Tuesday, February 28, 2017

New Teacher 007 & Entity Analytics

                                             On the Hunt 

    So, you've almost graduated from teachers college and your are in your internship ....congratulations! Teaching can be a great career with the support of a principal and other peers. I had my internship for a year with a special education teacher, Mrs, M., who had her PH.D in Early Childhood. She was my inspiration for additional schooling. When I began teaching in the public school system, my mentor teacher, Mrs. L., a Native American, was absolutely fabulous. We had such a connection. Recently, I found out that my dad had Native American, Canadian and British mainly in his DNA, hmm... interesting! Anyway, no other mentor could ever fill her shoes. Mrs. L. was kind, fair and always a professional.

    So, now that your are a certified teacher, what should you look for in a new school?

   A new teacher needs to find a school that is the right fit for them. You need a school that (a) has the same philosophy as your own, and (b) is willing to learn from your experiences, or other new ideas that you might have read or written about.

   Your selected school should welcome you as one of their very own!

   Here are some tips for positions that might be a good fit. It is good to be wise in your choice, as your selection might be crucial to your teaching career. So...what kind of school should you look for when you hunt for a job?

  • There are so many teaching positions all over the world. 
   You might want to go to a different country that you know well, of course (knowing the language, and is the country safe?). Then, bring back a wealth of cultural knowledge that you could share with teachers, students and parents in US. Here are some places where you can apply.

Teaching Jobs Abroad

Teaching Abroad Direct UK

  • Philosophy - Do you agree with the school policies?
       Each school has a philosophy. Some schools lean more to progressive values and others have traditional methods. Most of us may have grown up with the traditional method. The progressive movement in education began about a hundred years ago. So, progressive instruction should be called traditional by now, but it isn't.

Progressive Approach

  Let's look at a type of progressive teaching method. The multiage approach, a Montessori type of learning, is utilized by the High Meadows School in Georgia. The multiage approach uses these types of pedagogy.
Students learn at their own pace.

Teachers and classmates support students in advancing social skills.

Students don't memorize data, but pursue conceptual, critical thinking skills.

Students learn together rather than independently.

The child’s learning is emphasized, and not so much the adult’s teaching skills.

  •  Professional Quality- Does the school system make a habit of finding and keeping great teachers?
   Some schools are constantly on the look out for new and great teachers to be. You can see how the employees and kids are being treated while you are there at an interview. Hopefully, we have the same answers.

 Are the teachers and kids happy and smiling?  Yes
 Do teachers have hall duty, lunch duty and bus duty? No
 Do kids have a longer lunch than 30 minutes? Yes
Are kids and teachers able to socialize, at times? Yes
Does every teacher seem to get support? Yes
Does the school use corporal punishment? No
Does the entire curriculum change every year? No way

   On the other hand, some schools continually hire (and for generations) within their own close clanish system. A couple of years ago, many states had statutes against hiring of family members and even close friends into the same public school system. This type of purposeful hiring places the rest of the community at an obvious, grave disadvantage. Not too long ago in one state, persons were asked to step down from their teaching positions, by law, if they were found to have held their position based on relationships to clans people. This statute no longer exists in that state, and a newly revised code, very much unlike the former, is now in place.

   Thanks to technology, there are now systems able to solve these and other type of public school mysteries. If a public school system isn't interested in any kind of entity analytics, there might be many secrets to hide. These are schools to avoid altogether. Luckily, technology can easily turn this wheel around with entity analytics sold by companies, such as IBM.

                                       What is entity analytics?

   Entity Analytic Solutions- Anonymous Identity Recognition and Relationship Awareness is able to identify who people in organizations are. The system can also show relationships between people and organizations, and many other beneficial tidbit types of information (IBM, 2007). The system can even be taylored to meet the needs of your school.

                 So, what about being employed by a clannish school system?

       Unless you are part of the clan, this teaching position might turn out to be a nightmare. If  teachers are hired based on relationship status, guess how the rest of their lifetime careers might be like? Need I say... easy? Well, think about it. How might they be evaluated by their childhood best friends or family members? How will they rate you, an outsider to the clan? How might they evaluate your child? Probably not too well, because the education personnel's main interest might not be in teaching your children to begin with.

      Well, let's look at this from the point of view of a business with Conflicts of  Interest Clause for Yelp business (2007).

   "Your contributions should be unbiased and objective. For example, you shouldn’t write reviews of your own business or employer, your friends’ or relatives’ business, your peers or competitors in your industry, or businesses in your networking group. Business owners should not ask customers to write reviews, or example, does not allow family and friends to rate a storekeeper's shop to avoid customer bias." Yelp, 2007

    ,,,And that is just only the beginning for schools. Schools deal with physical health, mental & emotional  health, intelligence and the whole child. Besides being biased, a clannish school system might bestow serious socio-economic and detrimental affects on the rest of the future community, which might ultimately impact the state. The workforce, for example, might be under-educated, low-skilled and with poverty line income.

