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Throughout your professional career, you will always need references at different stages of your career. Rather than scramble later, be certain to get and keep your file updated as you progress.
Managing your own file involves maintaining copies of Student Teaching Evaluations, soliciting and maintaining original letters of references (new and/or current), as well as duplicating and mailing copies of these documents to prospective employers when requested.
The best references are from professionals who have knowledge of your classroom abilities and experiences working with children within both public and private settings. Supervisors at the university and on-site completing evaluations are not requested to write references. School administrators and teachers where you are student teaching (other than master teachers) can observe and write letters for your file.
Letters from professors stating how will you did academically in classes. Letters confirming your moral character, longstanding friendships
Letters should include your related experience and qualifications. A maximum of five letters is reccommended. Prospective employers ususally require three letters of recommendation.
Mail or FAX to the Certified Personnel Office using the appropriate name, title and address of the school district. Include a resume, cover letter and appropriate application form. Copies of student teaching evaluations and/or references included must be of highest quality. Materials and directories for this process are available at the the Career Center, University Hall, Suite 105.
As with any important document, store your file materials in a safe, fire-proof place. Keep them clean and neat. Documents which appear altered could jeopardize getting hired.