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Personnel Priorities in Schools Today

Hiring, Supervising, and Evaluating Teachers

Thomas A. Kersten and Margaret Clauson


Although administrators have many responsibilities, none is more critical to the school, student, and their personal success than the hiring, supervising, and evaluating teachers. The research evidence is clear. Excellent teachers make the difference in how well students achieve and how much schools improve.
Personnel Priorities in Schools Today: Hiring, Supervising, and Evaluating Teachers, explores how to hire the best teachers available. Key features of this book include:

  • Practical strategies to improve how you hire, supervise, and evaluate teachers
  • Concrete examples that illustrate what successful administrators do to enhance their success
  • Valuable insights into personnel issues building-level administrators regularly face
  • Valuable advice from an experienced superintendent and assistant superintendent
  • Strategies for supporting teachers to perform at their best
  • Tips for using the evaluation process to raise performance expectations
  • Advice on how to harness the power of a strong administrative team

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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers / AASA Post Copub
Pages: 114Size: 6 x 9
978-1-4758-0441-6 • Hardback • December 2014 • $42.00 • (£27.95)
978-1-4758-0442-3 • Paperback • December 2014 • $22.00 • (£14.95)
978-1-4758-0443-0 • eBook • December 2014 • $21.99 • (£14.95)
Thomas A. Kersten is associate professor emeritus in Educational Leadership at Roosevelt University in Chicago and Schaumburg, Illinois. He has twenty-eight years of public school administrative experience in Illinois including eleven as superintendent. He is also the author of Stepping into Administration: How to Succeed in Making the move and Moving into the Superintendency: How to Succeed in Making the Transition.

Margaret E. Clauson is assistant superintendent in Wilmette, Illinois. She has served as an Illinois educator for over twenty years as a teacher, assistant principal, middle school principal, Administrator for Human Resources, and Assistant Superintendent. She has written and presented on a variety of leadership topics.




1 Understanding the Historical Basis of Teacher Supervision and Evaluation

2 Recruiting and Selecting Outstanding Teachers

3 Fostering Novice Teacher Success

4 Developing a Mentoring Program

5 Raising the Supervision Bar

6 Evaluating for Excellence

7 Functioning as a Collaborative Administrative Team Member

Closing Thoughts


About the Authors

Personnel Priorities in Schools Today is an essential resource for school administrators who want to improve the quality of teaching and learning. Kersten and Clauson blend the best of research and experience to provide effective and practical approaches for improving personnel practices. The book encourages administrators to rethink the status quo. I recommend it especially for administrative teams interested in encouraging collaboration and team-based personnel decisions.

Trisha Kocanda, Superintendent, Winnetka Public Schools 36, Illinois

Personnel Priorities in Schools Today: Hiring, Supervising, and Evaluating Teachers is a must read for new building administrator. Hiring the best people is a top priority for every building principal; and Kersten and Clauson provide a very useful step-by-step guide from recruiting and building your applicant pool all the way through mentoring your new hires for success. The book is a quick read and gives helpful advice on how to navigate the day-to-day principal responsibilities while keeping a focus on personnel priorities.
Renee Zoladz, associate superintendent, Grayslake High School District 127, Grayslake, IL

Personnel Priorities: Hiring, supervising, and Evaluating Teachers provides practical information that every school administrator should understand. The authors provide a very useful framework that can be used to design a highly effective system for hiring, supervising and evaluating teachers. Kersten and Clauson provide important explicit foundational principles while offering numerous useful suggestions for best practices This book is thoughtful and should be a part of every school administrator's literary collection.
Heather Glowacki, Principal, Romona Elementary School, District 39, Wilmette, IL