Autumn is one of the most beautiful times of year here in Vermont. The leaves are bright and colorful while the air starts to turn cool and crisp. It also means that school is well underway, and that educators are thinking about Halloween activities for the classroom while students are looking forward to trick-or-treating in costume. At SchoolSpring, we like to dress up for the holidays too! Check out our homepage at www.SchoolSpring.com to see festive graphics that change all year long, and feel free to send us your ideas for a fun, spirited look.

Please enjoy this issue of the Source newsletter and please have a happy and safe fall. If you have any questions or thoughts to share please give us a call at 888-546-3487 or email me at susan@schoolspring.com.

Thank you,

Susan Fitzpatrick
Vice President, SchoolSpring

 

 
IN THIS ISSUE:
Member Spotlight – Middletown Public Schools in Rhode Island is Tech Savvy
SchoolSpring Employer Members – Thanks for Coming Aboard!
Survey Question
Fall Calendar
 
Member Spotlight – Middletown Public Schools in Rhode Island is Tech Savvy
 

How long have you been in education?

Over 10 years

5 - 10 years

Less than 5 years

I'm still looking for my first job in education!


 

In the Spring/Summer 2006 Newsletter we asked readers, “What do you plan to do this summer?” Here are the results:

43% said “Work Full-time”

18% said “Work Part-time”

3% said “Volunteer”

36% said “Just Relax and Have Fun!”

 

 


Recruiting teachers is now more efficient and cost-effective for the Middletown Public Schools, one of the first districts in Rhode Island to adopt SchoolSpring’s online technology to centralize the management of the hiring process. Rosemarie K. Kraeger, Superintendent of Schools for the district explains why she is eager to use the new online teacher recruiting system. "We are always looking for ways to improve our organization by using technology to enhance our efficiency," Kraeger explains. "Efficiency translates into dollars saved and with budgets being as tight as they are, we are always looking for ways to save money. The SchoolSpring system saves manpower, advertising costs, and more."

SchoolSpring will allow the Middletown School District to reach a broader range of teachers with more diverse backgrounds. "We used to only reach local educators and sometimes teachers in the Boston area with expensive newspaper advertising. Now, we can cast a much bigger net looking for teachers with SchoolSpring." Currently, SchoolSpring has over 55,000 educator members worldwide with more joining every day.

SchoolSpring not only allows teacher candidates to apply more easily to the school district jobs, it lets the district more effectively communicate with candidates. "SchoolSpring provides better communication and recruitment management," says Kraeger. "Applicants can easily apply to more than one job and we can personalize our responses for every step of the application process. The system emails applicants when we have received their application, again when we are reviewing it, and we can even schedule interviews, all online."

Another benefit is the "electronic paper trail" that SchoolSpring provides. All recruitment activities are recorded in the system allowing the district to easily provide data for accountability.

Middletown Public Schools should see substantial savings in advertising costs from previous years. SchoolSpring is planning to launch a cooperative ("co-op") advertising program in Rhode Island allowing schools to advertise their open positions together in one newspaper ad. This program has proven very effective in the Vermont newspapers where SchoolSpring has been running the co-op advertising program for nearly 5 years.

Already, two more school districts in Rhode Island, Bristol Warren Regional School District and Portsmouth School District, have joined SchoolSpring.

Kraeger sees SchoolSpring as a great technology but also a lesson for her students. "This is an exciting program with substantial benefits," she explains. "Using new technology like SchoolSpring reflects our current goal to bring the organization up a notch so that we can maximize the district’s resources through the enhancement of technology."

 

 
   
Susan’s Treats – Tips, Talk, and To Do’s!
 


We’re Looking for a Little Help from our Friends

If you or someone you know has sales experience, we want to hear about it! We’re looking for someone who can talk with school districts and help them change their paradigm and come into the 21st century by going paperless! We’re seeking highly motivated, skilled sales people to represent SchoolSpring to school districts around the country (part-time and full-time). SchoolSpring has been in business for 5 years, and our customers love us as well as the time and money we save them in finding and hiring their staff. We’re a small but enthusiastic, results-oriented team.

Our ideal sales candidate would be:
* A team player
* An experienced and charismatic salesperson with a proven track record of hard work and achievement
* A self-starter who is able to work independently and get the job done

The sales candidate must have:
* Exceptional presentation and communication skills
* A well-developed understanding and expertise in the consultative sales approach
* Exceptional people skills, on the phone, written, face-to-face
* Strong time management skills; follow-up on email and telephone (call when you say you're going to call, etc.)
* Honesty and integrity that comes across -- you clearly need to love people and love building relationships. (We pride ourselves on helping our customers, making them happy and keeping them!)
* A desire to work in an environment where compensation is directly tied to performance.

Knowledge and familiarity with the K-12 education community is a plus. If you or someone you know would like to apply please click here.

Thanks for spreading the word!

