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Annual Conference Preview: Key Questions for Hiring New Teachers

Wednesday, September 6, 2017  
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By Christina Mimms, SAIS

“Teachers are the single biggest investment a school makes, and the greatest resource,” according to Alan November, senior partner & founder of November Learning. So with that investment, how do schools ensure they find the right people to lead their students for 21st century learning? After all, teachers today are encountering students who are very different from students in the past. At a keynote address at this year’s SAIS Annual Conference, November will offer essential questions useful for both hiring new teachers and developing current ones for the next 10 years.

As schools basically write new job descriptions for their teachers, one question November suggested asking is, “How do you teach students to learn what you don’t know?” Part of that is showing students how to learn – how to use online sources effectively and ethically, and how to organize their data.

Getting a teaching job may require more than a degree and a certification. Schools want people who know how to work with colleagues and contribute to their peers. What else do they bring to the table to enhance the school community? “What does your global network look like?” is another of November’s essential questions. 

And for those who seek teaching positions, candidates may want more from their potential school employer, such as funding for professional development opportunities, support for a variety of devices and software, and efficient systems that streamline administrative tasks. Can a school offer what teachers want? 

Join SAIS and Alan November for this valuable discussion at the SAIS Annual Conference, October 22-24, 2017, in Atlanta. November is an international leader in education technology. He began his career as an oceanography teacher and dorm counselor at an island reform school for boys in Boston Harbor. He has been an alternative high school director, computer coordinator, technology consultant, and university lecturer. He has helped schools, governments, and industry leaders improve the quality of education through technology. 

His areas of expertise include planning across curriculum, staff development, new school design, community building, and leadership development. He was named one of the nation’s 15 most influential thinkers of the decade by Tech and Learning magazine. His writing includes numerous articles and best-selling books, including his most recent title Who Owns the Learning?.

November was co-founder of the Stanford Institute for Educational Leadership Through Technology and was selected as one of the original five Christa McAuliffe Educators. Audiences enjoy his humor and wit as he pushes the boundaries of how to improve teaching and learning. 


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Institute for New Teachers
July 24-26, 2018 | Nashville, TN
Designed to equip new teachers with the skills to guide and support their first years in the classroom.

Board/Head Retreat
October 14, 2018 | Charleston, SC
Designed to strengthen the communication and partnership between the head of school and members of the board.

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