Quality Hiring Practices

Quality Hiring Practices encompass a purposeful process revolving around the school’s shared identity, mental models, and the realization of the shared vision for readiness. Integral to this process are behavior-based hiring practices. It aligns with the “Ideal Team Player” (Me to WE) concept, emphasizing collaboration and synergy. Employing a multiple perspectives approach, it values the inputs of students, staff, and the community, ensuring comprehensive and inclusive decision-making.

Statements Depicting the Ideal Pursuit of a School

  • The process is deliberately designed around the school’s shared identity and mental models, and achieving the shared vision for readiness.
  • Behavior-based hiring practices and processes are integral to the process.
  • The process elevates candidates that help the school reinforce the importance of moving from me to we.
  • A multiple perspectives approach, incorporating student, staff, and community voices, is utilized.


“Hiring the right people takes time, the right questions and a healthy dose of curiosity. What do you think is the most important factor when building your team?” —Richard Branson

“Hiring people is an art, not a science, and resumes can’t tell you whether someone will fit into a company’s culture.” – Howard Schulz

“You can have the best strategy and the best building in the world, but if you don’t have the hearts and minds of the people who work with you, none of it comes to life.” – Renee West

Key Resources

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  • Future of Work: Staff Retention

    Most likely, you’ve heard or read about how employees don’t quit jobs, they quit bosses. One of the most fundamental aspects of leadership is hiring the best people and retaining them. But retention needs more than compensation, benefits, and rewards. Employees need to know and feel they are valued not only for what they bring…

  • Your Students Deserve the Best: 3 Steps to Hiring & Retaining Top Talent

    During a Crowdsource Coffee on February 24, 2023, the Portico community discussed their challenges and nest practices when it comes to hiring and retaining top talent. One Portico leader shared this 3-Step collaborative and inclusive interview process that has helped their school not only hire, but retain, the best educators for their students and community.

  • A diverse interview panel of three casual professionals smiles at a job candidate with medium length dark hair who is only seen from the back.

    Hiring and Retaining Top Talent: The Importance of Site Leadership and Identity Alignment

    It doesn’t need to be in the news for us to know: hiring and retaining teachers and school staff is an increasingly difficult task. And it’s also the most important for our students. Yes, there are larger, more complex problems that need to be resolved, but there are also changes you can make now that…

  • Group of four diverse, smiling professional women.

    Hire and Retain a Diverse Staff: Nurture a Positive Staff Community

    This activity will help you analyze your current recruitment and retention efforts. Developing and nurturing a staff community aligned with your school’s identity and vision is key.