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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

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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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
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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
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Difficult and/or Resistant Staff by Larry Aronstein

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, all the way…See More
Oct 8
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Do Not Mess Up Your Interview by Larry Aronstein

Do Not Mess Up Your InterviewDon’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 off on tangents which results in not answering the question. Not…See More
Sep 18
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Advice to New School Leaders by Larry Aronstein

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 first year.  Being a leader was 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?  (1) How, in your experiences, does year two differ from year one?  (2) I've been receiving a lot of different…See More
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LEAVE REPLACEMENT: SHOULD I TAKE IT by Larry Aronstein

  LEAVE REPLACEMENT: SHOULD I TAKE IT?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
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How Screening Really Works by Larry Aronstein

How Screening Really WorksIf I apply for a job and don’t hear back should I call? How is my resume screened? What is the screener really looking for? How do interviewing committees make decisions? 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.…See More
Jan 17
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Answering Frequently Asked Questions

Answering Frequently Asked QuestionsThere 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 piece of advice is to formulate a set of your professional guiding principles. Actually write them down.…See More
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Making Adjustments: The Interview Process in Four Steps by Larry Aronstein

Making Adjustments: The Interview Process in Four StepsMost 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 success in getting to the next step. You…See More
Nov 16, 2016

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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

So, You Want to Be a Superintendent by Larry Aronstein

Posted on November 16, 2017 at 11:30am 0 Comments

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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Do You Need a Coach to Get Your Dream Job? Larry Aronstein

Posted on November 6, 2017 at 11:30am 0 Comments



Recently, a school district posted an ad for an assistant principal. They received more than 150 applicants, met with 25 for a pre-screening interview, and then a hiring committee interviewed 12 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. Trying to get a leadership job is very much like a horse race.



Extending the horse racing metaphor. Have you ever gotten a tip on a…

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The Inside Candidate by Larry Aronstein

Posted on October 30, 2017 at 11:00am 0 Comments

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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Difficult and/or Resistant Staff by Larry Aronstein

Posted on October 8, 2017 at 2:24pm 0 Comments

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,…

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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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