   Unlike business, the lives and futures of the children can not ever be taken back. Just as business companies use entity analytics for their small business owners, this kind of big data could be lawfully utilized in schools for the benefit of the community, state and even the nation.

    I hope that this eye-opener of what is out there helps you on your quest for the best teaching job for you. No, finding a great job is not a bed of roses, There are very, very good schools, and then there are not so good schools. You can find a great one out there, if you know what to look for.

For more information about entity analytics, contact my brother and sister at.... just kidding!

    Selection of  Education or State Employee Codes and/or Conflict of Interest: Just a Beginning.

Alabama: Code 41-1-5
"Section 41-1-5 Nepotism in state service prohibited. (a) No officer or employee of the
state or of any state department, board, bureau, committee, commission, institution, corporation,
authority, or other agency of the state shall appoint, or enter a personal service contract
with, any person related to him or her within the fourth degree of affinity or consanguinity
to any job, position, or office of profit with the state or with any of its agencies. (b) Any person within the fourth degree of affinity or consanguinity of the agency head or appointing authority, the appointing authority's designee, deputy director, assistant director, or associate director shall be ineligible to serve in any capacity with the state under authority of such an appointment, and any appointment so attempted shall be void. The provisions of this section shall not prohibit the continued employment of any person who is employed as a public employee as of August 1, 2013, nor shall it be construed to hinder,..." (b) The secretary of the board is prohibited from drawing a warrant in favor of any such relative and shall be liable on his or her bond for any violation of this provision. However, the provisions of this subsection shall not be applicable with respect to any person who is already employed by the university as of March 21, 1985, or at the time a relative becomes a member of the board." 
Codes of Alabama. (2017). Nepostism. Retrieved 

from alisondb.legislature.state.al.us/alison/codeofalabama/1975/41-1-5.htm - 2K 
Arkansas: Code 6-64-214 
"(a) No person related by affinity or consanguinity within the first degree to any member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Arkansas shall be employed in the University of Arkansas in any capacity. However, the provisions of this subsection shall not be applicable with respect to any person who is already employed by the university as of March 21, 1985, or at the time a relative becomes a member of the board, or to any student doing work at the university.Lexius Nesius. (2017). Code 6-64-214. Employment of relatives. Retrieved
from http://www.lexisnexis.com/hottopics/arcode/Default.asp

5 CCR § 70
§ 70. General Provisions.
The Political Reform Act, Government Code sections 81000, et seq., requires state and local government agencies to adopt and promulgate Conflict of Interest Codes. The Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) has adopted a regulation, 2 Cal. Code of Regulations section 18730, which contains the terms of a standard Conflict of Interest Code, which can be incorporated by reference, and which may be amended by the (FPPC) to conform to amendments in the Political Reform Act after public notice and hearings. Therefore, the terms of 2 Cal. Code of Regulations section 18730 and any amendments to it duly adopted by the (FPPC), along with the attached Appendix in which officials and employees are designated and disclosure categories are set forth, are hereby incorporated by reference and constitute the Conflict of Interest Code of the California Department of Education, except as provided below..." Reuters, T. (2017). Barclays official California code of regulations:Title 5 education.. Retrieved from 

Florida: Appealed Nepotism: Employment of Relatives (Nepotism) 6C9-4.032 
Former Excerpt of 6C9-4.032 
"Employment of Relatives (Nepotism).
(1) The employment of relatives at the University of North Florida is allowed where there is no conflict of interest, no direct or indirect supervisory responsibility between relatives, and where functions of positions do not overlap or require authorization, validation, approval, etc. of both parties. While the employment of related persons in the same organizational unit or in a job-related organizational unit is not encouraged, such employment is permitted when there is no conflict of interest and there is a demonstrated critical shortage of qualified applicants.
(2) Definitions.
(a) Related Persons – For the purpose of this procedure, “related persons” means father, mother, son, daughter, brother, sister, uncle, aunt, first cousin, nephew, niece, husband, wife, father-in-law, mother-in-law, daughter-in-law, son-in-law, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, stepfather, stepmother, stepson, stepdaughter, stepbrother, stepsister, half brother or half sister.
(b) Conflict of Interest – For the purpose of this procedure, “a conflict of interest” includes, but is not limited to, participation by the relative making recommendations or decisions specifically affecting the appointment, retention, tenure, work assignments, evaluations, promotion, demotion, or salary of the related person and any attempt to influence a relative’s supervisor with any regard to matters concerning that relative. An employee may not be in the supervisory line of a relative even though they are separated by intermediary positions."Florida Department of State. (2011). Employment of  relatives (Nepotism). Retrieved from https://www.flrules.org/gateway/RuleNo.asp?id=6C9-4.032

