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Data & Tech, Human Resources, Teacher Hiring, Uncategorized
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When Hiring Teachers, Do You Really Know What You’re Getting?

By: Alyssa Mattero, Partnerships Manager

How Strategic Hiring Can Help Schools Identify High-Quality, Best-Fit Teachers

 

Hiring TeachersHiring managers understand that every new hire has the potential to impact employee relationships, morale and the work culture that organizations work hard to cultivate. In school districts, new teacher hires have the additional propensity to positively impact student achievement. It’s important that school districts make the most thoughtful and strategic decisions possible when hiring teachers to ensure that new hires impact students and the district in a positive way.

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Data & Tech, Human Resources, Teacher Hiring, Uncategorized
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Top 5 Teacher Research Findings of 2015

Teacher ResearchBy: Alyssa Mattero, Partnerships Manager

From teacher effectiveness to professional development and student outcomes, ongoing teacher research provides educational leaders with invaluable insight into trends, challenges and important developments in K-12 education. We’ve complied a list of the 5 most important teacher research findings so far from 2015.

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Data & Tech, Teacher Hiring, Uncategorized
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TeacherMatch EPI and Quest

By: Alyssa Mattero, Partnerships Manager

TeacherMatch EPIIt’s no secret that landing a teaching job can be a challenge. Did you know that a recent study found that, on average, 118 people apply to any given position? Furthermore, only 20 percent of applicants receive an interview. Fortunately, there are resources that can help make your teacher job search more efficient and effective.

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Absence Management, Uncategorized
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Strengthen Your Substitute Teacher Pool

Substitute Teacher ManagementBy: Alyssa Mattero, Partnerships Manager

When school districts experience an increase in teacher absences or turnover, they often have to rely on the best available rather than the best-fit substitute teachers. Strengthening your substitute pool allows you to prepare for periods of high absenteeism and efficiently fill every classroom with a high-quality substitute teacher.

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Professional Development, Teacher Effectiveness, Uncategorized
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7 Steps for Powerful Teacher Professional Development

Professional Development for TeachersBy: Alyssa Mattero, Partnerships Manager

Professional learning is the most important investment school districts can make to help retain teachers, improve instructional skills, foster professional growth, and advance student achievement. While PD is often required and well funded, there is evidence that teachers often find little worth in the offerings available to them. Therefore the most useful PD should be strategically structured for value to the teacher and efficiency in the classroom – with the ultimate goal of positively impacting student growth.

Here are seven steps a district can follow to provide high-quality, powerful PD:

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Absence Management, Human Resources, Uncategorized
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Substitute Policies and How They May Impact Student Achievement

substitute teacher requirementsBy: Alyssa Mattero, Partnerships Manager

Every school day provides an opportunity for academic growth when a highly qualified educator is in the classroom. When full-time teachers are absent, schools face the challenge of quickly securing quality substitute teachers. Throughout their K-12 academic career, students spend the equivalent of one school year with substitute teachers.

To ensure that students continue to grow academically during their time with substitute teachers, districts need to consider their substitute polices and requirements, and determine how those policies may impact the quality of their substitute teachers and their ability to be effective in the classroom.

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Professional Development, Teacher Effectiveness, Uncategorized
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The Importance of Research-Based, Individual Professional Development Plans for Teachers

importance of PD for teachersBy: Alyssa Mattero, Partnerships Manager

A recent TNTP study of 10,000 teachers found that professional development is largely ineffective. The study reports that “School systems are failing to help teachers understand how to improve—or even that they have room to improve at all.”

There continues to be a troubling disconnect between the cost and the value of these programs. $18 billion is spent on PD programs across the country each year, yet many districts still find it challenging to ensure that their educators are getting the most value out of their PD offerings. “What teachers need to improve their craft is rarely what they receive from professional development,” writes Yvette Jackson, former Director of Professional Development in New York City schools.

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Professional Development, Teacher Effectiveness, Uncategorized
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Bridging the Digital Divide in Education Through Professional Development

By: Alyssa Mattero, Partnerships Manager

 

bridging the digital divideWith the rise of digital learning, it’s becoming increasingly important that teachers understand how to properly utilize technology in the classroom. Currently, there’s a gap in digital experience and knowledge between teachers and students. According to information from PLATO Learning, only one-third of teachers report that they feel prepared to use computers for classroom instruction, and 77 percent report spending 32 or fewer hours on technology-related professional development activities. On the flipside, children are being exposed to media and technology earlier than ever. A Common Sense Media Report found that 38 percent of kids under age two have used tablets or smartphones.

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Data & Tech, Human Resources, Teacher Hiring, Uncategorized
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Digitalizing More of Your Teacher Application Process

teacher hiringBy: Alyssa Mattero, Partnerships Manager

Many schools have taken the first step toward digitalization through online job postings and application submissions. However, there are additional initiatives schools can take to digitalize the application process, which can improve the efficiency of hiring procedures and create a more positive applicant experience.

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Data & Tech, Professional Development, Teacher Effectiveness, Uncategorized
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What Does Effective Professional Development for Teachers Look Like?

By: Alyssa Mattero, Partnerships Manager

Effective Professional Development for TeachersMost school administrators know they need to offer PD programs for compliance with mandated policies and guidelines. Compliance requirements aside, the most compelling purpose of professional learning is to increase teacher effectiveness and ensure that there’s a high-quality educator in every classroom. Professional development is more than a fulfillment obligation or a line item in a budget; it’s a pathway to success for individual educators and ultimately, their students.

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