience, No Problem
Prior teaching experience
- Use examples primarily from your teaching.
No prior teaching experience
- Use examples from paid positions (best), and internships, volunteering, academic work.
- If the example is not teaching-related, be explicit about how it applies to the role and question being asked.
Mission, values, and culture
- What does the school believe?
- Website, job description, online reviews, professors, other teachers, etc.
Interview the interviewers
- Have thoughtful questions ready to help assess fit: current challenges, near-term direction, professional development, teacher support.
Cultivate mentors (who will tell you the truth)
askamanager.org (advice on workplace issues)
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