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Too many bosses?

Started Jul 11, 2016 0 Replies

Gary Hamel recently published a study that workers had too many bosses. He claims and cites examples that flattening the workplace bureaucracy, replacing it with work groups who are responsible to…Continue

HOW CAN SCHOOLS INCORPORATE PROBLEM SOLVING?

Started Jan 27, 2016 0 Replies

Dan Mazz: I would love to discuss how schools can incorporate problem solving with real world problems to encourage personal excellence in the Public Schools.  I've found that by focusing on larger…Continue

Please, Don't Be Rude

Started Mar 23, 2015 0 Replies

Over the last few years, I have been coaching candidates in preparation for their interviews as school leaders and teachers. My clients give me feedback after their interviews. In too many cases,…Continue

Commentary: Effective Constructive Feedback

Started Dec 14, 2013 0 Replies

I found your latest poll results troubling, fascinating, but not surprising. Let's examine the results and speculate about what it means.How frequently do you receive effective constructive feedback…Continue

 

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DR. ARONSTEIN ANNOUNCES ANNUAL WORKSHOP

ANNOUNCING: Dr. Aronstein presents his hour and a half "How to Get a Leadership Job" only once each year. Registration is limited, so register soon. Thursday, March 7th from 3:45 to 5:15 at Nassau BOCES.https://www.mylearningplan.com/WebReg/ActivityProfile.asp?D=10056&I=2988991See More
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Superintendent of Schools Interview Questions by Larry Aronstein

 What do you anticipate being the most difficult types of problems that you will face in our district?What process will you use to build an effective leadership team?What strategies would you use when responding to a crisis?What steps do you go through in developing a District Budget?Assume that there is a serious need to improve buildings and grounds, how would you go about Capital Improvement Planning?What is your approach to effectively evaluate teachers and principals resulting in their…See More
Dec 3
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DR. ARONSTEIN ANNOUNCES ANNUAL WORKSHOP

ANNOUNCING: Dr. Aronstein presents his hour and a half "How to Get a Leadership Job" only once each year. Registration is limited, so register soon. Thursday, March 7th from 3:45 to 5:15 at Nassau BOCES.https://www.mylearningplan.com/WebReg/ActivityProfile.asp?D=10056&I=2988991See More
Nov 26
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Ten Rules on How to Not Mess Up Your Interview by Larry Aronstein

 Don’t talk too much. Answer each question within two to two and one-half minutes. Give one good example. The panel is working within a tight schedule. Nobody likes a chatter box. If they want to hear more, they will ask you to elaborate.Answer the question. Stick to the interviewers’ questions. Stay on topic. Panelists commonly ask the same questions to every candidate in order to compare answers. Be careful about getting on a roll and going off on tangents which might result in not answering…See More
Nov 10
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THE ART OF TEACHING FOR UNDERSTANDING by LARRY ARONSTEIN

Candidates for leadership positions are often asked: “What do you look for in an excellent teacher?” My response to this question is the ability to teach for student understanding. The learning of knowledge and skill are at the core of education. We want students to deeply understanding the important concepts in all the subject areas. Understanding does not mean that a student can memorize and recite minute facts and demonstrate routine skills with very little understanding. Understanding is…See More
Oct 2
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NEW LEADERS: 12 TIPS FOR SUCCESS

You got your new leadership job. Now what? What can you do on day one to maximize your success in your new position? You have been a successful teacher who enjoyed a reputation of being friendly, warm and collegial. Now, as an entry-level administrator (assistant principal, chairperson, coordinator, dean), you are expected to deal effectively with teachers who in some cases may be more experienced than you and who may be resistant to your leadership, and parents who are dissatisfied with how…See More
Aug 7
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Getting a Teaching Job: When All Else Fails by Larry Aronstein

Getting a Teaching Job: When All Else Fails                 “I’ve done everything I can think of; now it’s the summer, and I still don’t have a job. What should I do now?” Well, this calls for extraordinary measures. Basketball coaches motivate their players as the game draws to an end and the score is still close by telling them, “Leave everything you’ve got on the court.” This means exhaust all possibilities. Most school leaders are on vacation during July and the first two weeks of August.…See More
Jun 18
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YOUR CANDIDACY: WHAT THEY'RE LOOKING FOR AND HOW TO PRESENT YOURSELF by Larry Aronstein

YOUR CANDIDACY: WHAT THEY’RE LOOKING FOR AND HOW TO PRESENT YOURSELF Everything you submit in writing and say contributes to building an attractive and effective narrative, that is a story and picture of yourself as a candidate. This includes your resume and cover letter, how you present yourself, your answers to the interviewers’ questions, the questions you ask, your letters of reference, and what your references say about you. It's about developing a picture of yourself, creating a…See More
Jun 1
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Being Interviewed by a Board of Education by Larry Aronstein

Being Interviewed by a Board of Education  Over the last several years boards of education have become more actively involved in interviewing and selecting candidates for leadership positions. State law dictates that only the Board can make personnel appointments. Of course, board members are elected officials and as such they have their own priorities and can be influenced by their constituents. Consequently, if a candidate is going to be interviewed by the Board, you need to find out who they…See More
May 21
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The Likeability Factor by Larry Aronstein

Your most important asset as an interviewee is your likeability. Likeability can trump everything–your knowledge of pedagogy, your qualifications, everything. Unconsciously, interviewers often decide at first sight whether they like you. Still, over the course of the interview, interviewers can change their opinions in either direction. If they really like you, they may even overlook some of your less-than-satisfactory responses their questions. So, what can you do to get them to like you?Ask…See More
May 3
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Interviewing: Do You Need to Be Coached? by Larry Aronstein

