Supporting Your Support Staff
In education, much of the focus is on teachers, as it should be — but it’s important to give credit to the classified staff that keep all of our schools running. Custodians keep the school buildings clean and healthy. HVAC employees ensure that children are comfortable and breathing clean air. Cafeteria staff keep students well-fed, so that learning isn’t interrupted by a rumbly tummy. Secretaries serve on the front lines, helping parents and administrators alike.
Teacher Absences & Subs
How to Attract First-rate Substitutes by Recognizing Them as Educators
Why do people do what they do? Don’t gloss over that question — it’s one every district should be asking, especially when you’re struggling to find enough substitute teachers.Continue Reading
Course Libraries: Frequently Asked Questions
If you have questions about our course libraries (formerly known as EdTrainingCenter), you’re in the right place! We’ve put together the questions we most frequently hear from school districts who are researching our online courses.
Time & Attendance
Q & A: Proposed Overtime Regulations
It’s no secret that many school districts – and businesses of all stripes, in fact – are keeping a close eye on the Department of Labor’s proposed updates to overtime pay regulations. Certain workers don’t receive overtime pay because of the nature of their jobs – the Department of Labor’s “Duties” test states that they’re exempt. But employers would be required to pay overtime to many executive, administrative and professional employees who exceed 40 hours worked in a week when those employees make less than $23,660 per year. At this writing, the proposed updates would raise that salary threshold to over $50,000 in 2016.Continue Reading
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Teacher Absences & Subs
A Different Perspective on the Substitute Shortage
Substitute shortage is something we hear a lot about, and we probably accept it without giving it a second thought. But is there really a shortage of substitutes? It’s not as if there are a limited, predetermined number of substitutes to go around. I would argue instead that we have a shortage of people who choose to substitute.Continue Reading
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K-12 HR Leaders Share 6 Insights from the AASPA Conference
It's all about the people. It's all about the students. Most likely, one of these (or both!) is why you're in Human Resources in education. While the transactional work of HR — compliance, legislation, recruiting, paperwork — often take up the day-to-day, conferences are a great way to get re-energized about the important work of HR.Continue Reading
Recruiting & Hiring
Survey Results: The Teacher Shortage and Recruiting with Data
In a recent survey, we found that two-thirds of all districts have a teacher shortage. That’s a lot of open positions gathering dust while districts stress over finding applicants. And even though that’s a significant shortage of teachers, I wasn’t exactly surprised. What did surprise me is that only 22% of all districts have data on which recruiting methods work and which don’t.Continue Reading
Don’t Due Diligence Yourself to Death: 5 Ways to Select an HR Software Solution
During the selection process of an HRIS/HCM vendor, it’s easy to get caught in constant due diligence mode. But that means wasting valuable time when you could be implementing a product to reduce administrative headaches and provide valuable insight into your school district.Continue Reading
Professional Learning Isn’t Having an Impact. Or Is It?
Since the release of TNTP’s “Mirage” study a few weeks ago, it’s been interesting to observe the myriad of reactions from the K-12 world and mainstream press. From well-known EdWeek blogger, David B. Cohen, to Learning Forward, the international thought leader in educator professional learning, to U.S. News & World Report, almost everyone who touches educator learning, and many who don’t, seems to have a strong reaction to the findings:Continue Reading
Recruiting & Hiring
How to Develop Your District’s Brand to Attract Top Candidates
You want to hire and retain the best teachers for your students. The problem is, so does everyone else. So how do you stay competitive and attract the best candidates? You want to create a compelling brand that makes great teachers want to work for you and help achieve your district’s goals. This isn’t something that can be done in a day: it requires buy-in throughout your district and sustained effort, but the payoff is worth it. To develop your brand as an employer, you’ll need to tackle three questions.Continue Reading
Q&A with Learning Forward Academy Scholarship Winners
In December 2012, I graduated from the Learning Forward Academy (LFA), a compelling two and a half year blended learning experience where participants collaboratively solve significant “problems of practice” related to educator and student learning. When I was a new graduate, I experienced a full range of emotions. I felt relief and delight about completing all assignments and graduating, a sense of clarity around my personal beliefs about professional learning, and a little melancholy about the end of such a rich journey. And, more than a little overwhelmed with all of the unattended action items jotted in the margins of my journal and, more formally, in my personal learning plan. Nearly three years later, some of those items are complete.Continue Reading