ERIC Number: ED309514
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
Leading the Instructional Staff.
Jensen, Mary Cihak
Chapter 10 of a revised volume on school leadership, this chapter considers the recruitment, evaluation, supervision, dismissal, and professional development of teachers. The chapter also summarizes practical wisdom on these topics and offers suggestions for administrators. Recruiting and selecting teachers may be the most critical tasks faced by school administrators. Because the teacher marketplace is increasingly competitive, aggressive recruiting is needed to obtain the best teachers, including minority candidates. Teacher selection is especially challenging due to teaching function complexity, insufficient attention to hiring, and inadequate selection techniques. To improve this situation, administrators must redesign interviews, beware of attraction to similarities, stress general cognitive ability and academic achievement, and require work sample measures. To help new teachers, induction programs promoting regular interaction among beginning teachers, administrators, and colleagues should be offered. These programs may feature mentor teachers, increased supervision and training, and/or support groups. Similar care must be given to teacher supervision and evaluation, whether summative (focused on authority) or formative (focused on teachers' professional development). Professional development requires a strong supervision component and solid district commitment. Process is as important as product. Schools that offer good working conditions will attract outstanding educators. (MLH)
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Educational Management, Eugene, OR.
Note: In "School Leadership: Handbook for Excellence" (EA 020 964). For first edition, see ED 209 736.