Recruiting and Hiring

August 30, 2021

Certification Resources for School Administrators

To support Texas school districts in their quest to find certified and qualified teachers, HR Services is pleased to announce the addition of a Certification section to the HR Library (myTASB login required).

tagged: Certification, Hiring, HR, "Teacher certification"

July 26, 2021

Fraudulent Job Postings

Recently, fraudulent job postings are being discovered and reported on various job posting sites (e.g., Indeed, ZipRecruiter, CareerBuilder, LinkedIn).

tagged: Hiring, Recruiting, "Retire rehire"

July 22, 2021

TEA Releases Contractor Fingerprinting Guidance

An explanation on how school contractor criminal history background checks will be managed going forward has been released by the Texas Education Agency (TEA).

tagged: "Criminal history", Hiring, "Independent contractor"

June 30, 2021

TEA Updates Certification Webpages

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has made updates to the Out-of-State Certified Educators and the School District Personnel Certification Information webpages.

tagged: Certification, HR, Staffing

June 14, 2021

Best Practices for Posting Vacancies

During the thick of hiring season, school districts often have questions about posting job vacancies.

tagged: "Employee performance", Hiring, Retention, "Teacher onboarding"

June 10, 2021

Counseling in Texas Public Schools

School systems have multiple staffing options to meet the social emotional needs of students and support the work of school counselors.

tagged: Certification, Employment, Hiring, "Teacher certification"

June 01, 2021

Mentors Matter

Approximately 40 percent of new teachers leave the profession within five years, but teachers with mentors are more likely to stay, according to a recent study.

tagged: "Employee performance", Retention, "Teacher onboarding", "Teacher training"

May 28, 2021

Special Education HOUSSE Options

The High Objective Uniform State Standard of Evaluation (HOUSSE) is a method used to determine a special education teacher’s subject matter competency.

tagged: Certification, Employment, Hiring, "Teacher certification"

May 26, 2021

License Requirements for School District Employees

Certain individuals employed by a Texas school district must hold licensing credentials from their state agency to perform services within their profession.

tagged: Certification, Employment, Hiring, "Teacher certification"

May 24, 2021

Educational Aide Certification

All educational aides employed in Texas school districts must be certified according to requirements established by the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC).

tagged: Certification, Employment, Hiring, Nonexempt

May 18, 2021

Hiring Student Workers for Summer

Employers considering employing students over the summer months should review what job functions minors are permitted and prohibited from performing.

tagged: "Department of Labor", DOL, Employment, "Employment law", "Fair Labor Standards Act", FLSA

May 17, 2021

Teacher Certification: Part 7—Substitute

School districts struggle each year to fill teacher vacancies, and unfortunately, often employ substitutes when they cannot secure certified teachers.

tagged: Certification, Employment, Hiring, "Teacher certification"

May 13, 2021

Teacher Retention

As we approach the end of the 2020–2021 school year, it’s important to consider the stressors of the COVID-19 pandemic and how they impact staff retention and teacher burnout.

tagged: COVID-19, Retention, "Teacher shortage"

May 10, 2021

Teacher Certification: Part 6—Exceptions and Waivers

Districts have two types of waivers available to hire an individual who doesn’t meet permit or certification criteria: the teacher certification waiver and the bilingual exception and English as a Second Language (ESL) waiver.

tagged: Certification, Employment, Hiring, "Teacher certification"

May 03, 2021

Teacher Certification: Part 5—Nonrenewable Permit

A nonrenewable permit (NRP) may be activated for an individual who has not completed appropriate educator assessment requirements specified in Title 19 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) §230.21.

tagged: Certification, Employment, Hiring, "Teacher certification"

April 26, 2021

Teacher Certification: Part 4—Temporary Classroom Assignment Permit

Part four of the teacher certification series focuses on the temporary classroom assignment permit (TCAP) used at the secondary level for a certified teacher assigned to teach one to four classes outside of their certification.

tagged: Certification, Employment, Hiring, "Teacher certification"

April 19, 2021

Teacher Certification: Part 3—Emergency Permits

An emergency permit may be used when a district cannot secure an appropriately certified and qualified individual to fill a vacant position or when an educator doesn’t have the appropriate credentials for the assignment.

tagged: Certification, Employment, Hiring, "Teacher certification"

April 15, 2021

LEADing with Intention

Quality succession planning is crucial to an organization’s success, and Hurst-Euless-Bedford (HEB) ISD is working hard to ensure the success of their district leaders through their leadership succession program.

