The Importance Of A Research Based Hiring Process Part 2

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The Importance Of A Research Based Hiring Process Part 2

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The concept of predictive analytics simply put, is beginning with the end in mind.  It can help hiring managers as well as principals to streamline the hiring process. Rather then relying on school leaders to be able to spot teaching talent via the normal interview process, this concept relies on a more studied and statistical method that predicts the impact a teacher will have on student growth.

The research-based hiring process concept is a multi-step interview process that scores candidates on how they align with key characteristics.

A better interviewing process can:

  • Flag problems before some one is hired determine if the teacher is a good fit for the school
  • Teachers know the expectation upfront.
  • Collect data to allow the school to seamlessly determine and prioritize the list of candidates

Structured interviews are more reliable than the typical unstructured interviews.   Predictive research helps identify teachers who are most likely to be effective with the students and remain with the organization. A research-based hiring process must define what methods and procedures are used to determine teacher effectiveness and whether it is adequately defined to achieve the expected outcome.

While the focus is on hiring effective teachers, it is also important to determine the background, training and experiences of those involved in the research.

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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

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    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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