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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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The Cover Letter by Larry aronstein

A cover letter is always required, however cover letters are seldom carefully read and there’s a good chance that it might never be read. Yet, you might as well develop the best one that you can.General Guidelines:Keep the letter to one page.Carefully proofread for any mechanical errors—spelling, punctuation, grammar, word choice, capitalization, complete sentences. Have a colleague who has excellent writing skills proofread.Avoid adjectives and adverbs. Avoid flowery language (“It is with…See More
Nov 12
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BEWARE OF FOLLOWING WELL-INTENTIONED ADVICE by Larry Aronstein

Remember the adage, “The road to hell is paved with good intentions”. After a 46-year career in public education, 38 as a school and district leader who interviewed thousands of candidates, I believe I can speak with some authority about hiring educators. Be careful about following advice from well-intentioned friends, family and colleagues. Here are a few examples of advice you should not follow, why not, and what you should do:1. Seek advice from people who are successful in other fields—No.…See More
Oct 18
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Get Your Leadership Job

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ADVICE TO NEWER LEADERS by Larry Aronstein

Here is a typical message I often get from newer school leaders: “I wanted to touch base with you. I have a few questions and value your insight.  I had a successful year.  Being a leader is certainly a challenge, but I have learned a lot. Do you have any advice for year two or three? (1) How, in your experiences, do years two, three and four differ from year one?   (2) I've been receiving a lot of different advice about future steps in my career.  In my district, I'm interested in ultimately…See More
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Interview Preparation: What Does the Coaching Process Entail? by Larry Aronstein

Have you considered being coached to improve your performance during an interview and wondered what it entailed? As a successful coach of 100’s of educators over the last nine years, let me give you an overview of my approach which includes: (1) a free preliminary review of your resume and cover letter; (2) a brief complimentary telephone in-take conversation; (3) several (between one and four) one-on-one, face-to-face or remote one-hour coaching sessions. The following is a summary of what…See More
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Jul 7
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UPDATE: VIDEO INTERVIEWS IN THE AGE OF COVID-19 As an educational job coach who prepares candidates for their interviews, I am getting valuable feedback from my clients about their recent experience…

UPDATE: VIDEO INTERVIEWS IN THE AGE OF COVID-19As an educational job coach who prepares candidates for their interviews, I am getting valuable feedback from my clients about their recent experiences in doing video interviews. What can be generalized about their experiences? How can candidates successfully adapt to the “new normal” of video interviewing? What are the most recent trends?Generalized Findings • Interviewing on video can be an awkward, unfamiliar and uncomfortable experience. Some…See More
Jun 7
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VIDEO INTERVIEWING IN THE AGE OF COVID-19

 As an educational job coach who prepares candidates for their interviews, I am getting valuable feedback from my clients about their recent experiences in doing video interviews. What can be generalized about their experiences? How can candidates successfully adapt to the “new normal” of video interviewing?Generalized FindingsInterviewing on video can be an unfamiliar and uncomfortable experience. Some candidates report that they experience excessive nervousness, especially at the beginning of…See More
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Apr 21
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Screening Interviews: How It Really Works by Larry Aronstein

How is my resume screened? What is the screener really looking for? How does the screening process work? If I apply for a job and don’t hear back should I call? Although each district customizes their process, the variations are usually minor. So, how does it really work?When you apply for a position, be prepared to wait. Don’t be a pest and call the personnel office to inquire about your status. They are busy people who are filling many different positions. A few directors of human resources…See More
Mar 5
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Do You Need to Be Coached to Get Your Leadership Job? by Larry Aronstein

Trying to get a leadership job can be very much like a horse race. Recently, a school district posted an ad for an assistant principal. They received more than 250 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 gotten a tip on a horse or a stock or…See More
Feb 7
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THE OLDER WORKER: AM I AN ATTRACTIVE LEADERSHIP CANDIDATE? by Larry Aronstein

 As an experienced career coach, I have found that at least 20% of my clients are over the age of 45. There is no telling how many so called “older workers” are so discouraged about their age that they reject even considering applying for a leadership job. My older clients ask: “I am an older candidate and feel that my age is working against me, how I compete against these 30-something year-olds?”I have worked with more than 650 educators, about 600 of whom are well-qualified. Sixty (60 %)…See More
Jan 28
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Jan 7
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Project Your Gravitas: Win the Job by Larry Aronstein

 In interview situations, I’ve coached many school leaders and teachers about the importance of presenting oneself in a confident manner. Some refer to this as gravitas. Gravitas is the ability to project self-confidence, influence, credibility, and command 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. Remember that the court jester never becomes…See More
Nov 26, 2019
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The Likeability Factor and Being a Good Fit by Larry Aronstein

The Likeability Factor and Being a Good Fit The two most important assets during an interview is likeability and being a good fit. Likeability and fit 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 your less-than-satisfactory responses…See More
Nov 14, 2019

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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
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K-12
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Nassau County NY, Suffolk County NY

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The Cover Letter by Larry aronstein

Posted on November 12, 2020 at 2:27pm 0 Comments

A cover letter is always required, however cover letters are seldom carefully read and there’s a good chance that it might never be read. Yet, you might as well develop the best one that you can.

General Guidelines:

  1. Keep the letter to one page.
  2. Carefully proofread for any mechanical errors—spelling, punctuation, grammar, word choice, capitalization, complete sentences. Have a colleague who has excellent writing skills…
Continue

BEWARE OF FOLLOWING WELL-INTENTIONED ADVICE by Larry Aronstein

Posted on October 18, 2020 at 11:00am 0 Comments

Remember the adage, “The road to hell is paved with good intentions”. After a 46-year career in public education, 38 as a school and district leader who interviewed thousands of candidates, I believe I can speak with some authority about hiring educators. Be careful about following advice from well-intentioned friends, family and colleagues. Here are a few examples of advice you should not follow, why not, and what you should…

Continue

ADVICE TO NEWER LEADERS by Larry Aronstein

Posted on October 7, 2020 at 10:30am 0 Comments

Here is a typical message I often get from newer school leaders:

 

I wanted to touch base with you. I have a few questions and value your insight.  I had a successful year.  Being a leader is certainly a challenge, but I have learned a lot. Do you have any advice for year two or three?

 

(1) How, in your experiences, do years two, three and four differ from year one?  

 

(2) I've been receiving a lot of…

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Interview Preparation: What Does the Coaching Process Entail? by Larry Aronstein

Posted on September 27, 2020 at 3:00pm 0 Comments

Have you considered being coached to improve your performance during an interview and wondered what it entailed? As a successful coach of 100’s of educators over the last nine years, let me give you an overview of my approach which includes: (1) a free preliminary review of your resume and cover letter; (2) a brief complimentary telephone in-take conversation; (3) several (between one and four) one-on-one, face-to-face or remote one-hour coaching sessions. The following is a summary…

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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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