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Virtual Hiring Workshop:

Best Practices and Protocols for Resume Reading, Process, and Bias Awareness

For: Division Heads, Deans, Department Chairs, HR Directors, and others who oversee the hiring of classroom teachers

Friday, February 5, 2021;

10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

While the 2020 hiring season required a quick pivot to virtual hiring, the 2021 process is likely to be remote from start to finish. How will your school ensure quality and compatibility with your new classroom teachers? With a complex process ahead, this workshop will provide hiring managers with tips and tricks to fluently read resumes, facilitate an interview process that is informative and comprehensive, and address the additional bias that a virtual process may introduce. Join experts in search processes for this full and enriching experience.

Program Agenda

(subject to change)

10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. There’s a Stack of Resumes Staring at Me and I Don’t Know Where to Begin

Presented by: Rice Bryan, Search Consultant, Director of Internal Hiring, Senior Associate at Carney Sandoe & Associates

11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. But How Will They Conduct Their Sample Lesson? … And Other Interview Process Dilemmas

Presented by: Beth Pfannl, Vice President, Administrative Searches and Governance Services, Laura Light, Director of Global Recruitment, and Pauline O’Brien, Director of Administrative Searches and Governance Services at International School Services (ISS)

11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Bias Awareness and Action Steps in the Hiring Process

Presented by: Alexandra Thorson, Director, Community & Content at Selected & Selected for Families

Program Fee:

$75 per registrant, Member Schools

$150 per registrant, Non-Member Schools


Rice Bryan graduated from Holderness School and from Skidmore College (NY) with a BA in English/creative writing and a minor in social work. He completed additional studies at the University of Pennsylvania. Rice taught English, coached soccer and tennis, and was ninth grade Dean at Chestnut Hill Academy (PA), and taught English, coached soccer, ski racing, and baseball, served as dorm parent at Eaglebrook School in Deerfield, MA. Rice also served as a childcare worker at Charlton School for Girls (as part of a social work minor at Skidmore) and as tennis professional at The Bridges Resort (VT), Windridge Tennis Camps (VT), and Quail Ridge Inn (NM). He is a published poet (Blind Man's Rainbow, Erie, PA). Rice joined Carney Sandoe in 1999 and has been the Director of Internal Hiring since 2001.

Laura Light is a former educator who has spent much of her career overseas. After graduating from Clemson University in South Carolina, Laura took a position at the American School of Kuwait. Since then, most of her life has revolved around teaching at international schools, including the Carol Morgan School in the Dominican Republic, Escuela Americana in El Salvador, Singapore American School, Southbank International School in London, and the United Nations International School in New York City. Laura currently lives in Princeton with her partner, Tom. She loves to run, to be outdoors as much as she can, and to continue traveling the world. Now as Laura works at ISS to staff international schools with the very best teachers in today’s market, she feels she has found her dream job.

Pauline O’Brien brings 20+ years of experience in professional recruiting, international client service, and school Board relations, having personally interviewed hundreds of leaders over the course of her career. Prior to joining ISS, Pauline was most recently Director of Career and Recruitment Services at the Council of International Schools (CIS). At CIS, she developed and implemented a wide range of career and recruitment-related initiatives. Pauline’s work has also included service on the International Task Force for Child Protection (ITFCP), presentations at international education conferences around the world, and programs focused on building international diverse teams, including support for women in leadership. Pauline, who is fluent in English and Dutch, was born in the UK to Irish parents, and studied international business in the Netherlands. Pauline resides with her husband and two daughters in the Netherlands

Beth Pfannl has 30 years of experience in international education. She was most recently the long-standing Head of the American Overseas School of Rome prior to joining ISS in 2016, and has extensive experience working in Latin America. Past president of AAIE and the Rome International Schools Association (RISA), Beth currently serves as a Trustee of The American University of Rome. She earned her doctorate from the Sorbonne in Paris, her BA from McGill University, and holds a CAGS in School Administration from Rhode Island College. Fluent in Spanish, Italian, and French, Beth brings a very strong international perspective to ISS. In addition to leading administrative searches, Beth runs the annual Mary Anne Haas ISS Women’s Leadership Symposium, co-chairs the Diversity Collaborative, and speaks regularly worldwide on the importance of cultivating diversity in global leadership roles. Based in Amsterdam, Beth loves to spend time with family, travel, and learn new languages.

Alexandra Thorson is an experienced coach dedicated to helping teachers find a job at their right-fit school. She is a former teacher, Teach For America manager, and consultant. Alex is passionate about diversity, equity, and inclusion, and helping schools develop their next generation of leaders.

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MEMBER INFORMATION: If your school is a member of NJAIS, upon receipt of your registration, we will automatically generate an invoice and send it to your Business Office. Payment is not required at the time of your registration. Your school will have 30 days to pay the invoice.

NON-MEMBER INFORMATION: If you are an employee of an organization or school that is NOT a member of NJAIS and you are registering for this workshop, please provide the company/school address. We will automatically generate an invoice and send it to your Business Office. Payment is not required at the time of your registration. Your school will have 30 days to pay the invoice. Thank you.

Cancellation Policy:

Registration fees will only be refunded if NJAIS is notified of your cancellation two weeks prior to the program. You may transfer your registration to a colleague in your school at no cost.