Dr. Larry Aronstein's Blog (34)

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…

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Added by Dr. Larry Aronstein on March 27, 2018 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Projecting Your Gravitas: A Key to Winning the Job by Larry Aronstein

Projecting Your Gravitas: A Key to Winning the Job

In 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.…

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Added by Dr. Larry Aronstein on March 15, 2018 at 3:00pm — No Comments

INTERVIEW PREPARATION:WHAT DOES THE COACHING PROCESS ENTAIL by Larry Aronstein

Interview Preparation: What Does the Coaching Process Entail?

 

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 seven years, let me give you an overview of my approach which includes: (1) a preliminary review of your resume and cover letter; (2) a brief complimentary telephone in-take conversation; (3) several (between one and four)…

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Added by Dr. Larry Aronstein on February 4, 2018 at 5:29pm — No Comments

LEAVE REPLACEMENT: AM I INTERESTED? by LARRY ARONSTEIN

 

LEAVE REPLACEMENT: AM I INTERESTED?

Should you consider taking a leave replacement position? Like most other complex questions, the answer is, “It depends”. It depends on your specific set of circumstances. It depends on the conditions surrounding the leave.

What are your circumstances?

  • Are you starting a new career as a teacher? If you have been unsuccessfully seeking a position in teaching, then a leave replacement makes sense. A leave…
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Added by Dr. Larry Aronstein on January 4, 2018 at 10:30am — No Comments

So, You Want to Be a Superintendent by Larry Aronstein

So, You Want to Be a Superintendent of Schools: Topics for Interview Questions

  1. Improvement of Learning and Teaching
  2. Implementing the Common Core
  3. Building Constituencies
  4. What do you think are the most difficult type of problems that you will face?
  5. Dealing with an angry hostile crowd
  6. Building an Effective Leadership Team
  7. Succession Planning
  8. Response to Crises
  9. Developing a School…
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Added by Dr. Larry Aronstein on November 16, 2017 at 11:30am — No Comments

The Inside Candidate by Larry Aronstein

The Inside Candidate

 

Should you even bother to apply for a job when you know that there are inside candidates? Can you beat out an insider? Are the cards already stacked against you? The short answer is that you should apply—there is nothing to lose. The actual status of the insider or insiders is unknown. The “powers that be”, the superintendent, board members, other administrators, may not favor the insider. The insider may have been on the wrong side of some…

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Added by Dr. Larry Aronstein on October 30, 2017 at 11:00am — No Comments

Do Not Mess Up Your Interview by Larry Aronstein

Do Not Mess Up Your Interview

  • 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.
  • Answer the question. Stick to the interviewers’ questions. Stay on topic. Panelists usually ask the same questions to every candidate in order to compare and contrast answers. Be careful about getting on a roll and going…
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Added by Dr. Larry Aronstein on September 18, 2017 at 9:00am — No Comments

A Case of the Nerves

OVERCOMING NERVOUSNESS

 

“I get so nervous when I interview that I freeze.” It is natural that interviewees feel nervous about interviewing. There’s a lot at stake. You have invested a great deal of time, effort and money in trying to take the next step in your career. You’re walking into a room all alone to meet a group of strangers who are going to ask you difficult questions and make judgments about if they like you, if you’re a…

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Added by Dr. Larry Aronstein on June 6, 2017 at 8:00am — No Comments

Answering Frequently Asked Questions

Answering Frequently Asked Questions

There are strategies in answering the most frequently asked interviewers’ questions. It takes some work, but these strategies can readily be mastered. First, you need to think through your narrative -- the story you want to get across about who you are. You should always assume that the first question is going to be, “Tell us about yourself”. The second…

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Added by Dr. Larry Aronstein on January 4, 2017 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Making Adjustments: The Interview Process in Four Steps by Larry Aronstein

Making Adjustments: The Interview Process in Four Steps

Most interview processes have four steps: the screening interview, a committee interview, a small group interview with some Central Office administrators, and an interview with the Superintendent which may include the Board. Each step is different, calling for different interviewing strategies. How you make adjustments to your approach of interviewing at each stage of the process is critical to your…

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Added by Dr. Larry Aronstein on November 16, 2016 at 10:00am — No Comments

THE 3 P's OF JOB SEEKING: PREPARATION, PERSISTENCE, PATIENCE by Larry Aronstein

THE 3 P’S OF JOB SEEKING: PREPARATION, PERSISTENCE, PATIENCE

 

“I’ve applied for thirty leadership jobs over the last two years. I got six screening interviews; two of them were ‘courtesies’ due to contacts inside those districts. I moved on twice to a second interview and was then cut. I need your help.” This is a typical email that I often receive. My advice to those of you who are frustrated in your job seeking, and to those who are considering…

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Added by Dr. Larry Aronstein on June 3, 2016 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Coaching Versus Supervision by Larry Aronstein

Coaching vs. Supervising

 

During a lunch time conversation with a veteran teacher, the discussion turned to the value of supervision; that is the ability of a supervisor to help a teacher improve upon his or her instructional practices. My colleague was brutally frank, “I’ve been teaching for more than twenty years. I can honestly say that I have never received feedback from a supervisor that was valuable enough to make me a better…

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Added by Dr. Larry Aronstein on April 8, 2016 at 9:54am — No Comments

The Lost Art of Teaching for Understanding by Larry Aronstein

The Lost Art of Teaching for Understanding

Learning knowledge and skill are basic to American education. We want students to be knowledgeable in all the subject areas. We want students to be skillful in math, the crafting of writing, and the effective use of foreign languages. So we provide lots of time and effort to teaching knowledge and skills. Understanding does not mean just knowing something. A student can recite endless facts and…

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Added by Dr. Larry Aronstein on November 5, 2015 at 4:32pm — No Comments

Overcoming Under-performance and Mediocrity in America’s Public Schools by Larry Aronstein

Overcoming Under-performance and Mediocrity in America’s Public Schools  by Larry Aronstein

I will be posting a series of blogs on this School Leadership website over the next several months that offer tried and tested strategies that have transformed classroom instruction, school culture, and parent engagement, resulting in dramatically raising student achievement in public schools. These fixes have been created and successfully used in the schools and…

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Added by Dr. Larry Aronstein on October 8, 2015 at 10:26am — No Comments

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