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November 06, 2012

Succession Planning 101

"By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail." --Benjamin Franklin About a month ago, I had an interesting conversation with a chief human resource professional about succession planning. Her school district had seen a great deal of change in senior level staff members for a variety of reason...

September 22, 2012

AASPA Conference Opportunity to Learn, Network with K-12 Talent Managers

I have been invited to lead or participate in presentations around selection, strategic compensation, and performance management at the American Association of School Personnel Administrators (AASPA) 74th Annual Conference in Chicago, Illinois October 31 through November 3. AASPA is the only HR-educ...

May 31, 2012

Talent Managers Play Key Role in Common Core Implementation

Melanie Wightman, a School Improvement Specialist at Battelle for Kids, contributed to this post. Melanie works with teachers and principals to understand connections between fostering student growth and implementing the Common Core State Standards. Melanie has been in education since 1975 and belie...

April 15, 2012

Using Value-Added for Improvement, Not Shame

Jim Mahoney, Executive Director of Battelle for Kids, a not-for-profit organization in Columbus, Ohio that works with states and school districts across the country to improve educator effectiveness and accelerate student growth contributed to this post. There is a cartoon that often circulates in...

February 05, 2012

Human Resources Certifications - Does This Make Sense for Talent Managers in Education?

Last October, I presented at the American Association of School Personnel Administrators (AASPA) conference in Reno, Nevada. After my session concluded, several participants approached me with questions, one of which caught me by surprise. When I was working on my Masters in Labor and Human Resour...

January 06, 2012

Teacher Evaluations & MET Project Findings

Today, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation released, "Gathering Feedback for Teaching: Combining High-Quality Observations with Student Survey and Achievement Gains," which summarizes the most recent findings from the Measures of Effective Teaching (MET) project. MET, funded by Gates Foundation, is ...

December 30, 2011

December 2011 - A Busy Month on Teacher Prep

While I've said this in previous posts, anyone at any level can be a manager of talent. We know that superintendents, HR directors, principals, and mentors are all talent managers in education. But, so are professional association representatives, education reform groups, public officials, and educa...

December 21, 2011

8 Tips to Ensure Great Onboarding

Here's a short and simple question: Does your school district have a program to onboard new employees? I frequently ask this question to groups of educators, and more often than not, I get a puzzled look in return. Then, our conversation generally goes as follows: Me: "When a new teacher or othe...

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