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of Schools
Amagansett, New York

One of the New York's most highly-regarded
public schools is seeking a Superintendent of
Schools upon the retirement of its current, longterm Superintendent. The Amagansett district,
on Eastern Long Island, offers its residents a Pre
K-Grade 6 school experience; students in grades
7-12 attend school in the neighboring community
of East Hampton. The district is unique in that it serves 90 students
in a single facility with a faculty of 27 and 96 students attending East
Hampton Middle and High Schools. Amagansett's diverse student
body is high performing, supported by many parent volunteers and an
engaged community, PTA, and Board of Education. The Board is seeking
a leader who can build upon the school's many accomplishments and
take it to its next level of excellence. The successful candidate will:
n Be a warm, thoughtful, caring and experienced teacher and
leader, familiar with current trends in elementary education
while committed to honor the traditions and culture of the
Amagansett School
n Have a very strong financial background in district business and
human resources administration
n Demonstrate superior communication skills with all
stakeholders (speaking, writing, listening)
n Be open, transparent, and flexible in working collaboratively
with staff, parents and the community
n Utilize creativity in addressing and resolving problems
Candidates must be eligible for NY State certification as School District
Leader or School District Administrator. The Board is prepared to offer a
regionally-competitive compensation package including, if desired, housing.

Please go to the School Leadership web site
( and click on the on-line
application link under Current Vacancies.
Applications should be completed no later than May 25, 2018.
To learn more about the Amagansett UFSD, visit:
EOE: Minority candidates are encouraged to apply.

Positions Available
(Austin, TX): Responsible for teaching
Mandarin Chinese to upper school
students. Send résumé to Headwaters
School, Attn: Leslie Hirsch, 801 Rio
Grande St., Austin, TX 78701.

to work in Salem, Oregon, to instruct 1st
through 5th grade students in Spanish
and English; plan teaching lessons;
assess language proficiency; manage
learning resources; engage students in
learning experiences and assess their
progress; develop and implement support
for student literacy development.If
interested, mail résumé to: Salem/Keizer
School District, 2450 Lancaster Dr. NE,
Salem, OR 97305, Attn: Steve Nelson


no: 009-0418-S954
Marion County School District 24J seeks
to hire two Bilingual (Spanish/English)
School Teachers (Grades
1-5) for the Salem/Keizer School District
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How BIG Data Can Inform and Innovate HR in K-12 Education
In today's data-rich, technology-driven world, being a "data
nerd" is cool. Even Harvard Business Review has said that
"data scientist" is the sexiest job of the 21st century. Are we
surprised? From who we engage with on social media to what
clothes we purchase online to the music we download, people
around the world are collecting and analyzing massive amounts
of data every day. The exponential growth and availability of
data is often described as "big data"--and it has become a critical tool for businesses, governments, and other organizations.
Why? As SAS® explains, "More data may lead to more accurate analyses. More accurate analyses may lead to more confident decision making. And better decisions can mean greater
operational efficiencies, cost reductions, and reduced risk."
For example, data can help doctors to better diagnose illnesses
to save lives. Grocery stores use the data they glean from various sources to reduce internal foot-traffic jams. Marketing departments use data to target products to customers based on
their buying history. Police departments use data to uncover
evidence that may help solve cold cases. Even the airline industry uses big data to provide piece-of-mind that your baggage will make it to your destination on time!
Big data doesn't necessarily mean more data. It's about being
able to analyze non-relational data and draw conclusions upon
which to strategically act. If used in appropriate ways, HR data
can teach us a great deal about an individual's drivers and behavior, performance, needs, and their potential.
There is tremendous potential for using big data to help HR
departments be proactive in hiring candidates who fit the organization's culture, identifying the best benefit package to meet
employees' needs, managing employee absences, and more.
If you're wondering how to assess the maturity of your own big
data use in HR, Bersin and Associates has built a maturity
model to support your analysis. They describe four levels of
	 *	 Reactive
	 *	 Proactive
	 *	Strategic	Analytics
	 *	Predictive	Analytics
The youngest stage is the Reactive stage--where organizations
create reports for measuring efficiency and compliance. This is
where many HR departments in K-12 education sit. We believe
this is due to the availability of HR data and integrated technology management systems in K-12 organizations.
The next stage in maturity is the Proactive stage. This is where
reporting is done, and data are collected for benchmarking and
decisions making. Some organization use dashboards to assist
in these efforts. A handful of K-12 organizations use scorecards
and dashboards to drive change and improvement.
The next step-up is Strategic Analytics. This is where statistical analysis is done to identify root causes, commonalities, and correlations.
Finally, Predictive Analytics means the organization uses big
data and algorithms to create predictive models, complete scenario planning, and mitigate risk. This level of sophistication requires the right data, technology, leader, strategy, and a data
analytics team.
While many organizations see the benefits of using big data,
most organizations have a ways to go in to develop a strong
HR analytics strategy. According to a whitepaper by the Harvard Business Review Analytics Services Team, "The Big Data
Opportunity for HR and Finance," 71% of CEOs surveyed view
their people as the top factor contributing to sustainable economic value. Yet, their top ranked priorities were operations
(73%), customers (50%), sales (49%), and HR (43%). Further,

