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Old 12-18-2012, 12:18 PM
Ms.SLS Ms.SLS is offline
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So I recently finished my MA, and am thinking about eventually leaving the classroom and pursuing other fields in education. I have no desire to be admin, but I am interested in jobs like program coordinators, etc.

My question is, how does one get into managerial positions with only classroom experience? Logic would say "work your way up," but my current district is tiny and has no options like this. I would have to move to a larger district.

What are my chances? Advice for me?
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Old 12-18-2012, 12:28 PM
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In my district, one cannot become a program coordinator or director of xyz without previous admin. experience.
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Old 12-18-2012, 12:54 PM
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We have a few positions that sound similar to the type you're looking for: project facilitator, a variety of "specialists" and "strategists", theme coordinator for magnet programs, and other "teacher on special assignment" positions. All these positions are open to teachers without admin experience; admin experience isn't even preferred, as far as I understand. All the people I know in these sorts of positions have no admin experience.

In order to get one of those positions, you should develop a strong resume. Take on leadership roles within the school, like chairing committees. Serve on committees, task forces, and action research projects whenever you can. Put your name out there. These efforts, combined with strong recommendations from your supervisor and good evaluations, will be a step in the right direction.
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Old 12-18-2012, 01:20 PM
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Ugh, I think I'm going to have to teach in a new district before I can do any of this. My English department is all of 3 people; there are no committees. My old district was much bigger, but I was a new teacher there and couldn't take on much.
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