What is Connections Academy?
Since 2001, the company’s Connections Academy division has delivered individualized learning to students through virtual public schools and a private online academy. In the 2017-2018 school year, 29 Connections Academy virtual public schools will operate in 25 states and expect to serve more than 45,000 students in grades K-12 (some schools do not serve all grades) from across the U.S.
What is Pearson Education?
The Pearson Education division meets the needs of schools, school districts, and other institutions looking to develop and enhance their online learning programs. OBL Student Services delivers a full range of targeted digital learning solutions to the K-12 education community including online courses, a program for homebound students, a digital learning platform, and more. More than 300 schools, school districts, state departments of education and other educational institutions, serving tens of thousands of students throughout the U.S. and beyond, are already utilizing OBL Student Services products and services.
Where do I find salary information regarding my position?
Connections Academy does not use a set salary scale. Our salary system is a performance-based model. At the time of hire, an individualized offer is made to the candidate. The role of the job, years of experience, education level, teaching subject, fit in our environment and special skills are considered when making the initial offer. Once you are employed by Connections, salary increases are tied to your performance.
What other performance incentives are available for teachers?
Full-time teachers also have the potential to earn a bonus each year, which is based on both individual performance as well as the performance of the school. The bonus potential percentage increases for teachers based on years of service with the organization. Other incentives are tied to performance, such as the potential to earn work-at-home days and extra personal days. Connections also offers a career ladder opportunity for teachers. The career ladder provides teachers the opportunity to take on leadership roles giving them upward mobility and increased pay.
How does the career ladder for teachers work?
The career ladder provides the opportunity for teachers to take on leadership roles and giving them upward mobility and increased pay. Learn more about the Career Ladder program on the Career Ladder Opportunities page.
Does Connections Academy offer benefits?
Connections Academy offers competitive compensation with annual performance-based salary review. We offer comprehensive benefit plans (with great employee rates) to eligible employees. Visit the Benefits page to view a full list of employee benefits available per school.
Can I teach for Connections Academy, or OBL Student Services, if I don’t hold a teaching certificate?
Teaching positions with Connections Academy and OBL Student Services require a valid teaching certificate. Candidates must hold a valid certificate for the state in which they are teaching and must be appropriate to the subject they are teaching. For example, a teacher who teaches high school Social Studies for Colorado Connections Academy must hold a valid Secondary Social Studies teaching certificate for Colorado.
Are teachers able to work from home?
The ability to work from home varies across the schools. All job postings indicate whether the position is office-based or home-based. Please be sure to verify the work location requirements for the position on the specific job posting. Positions with Connections Academy may be home-based; however many of the Connections Academy schools initially hire teachers to work from the office. Positions with OBL Student Services are home-based.
What is LiveLesson®? How does LiveLesson® work?
LiveLesson® is an interactive teaching tool in which teachers use to enhance instruction and communicate with students. LiveLesson® uses Acrobat Connect, a web-based communication system purchased by Connections for online synchronous and recorded sessions. Students sign into the teacher’s LiveLesson® classroom and participate via chat to ask questions, type responses and interact with the teacher and students in the virtual classroom. Teachers prepare and share PowerPoint presentations and take advantage of whiteboard tools, Q&A, and poll questions to highlight specific concepts in the lesson. The teacher can also use breakout rooms and group the students for class discussions.
What curriculum is provided?
Connections Academy provides comprehensive lesson plans online and in print, along with a number of exciting elective courses. The proven curriculum incorporates materials developed by leading educational institutions, as well as lessons and other resources developed by curriculum specialists. The curriculum for each public school is aligned to the state standards.
What types of training and support are in place for teachers?
At the time of hire, new teachers take extensive training to learn all aspects of the technology tools and duties of their job. In addition, each school has developed their own mentor program in which new teachers are assigned a mentor for their first year.
