Teachers are the key
Student experience and learning
Research has shown again and again that the single most important element in student success is effective teachers. Additional research has identified behavior themes that are common to effective teachers.
See: Impact of Teacher Effectiveness on Student Achievement
See: Behavior Characteristics of Effective Teachers
Positive and effective school culture
Teachers are the backbone of a school so it follows that a culture of excellence and supporting excellence in teaching is driven by the teaching staff in collaboration with administration. Positive and effective culture depends on quality teachers and effective leadership.
Problems with traditional hiring approaches
The “traditional” approach to hiring can take any number of forms but generally includes ideas like
- Hiring people you know
- Hiring referrals
- Extensive interviewing
Unfortunately, in most cases, these are very subjective processes and tend to focus on selecting for reasons that are not tuned to finding the BEST teacher candidates regardless of where they come from.
What most leaders don’t know, yet should know, is what happens in the traditional hiring process. Continue reading