Recruit Progressive Educators, Find Jobs at Progressive Schools

January 12, 2010 at 7:55 pm 3 comments

posted by Keith Berman ’03, founder/president of Options for College and Bank Street’s LinkedIn moderator

From personal experience… Three weeks after I received an introductory e-mail from someone overseas on LinkedIn who I had never met, and who only found me through my profile, I was on a plane to Delhi, and then returned the next year to train the counselors at The Princeton Review–India. In short, it works!

LinkedIn is not a social networking site, although it predates Facebook and MySpace, and had some of the same people start it. It is a place to meet colleagues, share contacts, and find/post jobs. It is a place to talk about school-related work, talks you are giving or seeing, and share articles. It is currently filled with 120 active Bank Street alumni and needs you, too! 55,000,000 professionals use LinkedIn.

Within LinkedIn, there is Group called Bank Street College of Education Alumni. After you open your account, you should search for Bank Street College of Education Alumni under “Groups” at the top. Once you are approved for the group, you will have access to a discussion platform where you can post jobs for your organization, which will only be seen by Bank Street alumni group members, or even just post something about yourself and what you are looking for if you want to switch schools or find a new type of work within the Bank Street network. It is so nice not to have to ask someone if they know who John Dewey was before you interview them!

You will also know when the next BSCAA events are (the Man Ray exhibit sold out very quickly, so act fast if space is limited), what reunions are next, and even how to make donations to the part of Bank Street you want to help most.

Thank you to all who have joined. And, if you have any questions, please contact Keith Berman at kberman@optionsforcollege.com. Welcome!

Keith Berman is a Certified Educational Planner and the President of Options for College, Inc., which gets the best practices for applying and transitioning to college into the hands of those who need them.  He just finished a book for guidance counselors called Maximum Access, was quoted in US News and World Report America’s Best Colleges in both 2009 and 2010, and created and runs the Bank Street College of Education Alumni group on LinkedIn.

Entry filed under: community, dialogue, professional development.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Rabin Nickens  |  January 30, 2010 at 11:13 am

    Thanks for sharing this info! Definitely needed. I’ll be sure to re-post this.

  • 2. Maureen Hartung  |  December 20, 2010 at 12:28 am

    Thanks, Keith. One of the challenges of working differently from traditional schooling is finding ways (& spare time!) to link up with other educators working differently. Recruiting teaching staff who can walk the talk is probably our greatest challenge, and the one that saps my energy. So any opportunity to tap into our ‘global village’ in a targeted way, appeals greatly. Here’s hoping lots of educational ‘synapses’ emerge…

  • 3. Michelle  |  April 12, 2011 at 3:02 am

    many thanks for sharing this informative post.

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