1st Edition

Hiring the Best Staff for Your School
How to Use Narrative to Improve Your Recruiting Process

ISBN 9781138125476
Published February 16, 2016 by Routledge
172 Pages

USD $34.95

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Book Description

Hiring the Best Staff for Your School moves beyond typical hiring tools—résumés, applications, transcripts, portfolios, and artifacts—and adds effective strategies to the educational leader’s recruiting and hiring toolbox. Jetter hones in on the most crucial but often neglected element of talent searches—knowing candidates’ attitudes and dispositions about students, learning and instruction, leadership, and other crucial educational topics which affect schools today—and provides an innovative model for hiring the best candidates. This book presents a recruitment and hiring process that uses narratives to help school and district leaders delve deeper into understanding the emotions, ideas, reactions, and problem-solving insights of candidates. The ready-to-use resources found in this book, including real examples of the narrative process in action, dialogues, and as a training process, are easy to implement and will strengthen the hiring process to ensure that you recruit and retain the best staff members for any position within your school or district.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Putting the "Best" Back into Hiring

Chapter 2: Some Challenges with Traditional Educational Talent Searches

Chapter 3: Why Narratives?

Chapter 4: Getting Your Resources and Team Ready

Chapter 5: Thinking about Your Recruitment Process and Who is Exempt

Chapter 6: Assessing Candidates for Attitudes and Dispositions

Chapter 7: Hiring the Best in the Elm Grove Central School District

Chapter 8: Hiring the Best in the Gardenville City School District

Chapter 9: PPC’s & FAQ’s

Chapter 10: Finding the "Best" by the End of Your Hiring Process



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Rick Jetter is an Educational Consultant, motivational speaker, and Director of Business Development at a leading educational resources company in New York State. He has been an educator for 17 years, as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, assistant superintendent, and superintendent of schools.


"This book is filled with tips and strategies to ensure that the candidates you recruit and hire will become valuable assets to your school.  Rick Jetter offers a set of tools that provide more insight into candidates’ attitudes and teaching perspectives than one would uncover during a traditional interview process, enabling you to hire the best staff for your school."

--Todd Whitaker, Professor at Indiana State University, internationally-recognized education expert, and author of over 40 books, including What Connected Educators Do Differently

"One of the wisest sayings I ever heard as an educational administrator was to ‘hire slowly and fire quickly.’ There is no doubt that hiring quality people is one of the most critical roles of any educational administrator, and Rick Jetter has provided the ultimate blueprint to ensuring your school’s success. Filled with practical resources, Hiring the Best Staff for Your School should be required reading for every principal in America and beyond."

-- Danny Brassell, "America’s Leading Reading Ambassador," internationally-acclaimed speaker, and top-selling author of Leadership Begins with Motivation


"It is all encouraging, as one might expect, and Jetter anticipates the main concern of all educators – the time factor – which he adequately addresses. He advises putting more effort in the front end to set criteria, write the questions appropriately, and develop the rubric, making the assessment at the end relatively easy."

--Allison K. Wilson, Ph.D, Middleweb.com