Training principals in how to recognize and hire good teachers is paying off in Baltimore with better teachers and higher retetion rates. Now Chicago is giving it a try, reports Teacher Quality Bulletin.
Principals are taught how to pick teachers that best fit their schools, how to create scenario questions that probe instruction and classroom management techniques and are encouraged to require candidates to teach a sample lesson as part of their interview.
Since implementing this same program this year, Baltimore has reported fewer early teaching vacancies in its lowest performing schools.
Principals are trained to keep in touch with new hires over the summer, when 5 to 7 percent change their minds and quit.
Baltimore is hiring many more “highly qualified” teachers. Strategies include: offering two weeks of paid orientation, 100% tuition reimbursement for critical subject areas, higher pay for new teachers who did their student teaching in city schools, laptop computers and $200 gift cards for classroom supplies.
Half of Baltimore’s new teachers come from alternative paths (not education school), the Bulletin observes. That’s true in many big cities.