Talent Talks

EdFuel’s blog on all things talent.

The Connection Between Student and Teacher Recruiting

Raven Freeman
March 28, 2019

Logistically speaking, the recruiting and retention of students and teachers are separate processes. However, on some level they share an intersecting end goal: creating a productive community of learning where both students and adults can thrive.  Naturally the ‘pitch’ parents get when considering schools for their child is student-centric, but sprinkling in a few insights about teacher development, diversity and retention could offer a significant value add.   When researching schools for my son, I heard a lot about curriculum and student outcomes, but I found it far less common to receive meaningful information about teachers.  Statistics like teacher to student ratio and credentials are important, but only scratch the surface. [read more]

Candidate Matchmaking: Steps to Ensure Candidates “Swipe Right”

Kerri-Ann Nesbeth
February 28, 2019

Skeptical about finding the right person who is highly qualified for the role? Have you been putting your organization out there? Wish it was as quick and easy as swiping right?  Here’s how to set yourself apart and ensure you find your perfect match!

Gone are the days of the online dating stigma. Whether using Tinder, Bumble, The League, or eHarmony (yep, it still exists), many people view online dating as a great way to meet someone. The data backs this up with 40% of Americans using online dating apps. It’s also reported that about 20% of committed relationships have begun online. Thanks to technology and algorithms, over the years online matchmaking has proven successful.

The same can be said for recruiting new talent for your organization. With the advent of online job postings, applicant tracking systems and social media, putting your organization out there no longer requires putting an ad in the local newspaper (unless that’s still your thing, of course). Technology has made it easier to build professional networks and connect organizations to the right people to fill their talent needs. However, similar to online dating,  we often hear schools and education organizations mention common pitfalls that can make candidate matchmaking quite difficult…[read more]

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]

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