P2WAs part of SmartBrief Education’s coverage of Path to Workforce, we’ve teamed with the Association for Career and Technical Education to share CTE articles written by educators, for educators. This blog post also helps us recognize national CTE Month.

We all know that interviewing for a job can be intimidating. Here, 2015 ACTE New Teacher of the Year Eric Mathews breaks-down top interviewing skills for CTE students.

Interview strategies are a combination of preparation for the interview, behavior during and after the interview, as well as follow-up. Each of these strategies are equally important in the interview process.

I often tell my students, preparing for an interview can be daunting because you may not be aware of the kinds of questions that will be asked or how long the interview will take. However, a good attitude and professionalism can give you an edge. Candidates should always be confident in their ability to do the job they are interviewing for, but not arrogant. (read more…)

badgeSmartBlog on Education’s monthly content award recognizes content written by educators, for educators that inspires readers to engage, innovate and discuss.

SmartBrief Education editors and writers sift through thousands of sources each day, reading a variety of content, including blogs and commentaries written by you and your peers.

In an effort to recognize some of the innovative voices in the field, we’ve asked our team to nominate their favorite content each month from which we’ll choose two winners for the Editor’s Choice Content Award. These award winners are then in the running for our annual Educators’ Choice Award.

Meet this month’s winners:

Meet our 2014 winners and read about our annual Educators’ Choice Content Award.

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Starting this spring, students at K-12 schools across the country will participate in the new online assessments required under Common Core. But are schools really ready for this transition—or do they have more than a little ways to go before they get there? We asked SmartBrief on EdTech readers to let us know how prepared – or not! – their schools are for these tests.

The majority of schools are not ready for the new assessments, according to our findings. More than two-thirds of our readers – or 69% — report that their school is not ready but that it is “getting there.” Less than one-fourth of EdTech readers (24%) say their school is fully prepared to roll out the assessments.

Results were similar for students and teacher preparation. Only 15% of readers stated that their teachers were prepared to issue the tests; 51% said their teachers aren’t ready. Fifty percent of respondents stated that their students are not prepared for the tests and that they lack the computer skills needed to complete the assessments. (read more…)

Tech Tips is a content collaboration between SmartBrief Education and GreyED Solutions.

Checking for understanding at the most basic level in the classroom has historically included teachers observing the body language of his or her students. Are they making eye contact? Are they nodding and showing indications that they are following the concept being discussed, or are they staring quizzically at you with a furrowed brow? When instruction shifts in the classroom to a more personalized and digital approach, teachers find that they are observing and facilitating a class of heads that are bent down into devices.

Leveraging technology is an excellent way for teachers to address this, using formative assessments through any number of digital tools to check for student understanding. The benefits to this are great; allowing teachers and students real time feedback to aid in the modification and personalization of instruction in the classroom. Embedding these conversation and the necessary training for teachers to feel comfortable utilizing these practices in an essential component to successes in your 1:1 classrooms. (read more…)

Two leading education publishers have joined forces to bring timely, relevant, and thought-provoking stories to K-12 and higher-education leaders and decision-makers. SmartBrief and eSchool Media will feature stories in their respective publications: SmartBrief on EdTech and eSchool News and SmartBrief for the Higher Ed Leader and eCampus News. The content, which is written by industry experts, will cover a variety of topics in the K-12 ed tech and higher-education spaces.

“Our work with eSchool Media will help ensure K-12 and higher education leaders have access to the latest information and insight to help make more informed decisions for their schools, districts, careers, and institutions,” says Melissa Greenwood, senior education editor for SmartBrief.

Later this year the publications will co-publish original content written by educators, for educators from some of the most well-respected and forward-thinking K-12 and higher ed leaders.

“We are thrilled and honored to be working with such an important news source for the education industry. (read more…)