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Vol 1, no 1                                   October 9, 2001

Welcome to the first issue of Shortcuts, providing information and links
on current education issues, published by executive shortcuts for
international educators. This free email newsletter is written by
education and information professionals, and is available to anyone in
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Jennifer Henley and Anne Pönisch
(c) 2001 executive shortcuts

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                             IN THIS ISSUE
                 Posttraumatic Stress Syndrome
                 Helping kids cope with trauma
                 The Real Cost of Recruitment
                  with FREE publication link
                 About the Publisher - Executive Shortcuts
                 Education Journals on the Internet


   Posttraumatic Stress Syndrome – helping kids cope with trauma

Over the past traumatic few weeks international schools will have been
extremely concerned for the emotional welfare of their students.
Students (and the whole school community) will be feeling vulnerable and
anxious for the future. Many in the community will know of someone
directly involved in the horrendous acts of terrorism that took place
in New York and Washington DC.

Although schools are already dealing with the situation Shortcuts is
highlighting a number of websites that schools may find useful for
additional resources.
This site is managed by the New York University Child Study Center. It
contains a wealth of information on helping kids cope with the attack
including: About Posttraumatic Stress Disorder; Preventing Bias and Hate
in Children; and Talking to Children about Terrorism and Acts of War.
There are two excellent manuals that can be downloaded in PDF format,
one for Administrators and Mental Health Professionals and the other for
Parents and Teacher, both called 'Helping children and teenagers cope
with traumatic events and death'.

The Child Study Center is collecting children and teenager's art created
in response to the attacks on September 11. Not just from kids living
in NYC but from those further afield. The aim is to educate the public
about the crisis and how children have been affected so that the voices
of children are heard. Children often express their deepest thoughts and
feelings through art. Drawing and painting about the tragedy is a safe
way to share their anxieties.

Pieces can be sent via
and once collected the work will be published firstly in a book and then
displayed in an exhibition on the first anniversary of the attacks in

The National Center for PTSD (Posttraumatic Stress Disorder) has
produced a comprehensive fact sheet, Terrorism and Children
Topics covered are: How do children respond to trauma?; How to talk to
your child; What can parents do?; How many children develop PTSD; and
When professional help should be sought.

Also, Ask ERIC, has compiled a list of resources
for educators and parents to help students cope with the tragedy.

The National Association of Elementary School Principals, NAESP, has
tips for parents and teachers on helping children cope with the events
of September 11.

Connect for Kids has compiled a list of resources for parents and
teachers. The
links cover the following topics: Helping Kids Cope with Trauma; Helping
Adults Cope with Trauma; Anti-Discrimination Resources; and Lesson Plans
for Teachers.

The US Department for Education has links to additional information and

Jennifer Henley
Jennifer is a qualified Information Scientist and a teacher who was the
Executive Officer for Information & Resources with ECIS. She was the
Founding Editor of the highly successful 'is' magazine and
compiler/editor of the ECIS Current Information Service. Her Masters
Degree thesis was on The Information Needs of Teachers. She can be
contacted by email:

executive shortcuts for international educators brings to the international
schools community a quality, client-driven recruitment and consulting
service that adds real value.

executive shortcuts will:
   conduct administrator searches especially at the middle management
   manage all or part of your recruitment process
   undertake educational research for in-service training and
    professional development
   assist with document preparation such as policy manuals
   act as an intermediary/agent for schools requiring representation in
    the UK

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                 Recruitment is an expensive business

Recruitment is more expensive than you think. Schools plan for the up
front cost of hiring new teachers - registration fees for recruitment
centres, air fares, hotels, per diems, adverts and placement fees. Each
year the school budget includes a substantial amount for recruitment

What about the hidden costs? Does your school budget include the time
of the school head and for clerical support? Recruitment costs are
frequently underestimated and schools do not always budget for the many
cost-bearing aspects of the whole process. Many vacancies can be planned
and budgeted for but provision needs to be made for the unexpected ones.

That carefully planned budget may not stretch to cover the unexpected
extra costs of hiring teachers at short notice. The vacancies may well
occur outside the usual recruiting 'season' or at a time of year when
most teachers have already signed contracts for the following year and
few experienced staff are available. This is when recruitment can become
a stressful, costly and time-consuming task. How many schools factor in
the time of the school head, not just in hours spent on recruitment but
on the cost of their absence from school travelling to interviews and
recruitment centres?

In planning for recruitment needs, it is important to consider all the
costs in terms of time, money and personnel. One way of reducing the
hidden costs is to outsource all or part of the hiring process. By using
an external agency the school head will be freed of the mundane
recruitment tasks and be better able to focus on the daily needs of the

The external agency will handle the clerical and administrative tasks
and the reference checking; the school head will then be able to
concentrate solely on choosing the best candidate for the job from the
short list provided.
Recruitment is an expensive business, not only in financial terms but
also in terms of time and manpower. Outsourcing the process can bring
value for money once the hidden costs are taken into consideration.

Anne Pönisch
(c) October, 2001

FREE publication
Have you got a recruitment framework? Go to to download a PDF
document that could help you save time and money.

Anne is an experienced recruiter. She was Director of Bavarian
International School and a senior administrator in Atlanta, Berne, and
Vienna. She has attended recruitment centres and hired teachers through
agencies and advertising. This experience enables Anne to understand
fully the needs of recruiters and the kind of service they require.

                    Education journals on the Internet

Before the advent of the World Wide Web it was difficult for international
educators to be kept informed about current education information.
Located in far-flung places it could take weeks for education journals
to reach schools, if schools could afford the subscriptions. Now
educators can browse the Internet for the key article needed for ongoing
professional development or in-service training.

Listed here are sites that will provide access to not only journals but
also books, reports and other education documents. Please note that the
addresses were valid at the time of writing.

The Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC) is an information
system sponsored by the US Department of Education, Office of Educational
Research and Improvement, and the National Library of Education. ERIC
is the definitive source for journal articles, digests, books and other
education-related documents. ERIC microfilms the full text of all
non-copyrighted documents that it processes and makes them available via
the ERIC Document Reproduction Service (EDRS). EDRS now also provides
the full text of documents electronically via their e-subscribe service.

Searching the ERIC database is easier if the correct keywords or
descriptors are used. The Thesaurus of ERIC Descriptors is available
on-line This site is an excellent way of finding
out how to refine a search in order to get the precise information you

There are also the Australian Education Index (AEI)and British Education
Index (BEI)compiled on DIALOG OnDisc® International ERIC. Each national
database is presented independently, with its own thesaurus.
An index of education journals that are available partially or in their
entirety, online is located at:
The index is compiled by the Scottish Council for Research in Education.

GEM - Gateway to Educational Materials
Although this site is not concerned with education journals it is a useful
portal to Internet-based lesson plans, curriculum units and other
educational materials. Each listing is catalogued as in a library: there
is a short description of the resource, including author, title and
location and a link to connect to the web page for that resource. GEM
is the initiative of the US Department of Education.

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