Meet Ashlyn Williams!

Check out this month’s Member Spotlight, Ashlyn Williams! Ashlyn has been a member of KDP since 2011. Connect with her in KDP Global.

Ashlyn WilliamsWhat do you value most about your KDP membership?
The endless networking possibilities! Meeting with like-minded professionals who share the love, passion and dedication for education and sharing insight, experience, tips and words of encouragement. Educators bear the torch that enlightens young minds and creates tomorrow’s leaders.

What is your most used KDP member benefit?
My two most used KDP member benefits are the discounts for partnering education retailers and the access to webinars and publications. As an educator, it is important to remain abreast of new studies, theories, and educational policies.

What do you love about being an educator?
What I love about being an educator is the rewarding opportunity to give the gift of learning, transform lives, and impact the families and communities I serve. I also enjoy what I like to call the Light Bulb-Twinkle effect; the moment when a child, who has been struggling, suddenly grasps a concept (Light bulb on) and then demonstrates an eagerness to apply the concept on their own (Twinkle in the eyes).

Teacher-Speak: Using Academic Language in Your Job Search

Anna Quinzio-Zafran

Anna Quiznio-ZafranAnna Quinzio-Zafran, a National Board Certified Teacher, recently retired after 36 years with Coal City Community Unit #1 Schools from her roles as teacher and K–5 Language Arts Coordinator. She is a doctoral candidate in Curriculum and Instruction focusing on Teacher Education from Northern Illinois University.

A friend recently told me about a recent graduate who went to her first job interview. She was certified K−6 and had a K−6 Reading certification. As the Director of Human Resources asked her questions, she answered in generic or lay terms. He was looking for her to use words and phrases like tiered instruction, scaffolding, RTI, and leveled readers. He never heard any of those words, but she understood the concepts and was passionate about helping students learn to read. Did she get a job? No, not yet. First, he sent her to study a website that clearly and simply explained the concepts and terms she needed to be using and gave concrete examples and scenarios. Then he graciously worked with her informally. Finally, he pronounced her ready to interview with the principals in his district. She was very lucky. In the process of getting a job, she learned how to put into practice all the things she learned in college!

Are you afraid to use the terminology you’ve read in textbooks or written papers about or heard your professors use? Academic language is the language of power. Prospective employers are looking for candidates who present themselves professionally. While language use has increasingly become less formal socially, it remains important to express oneself in a more sophisticated way in professional settings.

Interview teams will be confident that an applicant can participate in discourse with coworkers and act as a good language model for students when that applicant displays a strong proficiency of academic language in his/her resume, cover letter, and interview. It is critical to your success to comfortably use the terminology of teachers when talking with teachers and administrators.

Join me March 14 at 3:00 PM Eastern for a webinar that will provide pointers on communicating effectively to make a good impression in your job search. You will learn:

  • What is meant by academic language.
  • How to learn the academic language interviewers want to hear.
  • How to become comfortable using academic language.
  • How to project professionalism in your résumé and interview.

This webinar will be a good basis for continuing your learning process in KDP Global’s Job Search Academy. Log in and read posts and contribute to the discussion or ask questions.

There are four webinars. Choose one or more. Find out how to qualify for a resume review. http://www.kdp.org/events/jobsearchsummit2015.php

Meet Shannon Rice!

Check out this month’s Member Spotlight, Shannon Rice! Shannon has been a member of KDP since 2002 and is a scholarship reviewer and chairman of the membership committee. Connect with her in KDP Global.

Shannon RiceWhat do you value most about your KDP membership?
I value Kappa Delta Pi because it allows me to connect with other professionals, amazing resources, and fantastic opportunities to grow as an educator.

What is your most used KDP member benefit?
The webinars, both live and archived. These experiences never fail to leave me with ideas that I can’t wait to try in my classroom.

What do you love about being an educator?
I love being in education because teaching provides such fulfillment, and I don’t know any other profession that would allow me to share my passion, continue to grow as a learner, and make a difference in the lives of individual students every day.

Got a Minute? Week of March 9, 2015

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Got a Minute? Week of March 2, 2015

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Got a Minute? Week of February 23, 2015

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Got a Minute? Week of February 16, 2015

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This week:

  • iLead Conferences are taking place across the country this month and next. These low-cost events are designed as professional development for teacher leaders. Learn more on the KDP website.
  • We’re hosting a free webinar on the Next Generation Science Standards on Tuesday, Feb. 17. Register now!
  • Information is now available for chapter awards, and the application portal will be opening soon. Check out the criteria now.