Staffing

Hiring and Assignment

Teachers are schools' most important asset. Absent the contribution of teachers, no other curriculum, pilot, or intervention stands much of a chance of working. That's why schools not only need to hire great teachers, they also need to place them strategically--in ways that are fair to teachers and students alike.

A Word from Kate Walsh


One of the biggest mistakes districts make is assigning novice teachers to the toughest schools and classes. That’s a sure-fire way to burn through new teachers, a costly practice that is hard on teachers and students alike.

The first year of teaching is treated as some kind of fraternity hazing, expecting these novices to prove their mettle. At what cost?

The National Landscape

Across the country, more than 80,000 newly minted teachers are hired each year. Nearly as many teachers are moving between schools or districts, in addition to 40,000 who are returning to teaching after some period away.

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Great districts value their great teachers, putting policies and practices in place to keep these teachers thriving. 

Districts like Boston, D.C., and Denver have all earned "Great District for Great Teachers" status from NCTQ, because they take a comprehensive approach to talent management.

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When it comes to teachers transferring in a district, principals and teachers alike should have the right of refusal. That's call mutual consent. 

Most districts still "force place" teachers in schools. They do so because of state laws that require districts to keep teachers on the payroll, even if they have no teaching position.

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We need to keep our best teachers in the classroom. 


Just 20 states require districts to take teachers' performance into account when cutting staff due to reductions in force. 

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