It’s 10:30 a.m. on a Tuesday in January, and Principal Sarah Salazar is working on next year’s staffing plan. She knows that one of the best 3rd grade teachers, Ms. Nye, is leaving at the end of this year. She accesses her talent management materials, provided by the district, which lists five important decisions for this month. She looks over the decisions about Hiring, and then reads in her Guiding Questions materials about the importance of carefully targeting new hires to fill skill gaps. She looks at the teacher effectiveness data provided by the district. She knows that Ms. Nye was a great team leader, but she notices in the data that one of her particular skills is challenging all learners to achieve at a high level. Principal Salazar now looks at the 4th grade team, and is reminded that Mr. George and Ms. Robbins are also strong in that skill. Principal Salazar knows that Mr. George has been a great team leader and that Ms. Robbins has been looking for opportunities to lead. She makes a note to ask Mr. George if he would be willing to move to the 3rd grade to replace Ms. Nye, and to ask Ms. Robbins to become team leader for the 4th grade. Principal Salazar now plans to look for a new 4th grade teacher who can integrate into an already strong team. She jots down some questions to discuss with her supervisor later that day. It’s 11:00 a.m., and she sails out the door to meet with a parent—feeling confident in having done productive work that morning.
Teaching effectiveness is the single most important in-school factor in improving a student’s academic performance. Thus, the decisions about how to attract, retain, develop, and organize excellent teachers are the most important decisions that school system leaders make in the course of a year. ERS’ Talent Decision Planner (TDP) is a new tool to ensure support for talent managers to know what decisions they need to make, and to make those decisions as strategically as possible. The TDP supports those decisions in two key ways:
Building a Talent Decision Map: How School Systems Can Promote Strategic Talent Management at Scale
This paper describes how systems can empower all principals to be strategic talent managers—by mapping out the what, who, when, and how of strategic talent management at scale, and organizing data, support, and timelines around the most critical talent decisions that should be made throughout the year.
The Tool: The Talent Decision Planner (Excel)
The TDP is a tool that helps central HR teams map out:
The TDP Facilitator's Guide
This guide provides an explanation of what the TDP is and how to use it well. The guidebook includes:
Sample TDP Decision Guides (Excel)
This document contains the twelve sample decision guides that can be created using the Talent Decision Planner - Decision Calendars, the Decisions and Questions List, and Monthly Support Packets, one for each decision-maker (teachers, principals, principal supervisors, central office). The content won't fit your district's context, priorities, and constraints exactly, but we hope that it provides guidance and inspiration.
Download the Talent Decision Planner tool to customize each of these Decision Guides to your unique needs.
Sample TDP Data Views
These sample TDP data views connect to individual supporting questions in order to give users an idea of what data views are meant to answer what specific questions, to then inform what specific decisions, and how it could be visuslized.
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Talent management should be designed as part of a holistic strategy for system-wide change. This means connecting it to other elements like: