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“Don’t Pass the Trash” Laws & School Districts
If there’s one thing everyone in education can agree on, it’s that protecting students should be a top priority for school districts. And yet, anecdotes abound about school districts allowing (or even encouraging) abusive educators to resign rather than face an internal investigation or legal action.
3 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Automate HR (and Why You Should)
If you work in Human Resources for a school system, you know how rewarding the job can be. But you also know how unbelievably busy it can be, too. There’s so much to be done, and not enough time to get to everything.Continue Reading
New to K-12 HR? 4 Tips for Success
So, you’ve been hired by a school district to work in Human Resources. Congratulations! Whether you came from another position in the district (instructional or not), or a career outside of education, you’ve taken the first steps toward something special. The work you do in the central office is crucial to student success, and incredibly rewarding. Just imagine the joy you’ll bring to new educators hired for their first full-time teaching job, or employees in the district who rely on you for help.
The Real Substitute Teacher Shortage: A Lack of Engagement
It’s a story familiar to many school leaders: teachers are absent, and there aren’t enough substitute teachers to fill in. Classes are combined, other teachers give up their planning period, paraprofessionals or administrators are compelled to fill in. In any case, student learning is derailed, and other staff lose valuable time to plan and complete their own work. It’s not sustainable.Continue Reading
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Rekindling Connections Between HR and Finance in Schools: Position Management
Making sure that your people are being paid the right amount, consistently and on time is among the most critical responsibilities of a school business office. An unintended consequence in many districts, however, is that Finance and Payroll tend to be an island instead of working alongside Human Resources.Continue Reading
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What We’re Looking Forward to at AASPA 2018
Every year, we’re thrilled to have the opportunity to share in the passion and commitment of district HR leaders at AASPA’s Annual Conference. And it’s nearly here! Four days of collaborative learning and the chance to share the latest insights and strategies in K-12 HR — what could be better?Continue Reading
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 (the support of educators and other key personnel).Continue Reading
Cultivating a Positive School Culture Through Hiring & Onboarding
Have you ever worked in a school with an amazingly positive, supportive culture? The type where relationships are characterized by respect, trust and transparency; where mistakes are seen as opportunities for growth; where individual successes are recognized and celebrated. If you’ve been lucky enough to work in such a place, you know that a positive school culture has a certain magic to it — you can’t see or touch it, but there’s no denying that it’s there, uplifting students and staff alike.Continue Reading
7 Creative Uses for Filing Cabinets (That Have Nothing to Do with Employee Paperwork)
Field trip forms, employee reimbursements, leave requests, employee handbook acknowledgements, W4s, written reprimands, separation agreements, I9s and more… sheer volume of paperwork in a school district is mindboggling. All of that paperwork needs to go somewhere, and chances are, that “somewhere” is a filing cabinet. Actually, make that many filing cabinets.Continue Reading
Inviting Innovation into the Central Office
The innovation we see in education today is absolutely amazing. Teachers are hard at work coming up with creative new ways to help their students learn, and deserve a lot of praise for the work they do.Continue Reading
Let Your Human Resources Mission Drive Your Vision
If somebody asked about the role of HR in your district, what would you say? Would you describe what you do, or why you do it? If you wanted to say what you do, you might tell them a version of the mission statement posted on the HR page of your district website. That probably looks something like this: The mission of the human resources department is to recruit, retain and support the most highly qualified employees.Continue Reading