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Hiring Teachers,
Helping Them Succeed


One of the principal's most important responsibilities is to hire teachers and other staff members who will develop programs to meet school-wide needs and be dedicated to helping students achieve. The articles below from Education World's archive share stories and practical tips that will help you find the right person for the job.

Teacher Selection Counts: Six Steps to Hiring
As principals, we feel an enormous amount of pressure to staff our buildings with strong, effective, intelligent people. If you've ever had to fill a teaching vacancy, you know how hard that is: Hard as a coffin nail. Included: Pete Hall offers tips for "getting the right people on the bus."


Find more articles of interest in the following Education World resources:

Emma McDonald: The New Teacher Advisor

Career Center

Jobs Newsletter

The Principal's Job

Staff Development

Teacher Evaluations

See our complete archive of Focus On articles. More than three dozen hot topics of interest to principals.

Advice for New Teachers: "You Must Remember This"
We asked members of the Education World Teacher Team "If you could give a brand new teacher just one piece of advice, what would it be?" Discover what they told us.

Principals Hold Key to Teacher Retention
Recruiting and hiring teachers for schools is hard enough -- so it's frustrating if teachers leave after a year or two. A Houston, Texas, principal talks about the important role a principal plays in retaining teachers.

50 Great Questions for Teacher Interviews
The questions you ask during interviews are keys to drawing out the personalities of applicants and selecting the right people to join your staff. Find your next new hire with these questions that will help you learn about their knowledge, experience, and more.

The Interview: Principals Share 30 Favorite Questions for Future Teachers
It's springtime, which means it's also the beginning of job-interview season in schools. Since principals are starting to interview candidates for open teaching positions, we asked our "Principal Files" principals to share their favorite questions to ask applicants.

Guidance from the Get-Go: Mentoring New Teachers
Large numbers of beginning teachers never make it to their second year in the classroom, but a solid mentoring program -- a well-planned and well-supported program staffed by quality mentors -- can help stem the tide of teacher attrition.

Character(istics) Count! -- What Principals Look for When Hiring New Teachers
The Teaching for Excellence Web site discusses what school principals look for in the new teachers they hire. Which of 15 "can-do" characteristics they list is most important? Included: The Education World "P-Files" team ranks the top qualities of new teachers.

Principals Offer Advice to Job Seekers
Have a plan, a portfolio, and a good attitude. That's just some of the advice Education World's Principal Files principals have for soon-to-be college grads looking for their first teaching positions. Included: Questions to help any job candidate prepare.

Advice for First-Year Teachers -- From the Principals Who Hired Them
Most principals were teachers too. Once upon a time, they were even first-year teachers. Since becoming principals, they've had the opportunity to observe many first-year teachers. Included: Principals share pointers to ensure a successful first year.

What Qualities Do Principals Look for in a New Teacher?
What will school principals be looking for in the new teachers they hire in the weeks ahead? That's what Education World asked a group of school principals. Their responses might help others -- principals and candidates -- as they focus on the interviews ahead.

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Last updated 06/26/2008