Sunday, March 18, 2018

Five Montessori Books to Read this Spring

As winter comes to a close, it’s time to refresh your book list for spring. Here are five Montessori books that delve into the background of Montessori schools, as well as the latest science on Montessori teaching.

1. The Discovery of the Child by Maria Montessori
Originally published over 100 years ago after Maria Montessori opened the first Montessori school, The Discovery of the Child explores her efforts to understand the nature of children and the educational methodology that developed from her studies. Montessori describes an educational system that is focused on assisting children to develop naturally, navigating the world around them.

2. Understanding the Human Being: The Importance of the First Three Years of Life by Silvana Quattrocchi Montanaro MD
This book examines the first years of life through a Montessori perspective. Leveraging her perspective as both a medical doctor and Montessorian, Dr. Montanaro discusses the extraordinary development of the first three years of life. The book discusses topics such as symbiosis, brain development, and language developments beginning with prenatal life through birth and continuing to the third year of life.

3. Montessori Today: A Comprehensive Approach to Education from Birth to Adulthood by Paula Polk Lillard  
In this book, Paula Lillard, a director of a Montessori school with students from 18 months to fifteen years, presents how Montessori education can fit within contemporary education. This approachable book is great for parents interested in understanding how a Montessori education can benefit their child through adulthood. Lillard describes how children can continue to find solutions to their own questions throughout their education by using the Montessori method.

4. How To Raise An Amazing Child the Montessori Way, 2nd Edition by Tim Seldin
This is a great book for parents looking to bring Montessori learning methods into their home for their young children. Tim Seldin, president of the Montessori Foundation, puts together his years of experience into a guide for parents to raise their children using Montessori learning techniques. This international best-seller is full of activities and educational games for preschoolers that can help develop critical thinking skills, creativity, and self-reliance.

5. Montessori: The Science Behind the Genius Updated Edition by Angeline Stoll Lillard  
Angeline Lillard presents current evidence-based studies that investigate the impact of Montessori teaching methods.  Learn how current research is showing us how to help children learn at their best, and how traditional teaching methods can fall short of creating these environments. Lillard walks through research covering eight foundational insights of Montessori education and how each can be applied to the classroom.  This book is ideal for parents looking to learn more about the theory behind Montessori education and how it contrasts with traditional teaching methods.

The teachers and staff at the Montessori School of Fremont see each child as their own unique person and are ready to support students of varying abilities.  The Montessori method encourages inclusion and self-guided learning, which works well for children with special needs.  To learn how our school embraces every student, contact us today to schedule a tour.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Standing Out to Higher Education Employers

We all want to stand out to prospective employers. We all get excited about employment opportunities and want to communicate that enthusiasm. But it’s not always obvious how to stand out in a structured application process. If it were, everyone would do it. To stand out, you must do something different, and that can be easier than it may seem at first.

Don’t skip step 1: Make the list
When thinking about how to stand out, start by thinking about to whom do you want to stand out to and when? Often, application submissions vastly outnumber the number that can be reviewed thoroughly. Applications need to be quickly reviewed to make a long-list then a short-list of candidates. It’s in the long and short lists that you likely want to stand out. In the initial review of applications, focus on meeting the requirements that a hiring manager looks for in the few seconds they must read submitted applications. This means making sure you cross your T’s and dot your I’s. Do not embellish. Instead, ensure that everything required is in your application, that your resume is readable, and that you’ve tailored everything to the specific higher education institution and role you are applying for.

Strategies to standing out beyond the application
Standing out can mean a lot of things, but ultimately you want the hiring team at the higher education institution to think of you differently than other highly qualified candidates. There are two major ways to approach standing out during the application process:
  • Fostering a connection to the higher education institution
  • Creating an additional component to your application

Networking works
A recent LinkedIn study found that 85% of positions were filled at least in part through networking. That’s a tremendous success rate, and it demonstrates that a personal connection is a reliable way to stand out. Networking is an ongoing process throughout your career and if you are familiar with anyone in the institution you are applying to, reach out to them and let them know that you are applying to a position. They may be able to give you suggestions about your application or know someone managing the hiring process they can introduce you to. LinkedIn is also a networking resource and allows you to look up individuals in the department you are applying to. You can reach out via an InMail message with a personal message, highlighting your familiarity with their work, that you are excited about the position you are applying to, and are available if there are any questions. Do not write multiple messages without receiving a response.

Creating addendums to applications
This is a less reliable method of standing out beyond an application but can be just as successful. Consider creating addendums after you have been contacted by an institution that you are a candidate. Creating addendums takes time and is generally not relevant to hiring managers unless you have met the initial qualifications.  Addendums can take many forms, but generally they are examples of future work. For example, if you are going to be managing residential life, you can create an announcement of next year’s residential life initiatives. Social media applicants can create a sample social media campaign and so on. You can share your addendum in response to hearing from a hiring manager.

Be yourself
Above all, when trying to stand out, be yourself. If you are genuinely excited about a position, going beyond the standard application process is more likely to be received as positive. Coming off as desperate or brown-nosing can negatively impact your chances of success. Excitement and confidence can make you stand out more than anything else.  If you are looking for other career tips like these or a new job in higher education, check out the HERC jobs site for more information.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Advancing your Associate's Degree to a Bachelor's Degree at ENMU

Once you have earned your Associate of Applied Arts and Sciences (AAS), it is time to take the next step in advancing your career by completing Eastern New Mexico University's Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS) degree. ENMU has a lot to offer, including an advanced study program and a low faculty-to-student ratio. ENMU even offers online courses, so you can schedule your BAAS around your existing career or internship.

ENMU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Additionally, your AAS must be from an institution with similar accreditation. At ENMU, our goal is to provide you with the tools to advance your career opportunities, and accreditation is one of the ways ENMU does that.

