The winter weather this year has brought big changes. First, there was very little snow and warmer than usual temperatures. Now, record breaking snowfall and freezing cold temperatures have blanketed much of the U.S. There have been big changes here at SchoolSpring too! In January, we launched an all new version of SchoolSpring for our employers that make finding and hiring great teachers like you even easier. What does this mean for you as an education job seeker? Schools love SchoolSpring more than ever, so you are a member of a preferred recruiting system for education.

Please enjoy this issue of the Source newsletter and I hope you have a great rest of the winter, no matter what the weather! If you have any questions or feedback about SchoolSpring, please give us a call at 888-546-3487 or email me at susan@schoolspring.com.

Thank you,

Susan Fitzpatrick
Co-Founder, SchoolSpring

 

 
IN THIS ISSUE:
SchoolSpring 2.0 for Employers – You Won’t See It but You’ll Feel the Difference
Susan’s Treats – Tips, Talk, and To Do’s: Apply Anytime, Anywhere with SchoolSpring Plus
Survey Question – How Would You Grade Your Schools Use of Technology?
Winter / Spring Calendar
 
SchoolSpring Version 2.0 – You Won’t See It but You’ll Feel the Difference
 

How would you grade your schools use of technology?

A: We use it everywhere

B: It is up and coming

C: Not really using it

F: What technology?


 

In the Fall 2006 Newsletter we asked readers, “How long have you been in education?” Here are the results:

49% said “Over 10 years”

15% said “5-10 years”

18% said “Less than 5 years”

18% said “I’m still looking for my first job in education!”

 

 

 

At the beginning of 2007, we launched an all new SchoolSpring Version 2.0 for our school members. Though you won’t see many of the new tools schools are using, you’ll hear about how much they love the new system. It makes the recruiting process even simpler for schools and therefore smoother for education job seekers. The upgraded SchoolSpring combines more features and increased flexibility with improved ease-of-use for our employers.

Susan Fitzpatrick, Vice President of SchoolSpring, explains how the new service was developed. “We listened carefully to the needs of our customers to create a completely upgraded product. Our investments in the new system are already paying off as customer response to date is overwhelmingly positive.” Initial roll-out of SchoolSpring Version 2.0 began in December with training and technical support for customers.

“I was very happy with the original SchoolSpring, but Version 2.0 has many new time-saving features that make the system even more efficient and user-friendly. Everyone at SchoolSpring is very responsive to any questions I have and is open to suggestions to help the user,” says Mary Dyl, Human Resources at Middletown Public Schools in Rhode Island.

Mary Beth Bouvier, Business Manager at SchoolSpring, comments on customer reaction. “I’ve heard only positive responses to the new version of SchoolSpring. Employers are telling me that they are really enjoying the new functions.” She continues, “I’m very proud of the product that SchoolSpring has put forth and the fact that it integrates so many of the features that our customers have suggested in the past.”

SchoolSpring Version 2.0 incorporates hundreds of updates and improvements over the previous version, along with a more robust database.

Some of the more popular features include:
• Faster, more powerful candidate evaluation tools allowing schools multiple rounds of screening and custom assessment criteria;

• Improved communication options for schools to notify candidates about the status of their applications;

• More complete data warehousing of applicants’ entire portfolio including resume, certifications, test scores, and other essential information;

• Time-saving job posting applications, such as the ability to list the same job at multiple schools in a district;

• Entirely new user interface to increase usability and system flexibility;

• Significant security enhancements.

“Version 2.0 is a significant milestone for SchoolSpring. We worked as a team with our customers to make it happen and they love the new look, feel, and most importantly the enhanced functions of the service,” states Therese Fafard, Operations Manager at SchoolSpring.

If you know a school that would benefit from these new features of SchoolSpring, please email Susan at susan@schoolspring.com.

 
     
New SchoolSpring Team Member in Rhode Island!


SchoolSpring is growing and we’re happy to announce that Analee Berretto has joined our team as a sales consultant based in Rhode Island. She brings over six years of experience in sales, customer service, and systems support in the technology industry and has a passion for education.

Analee explains how she found SchoolSpring. “After I had my son, I decided I would go back to school to earn a teacher certification. I was looking for a part-time educational job opportunity in the Bristol, RI area and when I found SchoolSpring.” She continues, “I liked how user friendly the website was and the focus solely on education. I thought, ‘This makes finding a teaching job so easy!’” When SchoolSpring advertised for a sales consultant she knew it was a perfect fit.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Analee understands the unique needs of her region and thought the SchoolSpring approach to teacher recruiting made sense. She’s already learned that she’s not alone. Analee goes on to say, “The schools I’ve talked with think SchoolSpring is wonderful. They like that everything is available online and appreciate all of the collaboration tools they can use during recruiting. They also love the idea of a paper-less application process.”

Going to school, raising a family, and now working with SchoolSpring will keep Analee busy, but she is excited about the opportunity. “In the future, my dream is to be a teacher. But right now I can help schools find the educators they need, today.”

Welcome aboard Analee!

If you know a school in Rhode Island or anywhere else that you think should be using SchoolSpring, please contact Analee at Analee@schoolspring.com.

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


You Can Apply to Any Job, Anywhere with SchoolSpring Plus

We’ve got an affordable service that you’ll love. SchoolSpring Plus allows you to transmit professionally-formatted application packages to any employers whether or not the jobs are listed on SchoolSpring! You provide the contact information for each employer and we'll generate an Adobe Acrobat PDF file with everything in your portfolio and send it via email.

SchoolSpring Plus applications can be customized for each employer, allowing you to address specific hiring personnel, tailor every cover letter, and determine the exact information each employer receives. The SchoolSpring Plus service costs $39.95 per year and includes unlimited application submissions. Here’s what one educator had to say about SchoolSpring Plus:

"Your service is the absolute best service of its kind. I continue to receive excellent responses from potential employers through my SchoolSpring Plus inquiries." — Daniel W.

Try it out — you’ll be happy you did! Click here to learn more.

Winter / Spring Calendar – Conferences, Presentations, and Fun Events!
WHAT IT IS... WHEN IT IS... WHERE IT IS...
Education Expo 2007

Contact Phone: (518) 694-3321;
email: academia@hudsonmohawk.org
March 22, 2007
Empire State Convention Center; Albany, NY
Westfield State College March 26, 2007 Westfield, MA

RICE Education Career Fair

Website: www.ricejobfair.org

April 17, 2007 Crowne Plaza Hotel, Warwick, RI
Castleton State College April 17, 2007 Castleton, VT

MERC Job Fair in Education
* This is the largest job fair in Massachusetts.

Website: www.mercjobfair.com

April 19, 2007 Bayside Expo & Executive Conference Center, Boston, MA

Black Hills Teacher Fair

Website: www.bhsu.edu/careers/signup

April 20, 2007
(9 a.m. – 3 p.m.)
Black Hills State University, Spearfish, SD

Education Job Fair

Website: click here

April 30, 2007 University of Maine at Farmington
Farmington, ME
 
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