HACK 7: hire superstars

develop a team of exceptional educators

Discussion Questions

  • How can teacher leaders own the process of developing job descriptions?
  • What do you do to ensure your new people feel like they are part of the school community? How do you know if it is working?
  • How are students involved in your hiring process? What else could be done to ensure they have a REAL VOICE in the process?

Hiring excellent staff is one of the most important things we can do for students. We want the right group of people in front of kids, people who share a positive, innovative mindset. Look for a candidate’s potential rather than his or her ability to teach a particular grade. Acquiring a constant learner who develops incredible relationships with kids should be at the forefront of the interview process: It’s easier to teach the right person how to work at a different grade level than it is to find those exceptional candidates. Do everything you can to make successful applicants feel welcome so they can begin contributing actively to your community. That process starts from the minute they walk in the room during a screening interview and continues to the press conference that announces them to the world. Celebrate your new teachers’ strengths and abilities and nurture them so they help your school to flourish.