Survey Results: What If You Got a Better Offer?

January 29, 2015

what-would-you-d0-poll-smallBased on the data from our survey, What If You Got a Better Offer?, it’s safe to say there’s a profound message to be gleaned. We’ll leave that part to you and you’ll get your chance to comment. Here’s the results: 

Scenario #1: You signed a contract at a Fair & later got a “dream” school offer
Results: Of the 1000+ educators who responded to this scenario, 57% said they would break a contract they signed at a Recruiting Fair if their “dream” school later made them an offer. 45% percent of this group said they would wait to have the “dream” school contract in hand before notifying the other school they were breaking contract.

Scenario #2: You verbally accepted a position & later got a “dream” school offer
Results: 873 educators responded to this scenario. 89% of this group said they would accept an offer from their “dream” school even though they had already verbally accepted a position at a Recruiting Fair (contract forthcoming). Of this group, 63.5% said they would wait to have a “dream” school contract in hand before telling the other school they were no longer interested.

Clearly, the majority of survey respondents were ready and willing to do what was most beneficial for them, which was to accept a position at their “dream” school with little or no regard for the school that originally offered them a position. There’s obviously a message here for schools, recruiters and candidates. Based on your overseas experience, what’s your interpretation of this data as it pertains to the changing perspective of international education?

Click here for original survey & teachers’ comments

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What If You Get a Better Offer?

January 22, 2015

In the 2 following scenarios, a teaching candidate attends a Recruiting Fair & accepts a position:
In Scenario 1, the candidate signs a contract before leaving the Fair.
In Scenario 2, the candidate verbally accepts a position but leaves the Fair without a contract in hand. The interviewer indicates the contract will be forthcoming & sent by mail or special courier (i.e. UPS).

Based on the above information,
what would you do in each of the following situations?

Scenario 1: You signed a contract at the Recruiting Fair
Two weeks after signing your contract you receive a “congratulations” email from the Head of a different school — your #1 ‘dream school’. She tells you the position you applied for is yours! This school pays more than the school you signed with, it has a better overall package & is exactly what you want in a school & location.
What would you do? Please select one response from the following.

Click the “vote” tab above to submit your scenario #1 choice

Scenario 2: You verbally accepted a position at the Recruiting Fair & the contract is forthcoming
The only difference between Scenario 1 & 2 is that when your ‘dream school’ made you an offer you didn’t yet have a signed contract in hand from the school which made you a verbal offer at the Recruiting Fair. You’re still waiting for the contract’s arrival by snail mail/courier. It’s been 2 weeks & you haven’t heard a word. The delay may be due to the fact the school Board hasn’t finished completing contract “updates” &/or your candidacy is awaiting approval.
What would you do in this situation? Please select one response from the following.

Click the “vote” tab above to submit your scenario #2 choice

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Click here to see Survey Results follow up article

Do NO Reviews Mean It’s Okay to Go?

January 15, 2015

okay-to-goWe’ve noticed comments on our ISR Blog & Forum venues which profess that it’s a “good thing” when a school has no Reviews on ISR, and that this probably means it’s an Okay school. ISR will agree that dissatisfied teachers are probably more likely to post Reviews; but there is, however, an aspect to the “lack of Reviews” that deserves some serious attention:

Anonymous Blog poster:  I disagree with this comment that ‘If there are no reviews, it usually means the school is OK.’ A previous school I worked at didn’t have reviews because the admin were SO powerful, teachers were scared to post their views. We would all talk about the lack of ISR reviews and about how we should have the guts to do something to let prospective teachers know the truth. A whole bunch of us have left that school and a few have finally written truthful accounts, and they’re interspersed with reviews obviously written by the administrators themselves. So yes, they write on ISR, too, to counter the negative reviews. Take it all with a grain of salt and know that every piece of information you receive helps you to make an informed decision.

Traveling Teacher:  I have to say, I do get frustrated when I read one glowing review and then immediately thereafter, one that is completely awful. Also, some of the reviews are older, so I always wonder if the school got better and is that is why teachers stopped reviewing? Or did too many bad reviews cause the school to threaten their employees to not review anymore because they would be found out and fired? Who knows?? It’s strange to me, though, when they just stop….

Anonymous Blog poster #2:  At the school where I am currently working teachers don’t post because the administrators have a lot of control and power over us. ISR is an amazing resource for international teachers. Just use caution when reading the reviews and try to read between the lines. If there are no postings, do NOT make any assumptions!

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What to Believe?

January 8, 2015

ISR-on-laptopDear Staff @ ISR,
I’m new to overseas teaching and hoping to go international for the first time this upcoming academic year. I’ve been researching schools and I found your website quite by accident. I became a member, and truthfully I’m just not sure what to think!

Here’s an example of what confuses me: The website of a school I’m looking into is professionally done with a bird’s-eye panoramic view of a campus that rivals any K-12 school here in Ohio (USA). However — a review on your website says the school just rents one floor of a building from the university shown in the photo. The school’s website makes it seem like they own everything in the photo. It looks impressive! So what’s the truth?

I’m also finding major discrepancies between what some school websites have to say and the reviews on ISR. I don’t know what to believe. It’s just hard for me to fathom that some of the stuff on your website actually happens.

I am writing to ask what you guys have to say about what I’m telling you. If you would be so kind as to write back and give me your take on this it would really help me.
A Newcomer to international teaching

Dear Newbie,
Thanks for writing with your question. This is an interesting and deserving topic of discussion. Because there are many, many facets to your question and a simple answer will not suffice, we plan to include your comments in our upcoming Newsletter. We’ll add a blog feature so teachers familiar with both ISR and the realities of teaching overseas can leave insightful comments.

This should offer a comprehensive answer to your query. I’ve checked and you are on our Newsletter mailing list so keep an eye out for Thursday’s newsletter. This topic should be of help to other educators new to International teaching.

Thanks for joining and supporting ISR, and for taking the time to write.
Best Regards,
Ben @ ISR

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