Learn the Secrets of Hiring and Retain Excellent Teachers

December 2012, Volume 36, Issue 4

Finding—and keeping—the best teachers is one of a principal’s top responsibilities. The latest addition to the NPRC, How to Interview, Hire, and Retain High-Quality New Teachers, Third Edition offers best practices for doing that.

The authors, John Daresh, a professor of educational leadership, and Bridget Daresh, his daughter and a teacher in the Chicago Public Schools, explore the key role of principals as leaders in the process of recruiting and retaining teachers. Comprehensive, and reader-friendly, this 104-page book weaves relevant information with thought-provoking “Questions to Consider” features. The conclusion, titled “What Teachers Want to Know” provides perspectives from teachers who have recently undergone the hiring process. Sample interview questions for both preschool and elementary teachers are included.

Here’s what some educators have to say about How to Interview, Hire, and Retain High-Quality New Teachers:

“There is no more important task in transforming education for students and schools than hiring and retaining top quality teachers. Every school and district leader should read this book to gain insight into the real challenges that new teachers face. Just as important are the myriad of practical and helpful tools that capture the essence of the rigor and complexity of teaching, such as time-saving lists of prewritten interview questions. Daresh and Daresh’s book will continue to prove indispensable for anyone who is determined to set the utmost standards in teacher quality.” –Debra Livingston, Superintendent of School, Fall Mountain Regional School District, Charlestown, New Hampshire

“How to Interview, Hire, and Retain High-Quality New Teachers is a must-have resource for aspiring or current principals who want to ensure the implementation of best practices before, during, and after the hiring of a teacher. The book is filled with practical strategies that are clearly defined and easy to replicate. Throughout the book there are Questions to Consider sections that can be used to promote reflection among principals about current hiring and induction practices and ways to improve these practices. We have been looking for a resource to use in our Preparing New Principals Program related to the topic of hiring quality teachers, and we have definitely found one. This book has been added to our current course of study. It is the best resource we have found to address our school leader competencies related to the recruitment, hiring, and induction of teachers.” –Tricia McManus, Director of Leadership Development, Hillsborough County Public Schools, Florida


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