Finding a Teaching Job in BC Public Schools and First Nations Schools | SFU Education | Make a Future


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BC public schools districts utilize to recruit teachers. These slides provide an inside look as to what school districts look for when recruiting teachers, and what types of positions are demand.

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Finding a Teaching Job in BC Public Schools and First Nations Schools | SFU Education | Make a Future

  1. 1. SIMON FRASER UNIVERSITY How To Find A Teaching Job In BC Schools
  2. 2. BC Education Overview • 60 public school employers • 33,000 unionized educators • Teachers certified by TRB • 130+ independent First Nations Schools • Schools hire year-round
  3. 3. Employment Outlook for Primary & Secondary Teachers Sources: | • 28,300 new jobs (2010-20) • 81% from replacement • 19% from expansion
  4. 4. Where are the jobs? Sources: | • Jobs are in pop. dense regions • Jobs are in areas with growing communities • Jobs in areas with aging workforce • Jobs in regions with most kids
  5. 5. What types of jobs are posted? Source:
  6. 6. Potential Career Paths Superintendent Deputy Superintendent Assistant Superintendent Director of Instruction District Principal Principal/Vice Principal Psychologist Counsellor Librarian
  7. 7. #JobPostings When are jobs posted? Source:
  8. 8. Salary and Benefits • Extended health and dental • Life insurance, pension, long-term disability • Professional development • Professional mentoring • Generous vacation & sick leave • Rural & remote allowances
  9. 9. More about benefits & salaries • – Career Resources  Salary Finder • – Teachers -> Teacher Collective Agreement •
  10. 10. Applying for Jobs
  11. 11. What can I teach? • Depends on… what subjects have you taught what grade levels you’ve worked with what undergraduate courses you completed what specific training you’ve received what languages you’re fluent in
  12. 12. Application Checklist  Gather Your Documents:  Resume and cover letter  Practicum evaluation reports  References (min. 2-3)  Academic transcripts  TQS card and BC teaching certificate
  13. 13. Application Checklist  Apply for a BC teaching certificate (TRB)  Apply for a TQS card  Set-up an application on  Set-up Job alerts  Follow @MakeaFuture & Like Make a Future  Search and apply for jobs on
  14. 14. Writing Resumes
  15. 15. Write Targeted Cover Letters • Tailor the letter to your audience • Personalize it with concrete examples • Explain “why you’re the best candidate?” • Use action verbs to describe your work experience (e.g. Collaborated; Coordinated; Planned; Evaluated; Assessed) • Spell Check and Proof Read!
  16. 16. Ask For A Good Reference Get references from those who’ve observed you teach • Ask for a reference letter • Give your references a heads-up
  17. 17. Searching & Applying for Jobs on
  18. 18. Job Application Tips Research employers Do not address your cover letter “To Whom It May Concern” Don’t apply for every single job Follow job application directions It’s all about timing Sign-up for job alerts!
  19. 19. Interviewing for the Job
  20. 20. Interviews compare a candidate’s skills and qualifications to selection criteria
  21. 21. What is HR looking for? 1. Subject Matter Knowledge 2. Planning Skills 3. Instructional Skills 4. Assessment Strategies 5. Classroom Management Skills 6. Development as a Professional Educator
  22. 22. Interview Questions Open-ended questions • Tell me about yourself • What is your teaching philosophy? • Why do you want to work for our district? • What books are you reading right now?
  23. 23. Interview Questions Behavioural-based questions • Can you describe a unit or lesson that you created that allowed for the participation of all learners?
  24. 24. What behavioural questions to expect
  25. 25. How do you plan your units?  Tell a story and consider:  What resources did you consult?  Did you ask for help?  Did you look at the composition of your class?
  26. 26. What’s important is that:  You were thoughtful in preparing your units while consulting a variety of resources and considering your student composition How do you plan your units?
  27. 27. How do you teach in the classroom?  Tell a story and consider:  What strategies have you used for instruction?  How did you present the material?  How did you engage learners?
  28. 28. How do you teach in the classroom? What’s important is that:  You demonstrated the use of diverse strategies to reach all learners in the classroom
  29. 29. How do you assess & evaluate students?  Tell a story and consider:  What are the different methods you used to evaluate and assess student outcomes?  What did you do with that information?
  30. 30. What’s important is that:  You utilized a variety of assessment strategies  You utilized the results of the assessments to facilitate student learning How do you assess & evaluate students?
  31. 31. How do you manage your class?  Tell a story and consider:  What was the worse scenario that you encountered and how did you deal with it?
  32. 32. What’s important is that:  You demonstrated and employed a variety tactics when dealing with classroom issues  You are able to create a climate and environment conducive to learning How do you manage your class?
  33. 33.  Tell a story and consider:  How have you demonstrated professional responsibility inside and outside of the classroom?  Are you a reflective practitioner? Howareyougrowingasa professionaleducator?
  34. 34. What’s important is that:  You demonstrated a collaborative approach to sharing your knowledge and helping the educational community as a whole Howareyougrowingasa professionaleducator?
  35. 35. Interviewing Tips Take inventory of your best lessons & accomplishments Use a portfolio Frame answers with STAR Practice, practice, practice
  36. 36. Job Search Resources • Resumes & Digital Portfolios     • Interviews&CoverLetters  • Job Search  • Pro D  Teacher Mentorship BC 
  37. 37. Now What? • Decide where to work • Find out who hires at the district • Sign-up for job alerts • Like/Follow MAF • Clean-up your social media footprint • Create an online portfolio
  38. 38. Stay in touch     