Every year, school directors give teachers a deadline by which to decided if they will return for another academic year or make the current year their last. And every recruiting season the decision-making deadline seems to be pushed earlier & earlier.
This season, ISS/Lisbon is slated for Nov 18th, followed by AASSA/Atlanta on Dec first. ISS/Atlanta follows in quick succession on Dec 4th, with Search/Johannesburg on Dec ninth. When we first viewed the ISS recruiting fair schedule we thought the list was incomplete. Their web site shows the last ISS fair of the season to be ISS/San Francisco on Feb thirteenth.
Last year, teachers were concerned because many schools were requiring them to submit their intentions to stay or leave early in the school year. It appears the recruiting organizations have followed suit, putting pressure on international educators to make a stay-or-go decision within the first month or two of school. How will this affect schools and teachers?
For educators entering international teaching for the first time the earlier dates could be advantageous. But, for teachers currently overseas & completing their present contract these dates could prove frustrating at best. As a result of competition between recruiters to be the “first” conference, we can see fairs possibly as early as Sept/Oct in the years to come. What is your opinion on this situation? Join us on this ISR Blog.