Schools also have implemented Professional Learning Communities which provide ongoing professional development opportunities and support. For on-going support, Pearson Online & Blended Learning offers a variety of support services including a School Support Team and Help Desk to assist with training and professional development, resolution of technology challenges, distribution of curriculum materials, and various other support functions.
If there isn’t a school in my state, can I still teach for Connections?
Typically, Connections Academy employs teachers in a state in which there is a school. Even if a teacher is home-based, he/she still reports to the office for training and/or meetings either on a regular or ad hoc basis. Teachers are also required to be certified in the state in which they are teaching.
OBL Student Services hires teachers from all across the country. Teachers with OBL Student Services do not have to live in a specific state, but must be certified in specific states based on the job posting.
Do teachers work year round?
Connections Academy teachers work a 10-month work schedule. The first and last teacher work day varies by school. Typically, schools follow a similar calendar as that of the local school districts. Teachers work 195 duty days.
OBL Student Services teachers and Speech Language Pathologists (SLP) work a 10-month work schedule. Teachers and SLPs start in early August and end in mid-June. Teachers and SLPs work 195 duty days.
Teachers have opportunities to work over the summer, be it support for their own school or teaching summer school courses.
Are there part-time opportunities for teachers?
Based on the needs of the school, Connections may hire teachers to teach part-time. Adjunct teachers are part-time and home-based. Adjunct teachers are hired to teach particular courses, typically in elective areas. Adjunct teachers must hold a valid certification in the subject area which they are teaching. Adjunct teachers have a flexible work schedule that allows them to hold another position in addition to serving as an Adjunct with Connections. Adjunct teachers receive two types of compensation:
- Base compensation: Base compensation is paid semi-monthly over 12 months and will increase based on years of service and performance.
- Adjunct compensation: Adjunct compensation is paid monthly over 10 months and is based on the number of students enrolled in the teacher’s courses. Each course has been assigned a per student rate.
What is the application process?
To start the application process, click on "View Openings" on the left-side of the webpage. Use the search feature to find the position that interests you. Click on the job title of the position to view the full job description. Click Apply Online at the bottom of the job description.
If you have not previously created an account, you will first be prompted to create a profile account. Immediately following the creation of your account, the application assessment questions will begin.
If you have an account, you will be prompted to enter your email address and password on the log in screen. This will take you directly to the assessment questions.
Once you have completed the assessment questions, your application will be sent directly to the Talent Acquisition Team for review with the Hiring Manager. If you are selected for an interview, you will be contacted. You can log in to your account to view the status of all submitted applications.
How do I search for a posting?
To search for a specific job, click "View Openings" on the left-side of the webpage and then click the "Search Open Jobs" link on the left hand side of the page. You may enter as much or as little search criteria as necessary to define your search. If you leave all fields blank and change the value of the "Records Per Page" drop-down field to ‘50’, this search will display up to 50 open jobs per page.
How do I access my password for my candidate profile account?
If you receive a "Login Failed" message and you have previously created an account in the system, click on the link in the sentence that appears below the "Log In" button: "Can’t remember your password? Click here." You can enter your e-mail address and then click the button that says "E-mail My Password" to have your password sent to the e-mail address you provided when you created your account. The email will come from firstname.lastname@example.org; the subject line will read, "Your Account Details." Please be sure to check your spam or junk folder inbox.
If I want to be considered for multiple positions, do I need to apply for each?
Yes! Most of our positions have different Hiring Managers; therefore, you must apply to EACH position in which you are interested. Once you have created an account, you can use your log-in information to apply to as many positions as you like. Simply review the job description and click the Apply Online link. If prompted, log in using the e-mail address and password you specified when you created your account. Be sure to click through to the end as some applications may require additional information that had not previously been required. Complete the application as thoroughly as possible to prevent any delays in processing.
What do I do if no positions are posted at this time?
If you do not see a position that interests you, please check back to our website frequently as we are always posting new positions. Always feel free contact us at email@example.com about your interests and future opportunities.
