Turnaround Teachers: Personnel Strategies

Using Competency Based Evaluation to Drive Teacher Excellence: Lessons from Singapore

Written by publicimpact on June 16, 2010. Posted in Evaluating Teacher and Leader Performance, Opportunity Culture for America's Teachers, Teachers and Leaders Features, Turnaround Teachers: Personnel Strategies

Using Competency-Based Evaluation to Drive Teacher Excellence: Lessons from Singapore

singapore_thumbnail_bigThe complete recipe for Singapore’s educational success is not public, but one element stands out: the development and thorough use of performance-linked “competencies” to measure, reward, and develop teacher performance. This report, written with support from The Joyce Foundation, explores Singapore’s successful teacher evaluation and development system—recognized by its education leadership and teachers as effective and fair. Read more…

 

The Big U-Turn

Written by publicimpact on September 3, 2009. Posted in Districts & States: Turnaround Support, School Turnaround Features, School Turnaround Leaders, School Turnaround Success Strategies, Turnaround Leaders: Competencies & Actions, Turnaround Teachers: Personnel Strategies

The Big U-Turn

uturncover In Education Next Emily Ayscue Hassel and Bryan C. Hassel describe six leadership strategies that recur in successful school turnarounds. Using the NYC Police Department and Continental Airlines, the authors explain the importance of focusing on a few early wins, breaking organizational norms, pushing rapid-fire experimentation, getting the right staff, driving change with data, and running a “turnaround campaign” to build support for change.

 

Competencies for Turnaround Success Series

Written by publicimpact on September 3, 2009. Posted in Competencies of High Performers, Evaluating Teacher and Leader Performance, Recruit, Select, and Keep Education Talent, School Turnaround Features, School Turnaround Leaders, Teachers and Leaders Features, Turnaround Leaders: Competencies & Actions, Turnaround Teachers: Personnel Strategies

Competencies for Turnaround Success Series

compthumbsmallPublic Impact has developed a series of resources designed to support school turnarounds. The series includes guides and toolkits that help select turnaround leaders and teachers based on the competencies–or patterns of thinking, feeling, speaking, and acting–that enable them to be successful in turnarounds.

 

 

Financial Incentives for Hard-to-Staff Positions, Cross-Sector Lessons for Public Education

Written by publicimpact on August 31, 2009. Posted in Teacher and Leader Compensation, Turnaround Teachers: Personnel Strategies

Financial Incentives for Hard-to-Staff Positions, Cross-Sector Lessons for Public Education

hard_to_staffDebate rages in education over whether to provide teachers with financial incentives in order to improve recruitment and retention in “hard-to-staff” schools and subject areas. In other public sectors—the civil service, military, and medicine—organizations take for granted that compensation is a powerful tool; they have moved from this debate about “whether” to a discussion of “how.” Experience from these domains suggests that a “portfolio” of incentives (including performance bonuses, loan repayment or scholarship programs, and other forms) may be most effective. As a component of this portfolio, performance-based incentives can boost both the recruitment and retention power of hard-to-staff pay—particularly for the high-potential candidates that we need most in hard-to-staff schools. But no matter the form, other sectors are offering more substantial premiums than we have seen in education: up to 30 percent of a staff member’s total pay in some high-demand positions. At the same time, many organizations in these other sectors are pursuing non-financial solutions, too, such as targeting a “ready pool” of candidates (who don’t mind or are already attracted to a position) to help reduce the additional incentives required—or reorganizing operations (often using technology) to reduce the need for the position. The report, including implications for public education, was presented in November 2008 at the Center for American Progress. A video of the panel discussion is available here.

Performance-Based Dismissals: Cross-Sector Lessons for School Turnarounds

Written by publicimpact on September 5, 2009. Posted in Evaluating Teacher and Leader Performance, School Turnaround Success Strategies, Turnaround Teachers: Personnel Strategies

Performance-Based Dismissals: Cross-Sector Lessons for School Turnarounds

Performance-Based_DismissalIn successful turnarounds, staff dismissals are typically small in number, and focused on employees who cannot or will not make the radical change necessary to dramatically improve performance. In this report, written by Julie Kowal, Jacob L. Rosch, Emily Ayscue Hassel, and Bryan C. Hassel, for the Center on Innovation and Improvement, we examine the research base on performance-based dismissals in other sectors to offer strategies for leaders in turnaround schools. A PowerPoint summary of the report is available here.

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