tagged: Employment, HR, "Professional development", Staffing

April 12, 2021

Teacher Certification: Part 2—DOI Flexibility and School District Teaching Permits

The second part of the teacher certification series focuses on two nontraditional ways to hire uncertified individuals for teaching positions—a district’s District of Innovation (DOI) plan and a school district teaching permit (SDTP).

tagged: Certification, Employment, Hiring, "Teacher certification"

April 05, 2021

Teacher Certification: Part 1—Alternative Certification Programs

To help school districts meet the challenges of complying with certification rules, we are releasing a seven-part series on certification that provides a deep dive into routes to certify teachers.

tagged: Certification, Employment, Hiring, "Teacher certification"

March 23, 2021

Principals’ Impact on Student Learning

A new school leadership research review commissioned by the Wallace Foundation found school principals impact student learning more than previously believed, ranking second only to teachers.

tagged: Diversity, Hiring, "Professional development", Retention

March 22, 2021

Best Practices for Checking Pre-Employment References

As HR departments ramp up their spring hiring, it’s a good time to review reference-checking processes and remind hiring managers to follow established procedures.

tagged: Employment, Hiring

February 01, 2021

Sample Administrator Interview Questions

To ensure the selection of the most qualified administrator candidate, HR should provide for an effective interview process.

tagged: Diversity, Employment, Hiring, Retention

December 04, 2020

Upcoming Deadline for Teacher Certification Requirements

Teacher candidates seeking certification in certain fields must successfully complete the new science of reading exam beginning January 1, 2021.

tagged: Certification, Hiring, Recruiting, "Teacher certification"

November 20, 2020

A New Approach to First-Year Teacher Mentorship

Nearly one in 10 teachers quit the profession after their first year and nearly one in three quit before their sixth school year.

tagged: "Professional development", Retention, "Teacher onboarding", "Teacher training"

November 16, 2020

Employee Retention and COVID-19

Many have experienced the upheaval of their daily lives due to COVID-19, but steps can be taken to limit the effect of the pandemic on employees.

tagged: Hiring, Recruiting, Retention, Staffing

November 09, 2020

Money Pit: Teacher Turnover

Recruiting a teacher is not just about accomplishing the hire, but about making an investment that can yield dividends or become a money pit when the teacher decides to part ways.

tagged: Recruiting, "Teacher recruiting"

November 06, 2020

Requiring a High School Diploma or GED

Educational entities often require a high school diploma or General Educational Diploma (GED) for all positions, but the practice is not advisable.

tagged: Employment, Hiring, "Job descriptions"

November 04, 2020

Texas Teacher Supply: 2020 Update

The supply of newly certified teachers joining the profession dwindles.

tagged: Employment, "Teacher certification", "Teacher recruiting", "Teacher shortage"

November 02, 2020

Substitute Teacher Shortages

As schools are dealing with classroom quarantines, enhanced teacher shortages, and other unexpected effects of the pandemic, having a quality roster of trained substitutes is more important than ever.

tagged: COVID-19, Hiring, HR, "HR training"

October 26, 2020

Updates to PK–6 Certification Changes

The 86th Regular Session of the Texas Legislature made significant changes to address early elementary literacy by adding an additional requirement for the prekindergarten through grade six (PK–6) certification examination.

tagged: Certification, Hiring, Recruiting, "Teacher certification"

October 08, 2020

TEA Provides Certification Guidance

As the 2020–2021 school year gets underway, districts are still struggling to find certified teachers to fill vacancies.

tagged: Certification, Employment, Hiring, "Teacher certification"

September 11, 2020

Creditable Years of Service Reviewed

A sizeable increase in the state minimum salary schedule was triggered by the basic allotment increase in funding by House Bill (HB) 3 of the 86th Legislature.

tagged: Compensation, "Creditable service", Hiring, Salaries

September 02, 2020

Criminal History Reviews Simplified

Review of an applicant’s criminal history is a complex task and if not implemented accurately and consistently can be problematic.

tagged: "Criminal history", "Employment law", Hiring, "Texas Education Agency"

July 27, 2020

Interviewing for Inclusivity and Diversity

Educational entities seeking to battle systemic racism and improve equity within their own schools can do so by hiring educators and other staff who embrace diversity and strive for inclusive efforts to reach all students.

