I just looked at our blog dashboard. Incredible. While TeachBreakthroughs.org has been hovering around 1,300 views per days for the past few weeks, on Sunday we spiked to 2,972 and today at midday we’re up to 1,637. This is both great and frustrating news. It’s great because we’re able to ensure that our excellent candidates are going to be able to complete their applications by the end of the 5:oopm PST deadline. At the same time, it’s frustrating (probably more so for you than me) because it’s slowing down our log-in system. Let me explain:
Those of you who applied in 2009 recall that 1 year ago exactly there was such incredible traffic on our log in box that it automatically shut down for a few hours. Our log-in box is our portal into our teacher database. It can be used by multiple users at the same time, but there is a limit. When many, many people are trying to log-in at the same time it can take a couple of attempts to successfully log in. Thank you for your patience in this.
Two other minor updates:
- Field Validation: In order to utilize data tracking best practices we require you to fill in all the fields on the application. More than that, we require certain types of information in some particular fields (e.g. we require zip codes to be in a 5-character format). If you do not put the correct type of information in a given field you will not be able to submit your application.
- eRec form: The eRecommendation form does not need to be completed by March 1. It needs to be completed when the Site Director asks you to provide one. This date will be premised on your individual communication with each Site Director.