http://ny.chalkbeat.org/2014/04/16/e4e-time-limits-needed-for-atr-pool-teachers-who-cant-get-hired/

Chalkbeat has a terrible habit of reprinting press releases and passing them off as news and this is no exception in this story on a recent E4E report on the Absent Teacher Reserve (ATR) in New York City. And the report has problems. Here are just four.

1. There are a lot of problems with the ATR system, but E4E just rehashed old data and didn’t do any research for their report. Since 2009, the DOE has offered resources and workshops to excessed teachers on career topics via the Teacher Hiring Support Center (http://www.thscnyc.org/home.do).* The UFT also offers workshops regularly. Whether people use them or find them good is up for discussion, but E4E didn’t even bother to check if they existed and passed it off as an original policy recommendation. Lazy.

2. I think it is a non-starting point to discuss a time-limit for ATR placement because you do get into issues of age discrimination that unfortunately occur. E4E has to see that. While also not good for the teachers, I am not sure that a time-limit policy would be a good end run for the DOE based on that and potential legal problems that would follow for years. However, while there are hundreds of teachers who apply through Open Market and really do try to find a school that works for them once they are excessed… there are hundreds who never do anything during the hiring season to secure an interview. Perhaps there needs to be a time-limit policy for that population. Activity and participation is easy to track through DOE systems.

3. Guidance Counselors. The ATR is filled with hundreds of them and there are no positions for them to fill. This needs a separate study as to why this keeps happening every year- too much hiring due to poor workforce planning- and ideas that could be budgetarily efficient and helpful to counselors and students while they are in the ATR. For example, with so many counselors in the ATR, why aren’t we enhancing college counseling services at specific high schools? It might make sense to create new types of positions for counselors caught in this, while figuring out how to hire better.

3. Finally, I would look at the number of teachers who are in the ATR in outdated licenses and certifications, where positions have not been posted in years, such as stenography. That is estimated at 10% of all teachers, or $10 million of the budget. While I sympathize with anyone losing a job, it doesn’t make sense to continue to pay for teachers who are no longer qualified to teach. 

These problems will only get figured out by being pragmatic, creative, and delving deep into the data.

* I helped start the THSC when I was Director of Teacher Recruitment for the NYC public schools from 2007-2010.

Only 31 percent of teachers are “engaged” in their work, according to a new Gallup report, State of America’s Schools.

“Engaged” teachers are “involved in, enthusiastic about, and committed to their work … know the scope of their jobs and constantly look for new and better ways to achieve outcomes.”

Just over half (56%) are “not engaged” — meaning they may be satisfied with their jobs, but they are not emotionally connected to their workplaces and are unlikely to devote much discretionary effort to their work.

About one in eight (13%) are “actively disengaged” — meaning they are dissatisfied with their workplaces and likely to be spreading negativity to their coworkers…

… In a 2009 Gallup study, “a one-percentage-point increase in a school’s student engagement GrandMean was associated with a six-point increase in reading achievement and an eight-point increase in math achievement scores.

Via Joann Jacobs

I’ve been busy in 2014 working on a variety of creative, client and business building projects… but the most important one has been in my personal life where I committed to my partner and made him my husband last month. 
One of the decisions I felt like I had made but am recently rethinking is changing my name professionally. For years, I have told women I’ve worked with as clients and random people on the internet NOT to change their names. The economic data is clear that on average, women who change their names experience lower lifetime earnings compared to those who don’t. And while you can say that  changing your name “makes you more of a family,” there is no greater way to serve your family than earning a fair wage for your talents.
I never thought I’d want to change my name because it’s mine and I didn’t want to give up any part of my identity just because I got married. Practically, I write books and sell services- I need to be found so changing my name was not something I thought was a good idea regardless of any personal feelings… plus there is someone with my first name (spelled differently) and husband’s last name who also publishes… erotic fiction.
But a few weeks in, I am rethinking my decision and considering a hyphenated name. It feels lacking for some reason to not embrace this part of me in my professional life, too, even though I am somewhat “afraid” of the consequences and frankly, being a hypocrite.  
Did you change your name when you get married? Why or why not? Tell me what made your decision for you.
(Check out more awesome pictures from our wedding via our amazing photographer It’s Megan Jones.)

I’ve been busy in 2014 working on a variety of creative, client and business building projects… but the most important one has been in my personal life where I committed to my partner and made him my husband last month. 

One of the decisions I felt like I had made but am recently rethinking is changing my name professionally. For years, I have told women I’ve worked with as clients and random people on the internet NOT to change their names. The economic data is clear that on average, women who change their names experience lower lifetime earnings compared to those who don’t. And while you can say that  changing your name “makes you more of a family,” there is no greater way to serve your family than earning a fair wage for your talents.

I never thought I’d want to change my name because it’s mine and I didn’t want to give up any part of my identity just because I got married. Practically, I write books and sell services- I need to be found so changing my name was not something I thought was a good idea regardless of any personal feelings… plus there is someone with my first name (spelled differently) and husband’s last name who also publishes… erotic fiction.

But a few weeks in, I am rethinking my decision and considering a hyphenated name. It feels lacking for some reason to not embrace this part of me in my professional life, too, even though I am somewhat “afraid” of the consequences and frankly, being a hypocrite.  

Did you change your name when you get married? Why or why not? Tell me what made your decision for you.

