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September 21, 2012

What Should Districts Know About the Americans with Disabilities Act?

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. B...

August 01, 2012

Use of Credit Checks Scrutinized in Employee Selection

A hot topic of debate (yes, debate) at my office, and within Human Resources departments across the country, is what tools and practices should and shouldn't be used in the selection process. For example, is GPA a good or bad indicator of someone's future potential? Credit checks are also a measure...

June 22, 2012

Promote Internally or Hire Externally?

Business leaders, school districts, and HR professionals have long debated whether it is better to promote internally or hire externally. Some districts I have worked with will only promote current teachers to fill a vacant principal position, while others regularly look to hire candidates from outs...

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 27, 2012

Resume 101

Last week, I had an interesting conversation with my coworkers about reviewing résumés that were excellent, poorly-written, and even inappropriate, and how important a résumé can be in making a good first impression with an employer. This inspired me to share some lessons for creating and mainta...

April 07, 2012

Focusing On The Customer Experience - In Hiring

Naima Khandaker, Battelle for Kids Human Capital Specialist, contributed to this post. Naima is a former teacher and current education policy nerd who believes that one day soon, education will be great for all kids. The ultimate goal of hiring is to bring to an organization or position high perf...

March 28, 2012

Monetary Vs. Non-monetary Rewards: Which Are More Attractive?

More and more districts are asking me about non-monetary awards. Why? There's a growing belief that not only would many educators prefer rewards other than cash, but that non-monetary awards are actually "free" or "cheaper" in comparison to bonuses. What are the differences between the two types o...

February 25, 2012

Six Things to Remember in Your Job Search

I recently had a friend come to me for help finding a job. As an HR person, I frequently get this question from friends, friends of friends, past classmates on LinkedIn, people on Twitter, and others. I am always honored when people ask for help. We all know that there are many workers looking for j...

February 09, 2012

Staffing: What It Is and Isn't!

The words recruiting, sourcing, selection, hiring, screening, posting, and staffing are often used interchangeably, but they all have different meanings and represent different parts of the larger staffing process. Even I say staffing at times when I really mean hiring. So what do these terms mean, ...

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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