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ERIC Number: ED473407
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Jun
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
Find, Deploy, Support, and Keep the Best Teachers and School Leaders.
DeStefano, Joseph
This paper describes the vital role that human-resources management plays as a contributing factor to excellent schools and student learning. Nationwide, it is the norm for human-resources practices to be mismanaged in ways that create inequities in the quality of teaching and school leadership. Examples include hiring constrained by limits imposed by traditional practice, compensation and career advancement that are determined automatically, and staffing decisions governed by seniority rights and entrenched rules. The School Communities That Work task force researched companies and organizations that reshaped themselves to become "good" and "great" organizations. Findings allowed the task force to formulate a framework for examining and improving human-resources systems in education. Three principal elements include creating a positive and motivational organizational context, getting the best possible people into roles suitable for them and for the organization, and getting the most out of each and every person. Possible positive changes in district policy and new agreements with professional unions include creating pay scales differentiated by field of qualification, alternatives to seniority and additional years of education as criteria for moving up the pay scale, and incentive-based pay tied to learning gains for students. (RT)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Carnegie Corp. of New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Brown Univ., Providence, RI. Annenberg Inst. for School Reform.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A