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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?

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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

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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

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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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TEN LESSONS LEARNED AFTER 10 YEARS OF COACHING SCHOOL LEADERSHIP CANDIDATES by Larry Aronstein

Over the last 10 years, I have coached more than 500 candidates seeking school leadership jobs. Most of my work has focused on revising resumes and preparing for job interviews. Once my clients get their new positions, they sometimes reach out to me to get advice on the next step in their careers or how to deal with problems they might be facing in their new job. Looking back and reflecting on my experiences as a coach, I decided to share my “takeaways”, lessons learned, that might help…See More
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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. CONTACT ME—I CAN COACH YOU!Seek advice from people who are…See More
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CONGRATULATIONS, YOU GOT THE JOB, NOW WHAT? by Larry Aronstein

After going through an exhausting job search process, finally you have been appointed to your new leadership position and are starting the job. Of course, you want to be successful. Although you would never admit it, you are feeling insecure. You haven’t formed trusting relationships, you don’t know all of the aspects of your new role, you are trying to figure out the culture of the school-community, you don’t want to over-step your authority and offend anyone, and perhaps most importantly, you…See More
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COMMITTEE INTERVIEWS: A BALANCING ACT by Larry Aronstein

Usually as a second step in the interviewing process, be prepared to encounter a 30-minute committee interview in which eight to ten interviewers are seated around the table. It’s important to grasp which stakeholders each member is representing. Usually participants will introduce themselves and tell you: “Jane Smith, President of the PTA,” for example. If their roles are not evident and they seem friendly, it’s okay to ask, “And what is your role?”I suggest that you quickly sketch the shape…See More
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Assistant Principal Job: What Does the Principal Really Need? by Larry Aronstein

Oftentimes, the entry-level job into school leadership is the assistant principalship. There are more assistant principal jobs than any other leadership roles. At this moment there are nine positions being posted on Long Island. During the selection process, the principal is usually the key person in deciding who will get the job. The fact is that the assistant will be the principal’s right arm. What does the principal really need?In my experience, despite what the job description says,…See More
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A NEW JOB: AN OPPORTUNITY FOR RE-INVENTION by Larry Aronstein

 Starting a new job is an opportunity to re-invent yourself. It can be a chance to leave whatever baggage you might have had behind you and get a fresh start. Aside from doing the obvious like making a good first impression by introducing yourself to the various stakeholder groups, coming up to speed on what is going on, and doing a “listening tour”, which all are certainly good things to do, you need to consider the following:Be visible and accessible – attend school-community events, but most…See More
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Assistant Principal Job: What Does the Principal Really Need? by Larry Aronstein

 The entry-level job into school leadership is the assistant principalship. There are more assistant principal jobs than any other leadership roles. At this moment there are nine positions being posted on Long Island. During the selection process, the principal is usually the key person in deciding who will get the job. The fact is that the assistant will be the principal’s right arm. What does the principal really need?In my experience, despite what the job description says, principals need an…See More
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ARE YOU PREPARED TO BE A COMPETITIVE CANDIDATE? by Larry Aronstein

Assume that you are a well-qualified applicant who is applying for a mid-level leadership position and are 1 out of a total of 150 applicants. Assume that there are at least 15 other candidates who are equally qualified. Why do you need to be well prepared for a job search? What must you know and do so you don’t sound like the rest of the candidates? Consider the following:Do you know how to strategically organize and design a resume that gets the reviewers’ attention?Do you know how to…See More
Dec 9, 2021
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Likeability, Trustworthiness and Fit

The three most important assets during an interview is your ability to project likeability, trust and fit. Likeability, trust and fit 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 to some of their…See More
Nov 2, 2021
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ADVICE FOR 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
Sep 30, 2021

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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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Consultant
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K-12
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Nassau County NY, Suffolk County NY

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TEN LESSONS LEARNED AFTER 10 YEARS OF COACHING SCHOOL LEADERSHIP CANDIDATES by Larry Aronstein

Posted on June 8, 2022 at 3:23pm 0 Comments

Over the last 10 years, I have coached more than 500 candidates seeking school leadership jobs. Most of my work has focused on revising resumes and preparing for job interviews. Once my clients get their new positions, they sometimes reach out to me to get advice on the next step in their careers or how to deal with problems they might be facing in their new job. Looking back and reflecting on my experiences as a coach, I decided to share my “takeaways”, lessons learned, that might help…

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FOLLOWING WELL-INTENTIONED ADVICE by Larry Aronstein

Posted on May 19, 2022 at 9:56am 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 do. CONTACT ME—I CAN COACH…

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CONGRATULATIONS, YOU GOT THE JOB, NOW WHAT? by Larry Aronstein

Posted on April 25, 2022 at 8:00am 0 Comments

After going through an exhausting job search process, finally you have been appointed to your new leadership position and are starting the job. Of course, you want to be successful. Although you would never admit it, you are feeling insecure. You haven’t formed trusting relationships, you don’t know all of the aspects of your new role, you are trying to figure out the culture of the school-community, you don’t want to over-step your authority and offend anyone,…

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COMMITTEE INTERVIEWS: A BALANCING ACT by Larry Aronstein

Posted on April 13, 2022 at 11:40am 0 Comments

Usually as a second step in the interviewing process, be prepared to encounter a 30-minute committee interview in which eight to ten interviewers are seated around the table. It’s important to grasp which stakeholders each member is representing. Usually participants will introduce themselves and tell you: “Jane Smith, President of the PTA,” for example. If their roles are not evident and they seem friendly, it’s okay to ask, “And what is your role?”…

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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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