Monday, May 2, 2016

UPDATED: Need a Teaching Job? Here's a Megalist of Resources!

Wow. Another school year is coming to a close It's that time when students are graduating college and school districts are eliminating positions for next year. I am once again posting my comprehensive list of resources for teachers looking for a job. Special listing also for school librarians/media specialists. Over 79 links (33 in the job search category!!) to 100's of resources! Good luck!

updated 5/2/16

Job Interview Questions- covers interview questions, interview guide, after the interview, salary negotiation, second interview

10 Things Job Applicants Should Know- from the NY Times

2016 Best Private High Schools in New Jersey

The Association of Boarding Schools- search by keyword, job type, calendar year, salary and location

Association of Delaware Valley Independent Schools (ADVIS)- 

Association of Independent Schools in New England (AISNE)- search by school or location

Career Builder- search for all types of jobs on this site

Christian School Employment- K-12 Christian teaching jobs

Connecticut Association of Independent Schools (CAIS) -click on a school to see their openings

Indeed- one search, all jobs

Jobs 4 Teacher- search by city, state or zip code

K12 site says they have served a million teachers and administrators in a year.......

K12 Jobspot- search by job title and state; when you pick a city it shows you how many positions from the drop-down menu; also shows the location on a map.

The 9 Best Places to Teach Overseas

New Jersey Association of Independent Schools (NJAIS)

NJ Hire- search by job type, location or keywords postings are constantly being updated

NJ School Directory- all school web sites are listed by county; check employment opportunities on each site.

NJ School Jobs- search by county, specialty, school or date

New York State Association of Independent Schools- sort by position, city

Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools 

Peterson's Private School Search- covers The United States and countries

Private School Job Banks- from the Council for American Private Education (CAPE)

Resources for Teaching Jobs- only ten states are listed here

SchoolSpring- over 86,000 jobs listed; choose location, category, grade, job type

Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS)- search for jobs or check other job banks

Teachaway- find jobs in places from Abu Dhabi to Beijing

Teacher Jobs- join for free; search the United States for a job. site says it lists jobs for 1775 districts and they are in partnership with the NEA.

TESGlobal- from nursery to higher education, search education jobs from all over the world!

Virginia Association of Independent Schools (VAIS)- 

Why Las Vegas is Desperate to Hire Thousands of Teachers- article from HuffPost Politics

American Association of School Librarians (AASL)- state-by-state information

How to Become an International School Librarian


K-12 Media Specialist/Librarian Jobs- from Education Week

SchoolSpring- search by full/part time, location

USREAP- library media specialist job search

The 25 Most Creative Designer Resumes You'll See This Year

38 More Beautiful Resume Ideas That Work
- from JobMob

Cover Letters- from Career Lab

You can ignore the sales pitch---there is a lot of valuable information: 

Create a Free Teacher Portfolio

Got Resume Builder- build your resume online; download as a PDF, Word doc or text file

JobMob- 36 beautiful resume ideas

Resume Help- site has examples resumes

A Resume in Prezi

Resume Tips and Advice- from

Sample CV for Education Counselor- from CV Tips

Teacher Resume- from Microsoft online; you need MS Word to use this template

Teacher Resume- from Monster Worldwide, Inc.

Teacher Resume Template

VisualCV- free Internet-based resume

Your Cover Letter Information Center

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Friday, April 29, 2016

Getting to Know Artist-Writer John Atkinson

I first learned about John Atkinson and his hilarious cartoons when I saw Vintage Social Networking. Googling his name led me to his website, Wrong Hands, where I found a huge collection of cartoons. There is a link if you wish to purchase poster versions of his cartoons on the blog. I chose a special list for those of us who are teachers. Enjoy. Hats off to Mr. Atkinson!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

An Indian Comic Heroine and Her Part in Spreading Diversity in Publishing

NOTE: This guest post was written by my colleague J.M.DeSantis, who has written and illustrated his comic, Chadhiyana.

True diversity in publishing is a rare thing, but there is one publisher that has been living that since its inception in 2013. That publisher is Rosarium Publishing, and I am happy to say that I have been a part of their movement to create diversity in publishing when they signed my comic, Chadhiyana, to be a part of their growing catalogue of books and comics.
Chadhiyana is a dark fantasy series about a female assassin’s struggle to overcome a dark past she is trying to run from. It takes place in a world based on medieval India and the Middle East, making Chadhiyana (the title character), essentially, an Indian heroine--a very underrepresented culture in comics and literature.
In the present series, In the Company of Shadows, the reader finds Chadhiyana as the first female member of a clandestine organization known as the TalIfatiir. They travel to a foreign land to destroy a demon whose darkness, and partly to that end, they capture a witch who is said to serve said demon. Though as they journey to their destination, the witch and her presence slowly becomes a catalyst for Chadhiyana questioning the quest and her place in the group.

