October 21, 2019
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
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
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
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
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
Learn the definition of an LSSP intern, the benefits of hiring one, and more in this Q&A.
tagged: Hiring, Recruiting
July 30, 2019
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
The redesigned principal certification goes into effect this fall. Learn about it in this update.
tagged: Certification, HR, "Professional development", TEA, "Texas Education Agency"
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
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
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
Is there really a skills gap, or are employers' expectations unrealistic?
tagged: Employment, Generations, Hiring, Recruiting
April 15, 2019
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
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
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 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
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
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
Check out the different ways Texas districts are staffing their classrooms and fighting shortages.
tagged: Staffing, "Teacher certification"
November 13, 2018
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
May 08, 2018
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.
April 27, 2018
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
A recent report from WalletHub, a personal finance website, found that Texas is the place to look for those seeking employment.
tagged: Employment, Recruiting
What are some of the TEA grants aiding districts in their recruitment of teachers and principals?
October 18, 2017
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
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
Learn about the causes of teacher shortages today and some of the staffing challenges districts are facing.
tagged: Recruiting, Staffing
August 23, 2017
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
CoachesConnect is a brand new web community for teachers, coaches, and administrators to network and find employment.
June 07, 2017
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
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
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
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
The second half of this two-part story explores different practices from various districts on how they map out their teacher career pathways.
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
Career pathways provide opportunities for professionals with advanced skills and abilities to do more—and earn more—by taking on more complex work assignments.
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.
September 05, 2016
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.
April 22, 2016
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
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"
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?