Recruiting and 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 qualifiy an instructor. 

tagged: Certification, "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

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 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 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"

Revisit Your Reference-Checking Procedures Before Peak Hiring Season

It’s almost time for school HR departments to start the hiring cycle for next year. Is your reference-checking process up to the task?

tagged: Employment