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Old 04-28-2010, 08:52 AM
 
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I agree that principals are pro-active about hiring--I meant that they don't want to GO to human resources and dig through applications--even the ones that are red-flagged...they often had their lead teacher go or used apps that were sent to them directly...
my experience is limited to my former school and three different principals--they often used the lead teacher for a department as well as sometimes members of faculty council to sit in on interviews and asked them to read apps--

BUT the on-line application is really NOT helpful to most people who ARE qualified and could be positive assets--the idea that you can only be a good teacher if you know/use a few (probably 6 or fewer) buzzwords that will hit the mark correctly is like throwing rings at a bottles at a carnival--
the game is rigged and while most people know it the risk is only 50 cents or dollar--
this is risking someone's ability to get a job interview...
and frankly IF you know someone inside the district you can either get a cheat sheet for how to complete it successfully or you can wrangle an interview with a principal and basically by-pass whatever reading the application itself might ring up

there are going to be many fewer teachers hired in Keller than last year--they are cutting back due to budget restraints--they are moving teachers around within the district--

read the Super's letter and note that it mentions a possible/likely RIF
Message from Superintendent regarding budget issues

and check out the current jobs listings -- why would you need a job fair to fill those few
https://winocular.kellerisd.net/jobs/Jobpost.exe

while the shortfall may not be as drastic they are still considering a tax increase and will be moving teachers around/increasing class sizes probably
http://www.star-telegram.com/2010/04/09/2102897/keller-isd-budget-not-as-grim.html (broken link)
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Old 04-28-2010, 11:14 AM
 
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The RIF in Keller will happen. (which I know of 5 0r 6 teacher at the MS-HS level who NEED to be Riffed!)
Upping the HS max class size by 1 student will happen.
Tax increase... I don't know that one is a toughie. since the budget wasn't as bad as they first thought that idea might get tabled. Keller is really courting new resturants and reatail to generate more taxes.

So far I have been VERY happy with the superintendent and board, they have really come together the past 3 years and are making alot of great strides in Keller ISD.

Right now the jobs that probably will open up are 5-8 and a few more 9-12 for the two new schools.
However, you are more likely to get a job in Keller right now if your area bilingual in spanish.

I also agree about Principals being VERY hands on and have very much to say who gets hired on thier campus verses Human Resources. There are jobs though. I just had to pass on 2 in Keller because I do not have certification.
Go and personally meet with the principal and leave your resume... a brochure as SC mentioned is a great idea! Yes, you still have to have the online application filled out but I don't know ANYONE who was hired recently who got a cold call from the on-line application.
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Old 04-28-2010, 07:56 PM
 
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New jobs are posting everyday so keep and eye out and remember, in many districts, you have to apply directly to the school by clicking online. You can try some of the region websites, too, that post positions for numerous schools in numerous districts. Right off the top of my head, I know Region 11 serves the areas you are looking at getting a teaching position in. Once you know where the positions are, you can make some cold calls in person with your resume and brochure in hand. You just never know... Make sure your application is complete before you go to any school though. No principal will give you brownie points if you do not go through the proper channels. Wait until after this week since this is a HUGE testing week in Texas. Also, you do not want to visit any school when they are doing TAKS make up testing or retesting students either. These dates should be online at each districts website. The schools normally have a closed campus on these days. As another person said, if you are truly interested in a particular school go ahead and make it known that you are interested in teaching at Fabulous Elementary. You just never know what might happen and if YOU are proactive, you might just get a call back when a teacher resigns unexpectedly to stay home with her newborn. It happens all the time. All the best. DO your homework. Make sure your application is considered complete. Check those websites on a daily basis. Be professional and wear professional dress when dropping off resumes. Shorts and a t-shirt will not win you a job. Start checking out websites like A to Z Teacher's Job Forum. It has interview question threads that will highlight some of the most asked questions when being interviewed and some excellent responses for when your brain freezes and you cannot remember your birthday much less what strategies do you use when teaching your struggling readers?! Just sayin' - You can learn so much from these forums AND great teachers will help to tweak your cover letter, resume, and portfolio. All the best!
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Old 04-28-2010, 08:33 PM
 
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and folks--if you have had any luck doing a sport in college or now--
like if you are a decent tennis player or played basketball in college for partial scholarship
LIST YOUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS
people who might get away with being an assistant coach in secondary sport like jr high tennis for example are going to get a second look from a principal...
it is not so much your expertise as your willingness to get out there and just spend the time for practice and at games AND drive a bus--
be willing to get a commercial license...
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Old 04-29-2010, 03:41 PM
 
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^ excellent point!

In fact the old Tennis coach at Indian Springs Middle school had NEVER played before! He was just willing to learn and stay after etc... so the kids could play (we laughed because the kids had to teach him how to keep score etc...). The next year he got a promotion to Assistant coach at Keller High! He is still there and is much loved by the kids esp. those who had him in MS. He KNOWS a heck of alot more now and even plays a bit!
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Old 05-05-2010, 10:58 PM
 
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Have you applied for the Educational Technology Specialist position for Fort Worth ISD?

Last edited by LSUTigerGirl; 05-05-2010 at 11:07 PM..
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Old 05-06-2010, 08:50 AM
 
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LSUTigerGirl: Yes, I have applied, months ago, and have heard nothing...
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Old 05-06-2010, 08:53 AM
 
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Follow up!
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Old 05-11-2010, 07:45 PM
 
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Calif7ornia,

Private message me your resume. Do you remember when you submitted your application? I can check into this for you.

I am a technology specialist myself = )

Thanks = )
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Old 05-11-2010, 08:30 PM
 
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Calif7ornia,

Private message me your resume. Do you remember when you submitted your application? I can check into this for you.

I am a technology specialist myself = )

Thanks = )
Oh the places you will go and the people you might meet. You just never know when you might meet the right person at the most opportune time. I wish you all the luck of the Irish.
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