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Customer Spotlight: West Baton Rouge Parish Schools
‘We could not have become efficient users of the system in such a short time without him’
PeopleAdmin’s solutions are designed to offer the functionality K-12 schools and districts need to overcome talent management challenges, and built with dozens of customization options so each individual school or district can meet its unique needs. And with all that functionality, the most skilled users know that deep product knowledge is key to maximizing benefits.
“We immediately recognized that PeopleAdmin’s solutions are vital to our recruiting, hiring and onboarding processes,” said Barbara Burke, director of human resources and staff development at West Baton Rouge Parish Schools (WBR) in Louisiana. “So, we reached out for additional training, and we were highly impressed with the response time, expertise and thorough walk-through of the system.”
Dawn Doucet, human resources administrative assistant at WBR, added that the training experience was more than informative — it was enjoyable.
“Our trainer truly made learning fun,” she said. “We could not have become efficient users of the system in such a short time without him.”
Having gained a better understanding of their solutions’ capabilities, Dawn and Barbara are now taking full advantage of the customization options offered by both Recruit & Hire — PeopleAdmin’s applicant tracking solution — and Records — PeopleAdmin’s recordkeeping solution.
“Being able to change the workflows in Recruit & Hire is great,” Barbara said. “All the applications come to me for screening, but, anytime I go on vacation, I can just switch that over and let the applications go to Dawn.”
In Records, Barbara and her team customized the filing system, which allows them to more easily find important documentation needed to defend against an audit.
“We were able to set up the files exactly how we want them,” Barbara explained. “Records allows you to customize your files, set up your naming convention, add sleeves, and whatever else you need.”
With the efficiencies gained from their improved solution use, Barbara said, the WBR human resources team is “100 percent satisfied with the products and services PeopleAdmin provides to us.”
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“PeopleAdmin’s Principal EPI is a tremendous tool in the creation of our administrative candidate pools. It has given our executive team a solid set of data points to make more informed hiring decisions for each of our campus leadership positions.”
Assessing principal candidates 101
Understanding what’s behind data-based assessments that accurately predict principal effectiveness
While hiring the right principal is crucial to ensuring a school operates effectively and maximizes student achievement, once credentials are checked, districts often rely on a principal selection process that’s largely subjective, rather than data-based … but PeopleAdmin is bringing together research and technology to change that.
“A principal will affect how a school functions as an organization and how teachers operate within the school,” said PeopleAdmin Chief Research Officer Nick Montgomery. “If you hire the wrong principal, you really are missing the cornerstone for school success.”
To assist K-12 leaders in selecting the best principals for their schools, Nick worked with a research consortium to determine the measurable candidate traits that predict principal effectiveness … then the PeopleAdmin team built the Principal Educators Professional Inventory (Principal EPI)® — a solution that makes it easy to analyze and access these data on each individual applicant.
“PeopleAdmin’s Principal EPI is a tremendous tool in the creation of our administrative candidate pools,” said Chris Tatum, director of secondary personnel at Amarillo Independent School District in Texas. “It has given our executive team a solid set of data points to make more informed hiring decisions for each of our campus leadership positions.”
So, how does it all work? The key, Nick says, is building upon a foundation of solid research.
“The research consortium is a group of individuals and organizations that are experts in the fields of research, education, psychometrics, and predictive analytics,” Nick said. “We came together to identify the components that matter most for predicting principal effectiveness by looking at a variety of components — the actions, activities and behaviors of a principal — and how those influence the school as an organization, as well as the culture within that school. We then looked at how that ultimately translated to student experiences and student outcomes.”
The research uncovered four domains that indicate principal effectiveness:
- Principal responsibilities — candidates’ knowledge of teaching and their understanding of school improvement factors.
- Leadership dispositions — their personality and values.
- Leadership skills — candidates’ creativity, decision-making skills and follow-through.
- Principal qualifications — their ability to meet licensure requirements, as well as their previous teaching and leadership experience.
Based on this information, PeopleAdmin created the Principal EPI’s 120-question assessment.
“The assessment measures those first three domains — principal responsibilities, leadership dispositions and leadership skills — and then an applicant tracking system would give the district access to information on their qualifications,” Nick explained.
After principal candidates complete the assessment, the scores are instantly available, sorted and rank-ordered with other applicants so it’s easy for district leaders or administrators to quickly identify who is most likely to have the best impact on student outcomes.
“We have two ways of showing the information to those hiring administrators,” Nick said. “One is through a color-coding system that shows which principal candidates are scoring above average, average and below average. That goes from green to yellow to red.”
While the first method allows district leaders or administrators to quickly screen principal candidates, the second provides a more in-depth analysis.
“We also provide a really detailed view. Principal candidates read a case study and then provide long, written responses to standardized questions,” Nick said. “Administrators are able to access those responses, which allows them to really understand how that person is thinking about and processing information.”
In addition to assessing principal effectiveness, the Principal EPI generates a Professional Development Profile™ (PDP) — a customized guide that provides specific, actionable steps to help principal candidates advance their skills.
“You get this look at where your strengths are and where your opportunities for improvement as a principal are,” Nick said. “It really helps you understand who you are as a principal and lets you leverage your strengths.”