Allison Wyatt demonstrates that keeping salaries competitive, employees valued, and the budget intact doesn't have to be as hard as it seems. She covers key compensation practices that will help your organization be poised to not only capture the level of talent required to achieve your organization's mission, but hold on to that talent as well.
When I consider the great opportunity ESSA affords, I think about our most vulnerable student populations. Will this give them a better chance to succeed? I recall the time I spent as a teacher in a district school that was struggling, and the complex dynamics I observed surrounding the implementation of NCLB - in particular, the nature of the relationship between district leadership and “failing” schools. Will stakeholders in and around my former workplace have a different experience once ESSA is in place?
The past few weeks have seen the death of purple music royalty, the birth of Lemonade “stands” around the globe, and lots of thought pieces attempting to make sense of it all. You might not naturally think that Prince and Beyoncé have any connection to your career in education, but I beg to differ! Read More
Productivity apps have exploded in the last decade, and they’re getting better every year. The trick is to find the right suite of tools for your own workflow, and lucky for us, many of them are free! Read More
I always swore I would remain abreast of the current technology and not be caught in the past like my parents, but after taking a number of years off to raise my children, I have found myself dragging behind the times a bit. Now that I’ve returned to work, I can’t help but feel a bit out of sync and disconnected. There have been many new advances and changes in the workplace that have become apparent over these few short years. While the working world was learning how to take advantage of Google Apps and use social media for business, I was changing diapers, puréeing baby food (and then cleaning up the regurgitated messes), and spending agonizing sleepless nights waiting for one child or another to stop screaming. Re-entering the workforce feels a bit to me like how the advent of email must have felt to my parents back in the day; overwhelming and complex and confusing. Read More
Have you ever applied to a position that you thought was a perfect match for your skills and interests only to be disappointed by receiving a rejection letter based on your written submission? Here are a few tips, tricks, and things to look out for to improve your chances of landing an interview. Read More
I spend a significant amount of time screening candidates. I love getting to know people and finding out why they are interested in a particular organization or position. I am often the first point of contact for a candidate during the interview process and at this stage, it is critical for candidates to be prepared. So, with that being said, I would like to share some advice on how to ace that initial phone screen to get you to the next phase in the interview process. Read More
As professional recruiters, we read hundreds of resumes a week. It is often our first impression of a candidate and given the number of resumes we review, if what we see in yours doesn’t grab us quickly, we will be tempted to put it aside and move on. The resumes that do draw us in and convince us to take a closer look are concise, compelling, well-organized and relevant. Therefore, a key part of any successful job search is creating a resume that will help you stand out in that initial quick review. Read More
It is a truism today in many professions that we should work hard to make sure that our organizations are diverse, particularly in the areas of race and ethnicity. As search consultants we are always asked to find and court a diverse group of candidates, something to which particular importance is given for those of us working in education reform because we want our organizations - especially schools - to mirror the communities we serve. Read More
I adore Brené Brown’s theory of the need to rumble with the stories we tell ourselves in order to get at the root of what is real. I have a theory that a lot of us in the so-called “education reform” world have many stories we tell ourselves about why the education system is broken, why our graduation rates are low and teacher turnover rates are high, etc. Yet, it’s the messy middle (another Brené-ism) that we often avoid tackling head on that would allow us to unpack our stories and actually get to real change. The fact that we’re often unwilling to really rumble with these stories in service of doing what’s best for kids keeps us continually disappointed with the outcomes. Read More