Recently, in an effort to further their commitment to publishing diverse books and authors, and to create more demand for those books, Rosarium Publishing began running a crowdfunding campaign. Amongst those being funded is the first Chadhiyana trade (graphic novel; collecting issues 1 – 6; half of the Company of Shadows story).
To date, Rosarium Publishing’s books have received positive reviews and attention for their innovation. Three of their authors and four of their books are up for Glyph Awards this year. But even with all of this, they are still looking for support to reach a new level in their growth.
You can find the campaign HERE and browse the perks for your contribution. (Of course, I’d love if you’d all pre-order the first Chadhiyana volume for your high school library.  It will be in the $20 range--and it comes with a free mini-comic; due out Jan 2017) If you can't contribute, please help to spread the word on social media by sharing this post and tagging #Chadhiyana and #rosariumpub. The campaign ends on May 4th.
Thank you for any way you choose to join this movement for diversity in publishing and building Chadhiyana further.

About the author:
J.M. DeSantis is a writer and artist of fantasy, horror and humour. He has authored a number of short stories and artworks for various publishers. Chadhiyana is his first graphic novel. He is also the writer and artist for the humorous horror webcomic, Gentleman Cthulhu: Emeritus Moribus Monstrum He lives in his native NJ where he teaches studio art and graphic design. You can read more about his work on

Friday, April 22, 2016

When Your Colleagues Need Your Help

On April 20, 2016, the family home of Michele and Tony went up in flames, causing extensive damage.(They lost everything!) Our school community has rallied around them and we are doing everything in our power to help them rebuild. Michele is the supervisor of our Special Education Department, and has a heart of gold.Tony is a supervisor for the Physical Education Department, and is a caring teacher and coach. (This is the second time in Michele's life her house was burned down: when she was in college, her parents' home suffered the same fate.)

If you are able, please donate anything you can for these two wonderful educators. Sharing on Facebook and Twitter will also be greatly appreciated. The link is HERE or at the top right of this blog. THANK YOU!

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Here's a Dozen Plagiarism Detectors to Check on Your Students

Dupli Checker- FREE

Grammarly- "Grammarly is an automated proofreader and plagiarism checker. It corrects up to 10 times as many mistakes as other word processors". $$

Noplag- FREE

Paper Rater- free and $$ accounts

The Plagiarism Checker- free and $$ accounts

Plagiarism FREE

Plagiarism Detector- paste the file or upload; FREE

Plagiarisma- FREE

Plagium- free and $$ accounts

Plagscan- FREE; upload or paste

Quetext- only copy and paste; no uploading of files

Viper Plagiarism Scanner- Windows only; requires download

Sunday, March 20, 2016

The KidLit Community Rallies Around One of its Own

John & Betsy's dog, Buddy, visiting John in the hospital
I have know Betsy Devany Macleod since high school. Warm, sensitive and creative, she writes books for children of all ages. Recently, her husband John was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) and his health has begun to decline. The KidLit community has created an online auction to help defer some of the mounting medical bills for the family. There are loads of terrific items you can bid on, including staying at author Jane Yolen's Scottish home for a week, manuscript critiques by agents and well-know authors, a Skype visit with author Leslie Bulion, school/library writing workshop with Award Winning Author Linda Crotta Brennan, and a two-night stay at a Cape Cod cottage.

There is too much to list here, so go to The Kidlit Community Auction for John and Betsy MacLeod, and I'm sure my fellow bibliophiles, media specialists and school librarians will find something to bid on. By the way, Betsy's book Lucy's Lovey, will be out in print by September 2016, but you can bid on an archival print (signed by the illustrator) here.  The auction started on March 17th and ends at 10 PM on March 30th. The Facebook page for the auction is HERE.

Please share this information through social media. Thank you!

Monday, February 29, 2016

UPDATE: Kiddle is NOT by Google and it's NOT SAFE

Yup. I too make mistakes. When I read about Kiddle on a Facebook page for librarians, I looked it up, read a review by Tech Times, and concluded this was a safe search engine for kids. Well, I have deleted that post because not only is the site NOT by Google, it is NOT SAFE. Take this search, for example, about "cougars":

I do not recommend using Kiddle as a safe search engine. Instead, feel free to use the following safe search engines with young children. (I checked a few other sites such as Kidtopia, but ads for "cougars" appeared on the search results page.


Kid Click

KidsClick!- designed for kids by librarians

Safe Search for Kids


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