Can ESSA Repair What "No Child Left Behind" Left Behind?

When I consider the great opportunity ESSA affords, I think about our most vulnerable student populations. Will this give them a better chance to succeed? I recall the time I spent as a teacher in a district school that was struggling, and the complex dynamics I observed surrounding the implementation of NCLB - in particular, the nature of the relationship between district leadership and “failing” schools.  Will stakeholders in and around my former workplace have a different experience once ESSA is in place?

 

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Getting Back in the Working Groove

I always swore I would remain abreast of the current technology and not be caught in the past like my parents, but after taking a number of years off to raise my children, I have found myself dragging behind the times a bit. Now that I’ve returned to work, I can’t help but feel a bit out of sync and disconnected. There have been many new advances and changes in the workplace that have become apparent over these few short years. While the working world was learning how to take advantage of Google Apps and use social media for business, I was changing diapers, puréeing baby food (and then cleaning up the regurgitated messes), and spending agonizing sleepless nights waiting for one child or another to stop screaming. Re-entering the workforce feels a bit to me like how the advent of email must have felt to my parents back in the day; overwhelming and complex and confusing.  

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How to Ace that Initial Phone Screen

I spend a significant amount of time screening candidates.  I love getting to know people and finding out why they are interested in a particular organization or position.  I am often the first point of contact for a candidate during the interview process and at this stage, it is critical for candidates to be prepared.  So, with that being said, I would like to share some advice on how to ace that initial phone screen to get you to the next phase in the interview process.  

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6 Resume Writing Tips to Help You Get the Job

As professional recruiters, we read hundreds of resumes a week. It is often our first impression of a candidate and given the number of resumes we review, if what we see in yours doesn’t grab us quickly, we will be tempted to put it aside and move on. The resumes that do draw us in and convince us to take a closer look are concise, compelling, well-organized and relevant. Therefore, a key part of any successful job search is creating a resume that will help you stand out in that initial quick review. 

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How Diversity Optimizes Teamwork and Why You Should Care

It is a truism today in many professions that we should work hard to make sure that our organizations are diverse, particularly in the areas of race and ethnicity.  As search consultants we are always asked to find and court a diverse group of candidates, something to which particular importance is given for those of us working in education reform because we want our organizations - especially schools - to mirror the communities we serve.

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The Messy Middle: Where Education Talent Equity Really Happens

I adore Brené Brown’s theory of the need to rumble with the stories we tell ourselves in order to get at the root of what is real. I have a theory that a lot of us in the so-called “education reform” world have many stories we tell ourselves about why the education system is broken, why our graduation rates are low and teacher turnover rates are high, etc. Yet, it’s the messy middle (another Brené-ism) that we often avoid tackling head on that would allow us to unpack our stories and actually get to real change. The fact that we’re often unwilling to really rumble with these stories in service of doing what’s best for kids keeps us continually disappointed with the outcomes.

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