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How to research a school and find a good fit for you featuring Hunter Flesch

Updated: Jun 27, 2022

Hello EduMagicians,

Welcome back to another episode of the EduMagic podcast! Today we have Hunter Flesch from the Ed Essentials podcast, and we are discussing how to research a school during the interview process to find a good fit for you as a teacher. This episode is packed with excellent resources for researching a school, along with a few questions to ask the interview panel during your interview. But first, Hunter shares his teaching story. Then he goes into how to research a school, how to go beyond the mission statement, and the importance of being patient!

How to research a school

Stand out during the interview; one way to do this is by researching the school!

  • Review the mission statement and see how you resonate with the values and mission statement.

    • Can you show these ideas in your cover letter or resume?

    • How does it align with your values?

    • Ask the panel how they live out the mission in their school or district?

  • What is the size of the school?

  • What is the diversity of the staff?

  • What are some initiatives that are happening in the school?

  • What are they posting on social media?

  • What is the strategic plan of the school? Where

  • Be nosey on social media and turn on notifications for that school or district!

Go beyond

Go on a visit and get the vibe of the school!

  • Just ask for a school visit. It is ok

  • Take a school visit!

  • Meet potential colleagues

  • Walk around the halls and check out the building

  • Have conversations with administrators

Be patient

Be patient with yourself to find the right fit for you

  • Make a list of your nonnegotiables - what do you want from a school?

  • Where do you want to be as a teacher?

  • What is your teaching philosophy? Understand it deeply, and how does it align with the district?

  • How are you going to be supported as a new teacher?

    • What are the roles of new teachers?

    • What is a mentorship program at the school?

Hunter ends his interview by sharing one thing we wished he knew during student teaching before we began as a first-year teachers.

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