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Criterion-Based Hiring: Interview Skills Support for Teachers A Joint PTU-PPSD Presentation. April 27-29, 2010. 1. Presentation Goals. Ensure that teachers are prepared to interview effectively. Provide information for additional resource support. 2. Criterion-Based Hiring. 3.
April 27-29, 2010
What is “Criterion-Based Hiring”?
Criterion-Based hiring is the practice of filling vacancies through a competitive, interview-based process, that includes:
• Teachers know their subjects and teach them successfully
• Teachers create culturally and developmentally-appropriate lessons
• Teachers behave professionally as classroom managers, colleagues, and educational leaders for a diverse pool of learners
• Teachers utilize assessment data to guide instruction and plan for the future
• Teachers communicate well and are knowledgeable about and committed to the extended school community
(i.e., bring a notebook and take notes on the questions)
What is your vision for the school?
Please describe the climate of your school for staff, students, and parents.
What are the demographics of this school?
What is your teacher turn-over rate?
How are parents included in this school?
What are some ways parents support teachers here?
Do your teachers work well together?
How do your grade levels/departments support each other?
What are your expectations of teachers in this school?
What are some of your major challenges in this school?
What are some of the strengths of this school?
Upon arrival a candidate will first complete a 30 minute proctored writing sample
Next the 15 minute model lesson will be conducted
After a short break there will be a 30 minute question and answer session to be completed with the interview team
The proctored writing sample provides candidates an opportunity to show their writing skills in a limited time (30 minutes) without reference materials or aides such as dictionaries and spell check.
A candidate will be given a prompt and will enter their response on an internet-enabled computer in a comfortable, quiet workspace.
A special software program will limit the candidate to exactly 30 minutes (countdown will be shown onscreen) and will attach the writing sample to the candidate’s profile in PATS.
A candidate may only complete the proctored writing sample once in a hiring season, not at each interview.
Sample Resume handout
Any format is acceptable, providing it shows the candidate's education and clearly delineates professional progression detailing responsibilities and achievements for each position.
The résumé should show not only what position a candidate held at any point in time but what was expected and what was achieved while in that position.
Candidates are encouraged to emphasize and explain instances where they have undertaken significant responsibilities and challenges, highlighting any measurable successes that present evidence of the five PPSD teacher competencies.
While candidates are not required to limit the length of their resumes, they are encouraged to seek a balance between exposition and brevity.
First and foremost, read the prompt carefully
Consider creating an outline to help organize your essay focusing on an introduction, the body of the essay, and a conclusion
Organize your essay in a logical and thoughtful manner
Be careful to avoid mistakes in grammar and spelling
Be sure to express your ideas clearly
Be sure to proof-read for mechanical errors and that all requirements have been fulfilled
While writing keep in mind the 5 domains of effective teaching as well as the 5 teaching competencies
Candidates should answer the prompts clearly and completely
Candidates should demonstrate their skills and achievements with particular attention to the 5 domains of effective teaching and the 5 teaching competencies
AFT Tools for Teachers: Teaching as a Career
Interview Attire: Career Services at Virginia Tech gives specifics for interview attire for both men and women
How to interview for jobs (2010)
How to prepare for an ESL Job Interview: Article by Susan Lafond (2010)
Principals share their secrets: How to impress in an interview. Article by Lisa Feder-Feitel
How to give a great interview: Teacher tell all. Article by Lisa Feder-Feitel
The teacher interview!
Resume Writing Resource:
PPSD HR Staff