Location: 3212 Centennial
Date and Time: 03/25/13
Officers Present: Beth Niebuhr, Brianne Unger, Megan Amenda, Amy Tripp
Absent Officers: Courtney Schuetz, Stephanie Attoe, Aimee Herrick
Counselors Present: --
Counselors Absent: Dr. Iwai, Dr. Willhite
Number of Members Present: 20
Order of Business:
Lynda Gruber-Suskey, Emerson Elementary
Lisa Schreiner, Southern Bluffs Elementary
Matt Wenthe, GET Middle School
Would someone coming from out of state hinder your inclination to hire them?
Wouldn't be a reason to not interview anyone
Do your homework ahead of time
contact DPI there to find out what you need to do
let the interviewers know that you know the process and what your steps will need to be to become licensed there
Questions not to ask in an interview:
Questions related to salary, benefits, time off, other non negotiable things
Questions not about kids working with kids
Questions to ask:
“Do you have theatre, wrestling, etc? I have a theatre background and am interested in working with that program.”
Show your ambition
Show that you have obviously been on their website and come up with questions that interest you
“I saw that you have an active PTO, can you explain how I would get involved with that group as a new teacher?”
For a 2nd interview where you would be teaching a group of students, what are you looking for?
How do you relate to the kids
What is your interaction with the kids like?
What are your positive to corrective comment ratio (PBIS)
Demonstrate that you are well planned (not rehearsed, though)
Be natural and genuine
Interviewers recognize that it is an artificial situation
Tie in interests
Have rigor and relevance
Remember, kids are good judges
Kids know when you're just there for fun or if you’re faking things
Deadlines: is it common to have one for applications?
Depends on where the district is at in the hiring process
may be broad or very specific
If there is not a deadline, they are probably looking to poole people
You will probably hear within a week after the deadline closes, if they are at a point that they can hire
You may here right away though, too
You might hear later(more than 1 week) -- if you hear nothing, WAIT! They may find what they are looking for in the second round
Time -- it may take longer to interview people than they planned
Usually isn't more than 1 week
A deadline is a deadline -- you probably won’t be considered if you apply late
Following up is an option too
"did you get my application?"
Will you be told that you have a time limit for the interview?
Usually 45 mins - 60 mins
Often, they will set the parameters
We will ask ___ questions
Should take ____ minutes
We will give you time to ask questions of us at the end
Don’t ramble but be complete in your responses
It is really up to the head interview person to keep the time parameters
All interviews will be the same
Same questions for all interviews
May ask a specific question to your resume or interview
Follow ups will be specific to that person
Very much tailored to the person being interviewed
Technology: Where do you see your school/district at in the next 2, 3, 5 years
1:1 next few years
Will likely begin with Middle School
Definitely moving toward this, though
Emerson: 3rd and 4th grade smart boards, some projectors
Southern Bluffs: 0 smartboards, some Elmo doc cams and projectors
Talking about 1:1
Has some BYOD right now
Probably iPads or iPad minis
Right now ⅔ of teachers have iPads
Every room has a projector
What do you want to know about technology use?
How do you incorporate technology into your lessons and classroom
SMART board usage
How do you use it?
What are you looking for? how do you stand out?
Depends on the position and school
If it is a global school, add global information and experiences
Tailor it to the school to which you are applying
Some people can really jump off the page when you read their responses
Be kid focused but not cliche
what technology have you used? doc cams, smartboards, iPads, etc.
progress monitoring -- what does it look like to you?
DON’T just use buzz words
Talk about what you do
Explain how you've done PBIS without explaining
Show that its a part of your practice
What is a success that you've had?
“Show that you know what it means, I would rather see the example than the definition” -Matt Wenthe
Do you focus more on the cover letter or questions from WECAN?
Quick read over cover letters
Look over resumes in more depth than cover letters
Rely on other screeners
University letters (don’t really read -- they’re often a template)
Cooperating teacher letters are very important!
