Recruitment & Retention Blog

K-12 Talent Manager

Battelle for Kids Human Capital Director Emily Douglas explored effective human capital strategies for recruiting, selecting, developing, and recognizing educators and non-instructional staff in schools to ensure the best learning experience for students. This blog is no longer being updated, but you can continue to explore these issues on by visiting our related topic pages: recruitment & hiring and retention.

Law & Courts Opinion Supreme Court Delivers Fair Share Case Decision
This morning, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling on Janus v. AFSCME, a high-profile case with big implications for unions, leaders, and school systems across the country.
Emily Douglas-McNab, June 27, 2018
2 min read
Recruitment & Retention Opinion The New Normal? Balancing the Needs of Schools and the Gig Economy
The gig economy has transformed how organizations in almost every industry manage their human capital. At a time of significant talent shortages across the country, should more districts consider flexible staffing arrangements?
Emily Douglas-McNab, August 4, 2017
3 min read
Recruitment & Retention Opinion The Status of HR Certification as a Driver of Equity in Pre-K-12 Education
This article examines five key findings regarding the current state of, and future possibilities for, HR certification in education.
Emily Douglas-McNab, February 2, 2017
6 min read
Recruitment & Retention Opinion U.S. Department of Education Announces TIF 5 Awards
Last week, the U.S. Department of Education announced the recipients Teacher Incentive Fund Round 5 grants which give school districts the opportunity to develop innovative solutions for recruiting and retaining highly effective educators.
Emily Douglas-McNab, October 5, 2016
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Law & Courts Opinion White House and EEOC Makes Changes to Promote Equal Pay
On January 29, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission shared information on proposed revisions to Employer Information Reports. While this change does not directly impact school districts, organizations providing services to districts could be affected. It could be speculated that the other requirements could be altered in the future that impact district pay.
Emily Douglas-McNab, February 15, 2016
3 min read
School Climate & Safety Opinion Talent Managers' Role in Preventing Violence Against Teachers
How does your organization deal with workplace violence? Do employees feel safe, secure, and valued?
Emily Douglas-McNab, August 3, 2015
2 min read
Equity & Diversity Opinion Would Your Organization Pass this Discrimination Test?
Guest blogger, Naima Khandaker, explores a recent Supreme Court decision in an EEOC case and offers a reminder that fair hiring is an issue requiring constant diligence from talent managers.
Emily Douglas-McNab, June 22, 2015
1 min read
Career Advice Opinion How BIG Data Can Inform and Innovate HR in K-12 Education
In today's data-rich, technology-driven world, being a "data nerd" is cool. Even Harvard Business Review noted "data scientist" as one of the sexist jobs. While BIG data is making headlines globally, if used in appropriate ways, HR data can teach us a great deal about an individual's drivers and behavior, performance, needs, and their potential.
Emily Douglas-McNab, June 8, 2015
6 min read
Recruitment & Retention Opinion Getting Inside Our Heads: 700 Of Our K-12 HR Peers Let Us Inside Theirs
In HR, we are obsessed with titles and names. To find out what is most popular department name and what motivates and drives decisions for this team of people, we surveyed K-12 HR professionals in education earlier this spring and are now sharing the results!
Emily Douglas-McNab & Allison Wert, May 11, 2015
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Professional Development Opinion Twitter: A Professional Learning Community Fit for #K12Talent Managers?
There is a misconception that Twitter and other social media platforms are only a place for teenagers or celebrities. When in reality, a growing number of leaders and educators are using Twitter to learn, grow, and connect.
Emily Douglas-McNab, March 24, 2015
6 min read
Recruitment & Retention Opinion Who Decides? What Every District Should Consider in Designing an Effective Hiring System
Should the hiring practice be centralized and run by central office or decentralized and managed by building leaders? Guest author, Tony Bagshaw, explores both sides of the argument.
Emily Douglas-McNab, March 20, 2015
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Equity & Diversity Opinion Going Big: Teacher Recruiting Goes National
The topic of teacher recruitment has moved from a concern of most districts to an emergency. Thus, districts are trying new and innovative things when it comes to recruiting great talent. Have we entered a new era of teacher recruitment?
Emily Douglas-McNab, March 2, 2015
6 min read
Equity & Diversity Opinion 7 Steps for a Balanced Recruitment AND Retention Strategy
Guest author Tracy Najera believes that all students should have equitable access to excellent educators! How do talent managers achieve this? By taking a balanced approach to the development and implementation of a recruitment and retention strategy.
Emily Douglas-McNab, February 17, 2015
4 min read
Teaching Opinion 6 Lessons on the Power of Teacher Leadership
Learn how the Tennessee Department of Education and teachers from across the state worked together to develop innovative teacher leader models.
Emily Douglas-McNab, January 15, 2015
5 min read