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SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS
Sharon Public Schools
The Sharon, Massachusetts, School Committee invites
highly qualified candidates to apply for the position of
Superintendent of Schools. The Town of Sharon takes great
pride in the community's support of the public schools
and in the success of its students. Two of Sharon's public
schools, including the High School, have been awarded
the prestigious Blue Ribbon Schools Award by the U.S.
Department of Education. Boston Magazine listed Sharon
High School as among the top-ranked public high schools
in Massachusetts for 2016.
The 3,500 Sharon students in its five district schools benefit
from a culturally diverse community, a focus on global
education and an engaging 21st Century curriculum. Sharon
is a family-friendly suburban community, located 17 miles
southeast of Boston and about 25 miles north of Providence.
Formerly a resort community, Sharon boasts many
attractions, including its own golf course, tennis courts,
sports teams, beaches, swimming, boating, fishing, hiking
and a myriad of community activities and opportunities
for all ages. The school system is led by a superintendent
working together with a school committee. They share a
commitment to the District's mission to provide a dynamic
and respectful learning community that values diversity,
fosters critical and creative thinking, challenges each student
to reach his/her academic potential, and prepares students
to succeed in, and contribute to, a changing world.
Candidates interested in this position must have
comprehensive leadership, management, and educational
experience, and be committed to engaging with an
involved community and building upon a tradition of
academic excellence. A license or eligibility for licensure as
a superintendent of schools in Massachusetts is required;
an earned doctorate is desired, but not mandatory.
TOP SCHOOL JOBS's K-12 TALENT MANAGER
U.S. Department of Education Announces TIF 5 Awards
Last week, the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) announced the recipients of grants in Round 5 of the Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF). TIF grants give school districts the opportunity to collaborate with teachers, principals, and the community
to develop innovative solutions for recruiting and retaining highly
The following 13 organizations were selected from 74 applicants:
* Cross County School District, Cherry Valley, AK
* Harmony Public Schools, Houston, TX
* Louisiana Department of Education, Baton Rouge, LA
* Maricopa County Education Service Agency, Phoenix, AZ
* Mastery Charter High School, Philadelphia, PA
* The National Institute for Excellence in Teaching, Santa Monica, CA
* New Schools for New Orleans, New Orleans, LA
* Pitt County Schools, Greenville, NC
* Region One Education Service Center, Edinburg, TX
* San Antonio Independent School District, San Antonio, TX
* School Board of Broward County, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
* Texas Can Academies, Dallas, TX
* Youth Empowerment Services, San Antonio, TX
TIF was launched in 2006 by then-Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings, with the goal to encourage the education community and others to look at teacher and principal compensation
in a different way. Round 1 (2007) and Round 2 (2008) together
provided funding for 34 projects across 109 districts in 18 states.
In 2010, TIF Round 3 awarded approximately $400 million to
approximately 62 projects and TIF Round 4 (2012) awarded approximately $290 million to 35 organizations.
According to USDOE, "The program has funded 131 projects to
improve pay structures, reward effective teachers and principals, and provide greater professional opportunities to educators in high-poverty schools. The projects have served over
2,000 schools in more than 300 urban, suburban, and rural
school districts in 36 states and Washington, D.C. based on the
core premise that educators have the greatest impact on student learning across various in-school factors."
Congress also recognized the impact of TIF through passage
of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) last December.
The bill preserves the program under a new name, Teacher
and School Leader Innovation Program. For those interested,
more information on TIF can be found under Title II. Preparing,
Training, and Recruiting High-Quality Teachers, Part B. National Activities, Subpart 1: Teacher and School Leader incentive Program (Section 2211 - 2213).
Over the past six years, my team and I have had the pleasure
of working with districts and state education agencies to support TIF projects. We have seen these grants transform district
human capital management systems (or HCMS) when implemented with teachers and building leaders! Congratulation to
all the districts, states, and other organizations that were
awarded TIF grants last week! I will watch for opportunities to
share their progress with readers in the future.
Learn more about TIF.
For more information on the Teacher Incentive Fund or human
capital management systems, you can follow Emily on Twitter:
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This position offers a regionally competitive salary
and contract. Screening of applications will begin on
November 28, 2016, with a preferred starting date on
or about July 1, 2017.
Interested applicants should contact:
Dr. Carolyn Burke/Dr. Sally Dias/Dr. Arthur Bettencourt
Sharon Superintendent Search, New England School
Development Council, 28 Lord Road, Marlborough, MA
01752. Phone: 508-481-9444; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
To download additional information and access the
online application, please visit: www.nesdec.org
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TOP SCHOOL JOBS's CAREER CORNER
Shall We Dance!!