tagged: Diversity, Hiring, HR, Recruiting

July 14, 2020

Remote Teacher Selection

As the Texas Education Agency (TEA) rolls out instructional model options for next year, districts need to be prepared to make decisions about teacher assignments.

tagged: Hiring, HR, "Professional development", Recruiting

June 30, 2020

Planning Engaging Onboarding Experiences In-Person or Remotely

Providing effective onboarding experiences will help engage new hires, acclimate them more quickly to the district, and, in the long run, increase retention.

tagged: "Employee performance", Hiring, "Professional development", Retention

May 29, 2020

The Impact of Instructional Coaches

Years of research indicate teachers who receive instructional coaching improve their quality of instruction and make gains in student achievement.

tagged: "Employee performance", Hiring, "Job descriptions", "Professional development"

May 20, 2020

TEA Guidance on Pre-Employment Affidavit

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) recently provided guidance on the pre-employment affidavit of an applicant offered employment.

tagged: COVID-19, "Criminal history", Employment, "Epidemic Response"

May 13, 2020

Pre-Employment Affidavit during School Closure

While schools are currently closed related to safety measures surrounding COVID-19, there are still some business processes, such as hiring, that must continue. 

tagged: Employment, "Employment law", Hiring

February 24, 2020

TASB Talks: Supporting Teachers

HR Services’ Jennifer Barton speaks on the importance of supporting teachers including a fully developed orientation, professional development, and compensation.

tagged: Retention, "Teacher recruiting", "Teacher shortage"

February 13, 2020

The End of Master Teacher Certificates

House Bill 3 (HB 3) included a mandate that master teacher certificates will no longer be issued or renewed by the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) as of September 1, 2019.

tagged: Certification, "Districts of innovation", "Educator contracts", Hiring

January 31, 2020

USCIS Announces New Version of Form I-9

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has released a new version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, effective immediately.

tagged: Hiring, HR, "Personnel records"

January 15, 2020

Preparing Assistant Principals to be Successful Principals

As principal retention rates decline, district need to find ways to prepare new campus leaders and improve local retention rates.

tagged: Hiring, HR, "Professional development", Retention

October 21, 2019

Retirees and Alternative Hiring Arrangements

Districts tempted to hire a retiree through a third-party entity or as an independent contractor to avoid surcharges and annuity payment reductions should proceed with caution.

tagged: Hiring, HR, Rehire, "Retire rehire"

September 19, 2019

Update on School Contractor Background Checks

In late August, all current users for the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) secure site for ISDs received notice from DPS that effective September 1 DPS would no longer accept new requests from school contracting agencies for access to the DPS secure website because school contracting agencies would no longer have legislative authority to obtain Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) criminal history record information.

tagged: Hiring, HR, "Independent contractor"

September 05, 2019

More "No-Match" Notifications on the Way

SHRM reported the SSA is sending a second round of correction request notices, or “no-match letters,” this fall.

tagged: Employment, "Employment law", Hiring, Recruiting

September 03, 2019

HB 3 FAQ: Reporting Misconduct and the “Do Not Hire” Registry

The Texas Legislature continues to prioritize the safety and welfare of Texas students by refining reporting requirements for educator misconduct.

tagged: "Criminal history", Hiring, "Teacher resignations", Termination

August 19, 2019

New Accelerated Teaching Program Offered at Odessa College and UT Permian Basin

Odessa College and UT-Permian Basin have teamed up to offer a three-year accelerated teaching program to tackle teacher shortages. 

tagged: "Teacher certification", "Teacher recruiting", "Teacher shortage"

August 06, 2019

Defining the LSSP Intern Position

Learn the definition of an LSSP intern, the benefits of hiring one, and more in this Q&A.

tagged: Hiring, Recruiting

July 30, 2019

Effective Hiring Practices in Education

A recent report in the New Jersey Herald highlights the importance of having and following established hiring procedures to ensure practices support the organization’s core mission.

tagged: "Employee performance", Employment, Hiring

July 15, 2019

Principal Certification Deadline Approaches

The redesigned principal certification goes into effect this fall. Learn about it in this update.

tagged: Certification, HR, "Professional development", TEA, "Texas Education Agency"

July 15, 2019

Program Model Defines Bilingual and ESL Certification Requirements

Bilingual and ESL certifications continue to be state-level shortage areas, but some flexibility may be available based on the program model delivered by a school district. 

tagged: Certification, Hiring, Recruiting, Retention, "Teacher recruiting"

