A Better Way to Hire Teachers: Bringing the Science of Selection to Teacher Hiring

Harvard Education Press releases new book "Hire Better Teachers Now: Using the Science of Selection to Find the Best Teachers for Your School" authored by selection and leadership expert Dr. Dale S. Rose just in time for the 2014 teacher hiring boom.

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Today’s release of "Hire Better Teachers Now: Using the Science of Selection to Find the Best Teachers for Your School" comes just in time to help school districts level up their hiring practices to significantly improve the number of good hires they make.

San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) February 04, 2014

With this year’s hiring season for teachers right around the corner, school districts are gearing up to screen applicants. The U.S. Department of Education estimates that over half a million teachers will be hired in 2014. Today’s release of Hire Better Teachers Now: Using the Science of Selection to Find the Best Teachers for Your School comes just in time to help school districts level up their hiring practices to significantly improve the number of good hires they make. The book blends well-researched best practices with practical advice to help school districts and principals improve their hiring practices. According to the book’s first author, Dr. Dale S. Rose, “What many districts don’t realize is that even small adjustments to hiring practices can make a big difference in avoiding bad hires and increasing good hires.” He goes on to point out, “While the best case would involve carefully researching each hiring tool, districts should recognize that improvements can be made incrementally.” His co-author, Dr. Andrew English added, “Our hope in writing this book is that districts can take a very mature science related to best practices in hiring and learn how to apply it to hiring teachers. Unfortunately, we see all too often that districts just aren’t taking advantage of even simple steps to level up their hiring practices.”

While it is generally understood that better teachers lead to better student outcomes, schools often lack the resources and best practices knowledge to hire the best teachers. In "Hire Better Teachers Now: Using the Science of Selection to Find the Best Teachers for Your School" (Harvard Education Press; February 4, 2014), Dale S. Rose, Andrew English, and Treena Gillespie Finney—three human resource experts—show how even small adjustments can help school districts leaders, principals, and other human resource professionals to hire more efficiently and effectively.

The authors demonstrate how school leaders can use the findings from established research and adapt it to their own schools and districts. In addition, the book describes in detail how to use and refine four common selection tools (application forms, job simulations, interviews, and teaching observations) to ensure that the hiring process is efficient, effective and fair.

Quite simply, "Hire Better Teachers Now" is the first book of its kind. It contains methods for hiring the best available teachers based on existing research and it provides advice on how to adapt these tools to fit the needs of individual schools and districts. The lead author Dale S. Rose, Ph.D. is the president of 3D Group, a California-based consulting firm specializing in human resources assessment and development. Co-authors Andrew English, Ph.D., a senior consultant at 3D Group, and Treena Gillespie Finney, an associate professor of management at the University of South Alabama also lend their expertise in creating this groundbreaking book.

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New book out from Harvard Education Press brings the science of selection to teacher hiring