Talent Talks

EdFuel’s blog on all things talent.

DC Bilingual: EdFuel DC Talent Cohort Partner in Action

Cortney Graham
January 23, 2018

As we enter a new year, many people are taking the time to reflect on the past and to set goals for the future. At EdFuel, each year we strive to build capacity for individuals and organizations to develop stronger internal talent systems.

In 2017 EdFuel was awarded the Scholarships for Opportunity and Results (SOAR) Act grant by the Office of the State Superintendent of Education. Grantees are charged with working to improve performance and educational outcomes in order to increase the number of high-quality public charter school seats in the District of Columbia. The grant permitted EdFuel to convene a Talent Development Learning Cohort (TDLC) with four Washington, D.C. area charter schools: Achievement Prep, DC Bilingual, Eagle Academy, and Ingenuity Prep…[read more]

Communicate Early and Often: One simple (and often overlooked) strategy for retaining your high-performers

Kristina Campa-Gruca
December 6, 2018

It’s the holiday season! In a few short weeks many of you will head out on vacation and reconvene in the new year with renewed spirit. Before you go, take care that you have completed the most important task: tell your high performers you want them to stay.

In our experience working with leaders across the country, we know that retaining high performing staff is the most important and most rewarding goal to get right. Indeed, many of our partners have asked us to support them in this effort, identifying new and innovative strategies for retaining their staff amidst an increasingly competitive environment. And, while we love innovation, we know that so many organizations miss the easy stuff: telling your high performers early and often that they are doing well, and that you want them to stay.. This is especially true for high performing teachers…..[read more]

Why Talent Work Matters For Our LGBT Students

Kelly Gleischman
November 2, 2018

October is LGBT History Month, and so it seemed like a great time to reflect on how critical talent work is for our LGBT students, particularly those who are bullied or silenced based on their identity. For me, this is deeply personal because I was one.

I was lucky. As a white girl growing up in a wealthy, relatively open environment, I experienced immense amounts of privilege. I still do, based on my race, socioeconomic status, and ability to “pass” as straight.For those who might be unfamiliar with the term, passing privilege refers to the extent to which you appear straight to others, and therefore are less exposed to more immediate discrimination or harassment as a result.

And yet, despite the levels of privilege I experienced as a teen growing up, I still faced extreme amounts of self-loathing and internalized homophobia. At 14, after realizing I was gay, I remained in the closet for all four years of high school. I lived my life in silence; never bringing those feelings out to the light, always thinking there was something deeply wrong with me, that I was abnormal, that I was weird, that I was alone…[read more]

Have you hit a learning plateau? Feeling like you’ve maxed out in your current skill set? Here’s how to breakthrough and reinvigorate your growth and development!

Kerri-Ann Nesbeth
September 26, 2018

Has it been a while since you’ve felt a challenge in your day-to-day work? Have you felt a dip in your motivation as of late, especially when working on projects that once filled you up? You’ve more than likely hit a learning plateau.

Consistent and substantial bouts of learning and development typically occur within the first 2-3 years in a role. However, once you’ve mastered the technical and soft skills needed to be successful in your day-to-day work, it can become more and more challenging to continue learning and getting better.

While your individual learning and development are typically discussed with your manager on an annual basis, it’s important to create a development plan that includes incremental goals and checkpoints along the way so that you are continually working towards them before you begin to hit a learning plateau. Your plan should be realistic, detailed and most important – include measurable outcomes.

Here at EdFuel, we anchor our approach to development in the 70/20/10 model, which was developed by The Center for Creative Leadership.

In this model, the following ratios hold true: 70% of your learning and development comes from on-the-job experiences and challenges, 20% from coaching and mentor relationships, and the remaining 10% comes from coursework and training…….[read more]

Having Some Hiring Heartbreak? Check Out EdFuel’s “Best Practices: Selection and Hiring for Charter Schools” Resource

Mary Mason Boaz
August 29, 2018

Limited capacity for hiring? Are you extremely busy? Do you have numerous responsibilities? Is it hard to find the time to amp up the rigor of your teacher hiring processes? You are not alone.

Hiring the right people can be challenging, especially when you work in an organization where capacity, funds, or other resources are limited. In education, we are often operating within those constraints while also doing our very best to get quality people in the door for our students.

EdFuel partnered with the Indiana Charter School Network and Illinois Network of Charter Schools to gather and codify best practices from across the country around teacher hiring and selection so that you can more easily and effectively refine your hiring practices…..[read more]

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