New York, NY - Over 425 certified teachers and instructional leadership candidates attended the 11th Annual Metro NY Charter Career Fair at Teachers College, Columbia University on March 9, 2013. 53 charter school organizations from New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington, DC and the state of New Jersey connected with a diverse group of pre-screened, certified teachers seeking new career opportunities.
As in previous years, there was strong demand from recruiters for teachers with urban teaching experience. The “start-up” nature of many charter schools, in most cases does not allow for new teachers without full-time teaching experience. Kent Strong, CEO of K12connect, Inc. (the parent company of event producer CharterSchoolJobs.com) said "We screened the resume of every candidate who attended the fair to weed out those without teaching experience."
Recruiters also expressed strong interest in finding candidates with a demonstrated track-record of delivering strong academic results teaching children in an urban school environment. Competition for Special Education, Math and Science teachers was very strong this year. With the movement toward adopting Common Core Standards, there was also strong demand for academic leadership candidates with a background in curriculum development.
According to Mr. Strong:
We saw a lot of great candidates today and our charter school clients seem very pleased with quality of the teachers and other education professionals who attended. The fact that we had to reschedule due to the winter storm that hit the NYC area back in February, yet we still had such a strong turnout makes me really proud of my team and what they accomplished.
We are especially thankful for the support of our Platinum Sponsor Success Academy Charter Schools and Gold Sponsors Coney Island Prep and KIPP NYC. All 3 organizations were sponsors of last year’s event as well. It is truly an honor to serve these high-performing charter school organizations.
About the Metro NY Charter School Career Fair
Since 2003, the Metro NY Charter School Career Fair has been the signature recruitment event of K12connect's CharterSchoolJobs.com division. Employer tables have completely sold out for 7 years in a row and hundreds of charter school teachers and other education professionals currently working in New York City charter schools found their career opportunity through this career fair. Virtually all of the top performing charter schools in the New York area attend the event year after year. It continues to play a key role in building schools that are closing the achievement gap and literally changing the lives of children and families who would otherwise be stuck in underperforming, traditional public school.
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