Can Recruiting Candidates Trust School Web Sites?

July 27, 2017

Are school web sites honest personifications of the International Schools they represent? As a recruiting candidate, should you blindly believe what you see and read? More than a handful of educators have discovered that school web sites can be nothing more than carefully crafted propaganda whose sole purpose is to disguise the truth and lure in the unsuspecting. With more and more get-rich entrepreneurs jumping into the International School “business,” it’s obvious there’s no limit to what some school owners will do to lure teachers and students to their “schools.”

What You See May NOT Be What You Get!

Here’s some examples on ISR of how intentionally deceptive school web sites have tricked teachers into accepting a position at schools from which they would otherwise RUN:

In her Review, a teacher reveals that her school’s ultra-professional looking web site is hosting a bird’s-eye, panoramic view of what they want you to believe is their campus. However, in reality, the school only rents a floor in one of the many building at an impressive university campus. All grade levels are crammed onto this one floor. She reports that it’s complete chaos.

A Physical Education teacher whose passion is teaching swimming, water polo, etc., discovered upon arrival at his school that what he saw as an Olympic-size swimming pool was nothing more than blue paint on the ground. It was later explained to him that this “web rendering” is the proposed site and size of a future installation. The school was “sorry” he misunderstood.

A high school English Literature teacher, desiring a truly international teaching experience, tells us she was tricked into accepting a positon at a local school where most of the kids spoke/read/ wrote poor, if any, English at all. To create an international school image, she says the school used the children of the international teaching staff as models on their web site and furthered the deception by stating their students hold passports from 32 countries around the world. The teacher explains in her Review that the reality is the majority of these 32 countries are represented by local kids with dual citizenship, who have never been outside the country in which the school is located. This English Literature teacher broke contract soon after arrival.

..These examples and more Reviews on ISR illustrate how International Schools may stoop to deceptive digital practices to lure in unsuspecting educators. These reviews are sent to ISR by teachers tricked into circumstances they would otherwise avoid and serve as a heads-up warning. International Schools Review strongly suggests you do not allow yourself to be tricked by a school’s slick digital presentation. Use ALL sources available to you to verify that “what you see and read is what you get.”

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What on Earth Have I Done?

July 20, 2017

What on Earth have I done?  I spent the past 6 months working my tail off to land an overseas teaching position and just today reality hit me smack-dab, head-on:  OMG! I’m about to leave my family, friends and lifestyle behind, all for the vast unknown…

.. One minute I’m thoroughly intimidated by the thought of picking up and moving to a foreign land, then in a flash, BAM! I’m exhilarated just thinking about the thrilling adventures that lie ahead. Bouncing between the opposite extremes of my emotional state I’m starting to feel schizophrenic!

..Is this normal? Do these spontaneous, emotional gyrations occur only in newbies? Will my apprehension subside? Do seasoned overseas educators ride the same emotional roller coaster every time they move to a new country? I’d love to hear from colleagues ‘who have been where I am right now.’ 


Nervous Nelly

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Success!! But We’re Not Done Yet

July 13, 2017

..On July 12th, the world-wide web came together to defend Net Neutrality, a law that protects the internet from big corporate greed & censorship.

..By the end of the day the US Congress had received more than 3 million emails & 100,000 phone calls in support of keeping current Net Neutrality laws as they are. More than 1.7 million comments are also on their way to the FCC  – Federal Communications Commission. This is a new record for a single day so comments are being sent in batches so as not to crash the slow FCC servers.

..Google, Facebook, YouTube, Expedia, Yelp, Netflix, GitHub, Bit Torrent, Spotify & many more mega-sites rallied their users to participate in action to save the internet. See how they participated

..But the internet is not saved yet! There’s more to be done. If you haven’t signed a petition to keep the internet open & free from corporate greed & censorship, please do so now.  We can’t allow big business to turn the internet into a “pay-to-play” scenario such as cable TV. Sign Petition

..Imagine a world in which AT&T, Comcast & Version tell Google & Facebook what they can/cannot put on the web & tell YOU what you can/cannot see and/or do on the web. Sign Petition

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For Newbies: Advice for Landing Overseas Teaching Positions on the ISR Forum

