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Making Sense of Empirical Data to Improve Teacher Selection<br />April 2011<br />AERA Symposium<br />Tracy Brisson, Founde...
 Research Questions<br />How can school districts use data to improve the recruitment and hiring of effective teachers? <b...
 Conceptual Framework and Relevance <br /><ul><li>Narrative inquiry and reflective practice of time as    Director of Teac...
Consumer AND gatekeeper for graduates of education schools
Public impatience with local politics, education and teachers</li></li></ul><li>The “Scary” Facts about Teaching<br /><ul>...
Decreasing enrollment
Out of 16 majors tracked in the class of 2010, education graduates had the lowest job offer rate- 23.7%</li></ul>Source: N...
Sense-making of Multiple Roles<br />
Sense-making Steps<br />Applicant Support<br />
 Synthesize Information<br />Research<br />Policy Demands<br />Best Practices<br />Principals<br />
 Develop and Implement Model<br />Competencies<br /><ul><li>Instructional Knowledge &Skills
Content Knowledge
Communication Skills
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Making Sense of Data to Improve Teacher Selection (AERA)

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My presentation as part of the Teacher Pathways presentation on April 11, 2011 at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) conference in New Orleans.

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Making Sense of Data to Improve Teacher Selection (AERA)

  1. 1. Making Sense of Empirical Data to Improve Teacher Selection<br />April 2011<br />AERA Symposium<br />Tracy Brisson, Founder and CEO<br /> The Opportunities Project<br />
  2. 2. Research Questions<br />How can school districts use data to improve the recruitment and hiring of effective teachers? <br />Do school districts have a role in assisting teacher applicants in the hiring process to make them more effective and desirable employees? <br />
  3. 3. Conceptual Framework and Relevance <br /><ul><li>Narrative inquiry and reflective practice of time as Director of Teacher Recruitment for New York City Public Schools
  4. 4. Consumer AND gatekeeper for graduates of education schools
  5. 5. Public impatience with local politics, education and teachers</li></li></ul><li>The “Scary” Facts about Teaching<br /><ul><li>Decreasing public money for schools
  6. 6. Decreasing enrollment
  7. 7. Out of 16 majors tracked in the class of 2010, education graduates had the lowest job offer rate- 23.7%</li></ul>Source: National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE)<br />
  8. 8. Sense-making of Multiple Roles<br />
  9. 9. Sense-making Steps<br />Applicant Support<br />
  10. 10. Synthesize Information<br />Research<br />Policy Demands<br />Best Practices<br />Principals<br />
  11. 11. Develop and Implement Model<br />Competencies<br /><ul><li>Instructional Knowledge &Skills
  12. 12. Content Knowledge
  13. 13. Communication Skills
  14. 14. Four non-instructional competencies</li></ul>Align tools to competencies<br /><ul><li>Application questions
  15. 15. Application screening
  16. 16. Interview questions</li></li></ul><li> Evaluate and Reflect<br />Evaluating value-add model results<br />Match scores to beliefs<br />Discuss best and worst guesses<br />Discuss actual “best” performing teachers<br />Discuss other reflections<br />
  17. 17. Change Model<br /><ul><li>Changed competencies
  18. 18. Combined, Added and Removed
  19. 19. Added better evaluation tools
  20. 20. Math assessment and role plays
  21. 21. Provided candidate job search support</li></li></ul><li> Applicant Support<br />Introduced webinars on resumes, interviews, job search, and related topics<br /><ul><li>40% of applicants attended a webinar
  22. 22. 90% of participants reported they’d recommend service</li></ul>Questions: <br /><ul><li>Where does this responsibility lie? Colleges?
  23. 23. What will happen if the district can’t provide these services?</li></li></ul><li>Questions for Faculty<br />What is your responsibility to your students in today’s economy?<br />How do you make sense of your different roles as a faculty member in teacher preparation?<br />What does a rigorous research line in this inquiry area look like?<br />
  24. 24. 13<br />Questions<br />Contact<br />http://opportunitiesproject.com<br />tracy@oppsproject.com<br />You can also connect with The Opportunities Project via social media.<br />http://twitter.com/oppsproject<br />http://linkedin.com/in/tlbrisson<br />http://facebook.com/oppsproject<br />http://youtube.com/oppsproject<br />Thank You!<br />

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