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Today, the U.S. Department of Education announced the recipients of round four of the Teacher Incentive Fund. The TIF 4 competition has two components: the General TIF Competition and the TIF Competition with a Focus on STEM. The districts and states that secured awards include: General TIF Competition• Maricopa County Education Service Agency (AZ) - Total (5-year) Project Cost: $57,876,323 • Alliance College-Ready Public Schools (CA) - Total (5-year) Project Cost: $8,951,090 • Aspire Public Schools (CA) - Total (5-year) Project Cost: $27,851,000 • Green Dot Public Schools (CA) - Total (5-year) Project Cost:...


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-education focused organization, providing resources, networking, and professional development opportunities. There are more than 1,600 AASPA members across the world. Last year I attended the conference in Reno, Nevada, and as a Talent Manager and HR Professional in education, it was one of the most useful experiences I have had! Hundreds of HR professionals from districts and state ...


Most Americans have heard about the Americans with Disabilities Act and the importance of being ADA compliant. But, what does that mean for employees and organizations, and how does the law impact school districts? Following is information about the ADA that all K-12 talent managers should know. Brief History In 1990, Congress passed and President George H. W. Bush signed into law the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The purpose? To "provide a clear and comprehensive national mandate for the elimination of discrimination against individuals with disabilities." The ADA covers local and state governments as well as employers with more ...


Stakeholder engagement, accountability, transparency, trust, alignment, sustainability, and ongoing communications are all critical to building a strategic human capital system that transcends the transactional existence of many district HR departments. This transformation is essential to creating an environment that promotes the improvement of all processes and employees and provides the best opportunity for students to succeed in college and career. Do you know an organization, HR leader, or talent manager who has successfully implemented a project, program, or process around: • Sourcing; • Recruiting; • Selection; • HR or personnel branding; • Onboarding; • Evaluation; • Professional or personal development; • Organizational development;...


The Chippewa County Department of Human Services (CCDHS) in Wisconsin works like most other government human services groups, providing child protection services, foster and respite care, elder abuse care, and more. However, they recently launched an innovative plan to gather customer feedback and use the data they collect to support improvement. From September 1-15, CCDHS is asking residents of the county to complete a short survey about the department's strengths and weaknesses as well as what services they need from the human services group. This is the first time the county has conducted such a survey. Pauline Spiegel, consumer service ...


According to a recent American Psychological Association (APA) Workforce Retention Survey of more than 1,200 Americans with full-time and part-time jobs, "despite uncertainty in the job market, the top reasons working Americans say they stay with their current employers are work-life fit and enjoying what they do." Specifically: • 59 percent of respondents noted that they remain with their current employer because of the pay; • 60 percent of participants said that they stay in their job due to benefits; • 67 percent of people believe their jobs fit well with the other aspects of their lives; • 67 percent of those...


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