June 10, 2019

Strengthening the Teacher Pipeline: Educational Aide Exemption

With the EAE program, schools may have an untapped resource of potential teacher candidates among their currently employed educational aides in their district.   

tagged: "Teacher certification", "Teacher recruiting", "Teacher shortage", "Teacher training"

May 28, 2019

Changes to PK–6 Certification

Review the legislative changes addressing early elementary literacy, including a new requirement for the PK–6 certification examination.

tagged: Certification, "HR training", "Professional development", TEA, "Texas Education Agency"

April 16, 2019

Setting the Expectations for New Grads

Is there really a skills gap, or are employers' expectations unrealistic?

tagged: Employment, Generations, Hiring, Recruiting

April 15, 2019

The Impact of Strategic Hiring

There's a new report on researchers working to improve teacher hiring through a strategic approach to the application, screening, and interview process.

tagged: "Employee performance", Hiring, Retention

March 29, 2019

Teacher Shortage Worse than Expected

Taking into consideration indicators of teacher quality like experience, training, and certification, the teacher shortage we’ve been hearing about for years may be significantly worse than originally thought.

tagged: Recruiting, "Teacher recruiting", "Teacher shortage"

March 14, 2019

Creditable Experience for Paraprofessionals Transitioning to a Teaching Role

Many districts are offering or developing grow your own programs to address teacher shortages. One viable source of candidates is instruction aides.

tagged: TEA, "Teacher certification", "Texas Education Agency"

January 30, 2019

Probationary Periods for At-Will Employees

Probationary periods aren’t common in non-unionized settings and can be disadvantageous for school districts for a variety of reasons.

tagged: "Employee performance", "Employment law", Hiring

January 17, 2019

Teacher Certification Redesign on the Horizon

Learn about the TEA's plans to address teacher readiness and quality by establishing a new pathway to certification.

tagged: Certification, Hiring, "Teacher certification", "Teacher training"

January 16, 2019

Principal Certification Redesign

As the roles of principals continue to expand and evolve, the certification standards for the position have changed along with them. 

tagged: Certification, Hiring, "Professional development"

November 27, 2018

Teachers by Preparation Route

Check out the different ways Texas districts are staffing their classrooms and fighting shortages.

tagged: Staffing, "Teacher certification"

November 13, 2018

Explaining the Differences Between Orientation and Onboarding

Many organizations believe orientation and onboarding are the same, but they’re two different experiences for new employees.

tagged: Hiring, "Teacher onboarding"

October 25, 2018

Chalkbeat: Losing a Teacher Midyear Detrimental to Student Growth

In both math and English, students saw drops in learning as a result of a teacher change during the school year. 

tagged: "Teacher resignations"

October 23, 2018

How Rural Districts Are Creatively Recruiting Teachers

This deep dive into how districts are recruiting in rural areas includes interviews with superintendents, who reveal some of the astonishing challenges they face each recruiting cycle.

tagged: Recruiting, "Teacher recruiting"

October 01, 2018

Recruiting and Retaining Bilingual and ESL Teachers

Here's how districts are overcoming challenges in recruiting and retaining bilingual and ESL certified teachers.

tagged: "English as a Second Language", ESL, Recruiting, "Teacher recruiting"

September 10, 2018

7 Ways to Qualify an Uncertified Teacher

When districts are unable to recruit and hire a fully certified teacher, they must use other avenues to qualify an instructor.

tagged: Certification, Employment, Hiring, "Teacher certification"

June 26, 2018

Strategies for Hiring and Retaining K-12 Technology Staff

School districts can’t offer all the money and perks Google and Apple can, but what can districts do to recruit and retain talented technology staff?

tagged: Recruiting, Retention

May 22, 2018

Hiring Retired Teachers as Tutors

A district wants to hire a retired teacher to tutor students three days a week for a couple of hours. What pay and benefits requirements apply to this situation?

tagged: Recruiting, "Retire rehire", "Teacher retirement", "Teacher Retirement System"

May 09, 2018

Over-documentation and Form I-9

What should districts do if an employee presents multiple documents to establish identity and work authorization on the Form I-9? Find out in this brief Q&A.

tagged: Hiring

May 08, 2018

Best Practices for Verifying Social Security Data

Navigating the process of verifying Social Security numbers through the SSA can sometimes be confusing, but we have some tips that may ease some common concerns. 

tagged: Hiring

April 27, 2018

Education Jobs Among Fastest-Growing Careers in Texas

A report by Texas Career Check found jobs in the education industry will be plentiful over the next several years.

