Working Together to Improve Learning and Health October 10, Health and education affect individuals, society, and the economy and, therefore, must work together whenever possible. Schools are a perfect setting for this collaboration. Schools are one of the most efficient systems for reaching children and youth to provide health services and programs, as approximately 95 percent of all U.
Must work extraordinary hours for measly pay. Must shoulder great responsibility for student success. Must balance curricular requirements with individual student needs. Must follow orders lock-step but also initiate creative efforts. Summers off just kidding. Must remain emotionally detached but psychologically connected at the same time.
Must possess otherworldly sense of humor. Acting and dancing experience preferred. As principals, there is an enormous amount of pressure on us to staff our buildings with strong, effective, intelligent people. We feel the push to hire the best person and to simultaneously make the right fit and appease local political forces district offices, teachers associations, parent groups, neighborhood councils, the current teaching staffs, and so on.
Doing that is not as easy as one might think. Bob Marzano, author of What Works in Schools, says, "It is clear that effective teachers have a profound influence on student achievement" Great teaching makes a difference: Charlotte Danielson, author of Enhancing Professional Practice: A Framework for Teaching, tells us, "High-level learning by students requires high-level instruction by their teachers Mike Schmoker, author of Results Now: How We Can Achieve Unprecedented Improvements in Teaching and Learning, claims, "The single greatest determinant of learning is not socioeconomic factors or funding levels.
It is instruction First, we can train and maximize what our current teaching staff can do through effective use of coaching, professional development opportunities, differentiated supervision practices, and hot, caffeinated beverages.
Second, and this is the topic of the column du jour, we can hire great teachers. Hard as a coffin nail. Get the right people on the bus, and put them in the right seats Go find the great people, and encourage them to apply.
Talk to your colleagues about potential candidates. Get the word out that your fantastic school needs another fantastic team member. When the applications and resumes are in, go through them with a fine-toothed comb. If you need some fresh ideas, search for someone educated in another state.
If you need an infusion of spirit and attitude, check personal e-mail addresses: Dont just fall victim to the blas, mind-numbing page-turning exercises that are so enticing.
You will learn whether that meticulous resume was a carefully proofed facade or if the applicant can, indeed, string together a few words. Invite the key players in the position to participate in screening papers, describing desirable traits, and interviewing.
During the interview, elicit the information you really need. Keep in mind what soft skills qualities like work ethic, resourcefulness, personality and hard skills technical expertise, knowledge, experience you require in this position.
Craft and ask the questions that will elicit that information. When you have narrowed your field to a finalist or twodig into their closets and check out the skeletons. Call their references, even if they wrote glowing letters. Go back and re-read everything in the application folder -- check handwriting, spelling, grades in appropriate coursework, trends in work patterns, and test scores.
Pick up every bit of information you can.Always Strive to Be a Better You Teacher Selection Counts: Six Steps to Hiring. If there was a HELP WANTED sign on the principal's door, this might be how that sign would read.
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