when asked where their organizations were making investments in big data, sales and marketing were reported as receiving the largest financial investments when it comes to big data
use. HR was the lowest of all 10 options.
For those interested in learning more about data mining or data
science, in additional to the mass amount of articles online, universities, such as Columbia, Johns Hopkins University, and the
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign offer free online
courses through platforms like Coursera.
While the federal No Child Left Behind Act and other federal and
state policies have placed a clear focus on capturing data to
measure student performance, districts are also seeing the
value in using big data for talent management, process improvement, and customer service to improve educational opportunities for students. Tulsa Public Schools (TPS) Human
Capital department has been using big data to foster improvement over the past two years. The District's strategic plan laid
out a vision for shared accountability, which means that every
department has a balanced scorecard with aligned measures
and data, a defined reporting schedule and structured Board
updates. The Human Capital department has measures around
teacher and leader effectiveness, recruiting and retention, and
customer service. The department is using this data to improve
processes, increase the effectiveness of its hiring practices and
provide exceptional service to customers. Using this data-driven
improvement approach, the district has seen great success. For
example, Talia Shaull, Chief Human Capital Officer, shares that
TPS, "has seen results, such as a reduction in support staff
turnover by 6% in the past year and a 38% reduction in the
number of complaints received in our HC department over
prior year. Having data allows us to make informed decisions and proactively address issues as we move forward
down our path of continuous improvement."
For those who find Tulsa's working interesting and are looking
for resources, since 2008, the Harvard University Strategic Data
Project (SDP) has partnered with districts and education organizations to "bring high-quality research methods and data analysis to bear on strategic management and policy decisions."
Their goal is to improve student achievement and growth by
transforming how individuals and districts use data. The SDP
has identified strategic performance indicators and a diagnostic
for human capital focused on teacher recruitment, placement,
development, evaluation, and retention/turnover. Visit http:// to access the SDP toolkit with step-bystep instructions on collecting, cleaning, and analyzing data to
run the analysis yourself! They even offer a free "Strategic Use
of Data Rubric" that provides districts the chance to assess their
strengths and weaknesses when it comes to using data.
Every day, teachers, principals, and district leaders collect a
large amount of data, including student performance, bus-ontime statistics, staff retention, work order response times, open
positions. The list of data points seems to keep on growing.
In summary, successful use of big data is not determined by
how much data you collect. Success happens when data consumers understand the data and its appropriate uses for improvement. While we are still years away from HR departments
in schools having the technology and analytics engines needed
to reach Predictive Analytics maturity, we believe big data has a
place in K-12 education HR departments. We can learn a great
deal from innovators like Tulsa Public Schools and the Harvard
Strategic Data Project as well as expert users in other
industries. Let's keep the conversation going!
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Education Week - May 9, 2018

Education Week - May 9, 2018
Schools Play Catch Up to Rise in Student Vaping
Teacher Strikes Show Power in Numbers
Educators Battling Class Distractions Of ‘Fortnite Game’
Ronald A. Wolk, Dies at 86; Launched Education Week
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Study: Language-Learning Ability Is Strong Until Late Teens
Tenn. Struggles to Clean Up Huge Online Testing Mess
Legalities and Politics Collide in Teacher Work Stoppages
Improvement Mode Woven Into ESSA Plans
Wide Swings Reported in Desegregation Data
Derek W. Black: Don’t Call the Teacher Pay Hikes a ‘Raise’
Sarah M. Stitzlein: Does School Choice Put Freedom Above Equity?
H. Richard Milner IV: The Emotional Drain of Teaching
TopSchoolJobs Recruitment Marketplace
Lorena Garcia: The Case for Sex Sexuality Education
Education Week - May 9, 2018 - Ronald A. Wolk, Dies at 86; Launched Education Week
Education Week - May 9, 2018 - 2
Education Week - May 9, 2018 - Contents
Education Week - May 9, 2018 - News in Brief
Education Week - May 9, 2018 - 5
Education Week - May 9, 2018 - Study: Language-Learning Ability Is Strong Until Late Teens
Education Week - May 9, 2018 - 7
Education Week - May 9, 2018 - Tenn. Struggles to Clean Up Huge Online Testing Mess
Education Week - May 9, 2018 - 9
Education Week - May 9, 2018 - Legalities and Politics Collide in Teacher Work Stoppages
Education Week - May 9, 2018 - 11
Education Week - May 9, 2018 - 12
Education Week - May 9, 2018 - 13
Education Week - May 9, 2018 - 14
Education Week - May 9, 2018 - 15
Education Week - May 9, 2018 - Improvement Mode Woven Into ESSA Plans
Education Week - May 9, 2018 - Wide Swings Reported in Desegregation Data
Education Week - May 9, 2018 - 18
Education Week - May 9, 2018 - 19
Education Week - May 9, 2018 - Sarah M. Stitzlein: Does School Choice Put Freedom Above Equity?
Education Week - May 9, 2018 - H. Richard Milner IV: The Emotional Drain of Teaching
Education Week - May 9, 2018 - Letters
Education Week - May 9, 2018 - TopSchoolJobs Recruitment Marketplace
Education Week - May 9, 2018 - Lorena Garcia: The Case for Sex Sexuality Education
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