July 13, 2017

For Newbies:
Advice for Landing Overseas Teaching Positions on the ISR Forum

If you’re new to International Teaching & want someone to evaluate your chances of landing an Overseas position, who do you turn to for advice? Hands down, the best individuals to consult would be International Educators already in the field & teaching candidates in your same situation who have already picked up useful information. With this thought in mind, prospective overseas teachers regularly post details of their qualifications & unique family situations to the ISR Forum. They then invite Forum members to offer personalized advice. Here’s some recent examples from the ISR Forum: (Note: the Forum is subject to our Terms of Use)

Assorted Newbie Questions: I am 30 years of age and Dutch. I have a MA in Globalization and Development Studies (fully English-taught program) and a BEd in History from a respected Dutch university of applied science. I have some prior experience in teaching… Answer this Forum Post

Advice Needed: I am really sold on becoming an international school teacher but I could use some advice as to the appropriate route. I am a recent graduate with a major in Economics…Answer this Forum Post

My Situation: I’m currently teaching at a MS in the US as an EC teacher (special education) in my second year and am certified to teach Special Ed k-12th and just added a certificate to teach MS Language Arts, and plan on getting my social studies certificate for MS. How viable am I as a candidate to be an International teacher?… Answer this Forum Post

Would We Qualify as a Teaching Couple? I am currently teaching SEN at an IB International school with my husband who is a “trailing spouse.” What would the chances be of us getting hired as a teaching couple? Answer this Forum Post

Teaching Couple Teach Same Subject: My husband and I are very interested in teaching internationally. However, we both teach the same subject, health and physical education. We are both certified pre k-12th. Before I spend an exorbinant amount of money applying to recruiting agencies… Answer this Forum Post

More Posts to Consider: Special Education teacher with small family / Dual-citizen questionJob hunting with non-teaching African partner / Am I International School Material? / Question from a couple looking to teach abroad

Do any of the above situations sound like your situation? If so, there’s helpful advice on the ISR Forum. Do you have advice to offer or questions of your own? We invite you to visit the ISR Forum to share and resolve individual recruiting questions.

To post to the ISR Forum you’ll need to take a minute to register. Your ISR Member log in is not activated to also log you into the Forum. When you post to the Forum, your chosen user name will display so choose with this thought in mind. The ISR Forum is Open to All. If you haven’t done so already, Register Now! Be sure to see the activation link in your email.

Join Google, Facebook and Millions More in the Fight to Save the Internet

July 12, 2017

..The new American FCC (Federal Communications Commission) Chairman and former Verizon lawyer Ajit Pai is planning to destroy the internet by giving big cable companies immense control over what we see and do online. He will accomplish this by removing current Net Neutrality laws which keep the internet open and free.

If this ex-Verizon lawyer gets his way, companies like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T will have the power to slow down, censor or block websites they don’t like and charge apps and web sites extra fees to reach their audience. We can stop this from happening!

Sign the Petition to Save the Internet from Corporate Greed

Today, July 12, millions of web sites, Internet users and online communities around the world are coming together to protest the FCC’s attack on Net Neutrality. You can participate!

Google, Facebook, Spotify, Dropbox and many, many more mega-sites announced they will rally their millions of users to ..make this day the largest protest in history.

Sign the Petition to Save the Internet from Corporate Greed

If we lose Net Neutrality, we could soon face a censored Internet where some of your favorite websites are forced into a slow-lane online or removed altogether, while deep-pocketed companies who can afford expensive new “prioritization” will get fast-lane priority.

Sign the Petition to Save the Internet from Corporate Greed

The Last Slice of Information

July 6, 2017

..Still have a nagging concern about a specific International School? ISR highly recommends you take full advantage of the ISR Member Forum. It is, of course, included with your membership, yet often overlooked as a valuable resource.

Located inside the ISR Member Area that’s packed with 11,000+ in-depth School Reviews, the ISR Member Forum stands alone as an adjunct venue for ISR Members who may still have unique questions in regards to a specific International School.

Don’t leave your career to chance. Click HERE to visit the ISR Member Forum for that last slice of vital information you need to make an informed decision.