California Department of Education
Taking Center Stage – Act II

Assign teachers/team placements

Recognizing that teams are only as effective as their team “culture,” principals include team members in the interviews for prospective new hires. Sometimes a qualified candidate will not “fit” the team personality, and early discussions of those less concrete aspects of hiring can help to avoid disputes and team dysfunction later.

One of the key findings of Gaining Traction, Gaining Ground was that in high-impact schools, principals assign teachers to classes based on student need. Teachers with the most experience and skill were assigned to work with the students who needed the most reinforcement and support.1

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Footnote
1 Gaining Traction, Gaining Ground (Outside Source). Washington, D.C.: The Education Trust, 2005, p. 24.