The Importance Of A Research Based Hiring Process Part 1

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The Importance Of A Research Based Hiring Process Part 1

Shared By Laurie Kimbrel   /     Nov 24, 2015  /     Blog, Laurie Kimbrel, Laurie Kimbrel Superintendent, Laurie Kimbrel Tamalpais  /     , ,

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One attribute of a high achieving school is the presence of high quality teaching and learning for every student every day.  In order for this to occur, there must be capable teachers who understand and monitor their impact on learning. Teacher effectiveness has recently captured the forefront as the most important avenue of an education reform. It has been realized that high performing schools must hire and maintain the best teachers as academic progress of the students depends heavily on the talent and skills of the teacher leading their classroom.

Schools can choose to control the quality of their teaching force by recruiting quality teachers, which can be addressed by the implementation of an effective teacher screening process.

The question is how to hire a good or even a great teacher when faced with a high quantity of resumes as hiring a bad teacher can cost money and time lost for students.

Predictive analytics or predictive research can help school hiring managers and principals streamline the hiring process.

Many successful high performing schools that have adopted this approach, concluded it has made the hiring process productive, fair and time efficient. Predictive research has been around for quite some time. Both Amazon and iTunes have used this concept for years to know what products to recommend to their consumers. This concept is attracting more interest in the education sector.

Addressing or closing the achievement gap of students start with hiring the right teacher from the start, as quality teachers are of the most important school related factor found to facilitate students learning.

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    The current project manager for the Atlanta K-12 Design Challenge, Laurie Kimbrel is an educator with many years’ experience. Before undertaking this position in 2015, Kimbrel served as Superintendent of the Tamalpais Union High School District in Larkspur, California, where she oversaw 4,200 students, 435 staff members, and managed a $63 million budget. Among other achievements under Laurie Kimbrel’s tenure, the district implemented a leadership model that formed Professional Learning Communities designed to augment teacher effectiveness through shared assessment data.

    Kimbrel holds a bachelor of science in music and business from Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois. She also received a master of science in special education from Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois, and completed her education with leadership-based doctoral studies at Loyola University in Chicago.

    Dedicated to her community, Laurie Kimbrel is a hospice volunteer and works with nonprofits aimed at ensuring every child has access to great teachers and schools. She is also passionate about education reform and champions efforts to bring about effective hiring practices in schools.

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    Loyola University Chicago - Doctorate, Curriculum & Instruction

    National Louis University, Certificate of Advanced Study, Educational Leadership

    Dominican University, Master of Science, Special Education

    Millikin University, Bachelor of Science, Music and Business

    It's a Man's World: How to Achieve Success as a Woman in High School District, AASA Women in Leadership Conference, 2013

    How to Run a Clean Construction Program, California School Board Convention, 2012

    A Transition Success Story: California School Boards Association Conference, 2009

    Program Growth and High Achievement: College Board National Conference, 2008

    Building Leadership Capacity through Effective Staffing Planning, Illinois Association of Personnel Administrators Conference, 2008

    Improving Student Achievement: Illinois NCLB Conference, 2007

    Conducting Effective Workplace Investigations: Lake County Personnel Administrators Conference, 2007

    The Impact of Proactive Classroom Management, Doctoral Dissertation, Loyola University, 2002

  • Community Service

    Laurie Kimbrel volunteers for a number of community organizations including Bristol Hospice as a patient volunteer, Destiny's Daughter's of Promise as a student mentor and Students First as an advocate for effective educational practices.
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