Interview question answer?

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  1. MissB123

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    What type of answers do schools look for when they ask the question "So what do you know about our school/district"?
     
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    They are looking to see if you have done your research. I would be sure to know their mission and recent accomplishments.
     
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    In one interview I mentioned the mission statement and the superintendent got mad at me saying don't mention the mission statement because that's not important (it was one of the worst interviews i was on) because usually my go-to is the mission. What else would you say about a district? Sometimes I dont see a mission statement just a "principal's message" and just other information such as special ed etc. Is there anything else you would say or mention or look for?
     
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    Demographics

    Testing

    Teaching philosophies

    Any particular programs, initiatives

    Do your homework and research schools before going to an interview. It's not only important that they know you were interested enough to do the research, but it's also important for you to know if the school is s good fit for you.
     
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    I would research their educational philosophy - what approaches they take to teaching various subjects and what programs, if any, they use in their curriculum. I would answer the question by explaining how their approach aligns to your own philosophy and prior experience. I'd also be sure to know demographics.
     
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    Know which math series they use, guided reading or basel, responsive classroom or PBIS, i-pad or chromebook or none, those sort of things. They want to make sure you are comfortable with their system.
     
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    I always felt spewing out the mission statement was goofy. I think all school mission statements are basically the same, and not all that useful to know. I would provide information about demographics, student performance, community involvement, any accolades/awards, any programs the school is particularly known for, etc.
     
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    I do research on the school and district. I make sure I know what special programs they may use, such as STEAM, or STEM. I try to research the principal (professional, not personal), and the DISTRICT mission statement. However, I NEVER REPEAT THE MISSION STATEMENT. All that does is show them that you memorized something from a web page. Try to make your philosophy meet their mission statement.
     

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