Talent Acquisition in a Teacher Economy Squeezed by Shortages and School Choice
By Alison Coker, Executive Director, Human Resources, Guilford County Schools, North Carolina; Dale Fisher, Ed.D., Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources, Deerfield Public Schools District 109, Illinois; Jo Ann Hanrahan, Director, Research & Data Analysis, Frontline Education
Guilford County Schools, N.C.
No. of elementary teachers: 2,381
No. of secondary teachers: 1,153
Other classroom teachers: 1,259
Total no. of teachers: 4,793
No. of principals: 126
No. of assistant principals: 126
“With all of that data, we can make informed decisions about where we recruit, about support systems that we need to put in place and, in general, about how we can get better at getting better.”
Alison Coker, Executive Director, Human resources Guilford County Schools
Tracking human capital data has allowed the district to increase equity in the applicant pool from building to building. Data on applicant background and experience provides deeper insights into WHO the district is hiring. Looking at the applicant data story, GCS recognized trends related specifically to their secondary math applicants and new hire contracts. The data was then used as a starting point during their work with the Urban Schools Human Capital Academy (USHCA) to inform and improve practice. USHCA helps districts implement a range of functions targeted at improving teacher and principal quality and supporting overall education reform.
Insights of the candidate journey are illuminated through monitoring and analyzing applicant data. For example, GCS learned that communications missteps cost the district quality candidates. Now, key communication efforts are targeted to support applicants with each step in the process. With greater reach and transparency, the workflow is tightened, targeted and transparent — ensuring a positive, efficient process.
Deerfield Public Schools District 109, Deerfield, Ill.
248 FTE teachers
500 total employees
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