Supply List Networking

Discussion in 'Job Seekers' started by SistaT, Jul 19, 2010.

  1. SistaT

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    Hi all. I'm new to this forum and thought I'd post to see if anyone had any pointers for someone in my situation. I graduated from a US teacher's college with a Master's in Education in 2004. I got a job right away at a private school that specialized in Special Ed. I've had great experience but due to a recent change in administration, I've discovered my opportunities for professional growth are really limited now. I've decided to resume my search for a position in the public system (GTA area - Toronto, Peel, Halton, etc.) but have no local contacts since I didn't do my practicum in this region. What's worse, my practicum supervisors were all approaching retirement so they aren't even in contact with the system anymore!

    I know that the process to get on the supply list can be very bureaucratic and wondered if anyone had any success getting on the supply list recently following the old-fashioned, pound the pavement and meet the principal method. I've been warned that this process could now alienate potential employers.

    Any suggestions?
     
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  3. MrsC

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    Welcome! I'm just north of Toronto, in York Region. I'm not sure about the process of getting on the supply list in the boards you mentioned--do you need a principal's recommendation? I'm going to be at a workshop with teachers from several boards next week--I'll see if anyone has any current information.

    Just a word of warning--for our American friends, "supply list" refers to the list of school supplies students are asked to provide. In the U.S. "supplies" are "subs".
     
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    I'd pound the pavement if I were you or send out emails or snail mail. It's sooo hard when you don't have contacts. I went from growing up next door the the super of my district to a state where I knew NO ONE. So good luck!
     
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    Thanks for the quick feedback. I'm Ontario-based, so you'd think I'd have the local occasional-teacher lingo in my head (ha ha). Anyway, Mrs. C., thanks for the insight -- I've actually applied to York Region as well for Spec Ed. and regular for Elementary and High School (I'm qualified for both). What are prospects like in York? Do you see a lot of new faces coming through?
     
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    Things are pretty slim in York Region, although there are some postings. It is pretty well mandatory, even to get a long-term position, to have additional qualifications like ELL or Special Ed--principals are expecting candidates to have at at least one of these and several candidates who interviewed at my school had between 5-10 AQ courses. If you have French qualifications, you can almost write your own ticket. I'll let you know via PM if I see anything specific--are you open to all of York Region?
     
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    Yes - West end is better but I'm able to commute throughout the region. I have 2 AQs (includes Spec Ed) with a third in progress right now... hopefully that will help. Wish I had French... that'll be a work in progress for a while! Thanks for the insight!
     

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