Why Should I Study At ENMU?
A BAAS issued by Eastern New Mexico University will open doors for your career. ENMU’s program is designed to benefit you in a number of ways, including:
  • Earn Your Degree While Working - ENMU offers a 100% online degree program. 
  • Advance Your Career - Higher educational credentials and technical skills are in demand.
  • Low Student Ratio - ENMU’s BAAS courses have a 17:1 student to faculty ratio.
  • Affordable Education - Take a look at how ENMU compares to similar colleges in the region.

ENMU’s BAAS Program Easy Qualification
Getting accepted by ENMU is easier than you think. If you already have your AAS and have put in a significant number of credit hours in a CHEA recognized program, you can begin your career advancement today. Even if you haven’t gotten your AAS, but you have completed a certificate program, ENMU may be able to apply those credit hours to your primary concentration area to help you get started right away.

Financial Assistance Available
Some studies have shown that as much as 70% of ENMU college tuition are paid for in part by some sort of financial aid. Even though ENMU already has one of the lowest tuition rates in the southwestern region, ENMU still strives to help you get the education you need. ENMU gladly accept Pell grants, federal loans, and scholarships, including assistance for Military members.

Eastern New Mexico University is your fully accredited choice for gaining the next level in your career development through ENMU’s online BAAS degree upgrade program. To find out more about this or any of ENMU’s more than 90 course options, visit ENMU’s website today.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Steps to Become an Education Administrator

Why you should consider a career in Education Administration

ENMU is making a career in education administration more accessible than ever before. With an affordable, 100% online curriculum, you can bring your passion to life and begin a career as an education administrator with ENMU’s graduate program in Education Administration.

Education administrators are vital for every community. We rely on our education administrators to make sure teachers can teach to the best of their abilities, students can learn to the best of theirs, all while incorporating constantly evolving curriculum best practices as well as budget and testing requirements. It is a tremendously exciting, rewarding, and challenging career.

The flexibility of a 100% online program

The ENMU graduate program in education administration is designed with you in mind. The 100% online program provides you the flexibility to integrate your education into your life without upending it. As an ENMU student, each and every course is led by professionals who have experience in multiple areas of education administration. Following the course of study provides students the opportunity to develop leadership skills through academic studies, research, and on-the-job internships. This combination of the accessibility of online classes and expert instructors makes ENMU an ideal choice to begin your path toward a career in education administration.

Graduate program licensure option

The education administration graduate program can prepare students for education administration licensure through the New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED). The licensure option is available for students who complete a Master’s degree (with internship course completion) and who have or are eligible for a New Mexico Level 3 teaching license. This will allow successful students to pursue work as an education administrator in the New Mexico public school system. Additionally, there is the option of completing the graduate program without licensure preparation for students seeking careers in other areas.

Your career as an Education Administrator

A career in education administration holds a wide range of professional opportunities. This includes roles as public or private school administrator: assistant principal, principal, athletic director, federal programs director, special education director, assistant superintendent, or superintendent. Whatever path you choose, a career in education administration will allow you to create inspiring educational and workplace opportunities for students, teachers, and staff

Eastern New Mexico University offers dedicated faculty who are committed to academic excellence and emphasize liberal learning, freedom of inquiry, and cultural diversity. With affordable tuition and flexible course schedules, ENMU offers an education that fits your lifestyle and puts your career goals within reach. Visit the ENMU website to learn more about how Eastern New Mexico University can help you be successful.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

New Careers in Higher Education

As the pace of change in the workplace quickens, higher education will not only be a resource for students to develop new skills but how students interact with higher education will continue change. Higher education is responding with its own changes, creating new opportunities for careers in higher education. Higher education employs a growing number of people, meaning emerging careers in the field can provide a significant number of new opportunities. In the United States there are nearly 1.6 million faculty and 2 million staff in higher education, according to the National Center for Education statistics.

Incorporating new technologies into Higher Education
It’s extraordinary realizing how far digitization has changed higher education in a relatively short period of time. In  2018, the Office of Digital Humanities, part of the National Endowment for the Humanities, is just now celebrating its 10th anniversary. The office’s mission, which explores how to “harness new technology for humanities research and the study of digital culture from a humanistic perspective,” novel 10 years ago, is now an essential part of education and its mission resonates with higher education institutions across the country.

New technical roles in Higher Education
The digital landscape has transformed education and higher education careers. This can be felt in a number of ways including developing and maintaining technology infrastructure, creating educational opportunities that leverage that technology, and using technology to amplify the message of the institution. For example, according to Hanover research, an effective and intuitive website is now considered crucial to most higher education institutions. This caters to new careers in IT, web development, and design. This includes supporting online course offerings with similar positions in addition to database administrators and back-end web developers. With only 20% of the top 100 academically ranked schools offering traditional online courses, these career opportunities are sure to expand.

Emerging educator roles
Alternative faculty careers are also being created as the types of higher education students diversify. Many students are no longer “traditional” students and have more diverse education goals. For example, Bard college and the Brooklyn Library started the first ‘microcollege.’ This is just one example of the new educational methods being explored by higher education. As educational needs fluctuate, there will be increasing opportunities to start your career as an educator at a higher institution.

Expanding careers in marketing in Higher Education
Choice continues to increase in higher education and demand scales along with that. 100% of institutions polled by Hanover Research used some form of social media. Beyond social media, marketing positions overall have changed. There are more marketing and branding professionals employed by Higher Education institutions. And these positions are not only digital – event-based recruitment continues to be one of the most successful marketing campaigns. For those in marketing, there is more opportunity than ever to begin a career in higher education.

As higher education adapts to new technologies and student needs, there will continue to be new career opportunities in higher education. Be sure to check HERC job boards to keep up to date on new opportunities for you to start your career in higher education.