tagged: "Teacher recruiting", "Teacher shortage"

February 20, 2018

Texas Cities Ranked Among Best Places to Find a Job

A recent report from WalletHub, a personal finance website, found that Texas is the place to look for those seeking employment.

tagged: Employment, Recruiting

February 20, 2018

Recruiting and Preparing Teachers and Principals

What are some of the TEA grants aiding districts in their recruitment of teachers and principals?

tagged: Recruiting

October 18, 2017

4 Key Factors Impacting Teacher Retention

For HR administrators in Texas, it’s important to understand what’s behind the high turnover rates so you can better prevent teachers from leaving your district, or leaving the profession entirely. 

tagged: Compensation, Retention, "Teacher training"

October 04, 2017

Teacher Demographics and Diversity Challenges

Texas prides itself on being different from other states—after all, we’re the only state that was once a nation—but how different are our teachers and students from the rest of the United States?

tagged: Employment, Hiring, Recruiting, Staffing

September 20, 2017

The State of Staffing in School Districts

Learn about the causes of teacher shortages today and some of the staffing challenges districts are facing. 

tagged: Recruiting, Staffing

August 23, 2017

Recruiting and Retaining Top Tech Talent

It's tough to staff schools with quality tech employees, but there are some things a district can do to attract and retain elite tech talent. 

tagged: Recruiting, Staffing, "Teacher recruiting"

August 16, 2017

New Website Helps HR Find Certified Candidates

CoachesConnect is a brand new web community for teachers, coaches, and administrators to network and find employment.

tagged: Recruiting, "Teacher recruiting"

June 07, 2017

5 Steps to Improve Your Onboarding Process

The onboarding process is a pivotal time in the hiring of a new employee. If done properly, it helps employers reduce turnover and employees form better relationships and understand job expectations. 

tagged: Employment, Hiring, "HR training"

May 16, 2017

5 Facts About Today's Teacher Workforce

A new study of teacher demographics, backgrounds, experience, and work locations found that today’s workforce is larger, more diverse, and less experienced than ever. 

tagged: Employment, Staffing, "Teacher shortage"

May 03, 2017

Overcoming Obstacles in Recruiting Bilingual Teachers

We’ve come up with a list of things to do to help recruit and retain bilingual teachers and overcome some of the staffing challenges many districts face.

tagged: "English as a Second Language", ESL, Recruiting

April 06, 2017

UTeach Program Producing Quality STEM Teachers

Established 20 years ago by the University of Texas at Austin, UTeach is a program dedicated to producing more effective math and science teachers in high quantities.

tagged: "Teacher training"

January 18, 2017

Survey Finds 40 Percent of Global Employers Report Talent Shortages

A new study by ManpowerGroup discovered nearly half of all global employers are lacking in the talent department.

tagged: "Professional development", Recruiting

January 18, 2017

Building Teacher Career Pathways in Texas Schools, Part 2

The second half of this two-part story explores different practices from various districts on how they map out their teacher career pathways. 

tagged: Recruiting, "Teacher recruiting"

January 04, 2017

Building Teacher Career Pathways in Texas Schools, Part 1

Career pathways provide opportunities for professionals with advanced skills and abilities to do more—and earn more—by taking on more complex work assignments. 

tagged: Recruiting, "Teacher recruiting"

January 04, 2017

How to Overcome Recruiting Challenges in Rural Districts

Recruiting quality teachers is a challenge every district faces on an ongoing basis, but the difficulty in doing so is amplified for districts in rural areas of the state.

tagged: Recruiting, "Teacher recruiting"

September 05, 2016

Developing Effective Teacher Selection Committees

Amy Turner, principal of Copeland Elementary School (grades 2–5) in Huffman ISD uses a unique approach to develop teacher selection committees on her campus. Read about her process here. 

tagged: "Teacher training"

April 22, 2016

Texas Backgrounding System Satisfactory But Not Without Flaws

Texas uses a combination of backgrounding systems to screen teachers, but certain flaws leave room for improvement in preventing hires of out-of-state educators with criminal histories.

tagged: "Criminal history", TEA, "Texas Education Agency"

April 01, 2016

What's Behind the Substitute Shortage

Substitute teachers are in high demand, but what caused the shortage to begin with? We explore the multiple reasons districts are in need of subs now more than ever.

tagged: Hiring, Recruiting, "Teacher shortage"