Applying for your first teaching job in BC Public Schools


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This presentation was given to the teacher education students at the University of Fraser Valley and Simon Fraser University in March 2011.

Make a Future was invited to these two universities to speak about finding and applying for teaching jobs.

Make a Future - Careers in BC Education is a joint venture among the BC Public School Employers' Association, BC Ministry of Education and the 60 public school boards of British Columbia.

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  • Applying for your first teaching job in BC Public Schools

    1. 1. Applying <br />for your first <br />Teaching Job<br />
    2. 2.
    3. 3. Landscape of Education<br />
    4. 4. Teaching in BC<br /><ul><li>60 public school districts
    5. 5. Geographically + culturally diverse province
    6. 6. Opportunities for teachers in various regions of the province</li></li></ul><li>Opportunities<br /><ul><li>Teachers are in demand in specialty areas
    7. 7. New teaching jobs on every day.
    8. 8. Generous financial allowances in rural communities and smaller districts
    9. 9. Seniority is portable for continuing positions
    10. 10. New schools in growing communities
    11. 11. Aging population of educators</li></li></ul><li>25,460 openings in the next 10 years<br />BC Labour Market Outlook 2009-2019<br /><br />
    12. 12. In-demand Teachers<br />Generally, demand varies from district to district<br />French Immersion<br />Core French<br />Trades, Tech & Industrial Ed<br />Senior Sciences – Physics, Chemistry<br />Special Education/Learning Assistance Resource<br />Aboriginal Languages<br />Montessori<br />Senior Math<br />Counsellors & Psychologists<br />Principals / Vice Principals<br />Superintendents<br />
    13. 13. Hiring Process<br />
    14. 14. A Balancing Act<br />
    15. 15. How would you describe a “good” teacher?<br />
    16. 16.
    17. 17. Teachers are generally evaluated on Selection Criteria<br /><br /><ul><li>Subject Matter Knowledge
    18. 18. Strong Planning Skills
    19. 19. Instructional Skills
    20. 20. Assessment Strategies
    21. 21. Classroom Management Skills
    22. 22. Professional Responsibility - development as a Professional Educator</li></li></ul><li>Teaching applicants are evaluated and assessed from a variety of sources.<br />
    23. 23.
    24. 24. ResumeTips<br />Include relevant work experience – can be experience from your practicum<br />Include a list of your relevant coursework<br />Format your resume to standout, but don’t go overboard with formatting<br />Maximum of two pages in length<br />Always include your references<br />BCTF homepage is a good reference []<br />
    25. 25. Cover Letters<br />Tailor your cover letter to the audience<br />Personalize it with an examples<br />Explain why you’re the best candidate & fit?<br />Use action verbs(e.g. Collaborated; Coordinated; Planned; Assessed; Evaluated)<br />Spell Check and Proof Read!<br />
    26. 26. Common Interview Q’s<br />Tell me about yourself<br />Why do you want to work for our district?<br />How did you prepare for this interview?<br />What books are you reading right now?<br />
    27. 27. Behavioral Interview Questions<br />
    28. 28. How do you plan your units?<br />Tell a story and consider:<br />What resources did you consult?<br />Did you ask for help?<br />Did you look at the composition of your class?<br />What’s key:<br />You were thoughtful in preparing your units while consulting a variety of resources and considering your student composition<br />
    29. 29. How do you teach in a classroom?<br />Tell a story and consider:<br />What strategies have you used for instruction?<br />How did you present material?<br />How did you engage learners?<br />What’s key:<br />You used of a range of strategies to reach all learners in the classroom<br />
    30. 30. How do you assess and evaluate students?<br />Tell a story and consider:<br />What are the different methods you used to evaluate and assess student outcomes?<br />What did you do with that information? <br />What’s key:<br />You utilized a variety of assessment strategies<br />You used the results of the assessments to facilitate student learning<br />
    31. 31. How do you manage your class?<br />Tell a story and consider:<br />What was the worse scenario that you encountered and how did you deal with it?<br /> What’s key:<br />You demonstrated and employed a variety tactics when dealing with classroom issues<br />You are able to create a climate and environment conducive to learning<br />
    32. 32. How are you developing as a professional educator?<br />Tell a story and consider:<br />How have you demonstrated professional responsibility inside and outside of the classroom?<br />Are you a reflective practitioner?<br />What’s key:<br />You have demonstrated a collaborative approach to sharing your knowledge and helping the educational community as a whole<br />
    33. 33. Interviewing Tips<br />Preparation is key:<br />Reflect on your best lesson, accomplishments, what you are proud of in your work<br />Showcase your best work in a portfolio/binder<br />Answer using the STAR technique<br />Practice, practice, practice<br />
    34. 34. “It’s about tapping into your experiences, challenges and reflections on your student teaching and bringing it to life in an interview.”<br />-Janet StewartDirector, Make a Future<br />
    35. 35. References<br />Ask for a “good reference”<br />Ask your referees what they’ll say about you<br />Ask for a reference letter<br />Let your referees know that you are looking for a job and that they may be contacted as your reference<br />
    36. 36. Source: Canadian HR Reporter, October 4, 2010, p.17<br />
    37. 37.<br />
    38. 38. <ul><li>Search and apply in BC public schools online
    39. 39. See which districts are hiring and what opportunities are available
    40. 40. Learn more about BC school districts and communities
    41. 41. Get the latest news in BC Education
    42. 42. Share jobs with friends on Facebook, Twitter and other social sites</li></li></ul><li><br />
    43. 43.<br />
    44. 44. Subscribe through Facebook<br />
    45. 45. Questions?<br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
    46. 46. Our futures are not determined simply by what we do but by how and why we do it.<br />