Interviewing: Do You Need to Be Coached? Trying to get a leadership job is very much like a horse race. Recently, a school district posted an ad for an assistant principal. They received more than 150 applicants, met with 20 for a pre-screening interview, and then a hiring committee interviewed 8 semi-finalists. The Kentucky Derby had 16 horses “run for the roses”. Those horses had the benefit of the best trainers in the world prepare them.Let’s extend the horse racing metaphor. Have you ever…See More
Apr 18
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Resumes That Get You Interviews by Larry Aronstein

Resumes That Get You InterviewsResumes and cover letters should be designed to get you an interview. If you’re a fairly well qualified candidate and you aren’t getting interviews, or if your rate of getting interviews is low, then your resume and cover letter are probably your problems. Well qualified candidates should be getting interviews at least fifty percent of the time that you send them off. If you aren’t getting this kind of action, then you need to revise your resume and letter.The…See More
Apr 9
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Dealing with Difficult and/or Resistant Staff

Dealing with Difficult and/or Resistant Staff Every faculty has difficult and/or resistant people. I think that most supervisors would agree that dealing with them is the most challenging aspect of their job. Being a difficult person is a personality trait. Difficult people come in several varieties. They are often whiners, judgmental, opinionated, and negative. Resistant people do not like change. Resistance can range from being fairly subtle, such as avoidance or passive aggressive behavior,…See More
Mar 27
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Projecting Your Gravitas: A Key to Winning the Job by Larry Aronstein

Projecting Your Gravitas: A Key to Winning the JobIn interview situations, I’ve coached many school leaders and teachers about the importance of presenting oneself in a confident manner. Many refer to this as gravitas. Someone with gravitas projects self-confidence, influence, credibility, and commands respect. When you speak, others listen. Do not confuse gravitas with arrogance. People who project gravitas are thoughtful; they think before they speak and bring substance to the conversation.…See More
Mar 15

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Tell our School Leadership 2.0 community a little bit about yourself. Feel free to post your email address and website. Also feel free to list your areas of interest. This will help other members dialogue with you.
I am a retired Long Island superintendent and founder of Educational Performance Consultants. I coach new and aspiring school leaders and teachers in how to get that leadership position and be successful in it by helping them prepare their resumes and cover letters, and teaching tried and tested interviewing strategies. You can contact me at larryaronstein@yahoo.com
What is your present job title?
Consultant
At what school level do you work?
K-12
Where do you work?
Nassau County NY, Suffolk County NY

Dr. Larry Aronstein's Blog

DR. ARONSTEIN ANNOUNCES ANNUAL WORKSHOP

Posted on December 15, 2018 at 11:00am 0 Comments

ANNOUNCING: Dr. Aronstein presents his hour and a half "How to Get a Leadership Job" only once each year. Registration is limited, so register soon. Thursday, March 7th from 3:45 to 5:15 at Nassau BOCES.

https://www.mylearningplan.com/WebReg/ActivityProfile.asp?D=10056&I=2988991

Superintendent of Schools Interview Questions by Larry Aronstein

Posted on December 3, 2018 at 12:30pm 0 Comments

 

  1. What do you anticipate being the most difficult types of problems that you will face in our district?
  2. What process will you use to build an effective leadership team?
  3. What strategies would you use when responding to a crisis?
  4. What steps do you go through in developing a District Budget?
  5. Assume that there is a serious need to improve buildings and grounds, how would you go about Capital Improvement Planning?
  6. What is your…
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Ten Rules on How to Not Mess Up Your Interview by Larry Aronstein

Posted on November 10, 2018 at 3:00pm 0 Comments

 

  1. Don’t talk too much. Answer each question within two to two and one-half minutes. Give one good example. The panel is working within a tight schedule. Nobody likes a chatter box. If they want to hear more, they will ask you to elaborate.
  2. Answer the question. Stick to the interviewers’ questions. Stay on topic.…
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THE ART OF TEACHING FOR UNDERSTANDING by LARRY ARONSTEIN

Posted on October 2, 2018 at 2:01pm 0 Comments

Candidates for leadership positions are often asked: “What do you look for in an excellent teacher?” My response to this question is the ability to teach for student understanding. The learning of knowledge and skill are at the core of education. We want students to deeply understanding the important concepts in all the subject areas. Understanding does not mean that a student can memorize and recite minute facts and demonstrate routine skills with very…

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At 8:36am on March 30, 2018, Stefanie Norris, MSpEd. said…
Dr. Aronstein,
Unfortunately, I did not see this seminar that you were offering on March 20 before. Will you be offering another in the very near future? As an aspiring administrator, I would be interested in attending.

Best,
Stefanie Norris
At 7:10am on August 23, 2017, James Williams said…
Dr. Aronstein
I was hopeful that you are still taking part in 1:1 interview coaching. I have sat with you in the past and was looking to capitalize on your expertise once again. If so could you please email me at jimbosupt@yahoo.com.
Respectfully
At 12:39pm on March 22, 2016, Tina M. Smith said…

Glad to be in your group...looking forward to future workshops and learning from my colleagues.

At 1:51pm on January 26, 2011, Christine V. Cralidis said…

Dr. Aronstein,

I look forward to your presentation tomorrow.  I have been in education for 26 years and a new principal for the last two years.  I want to know what I will be when I grow up??

 

Hopefully, the weather cooperates.

 

Christine  V. Cralidis

 
 
 

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