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Apply for the 2015 Excellence in Summer Learning Awards

7 Jan

Do you run a high-quality summer learning program that should be recognized nationally?

NSLA CMYK logoThe National Summer Learning Association’s (NSLA) Excellence in Summer Learning Award and the new Founder’s Award recognize summer programs or models that demonstrate excellence in accelerating academic achievement and promoting healthy development for young people.

Just by submitting an application for one of these awards, your program will receive a feedback summary from NSLA outlining its strengths and areas for improvement. There is no cost to apply.

Award winners and finalists receive even more detailed feedback, similar to having a full CASP (Comprehensive Assessment of Summer Programs) assessment and a consultation phone call with the NSLA Program Quality Team.

As a Summer Learning Excellence Award Winner, your program will receive:

  • Visibility at NSLA’s Summer Changes Everything™ national conference through general sessions presentations, and other speaking opportunities.
  • National exposure through a NSLA press release during the busy summer media season.
  • Peer learning opportunities through NSLA’s new affinity group structure.

Your program may even be featured in a future case study in NSLA presentations, publications, or reports that are widely distributed throughout the education field and staged on summerlearning.org.

The application deadline is Friday, Feb. 13, 2015. Visit summerlearning.org/SummerExcellence to learn more and apply today!

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What to do when you don’t get the job

13 Jul

You sent in your application complete with a beautifully formatted and results driven resume, stunning cover letter, and glowing recommendations. You nailed the interview, connecting with the current employees and showcasing how you would be a great fit for the position and organization. You sent a hand written thank-you note to emphasize your commitment to the organization and why you’re the perfect fit!

Then, you get an email.

It was a pleasure to meet and interview you for this position.  We received a strong response and had many wonderful candidates.  Ultimately, we did select another candidate for this position.  This was difficult choice and I appreciate the chance to get to know you…

There’s no other way to put this: getting passed over for a job sucks. So now what? What do you do when you don’t get the job?

  1. Respond This is not the time to ignore an email, no matter how tempting it may be. Whether it’s a phone call, email, or letter: respond! You always want the last memory or interaction a potential employer has of you to be a good one.
  2. Be Polite… Friendly Even! When you respond, be friendly and polite. Thank them for their time and consideration, even if you’ve already done that in a thank you note. You always want your last interaction with a potential employer to be a good one.
  3. Reinforce that Bridge Let them know that if there are any new opportunities with their company or organization in the future, you would love to be considered. Instead of burning that bridge you’ve already built with a place you’d love to work, make it stronger. You never know, the person they pick over you may not last more than two weeks and you’ll be the first person on their mind!

These tips may seem like common sense, but trust me, if you’ve ever been turned down for a job you’ve wanted, your gut reaction may be to do the exact opposite.

What have you done when you didn’t get the job? Share your stories with me in the comments!

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