Field Trip: How to Do More with Less

The financial crisis in 2008 left many school districts scrambling to work with smaller budgets, save jobs and move mountains for teachers and students. Here’s how one district overhauled their teacher induction process, introducing virtual onboarding in the middle of the most difficult crisis they had ever faced — and didn’t spend an extra dime.

In this conversation with Angela Cooper, Chief Human Resources Officer at Lexington School District Two in South Carolina, and with Kevin Smoak, Coordinator for Evaluation and Effectiveness, we examine:

  • What they did to save teachers’ jobs as the recession hit
  • The duty Lexington Two’s HR department felt to keep innovating, even in the midst of crisis
  • Why they chose to move to a virtual, blended learning style of teacher induction — and why teachers prefer it
  • Why this virtual model of onboarding is now used as a teacher recruitment and retention tool at Lexington Two

For further reading…
Employee onboarding is a great place to slash paperwork. How do you do it? Our white paper, “The Onboarding Opportunity,” looks at how to support strategic human capital management from the day new teachers and staff walk through the door.