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ERIC Number: EJ982371
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Aug
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0036-6439
Hiring for Attitude
Huckaby, Dawn Egami
School Administrator, v69 n7 p30-35 Aug 2012
The single most significant factor in increasing student achievement is having highly effective teachers in the classroom. In Nevada's Washoe County School District, the 58th-largest in the country, a new strategic plan--Envision WCSD 2015 Investing in Our Future--is pushing aggressive reforms in employee hiring. With 94 schools to serve, the plan intends to bring the most skilled teachers to schools with the greatest academic needs. District administrators recognized a need for fundamental change in how and why teachers are placed in the classroom to rapidly and dramatically raise student achievement. The author discusses how the school district looks beyond the credentials of prospective teachers to examine their behaviors, core beliefs, and demonstration of those beliefs in a classroom setting. Hiring for attitude, just one of Washoe County's reform initiatives, is contributing to positive differences for students. In a state where education funding is ranked close to last in the nation, the school district is overcoming barriers to raising student achievement.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Nevada