Why do you want to be at our school?
Give some explanations that make them think you are not just randomly applying to the area
List of criteria sometimes to help narrow down
Do you have connections that we share and I can talk to before deciding?
Does it look like a fit on paper?
Does it look like you have experiences that match our populations
Why are you moving here?
Why, specifically, are you applying to this building (interview questions)
Be true to yourself and make sure that the places that you are hiring are a good fit for YOU
You will be nervous (and so are the people who are sitting at the table with you -- you just don’t get to see that part)!
Come up with questions that are really important to you to make sure you're at the place you want to be
On a resume, should you be specific
Would rather see more experiences with less detail than few experiences with a lot of detail -- you can explain your experiences in your interview and on WECAN or application
“We know that you are coming out fresh and that your experiences are limited, but we know that you have student experiences -- show us the other experiences too! In the WECAN responses and cover letter you can shine and show who you are”
Looking for someone with ambition! (JOIN KDP EXEC TEAM)
They want to see someone who is not just showing up so they know they will be an active member of their staff in a few years
What did you do on your own, beyond the requirements of your degree? Show that!
Page limit -- keep it to 2 pages (3rd page references, if needed. If they can squeeze 20+ years of experience onto 2 pages, so can you)
Cut out the bullets of explanations
What mentoring programs do you offer new teachers?
We don’t expect new teachers to be perfect
Don’t be arrogant, show that you are willing to learn new things and make mistakes
Check this out on the website -- it may be clearly laid out. Ask for clarifying questions, if so
“I noticed that you have a mentoring program, how often are there meetings?”
Mentor within your school
Many meetings for other topics(PLCs, PBIS, ELA, Math, etc.) throughout the year
Ask this after the interview
Mentor within the district
As a field or student teaching candidate how do we make an impression on you?
“Do what you do and I will notice that”
Ask principal for an observation, if they have time
Remember that they have a lot of people in their schools, they may want to snap a picture and keep some bullet points about your experience or lesson observed
Much value in the cooperating teacher letter of recommendation
Not so much the principals letter of recommendation
When you're looking at someone who has had more experiences vs someone who is new, is that a big factor in choosing one over another?
Experience is certainly a factor
But it has to be the right experiences, too
If all of someone’s experiences are in middle school and they’re applying for a first grade position. If your field experiences are in grades 1 and 2, that is a plus for you!
New teachers are filled with excitement and that is a huge thing to bring into the building
Be willing to watch some other teachers to grow and improve
Don’t necessarily blend in, be something that the school wants to become
How to answer the question, “Tell me about yourself?”
I’m from ..
I was involved with...
This is why I wanted to be a teacher
Show your personality but don’t be too long winded
Don’t let people taking notes deter you -- it’s rude but they’re just trying to get everything you say written down!
Focus on all the people around the table, not just the one who asked the question
Special ed positions are hard to fill!
what are you looking for?”
What is your capacity to learn more
Cooperating teacher letter is very important
IEPS and things can be learned and practiced
Don't be applying as a way into regular ed
Are you the kind of person who blows up on students?
What do you do under pressure?
Even if you don’t have experience in the particular area, if you are interested, still apply
Do you have a behavior management plan
Not a lot of people applying, usually a few good applicants
80 applicants for a position, normally
Internal candidates may not be the best candidate
Don't fake it but be enthusiastic about getting into the field
Usually don't ask for it
“You don't need to bring it, once you leave, you've left”
If you bring them and reference them if you can but if it doesn't come up, don't bring it out
Don't hesitate to make connections, be vocal in the teacher’s lounge! You never know who will be familiar or know someone in an area you are interested in!
Please check yourself in the mirror before you come!
No low-cut tops or heels (2’’ or less)
Have people look over your letters who will tell you the truth
Attention to detail:
Written communication will be how you will be contacting parents!
Remember that your job will be working with children, focus your interview on children, what are your goals related to the kids?