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Too many bosses?

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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

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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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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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Get Your Leadership Job at Nassau BOCES

March 13, 2018 from 3:45pm to 5:15pm
Find out: • How to Stand Out from the Rest of the Candidates • How to Put Together a Resume that Gets You Interviews • How to Successfully Answer The Most Asked Interview Questions • What Are Interviewers Really Looking For? • What Are the Do's and Don'ts of What to Do and What Not to Do?See More
Feb 9
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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) one-on-one, face-to-face, one-hour coaching…See More
Feb 4
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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 replacement is a far better alternative than substitute…See More
Jan 4
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So, You Want to Be a Superintendent by Larry Aronstein

So, You Want to Be a Superintendent of Schools: Topics for Interview QuestionsImprovement of Learning and TeachingImplementing the Common CoreBuilding ConstituenciesWhat do you think are the most difficult type of problems that you will face?Dealing with an angry hostile crowdBuilding an Effective Leadership TeamSuccession PlanningResponse to CrisesDeveloping a School Budget10.Capital Improvement Planning11.Teacher and Principal Evaluations12.Entry Plan--1st hundred days13.What qualities do you…See More
Nov 16, 2017
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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 internal issue, or is just not…See More
Oct 30, 2017

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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

NEW LEADERS: 12 TIPS FOR SUCCESS

Posted on August 7, 2018 at 2:00pm 0 Comments

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…

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ADVICE TO NEW LEADERS by Larry Aronstein

Posted on July 20, 2018 at 10:00am 0 Comments

ADVICE TO NEW LEADERS

 

Here is a typical message I get from new school leaders at the beginning of each school year:

 

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

  

(1) How, in your experiences, do…

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Getting a Teaching Job: When All Else Fails by Larry Aronstein

Posted on June 18, 2018 at 10:48am 0 Comments

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,…

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YOUR CANDIDACY: WHAT THEY'RE LOOKING FOR AND HOW TO PRESENT YOURSELF by Larry Aronstein

Posted on June 1, 2018 at 10:00am 0 Comments

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…

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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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