The Education Guild fosters connections between students, alumni, faculty and staff, and community partners who are interested in education as a profession. Connections among Guild members lead to opportunities for professional networking, collaborative action, leadership development, and life-long ties to Kalamazoo College.
To join the Education Guild, please visit The Guilds of Kalamazoo College on LinkedIn.
Rachel Wood is the Administrator of the Education Guild. For more information on involvement, please contact Rachel at email@example.com.
Some helpful Job Search links for those interested in Education:
Looking to teach abroad?
- Council on International Educational Exchange—the leading U.S. non-governmental international education organization which creates and administers programs that allow high school and university students and educators to study and teach abroad.
- International Educator—service for finding international teaching positions.
- Transitions Abroad—resources for teaching abroad.
- University of Northern Iowa Overseas Placement Services for Educators
- U.S. Dept. of State Teaching Overseas—list of organizations that provide opportunities to teach in elementary and secondary schools abroad.
Certification links for teaching abroad:
- Frequently Asked Questions About Careers in TESOL – includes definitions of TESOL/TESL/TEFL
“Many of the schools which run month-long CELTA training courses will hire some of the best graduates from their program. If students can afford the initial investment of $1000-$2000 in order to enroll in a training program like this, it can be an excellent way to get started in a new location. There are schools in many different European, Asian, and Latin American cities, as well as various schools in the USA. Africa is poorly represented.”
—Joseph Lemien '10
Specific Companies/Opportunities for teaching abroad:
- http://www.aclipse.net/—Korea, China
- http://www.edb.gov.hk/en/curriculum-development/resource-support/net/index.html—Hong Kong
“If someone is looking to get some experience for their resume, this company is great. Anyone can act as a volunteer English teacher/conversation partner for one week at a resort in Spain. Lodging and meals are paid for by the company. A great way to beat the Catch-22 of 'no experience/no work.' It is like a one week vacation with a lot of conversation, and it could be added to a resume later for a candidate that has no other teaching experience.”
—Joseph Lemien '10
K-12 Teacher Preparation Programs:
- Western Michigan University, along with several other partner schools, partners with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation's Woodrow Wilson Michigan Teaching Fellowship—http://www.wwteachingfellowship.org/.
- Programs such as Oakland University's elementary and secondary MAT and University of Michigan's ELMAC and MAC programs offer both Master of Arts degrees in education as well as teacher certification through the State of Michigan.
- Several Post-Baccalaureate teacher certification programs are available, including this one through our neighboring Western Michigan University.
- Masters In Education offers advice and helpful links to research, stating "Searching for the right school, offering the right degree program, can be a daunting task. Learn what to look for and what questions to ask admissions officers."
- http://www.teachtomorrow.org/ - "Teach Tomorrow is a comprehensive site for those thinking about a career in teaching, students looking for a teaching degree program, and teachers who are relocating or looking to continue their education."
- If you know of other programs you'd like to share, please contact Rachel Wood at firstname.lastname@example.org.
K-12 Education Websites:
- AGENT K-12—career resources for K-12 educators and administrators, including job postings.
- American Federation of Teachers—organization that represents the economic, social and professional interests of classroom teachers.
- CalWest—helps qualified K-12 educators find jobs as elementary teachers, secondary school teachers, and administrators in independent schools, private schools, and charter schools, throughout California and other western states.
- Carney, Sandoe, & Associates—firm providing recruitment, executive search, and strategic consulting services for independent schools.
- Council for American Private Education—coalition of national organizations and state affiliates serving private elementary and secondary schools.
- DC Teaching Fellows—a program that recruits a range of diverse applicants and trains them to become dedicated teachers in Washington, D.C. public schools.
- Inner-City Teaching Corps—organization that helps empower children in Chicago through provision of outstanding teachers and innovative education programs; offers two teacher preparation and training programs.
- Inside Schools—independent guide to NYC public schools with information, forums, advice.
- Knowles Science Teaching Foundation(KSTF)—Valued at approximately $150,000, these prestigious five-year Fellowships are awarded to early-career teachers who are committed to teaching science, technology, engineering and/or mathematics (STEM) in high schools nationwide.
