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Effective Teacher Interviews: How do I hire good teachers?

A new book, Effective Teacher Interviews: How do I hire good teachers? written by Jennifer L. Hindman, Ph.D. offers an aid to busy school administrators in hiring the best teachers.

There’s a lot at stake when you hire a teacher—including student achievement and the resources involved in finding and retaining teachers. Identify the best applicants every time with this practical advice on the teacher interview process. Teacher hiring expert Jennifer L. Hindman explains how to prepare for and conduct hiring interviews that reliably predict a teacher’s success. Her guidance helps you

•    Use proven, research-based interview practices.
•    Avoid questions that are not legally permissible.
•    Assemble and train an interview team.
•    Match candidates’ skills to your school’s needs.

To ensure your hiring practices are based on legally defensible questions and processes, she’s included specific guidance, sample questions, and process checklists.

Spencer G. Niles, dean of the School of Education said, “Your book provides outstanding strategies for increasing the probability that the best teachers are hired.  These are high stakes decisions and your book informs readers about making the best decisions for schools and students.”

Given the time challenges of busy and effective principals, the Arias format delivers targeted information to answer the question, "How do I hire good teachers?" in a book that can be read in less than 45 minutes. At the end of the book, Hindman offers the “Bonus Tip” reminding readers that the hiring strategies work well for classified (e.g., paraprofessionals, secretaries) and certified (e.g., assistant principals, school psychologists) staff members as well. 

SURN is offering a workshop led by Dr. Hindman on May 1, 2015 on the same topic as the book.