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Monday, March 31, 2008

Education-Related Leads for Mon., Mar. 31, 2008

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Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

The Wonderful World of Vacation

In the last 24 hours, something amazing happened. Our spring break took a wild turn and has decided to drop us off at Disney World. Wow! I've wanted to go to Disney World all my life. I hope there's some pixie dust left on me somewhere...

Of course, you all realize that I will not be posting to this blog while I am on vacation. Mickey would never forgive me! I'm sure you will, though.

My last post this week will be on Friday, March 14. I plan on posting again on Monday, March 24.

Dreaming of my very own Mickey Mouse hat,

Education-Related Leads for Wed., Mar. 12, 2008

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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Monday, March 10, 2008

Freelancing for Pearson

I didn't find any education-related leads today. I did, however, receive a great lead from Liz on writing test items for Pearson:

I do have personal experience with this one that might be helpful to you. From the main page, you can choose different temporary scoring (on-site), scoring essays at home, SAT essay scoring, and test development.

Test Development

I applied for test development opportunities in February of 2007. I promptly heard nothing from them. The end web page was an automatic thank you, but no confirming email. Be sure to document your application if you keep track of such things.

October 2007 I received an email inviting me to write test items. There were emails and paperwork back and forth for a bit. Then I had to attend a workshop locally. The workshop was one weekday evening and a Saturday. There were maybe 30 people in the room to write items. The folks from Pearson trained us on how exactly they wanted these written, and then we spent most of Saturday working with a partner. No one was expected to finish their assignment within that time frame. We had another week or so to get it turned in. They paid us for attending the workshop and for each item we wrote. It was decent pay for the time I put in. I will say that the pay per item was twice what I'd been getting, however, they required so much more work than the lower paid items that I felt I earned every penny. The difference in item writing is for another post.

Since then, I've heard nothing more from them. I did re-enter my information in the database, but I'm fairly sure it's going to be a long wait.

Scoring Essays at Home

In the same February of the same 2007, I submitted my application for scoring essays at home. It was February 2008 before I heard anything. I received an invitation to score essays at home for a state test. They gave a three-week scoring window asking for a minimum of 20 hours per week (50 hours max). I had to take a computer inventory to see if my computer and internet access could play nice with the others. It can't. Okay, my computer can, but my internet access is questionable. Apparently Pearson's computers don't like working with wireless internet access. Today's automatic email from Pearson informed me that I can upgrade to a compatible form of internet access, and they will check my system again. I do have that option, so I will be sending in the upgrade email.

I thought you might like to know how long the wait was. If you do apply, don't get discouraged if you don't hear anything for a while. State writing tests happen in the spring and results need to be turned back in to the schools by the end of the school year. SAT tests happen all year long.

Friday, March 7, 2008

Immediate Gig - e-Learning

UPDATE: Please do not pursue this opportunity as it's posted here. Read the comment by Lisa for more information.

I received this by email today.

Hi...maybe you or someone on the list would be interested. My colleague is working with an e-learning company developing online courses for an undergraduate population. I had taken on the cost accounting course, but cannot complete it. It’s fairly straightforward...there is a template, an ID matrix with book references, books are provided...the company needs two topics completed per week...if you or someone else is interested, they need to immediately contact Lisa Weinberg at "PearlyWrites, LLC" (email address removed) to learn more about the project, send a resume that will be reviewed first by the company, then complete forms. Thanks much. Michele

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Education-Related Leads for Fri., Mar. 7, 2008

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Thursday, March 6, 2008

Education-Related Leads for Thu., Mar. 6, 2008

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Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Education-Related Leads for Tue., Mar. 4, 2008

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Monday, March 3, 2008

Six Things, Inc. Currently Accepting Resumes from Freelance Correlators

Six Things, Inc. provides correlations for educational publishing companies. They are approaching their busy time and are currently accepting resumes for freelance correlators. Six Things prefers correlators who are certified teachers, however textbook correlation experience may substitute.

Send your resume and cover letter to, or if you choose, you can also mail them to:

Six Things, Inc.
500 W. Main Street
Suite 210
Oklahoma City, OK 73102

Education-Related Leads for Mon., Mar. 3, 2008

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Saturday, March 1, 2008

New Resource for the Educational Markets

Evelyn Christensen has put together an excellent resource for educational writers. It's amazing! I plan on using it often. Please visit her at Educational Markets for Children's Writers. I've put a permanent link to it on the right of this page.

Thanks so much, Evelyn!