Hiring and Engaging Teachers Who Fit the School Model USDOE

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U.S. Department of Education

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Turnover among school leaders and staff was a persistent impediment to establishing and maintaining school improvement strategies at Orchard Gardens K–8 Pilot School (Massachusetts). During a period of seven years, Orchard Gardens had six different principals, and the teacher turnover rate was approaching 50 percent. Prompted by the SIG award, Orchard Gardens’ principal uses district- and state-granted autonomy to make staffing decisions, including hiring teachers who have competencies that best meet student needs. The principal also has the autonomy to involve teachers in determining the school’s instructional strategies and curriculum. This involvement plays a key role in improving teacher engagement and increasing teacher retention.

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Turnaround Capacity

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School

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Massachusetts