What is the application review process?
Candidates must complete an online application through the job posting. In order to be considered for multiple positions, please submit a separate application for each position. The Talent Acquisition Team and Hiring Manager for each position is responsible for reviewing applications. Candidates that are selected for an interview will be contacted directly. Interviews may take place by phone or through a digital platform with HireVue®. Each Hiring Manager may have a different timeline for filling the opening. They are consistently reviewing applications as quickly as possible. All openings will remain posted until the position is filled.
I received a digital interview invitation. What is this?
This is a self-recorded digital interview, brought to you by HireVue®, that will allow you to give us insight into who you are beyond what is on paper. The interview is a webcam experience where you’ll have an opportunity to answer several questions so we can get to know you better. It will also give you a realistic preview of what it might be like to work here as we heavily rely on technology and communication in a virtual environment. This technology also allows you, as the candidate, to complete this stage of the interview process on your own time with what works best with your schedule.
How can I check the status of my application?
Click "View Openings" on the left-side of the webpage. Click the View Submitted Applications tab to the left of the webpage. Log in to your account using your email address and password. The list will display all applications which you have submitted. Unfortunately, the system does not yet allow for the candidate to see which of these positions are filled or open. We hope to add this feature soon.
How can I delete an attachment to my profile?
At this time, candidates must email the talent team at firstname.lastname@example.org to request to delete an attachment. Please include the title of the document that you would like deleted.
When creating an account, I received the error message, "A duplicate record is found."
This message means that you have previously created an account. You have two options:
A. Please follow the steps in the third FAQ to retrieve your account password.
B. Create a new account using a different email address. Please note that you will then have two accounts.
How can I update my profile information (i.e. contact info, resume, etc.)?
Candidates can edit or update their profile information by clicking "View openings" on the left-side of the webpage. Click the Edit Your Profile tab to the left of the webpage. Log in to your account using your email address and password. Make edits to your account information and save your change.
I only see ten openings. How do I navigate through all available jobs?
The default view of the "Browse Open Jobs" page defaults to show ten openings . To see more available jobs, use the First, Previous, Next and Last navigation arrows just below the last listing on the page. These will take you through the complete list of active positions.
You may also use the Search Open Jobs feature to narrow your search. Please see Question 2.
How will I know if my application has been submitted?
When your application is submitted, you will receive a confirmation email with the subject line "Thank You". Please note: you may still receive this automatic email notification if your internet connection was interrupted or if you closed the webpage for any reason during the application process.
How long until I hear if I am selected for an interview?
Each Hiring Manager may have a different timeline for filling the opening. The Talent Acquisition Team is consistently reviewing applications as quickly as possible. All openings will remain posted until the position is filled. Candidates will be contacted directly if selected for an interview.
I am receiving an error message when filling out the account profile information. What can I do?
The system does not support special characters (i.e. $, %, *). If you receive the "Validation error" message, this is most likely the reason. Please review your information to be sure a special character was not used in any of the fields or in the resume area.
Can I edit a submitted application?
No, you cannot edit an already submitted application. If you want to make any kind of changes to a position you have applied for, please return to the job posting and resubmit your application from the beginning. This will also apply if your internet connection was interrupted during the application process.
What does the status of my application mean?
Not Reviewed — the default status
Reviewed — The Talent Acquisition Team and Hiring Manager have reviewed your application and will contact you if considered for an interview
Being Reviewed — under consideration
Phone Interviewed — a phone interview is being conducted
Digital Interview Requested — a digital interview request, through HireVue®, has been requested to be sent to the candidate
Digital Interview Complete — a digital interview has been emailed to the candidate through HireVue®
Second Round Interview — an second round interview was/will be conducted
Hired — candidate is hired for the position
The status of my application has never changed from Not Reviewed. Will my application ever be reviewed?
The Talent Acquisition Team regularly reviews candidates and you may be considered for future opportunities.