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Old 02-17-2019, 12:59 PM
 
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I teach in the southeast near a major metro area. I want to transfer from my rural title 1 to the closer, suburban schools in our district for a shorter commute. I have been with this district for a few years. It seems like only rarely do people transfer within district and that most people who move to better schools end up applying and going to other districts. Why is this? What is the best way to approach this? I don't want to alienate the others around me, and I also want to stay at my school for at least another year, maybe. If I put my name on the transfer list does that automatically put a target on my head? Has anyone else done this successfully. I also coach, but I don't want coaching responsibilities in my potential new position. Thanks everyone.


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I would think transfers are spelled out in your contract. I would check it to see what the ins and outs are.

In my district, asking for a transfer is common practice. The person who wants to transfer lets his/her principal know, contacts the principal where he/she wants to transfer to, and then fills out the paperwork with Human Resources.

You might also want to talk with someone in your district who has transferred to see about the questions you have at the end of your posting.
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In my district the only way to transfer was to apply for an opening, just like the general public. Transferred usually got priority treatment. But, you could apply for a job in another school and not get it.
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In my district you have to apply and be interviewed like outside candidates. That said, some things I do to stand out are:
1) individually email the principal my resume and cover letter
2) use my networking. If there are teachers in those building I know I ask them to put in a good word for me. Principals in my district only hire/interview those they know or are recommended to them.
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Every district has their own rules. You should contact your HR/Personnel Dept and just ask what the procedure is. In my district, all open positions for the following year are posted in June. They are awarded based on proper certification, proficient evaluations, seniority, and the approval of the new principal.


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As others have mentioned, the transfer process varies by school. I have been in the same county for 11 year, and I am getting ready to transfer for the second time.

I was at my first school for 7 years. Very high poverty, very high ESOL, very low performing. I needed a change of scenery. My county has us complete a "letter of intent" in January, asking what you intend to do the following year. If you mark "transfer", you are then listed in a transfer pool of candidates. I applied for the same position, same grade, just at another school. After I accepted a position, there was definitely some backlash from my P.

Now I have been at my current school for four years. They are building a new elementary school. I put my name on the transfer list, but this time wanted a change in position. I was on the transfer list and wanted an ESOL position. When I interviewed, the principal actually told me she was only considering transfers for specialist positions (Title I, ESOL, gifted, etc). My current P has completed changed her demeanor with me since accepting, but in a positive way, haha! Totally chatty and full of positive praise.

But, this is also a very large county- I'm sure it probably varies depending on size- we have close to 90,000 students :P
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