Day 217: This Land

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August 4, 2012 by Alex Hoekstra

East coast livin’, ain’t it fine?  I’m here in Boston on a mission for newness – new work, a new purpose with a new focus in a very new place.  In many ways, and without trying to sound too cliché, this really is the beginning of the rest of my life.  I’ve spent a lot of time preparing – training and learning how to learn – all to put it into action now.  I think everyone deserves that prep time before going for a swim in the deep end.  Too many kids don’t have it as good as I did.  I was fortunate to be given so much by so many.  I hope to pay it forward, and today’s project has just that mission in mind.

Stand Up and Stand Out is a guidebook on giving back.  Designed to prepare eager and aspiring teachers to join the noble ranks of Teach for America, this book asks the important questions that lie before an important job.

Six months ago, while advising a friend on his Teach For America application, it dawned on me that there are very few readily available resources for potential applicants. Teach For America provides some advice, but I have found that it is often not comprehensive enough for prospective applicants to fully understand the process. The information that other people have posted online is only marginally helpful at best, and harmful at worst, to applicants looking for help.

So, I decided to write a book entitled Mastering the Teach For America Selection Process to help applicants build leadership skills, develop their application, and excel in the interviews.

I know firsthand the power of great teachers, and I believe the world needs more of them.  If you share this belief and want to do something about it, you can start breeding a new generation of inspired educators by backing this project on Kickstarter before August 6.


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