You hired a group of great new teachers, but now the school year is coming up and you have to onboard them. You know that effective onboarding programs can increase teacher retention rates up to 93%, so you want to make sure you’re using the best practices for onboarding new teachers.
The best onboarding process is a smooth and easy process that welcomes new teachers at the same time as you collect paperwork and feedback. Combining new onboarding technologies and old traditions (like a mentor program) helps you onboard effectively so you can retain all those amazing teachers for your students.
Your onboarding and orientation process is the first impression (beyond the interview) that new teachers will have of your school. Current onboarding practices are manual, leaving opportunities for important tasks to fall through the cracks. In some schools, it requires new teachers to shuttle back and forth between their school and the central district or school board building.
US school districts lose $8.5 billion annually on teacher turnover. And part of those billions can be salvaged with a good onboarding program. But before you can improve your onboarding process, let’s see common pain points:
Here are a few ways you can embrace flexibility in onboarding while fostering connection and making sure you aren’t letting any required paperwork fall through the cracks.
Digital platforms offer a centralized repository for all documents, reducing the chance for error. Administrators and teachers alike benefit from streamlined access to documents. Having a central platform for documentation saves valuable time that can be redirected towards more meaningful tasks.
On demand video interviews provide a channel for new teachers to share their experiences, concerns, and insights. Using video interviewing software makes it easier for larger school boards & school districts to collect feedback. HR administrators can review all new teacher feedback and respond in a timely manner, without having to coordinate times to visit each school.
Recorded videos featuring school leaders, students, and the district’s values offer new teachers an immersive introduction to their new environment. Hiring for new teachers begins in the spring, and those new hires sometimes won’t visit the school again until they begin professional development.
The visual connection through recorded videos of the school, fellow teachers, and students helps new teachers resonate with the school’s culture, making them feel more integrated and motivated to contribute positively.
One school district uses interviewstream’s recorded videos to introduce point people to new teachers. They create different “teacher/administrator spotlights” to show new hires what a day in the life at their school looks like.
Create a mentor system within your school. Pair new teachers with experienced colleagues who can provide guidance, support, and a safe space to ask questions. Having a point person eases the transition, reduces feelings of isolation, and helps as new teachers navigate a new work environment.
The power of an organized and simple onboarding process can’t be overstated. Automated workflows ensure that tasks, forms, and checklists progress seamlessly through the onboarding process. With due dates and auto-reminders, new teachers can confidently submit required documentation on time, without administrative nudging.
To address the challenges of traditional onboarding, schools can use these solutions in their onboarding process:
By weaving these digital solutions into your onboarding strategy, schools can pave the way for engaging onboarding experience that addresses the pain points of traditional onboarding while ushering in a new era of efficiency.
In the realm of teacher recruitment and retention, successful onboarding plays a pivotal role. By embracing digital solutions, schools can create a seamless and engaging experience for new teachers.
One such solution is interviewstream, a video interviewing platform that enhances every step of the onboarding journey. From simplifying paperwork to fostering connection and engagement, interviewstream empowers schools to provide a state-of-the-art onboarding experience. See how you can improve onboarding with interviewstream – schedule a chat with us.
Caroline Chessia is the Marketing Operations Specialist at interviewstream. She loves color-coordinated graphs, hiking in the mountains, and every dog she meets—especially the Golden Retrievers.