Strategies for Recruiting High-Quality Staff

Focus Area: Principalship


Pathway: Understanding


Recruiting effective teachers is among the strategies that have the greatest impact on accelerating student learning and is also among the most labor intensive for principals (McQueen, 2021). Not only must principals actively recruit new talent, they are also charged to effectively onboard, mentor, and provide coaching and support for educators. Bringing strong teachers and developing their strengths is an ongoing effort that requires vision and intention (Holcombe et al., 2021).  Within this topic, BL Coaches will use the Communities of Practice (COP) principles to provide principals with tools to attract and retain high-quality staff that translate into a rigorous school program that produces better educational outcomes for students.


This coaching experience is designed for early (1-3 years) and aspiring principals aiming to strengthen their leadership practice. 


  • Virtual Group Coaching
  • 2-hour monthly Community of Practice(COP) group experience followed by 1:1 coaching sessions
  • Up to 15 participants per cohort
  • Principal Cohorts based on district selection
  • Participants will need a camera, microphone, and a Zoom-enabled device


I can consistently and strategically use effective human capital management strategies to anticipate staffing needs, identify successors for key roles, and target growth opportunities for educators. 

Learning Experience


  • Examine top attraction and retention strategies
  • Self-assess and reflect on current attraction and retention strategies


  • Explore specific strategies and resources needed for:
    • Talent acquisition
    • Talent acceleration
    • Talent assessment


  • Reflect on module content to write a reflection focused on ways to address attraction and retention at the campus-level for the upcoming school year
  • Plan to share completed reflections and exchange feedback on the Community Discussion Board as a follow-up to the COP to prepare for 1:1 coaching