(Check out more awesome pictures from our wedding via our amazing photographer It’s Megan Jones.)

Education Rebel @ Work turned 3 today!

—- makes me kind of sad. I love Tumblr as a platform… but there is little ROI on it for me and what I do, I don’t spend much time here. Maybe that will change.

Education Rebel @ Work turned 3 today!

—- makes me kind of sad. I love Tumblr as a platform… but there is little ROI on it for me and what I do, I don’t spend much time here. Maybe that will change.

(Source: assets)

3 Reasons It Pays to Have a One Page Resume

careercloud:

While skimming the blogosphere, I stumbled upon a career expert’s recent post where he advised that sticking to a one-page resume is an “old-school” rule that NO jobseeker should follow regardless of experience level. As a recruiter, I could not disagree more! And I think it’s important for all…

A new guest post from me!

I ran the printer over a dozen times today and he raced to it every time to protect me. #hardworker #sleepypuppy #collie

I ran the printer over a dozen times today and he raced to it every time to protect me. #hardworker #sleepypuppy #collie

Reverb13 Prompt 21: My Year

i took a 2 week break from finishing the last 3 prompts of Reverb because of holiday preparations and travel. Hard to think and write when you’re visiting families, flying and driving.

But I am ready to get these in tonight and call it a wrap on 2013! On to the last prompt.. and a BIG thank you to Kat McNally for organizing this and only doing 21 prompts this year! 

2014 is going to be MY YEAR because…

14 has always been my lucky number (seriously- it has). And I am wiser and stronger than ever before.

In 2014, I am going to do…

Me. That means showing the world the best of what I can do and feeling damn good about it.

In 2014, I am going to feel…

Abundant in all areas of my life.

In 2014, I am not going to…

Stop myself or talk myself out of asking for something or moving forward because people ‘like myself’ don’t get ‘that ending.’

In December 2014, I am going to look back and say…

Hells yeah… this was the master plan all around!

Happy new year!

Reverb Prompt 20: Forward

Forward is the only direction.

The mirror never lies, but everything in it is backwards. 

Look at what you see in the mirror. How does it change if you view yourself with eyes that can only look forward?

There is no denying it: something that I want to achieve in 2014 is motherhood. I started writing, “well, at least take the first step toward it…” and I stopped because a requirement for looking forward like the prompt says is not adding qualifiers. I am ready to live for a different purpose and that means being a mom. 

Looking forward on this desire changes things a lot. It gets me out of my head of what ifs and regrets. It means I can’t worry about the decisions I made up to this point and whether I have backed myself in a corner, or what it means to be a mom of an ‘advanced maternal age’ raising young children. What I wanted in the past, and my ambivalence about parenthood is irrelevant. It doesn’t matter as it’s not going to change what happens. In this case, there is value in starting from the place called “it is what it is,” or as the Buddhist say, “start where you are.” 

And if I want it, well it’s up to me to focus on the future and not the past. The clarity is a gift. 

Reverb13 Prompt 16: Habits and Addictions

Habits and addictions, some are silly, some serious; when we have issues without answers, they can hold us so tight that we stop moving forward with the life we intended.

Were you able to loosen those fetters this year, and if you were successful, how did you manage it? Did you accept outside help, or work alone?


If you still feel that grasp of addiction or hurtful habits, what will you do differently in the year to come?

Another hard prompt! I don’t feel like I overcame any bad habits or addictions this year. There were a few times I tried to stop drinking completely, but I didn’t feel like I was addicted and eventually went back to moderation. Some meals just need a delicious glass of wine to make them complete and some days need a neat bourbon to complete it.

My worst habit and addiction that I need to make progress on in 2014 is procrastination. I have a lot on my plate and often make the wrong decisions on what to choose first and make excuses. I’ve tried lots of things, like an accountability group, but… it’s never enough. I think one of the reasons I have been making my way through Reverb with gusto is to prove to myself I can complete a project! But yet, it is not surprising that this is the last prompt I chose to do and I am posting it 12 days after Reverb ended. 

What can I do to get rid of procrastination?I have studied this over the years and here is what I’m thinking. 

1. Try some new stuff. I did an audiobook course on it recently and it had some helpful ideas. I did it while I was driving to make use of time and I couldn’t take notes so i am going to cue it up again.

2. Get straight on my priorities. I did an activity for a few years ago with my coach, Thekla Richter, on ordering my priorities into a decision tree and it helped tremendously in making decisions about daily activities. I literally had a list that said 1. my health, 2. getting my driver’s license, 2. work. etc… and when a scheduling thing came up, I read my list. If it hadn’t been for that list, I would have never taken time out of my life to schedule my driving lessons and get my license in 2012.

Prioritizing is harder than it sounds. What is important to me may be different to other people who want things from me and I hate disappointing people. I rarely have deadlines in my work that are not truly self-imposed. 

3. Limit my choices. I have so many different projects under my talent development portfolio. I need to declutter and say no, no matter how potentially lucrative. And I need to listen to my instincts about new partnerships. People matter, not just ideas. 

My procrastination habit has been holding me back and I have to overcome it if I want to go forward. Hopefully my desires for abundance and simplicity will get me there a little quicker in 2014.

Josh’s grandfather heard I had my own business and like to read and gave me this book from 1979 for xmas. It has me weirdly excited.

Josh’s grandfather heard I had my own business and like to read and gave me this book from 1979 for xmas. It has me weirdly excited.