Human Capital Management

Talk Data to Me: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Recruiting and Hiring Practices

  The Frontline Research and Learning Institute recently surveyed district and school administrators regarding their organization’s past, present, and future focus of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I). We heard from 567 respondents representing 49 states and small and large public, private, and charter schools. 84.4% of respondents answered very important or important when asked to […]

Human Resources

Talk Data to Me: Absence Management During COVID-19

In the last installment of Talk Data to Me, we looked at how COVID-19 has significantly impacted K-12 hiring. Below, we will again leverage data from the Frontline Research & Learning Institute, this time to show how COVID-19 has impacted teacher absences. The K-12 community is faced with a difficult decision: continue remote learning in […]

Human Resources

Talk Data to Me: Did COVID Increase the Education Hiring Pool?

Just how is the pandemic impacting hiring in schools? In previous Talk Data to Me posts (here and here), we explored the effect COVID has had on the number of people applying for jobs in education. But what about who is applying? Has there been any change in, say, candidates’ experience levels? Data from the […]

Human Resources

5 Principles for Decision-Making Using K-12 Talent Data

  In recent years, districts and states have made great strides in both the implementation of K-12 data tracking systems and more strategic approaches to human capital management (HCM). The trick that remains is marrying the two: creating K-12 HCM systems that strategically leverage data to tell a sophisticated story and lead to smarter human […]

Human Resources

How Talent Data Can Lead to Better Decision-Making for K-12 Leaders

In 2018, a white paper titled “Balancing the Equation” proposed a vision for strategic human capital management (HCM) characterized by a holistic approach to building and maintaining a high-performing employee culture. It went on to say as part of this culture, leaders would make data-driven decisions aligned to their school system’s strategic objectives. Their teams […]

Human Capital Management

5 Best Practices for Managing the Entire Employee Experience

Education professionals come to work to make a difference – technology should support them in that mission, not get in the way.   Mitchell Welch, Principal Solutions Consultant at Frontline Education, and Sundie Dahlkamp, Executive Director of Human Resources at Pearland ISD, recently sat down to discuss how school districts can leverage technology to create […]

Human Resources

6 Ways to Weather the Labor Market Storm

Corvallis School District in Oregon faced a problem that is almost certainly familiar to you: a changing labor market. Districts face tough competition for a limited number of teaching candidates, as well as a younger workforce with changing priorities. But as a result of a thorough recruiting and hiring audit, Corvallis uncovered and implemented a […]

Human Resources

The Case for Analyzing Your District's Staffing Levels

Regular performance reviews are an important part of any successful school district’s best practices. Many variables impact performance, and the most successful districts are those that can identify performance gaps early to identify adjustments to most effectively close the identified gaps. A “gap” is a difference between your district’s actual performance and the performance goal […]

Data Analytics

Breaking Down Our Human Capital Analytics Software Buyer’s Guide

Curious about Human Capital Analytics Software? Our Buyer’s Guide to K- 12 Human Capital Analytics Software has an abundance of useful information, and we’re breaking it all down in this blog series. This is the first of four blogs that will unpack the ins-and-outs of this software and provide insights on the better use of […]

Talk Data to Me

A data-centric view on the challenges facing school districts

Recruiting & Hiring

Talk Data to Me: Hire Rates

According to a 2021 Frontline survey, about two-thirds of over 1,200 school and district administrators reported having a teacher shortage. Some districts experienced the teacher shortage worse than others. About half of the respondents reported difficulty filling jobs across all grade levels and subjects while the other half felt the effects of the shortage in […]

Teacher Absences & Subs

Talk Data to Me: Trends in Absence Management and Substitute Pools

Troubled by substitute shortages and low fill rates? You’re not alone. These are challenges faced by many districts, and for good reason. Substitute management is no walk in the park: a lot of different elements go into maintaining and managing a healthy substitute pool.   To overcome the challenges associated with the substitute shortage, districts […]

Recruiting & Hiring

Talk Data to Me: The State of the Instructional Teacher Shortage

The Frontline Research and Learning Institute recently published a research brief called “The State of the Instructional Teacher Shortage”. Following a basic supply and demand economic model, the analysis investigates the quantity of candidates applying for jobs (supply) as well as the availability of open positions (demand). Trends show changes to both sides of the […]

Student Data

Talk Data to Me: Supporting the Health Needs of Students and Staff

In early April, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said that schools should be reopened and “full-fledged in person” come fall 2021, regardless of vaccination status. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona echoed this in early May, saying that he expects a full return for all students in the fall. With most states no longer placing restrictions on school […]

Front & Center

A series showcasing various leaders in the K-12 space