I love to Dance. I mean I really LOVE DANCE. It is my first
love, next to teaching of course. I love to watch dance. My favorite episodes of any television shows are always the one with
a dance routine in it. There is no genre that I don't love or that I
am not willing to try. I'm a MTV Boomer (that's something I just
made up), so music videos with dancing in them are definitely
my thing and I am not afraid trying the moves oute in my living
room. My favorite part of dancing while I was growing up was
performances and competition. I loved going to competition and
It gave me an adrenaline rush that I assume athletes get every time
they hit the field. It's the same feeling that I
get from teaching, I think it is the pressure to be successful.
As a new teacher, you may feel a lot of pressure coming from all
directions to achieve success. That pressure may be intrinsic or
extrinsic. I remember when I graduated from college and started
my career in education, I probably put the most pressure on myself. I was a third generation educator, with family members
who exuded professionalism and purpose in a way that I felt I
would never live up to. I was the only first year teacher that my
principal hired that year, so I didn't want to fall behind or misstep
in front of everyone at the school.
I want to combine my two loves "TEACHING" and "DANCE" to
help you make this year and every year the best one ever. So
Work Smarter, Not Harder: I've seen it too often when new
teachers try to do too much. Don't recreate the wheel if you
don't have to. New teachers often enter a school with the mindset that they are the most knowledgeable person in education
and everyone whose been doing this job for the past 100 years
are all inept. My first year teaching I gave so many assessments
that I literally had to do Paper Grading Parties with my cousins
who were in college, offering free pizza for them to help me
grade papers each nine weeks. I thought giving 12 million assignments was the mark of a true educator.
Agility and Adaptability: You will learn fast that you need these
two to really be successful and to not succumb to the stress of
this profession. The ability to change direction at a moments
notice is key. You will be teaching the best lesson of your life
when the fire alarm come on and you have to vacate your classroom. This is the only time that they do fire drills, so be prepared. Change is life and you must be able to work with and
through the changes that may come from different directions.
Listen to Learn: As a teacher we love to encourage our students to listen. Listen, Listen, Listen. We constantly tell our
students to listen, but as a new teacher you may be missing
many opportunities to learn and get better because you aren't
Talk: Did she just say listen and now she's saying talk? Yes.
Yes, I did. Talk to the other teachers and people on your campus. No man is an island and to be a successful educator you
can not be one either. You don't have to take everything you
hear and I am not encouraging you to tell your personal business
to everyone on the campus. I am telling you that the cordial
"Good Morning" to your co-workers, parents, and school guest
can really go a long way.
Zeal: Don't let anyone take your excitement about this profession. It is the best profession in the world and it is truly the cornerstone of our society. Never let the "Negative Nancies" and
"Sad Sams" take your joy of teaching away. You will have a few
rough moments in your first year, but remember why you entered
this profession and let that drive you to success.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Education Week - October 12, 2016
Bilingual Education Poised for a Comeback in California Schools
Cultural Literacy Creator Carries On Campaign
New Teachers Turn to Web for Mentoring
DIGITAL DIRECTIONS: Modern E-Rate Puts Telephones On Hold in K-12
Sides Seek to Avert Chicago Teachers’ Strike
Labor Dispute Simmering In Buffalo, N.Y.
Shooting Reignites Safety Concerns
Kan. Governor: Tax Hike Needed If State Loses Funding Case
Court to Weigh Level of Benefits for Special Ed. Students
Literacy Program Reflects Clinton Policy Agenda
Snapshot: School Finance A Judge Gets Tough
News in Brief
TopSchoolJobs Recruitment Marketplace
PAUL REVILLE: A Call to Action For K-12 Leaders
LYN MIKEL BROWN: A Field Guide to Girl Empowerment
JOHN URSCHEL: The Winning Equation In Math Education
Education Week - October 12, 2016 - DIGITAL DIRECTIONS: Modern E-Rate Puts Telephones On Hold in K-12
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Education Week - October 12, 2016 - 3
Education Week - October 12, 2016 - News in Brief
Education Week - October 12, 2016 - Report Roundup
Education Week - October 12, 2016 - Labor Dispute Simmering In Buffalo, N.Y.
Education Week - October 12, 2016 - Shooting Reignites Safety Concerns
Education Week - October 12, 2016 - Kan. Governor: Tax Hike Needed If State Loses Funding Case
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Education Week - October 12, 2016 - Literacy Program Reflects Clinton Policy Agenda
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Education Week - October 12, 2016 - Snapshot: School Finance A Judge Gets Tough
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Education Week - October 12, 2016 - LYN MIKEL BROWN: A Field Guide to Girl Empowerment
Education Week - October 12, 2016 - JOHN URSCHEL: The Winning Equation In Math Education
Education Week - October 12, 2016 - Letters
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Education Week - October 12, 2016 - TopSchoolJobs Recruitment Marketplace
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