- Match Corps—a one-year Urban Education fellowship program in which college graduates across the country commit to one year of public service as teachers in Boston.
- New York City Teaching Fellows—program that recruits and prepares high-quality, dedicated individuals to become teachers in New York City classrooms.
- National Association of Independent Schools—represents approximately 1,300 independent schools and associations in the United States and affiliates with independent schools abroad; includes a job database.
- Southern Teachers Agency—free service for candidates seeking PK-12 jobs in private and independent schools.
- Teacher.org—"Whether you are an experienced teacher who is continuing their education, or a teacher candidate who has just begun the process - we want to support you."
- Teach for America—the national corps of recent college graduates and professionals of all backgrounds who commit two years to teach in urban and rural public schools.
- 50 State's Certification Requirements—University of Kentucky College of Education's website listing teacher certification requirements for the 50 States.
Higher Education and Academic Websites:
- Academic 360—meta-collection of Internet resources for the academic job hunter, including job postings and lists of professional associations.
- Academic Careers Online—global academic job site for teaching jobs, education jobs,
research jobs, and professional jobs in education and academia.
- Academic Employment Network—postings of academic positions, including teaching, school administration, and other jobs in higher education.
- Academic Keys—database for academic employment which also offers comprehensive information about faculty, educational resources, research interests, and professional activities pertinent to institutions of higher education.
- Braintrack—comprehensive online directory of the world's universities and colleges offering in-depth information and profiles for more than 10,000 higher education institutions.
- Chronicle of Higher Education—the premier source of news, information, and jobs for college and university faculty members and administrators.
- Faculty for the Future—organization that encourages women in their pursuit of academic careers in science and technology by providing funding for advanced graduate study.
- Higher Education Recruitment Consortium—organized by region, this database lists both faculty positions and administrative positions from a wide range of institutions .
- Inside Higher Ed—online source for news, opinions, and jobs for higher education.
- Princeton Review—company offering test preparation services for higher education; website offers in-depth information on higher education schools.
- Successful Academic—consulting services for academics offering dissertation, faculty, academic career, and life coaching.
- U.S. Universities by State—sponsored by the University of Texas at Austin, this site is a great resource for people doing a geographically-limited job search.
Professional Associations in Education:
- See a list of 100+ Professional Education Associations (searchable by field) at the Internet Public Library.
- National Education Association
- American Federation of Teachers
- Council for Exceptional Children
- American School Counselor Association
- American Library Association
- American Association for Employment in Education (AAEE)
- American Educational Research Association
- Teachers of English to Students of Other Languages
- International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language
- American College Personnel Association
- NASPA: Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education
- Great Lakes Center for Education Research & Practice—The GLC focuses on identifying and utilizing empirically sound research to analyze initiatives and reports on public education. This includes serving as a "watchdog" on quality and standards for research and reports from think tanks, such as the CATO Institute and the Mackinac Center for Public Policy.
- Annenberg Institute for School Reform—An independent center located at Brown University, this institute is focused on improving the conditions and outcomes of schools, particularly in urban communities or serving disadvantaged children.
- RAND Education—Since the 1970s, this research organization has conducted empirical studies and analysis on education and the effectiveness of reforms, such as charter schools and class size reduction.
- Forum for Education and Democracy—Articles, research reports, and blog posts on public education reform issues by the conveners of the Forum, who include Deborah Meier, Theodore Sizer, and Linda Darling-Hammond.
- NEA: No Child Left Behind—This site, from the National Education Association (the U.S.'s largest education organization), gives the NEA's views and news regarding the education reform act, No Child Left Behind.
- No Child Left Behind—Detailed information on the landmark U.S. education reform passed in 2002 . This site from the U.S. Department of Education includes an overview of the act, statistics, guides, FAQ and much more.
- Pathways to School Improvement—Pathways synthesizes research, policy, and best practices on issues critical to educators engaged in school improvement, such as assessment, at-risk students, family & community, instruction, leadership, literacy, mathematics & science, policy, professional development, and technology in education, as well as access to archived favorites.