 
     
SchoolSpring Employer Members- Thanks for Coming Aboard!
Here’s a list of all the current SchoolSpring employer members.
If you are interested in learning more about an employer, please click on the name below to visit their profile.

Colorado
Colorado Learning

Connecticut
Milford School District

Maine
Maine School Administrative District #57
Maine School Administrative District No. 49
MSAD #35 (Eliot)
MSAD #57 (Waterboro)
MSAD #60 (North Berwick)
Wells-Ogunquit Community School District
York School District

Massachusetts
Agawam Public Schools
Amherst-Pelham Regional School District
Cambridgeport Children's Center
Future Management Systems
Hamilton-Wenham Regional School District
Hopkinton Public School District
Leominster Public Schools
Ludlow Public Schools
Lynn School District
Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center
Quabbin Regional School District
Randolph Public School District
Revere Public School District
Sudbury Public Schools
Union 31 & Silver Lake Regional School District
Wachusett Regional School District
West Springfield Public Schools
Winchester Public Schools

New Hampshire
Mascoma Valley Regional School District
Monarch School of New England
New Hampshire School Boards Association
Plainfield School
Rivendell Interstate School District

Rhode Island
Bristol Warren Regional School District
Middletown Public Schools
Portsmouth School District

International
Bluewave International
The International School of Beijing

Vermont
Addison Central Supervisory Union
Addison Northeast Supervisory Union
Addison Northwest Supervisory Union
Addison Rutland Supervisory Union
Augmentative Learning and Movement Center
Barre Supervisory Union
Bennington-Rutland Supervisory Union
Blue Mountain Union
Burke Mountain Academy
Burlington Public Schools
Caledonia Central Supervisory Union
Caledonia North
Canaan School District (Essex North)
Champlain College Human Resources
Chittenden Central Supervisory Union
Chittenden East Supervisory Union
Chittenden South Supervisory Union
Colchester School District
Diocesan Schools Office
Essex Town School District
Essex-Caledonia Supervisory Union
Franklin Central Supervisory Union
Franklin Northeast Supervisory Union
Franklin Northwest Supervisory Union
Franklin West Supervisory Union
Grand Isle Supervisory Union
Greater Burlington YMCA
Hartford School District
Hartland Elementary School
Iverson Consulting
Johnson State College
Killington Mountain School
King George School
Lake Champlain Waldorf School
Lamoille North Supervisory Union
Lamoille South Supervisory Union
Mater Christi School
Milton Town School District
Montpelier School District
Northlands Job Corps Center
Northwestern Counseling & Support Services
Orange East Supervisory Union
Orange North Supervisory Union
Orange Southwest Supervisory Union
Orange Windsor Supervisory Union
Orleans Central Supervisory Union
Orleans Southwest
Orleans-Essex North Supervisory Union
Otter Creek Child Center, Inc.
Patricia A. Hannaford Career Center
Pine Ridge School
Preschool at Faith United Methodist Church
Rutland Central Supervisory Union
Rutland City Public Schools
Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union
Rutland South Supervisory Union
Rutland Southwest Supervisory Union
Rutland Windsor Supervisory Union
Saint Michael School
SchoolSpring Search Service
South Burlington School District
Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union
Springfield School District
St. Johnsbury School District
The Baird Center for Children and Families
The Bellwether School
The Compass School
The Global Challenge
The International Children's School Inc.
The Mountain School at Winhall
Vermont School Boards Association
Washington Central Supervisory Union #32
Washington Northeast Supervisory Union
Washington South Supervisory Union
Washington West Supervisory Union #42
Windham Central Supervisory Union
Windham Northeast Supervisory Union
Windham Southwest Supervisory Union
Windsor Central SU
Windsor Northwest Supervisory Union
Windsor School District (Southeast)
Windsor Southwest SU
Winooski School District

 
Fall Calendar – Conferences, Presentations, and Fun Events!
WHAT IT IS... WHEN IT IS... WHERE IT IS...
SUNY Oswego State School of Education Job Fair
October 19, 2006 Oswego, NY
American Association of Employment in Education (AAEE) National Conference
SchoolSpring Exhibiting and Presenting:
“No More Paper! Managing Credentials & Moving Students into the 21st Century”
October 29 – November 1, 2006 Minneapolis, MN
Central Pennsylvania Fall Teacher Job Fair
October 31, 2006 State College, PA
Halloween
October 31, 2006
Slippery Rock University Fall Education Job Fair
November 1, 2006 Slippery Rock, PA
Thanksgiving
November 23, 2006
Cumberland Valley Consortium Teacher Fair November 16, 2006 Gettysburg, PA
MAEE Teacher Job Fair University of Delaware
November 29, 2006 Newark, DE
Johnston State College Workshop for Education Students
November 30, 2006 Johnson, VT
 
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Phone 802-660-8567 l Fax 802-863-2828 l www.SchoolSpring.com