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5 must-have tools to hire and develop effective teachers

By David Schuler
September 11th, 2014

David Schuler, superintendent of High School District 214, shares five must-have tools to hire and develop effective teachers

tech-tools-teachers-hireI have had the privilege of working in public school administration for a number of years as a former teacher, coach, and currently as a superintendent.

I also serve as past president of the Suburban School Superintendents Association and as president-elect of the American Association of School Administrators, where I am honored and privileged to serve superintendent colleagues across the country and Canada.

A common goal among educational leaders is to increase student achievement. A critical piece of attaining that goal is to recruit, retain, and cultivate an excellent teaching staff. The tools described here are uniquely designed to find, hire, and develop effective teachers—giving students the best opportunity to learn and succeed in this ever-changing global economy.

TeacherMatch Educators Professional Inventory (EPI)

It can be challenging to identify teacher candidates who will positively impact student achievement, especially early in the hiring process. TeacherMatch’s EPI offers predictive data to support and improve hiring decisions. Backed by substantial research and powerful organizations in education research like the Northwest Evaluation Association, TeacherMatch has created a hiring tool that assesses teacher candidates in four main areas: teaching skills, qualifications, cognitive ability, and attitudinal factors. The platform is easy to use, and it integrates with most HR platforms. We have found the EPI assessment to be incredibly insightful and essential in making informed decisions as part of our hiring process.

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