Missouri:- Newly Revised Code 162.261.  
"Seven-director district, board of, terms — vacancies — prohibition on hiring spouse of board member, when — constitutional prohibition on nepotism applies to districts. — 1.  The government and control of a seven-director school district, other than an urban district, is vested in a board of education of seven members, who hold their office for three years, except as provided in section 162.241, and until their successors are duly elected and qualified.  Any vacancy occurring in the board shall be filled by the remaining members of the board; except that if there are more than two vacancies at any one time, the county commission upon receiving written notice of the vacancies shall fill the vacancies by appointment.  If there are more than two vacancies at any one time in a county without a county commission, the county executive upon receiving written notice of the vacancies shall fill the vacancies, with the advice and consent of the county council, by appointment.  The person appointed shall hold office until the next municipal election, when a director shall be elected for the unexpired term.
  2.  No seven-director, urban, or metropolitan school district board of education shall hire a spouse of any member of such board for a vacant or newly created position unless the position has been advertised pursuant to board policy and the superintendent of schools submits a written recommendation for the employment of the spouse to the board of education.  The names of all applicants as well as the name of the applicant hired for the position are to be included in the board minutes.
  3.  The provisions of Article VII, Section 6 of the Missouri Constitution apply to school districts." Missouri Legislature. (2016). Revisor of statutes. Retrieved from 

New Hampshire: Nepotism 21-G:26-a 
"Nepotism. – No executive branch official shall directly hire, evaluate, set the compensation or salary for, supervise, or terminate the employment of any full-time or part-time employee, temporary employee, or member of a state board or commission if such employee or member is related to such official in one of the following ways: 
 I. Spouse;
II. Parent by birth or adoption;
III. Son or daughter by birth or adoption;
IV. Stepson or stepdaughter;
V. Brother or sister by whole or half blood or by adoption; or
VI. Mother-in-law, father-in-law, sister-in-law, brother-in-law, daughter-in-law, or son-in-law. "
Socratek, (2012). The state and its government: Nepotism.  Retrieved from http://www.socratek.com/StateLaws.aspx?id=71961&title=Nepotism

"Many families have a strong tradition of public service and it is common for two family members to serve the same public agency or municipality. However, the Ethics Law forbids public officials or employees from authorizing or using a public position to secure “public contracts” – including a public job – for a member of their family. Therefore, public officials and employees are prohibited from using their public position to directly hire, or to secure the hire, of a family member. In fact, in the state of Ohio, nepotism is a fourth degree felony...." 
"For purposes of the Ohio Ethics Law, a public official or employee’s “family” includes parents, grandparents, children of any age, grandchildren, spouse, or siblings (regardless of where these family members reside). Therefore, public officials or employees cannot participate in these hires even if their family members live in other households. A public official or employee also cannot hire anyone to whom he or she is related by blood or marriage (aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and in-laws) and who is also residing in the same household with the official or employee."
Ethics Commission State of Ohio. (n.d).  Education: Nepotism, Retrieved from http://ethics.ohio.gov/education/nepotism.html


IBM. (2006). IBM entity analytic solutions V4.1.0 provide powerful anonymous identity recognition and relationship awareness. Retrieved from


National Association of Independent Schools. (2016). Meeting children where they are: The multiage classroom. Retrieved from http://www.nais.org/Independent-Ideas/Lists/Posts/Post.aspx?List=a5fa8a61%2D7db4%2D4408%2D9e71%2D152670940bc3&ID=568&Web=8544a572%2D104a%2D4d86%2Dbf80%2D058334725dde

Yelp Inc. (2017). Content guide lines. Retrieved from https://www.yelp.com/guidelines

More About This Topic:

California State Board of Education. (2015, July). California identification of root causes: Stakeholder-identified root causes related to teacher recruitment. Retrieved from https://view.officeapps.live.com/op/view.aspx?src=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.cde.ca.gov%2Fbe%2Fag%2Fag%2Fyr15%2Fdocuments%2Fjul15item20.doc
Note: See "Fewer homegrown teachers in SED schools"

McKay, G. (2003). Nepotism loosely regulated by state school districts. Retrieved from http://old.post-gazette.com/localnews/20030205nepotism0205p9.asp

National Center for Educational Statistics. (1989). Rose V. council for better education. Retrieved from https://nces.ed.gov/edfin/pdf/lawsuits/Rose_v_CBE_ky.pdf

National  Department of Education.(2006). Teacher advancement program. Retrieved from

New York Daily News. (2017). Nepotism, conflict of interest find a home at charter schools.

Retrieved from http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/education/nepotism-conflict-interest-find-home-charter-schools-article-1.165973

State of California. (2015). California State plan to ensure equitable access to excellent educators. Retrieved from http://www.cde.ca.gov/nclb/sr/tq/documents/caeeplan.pdf

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