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Never Settle for Mediocrity: Apply the "EIEIO" Test When Hiring and Retaining

Never Settle for Mediocrity: Apply the "EIEIO" Test When Hiring and Retaining

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Mediocrity is a terrible standard to apply when hiring and retaining teachers. Plenty of research has proven the importance of effective teaching in promoting student emotional, social, and intellectual achievement.

A friend for whom I worked talked about the "EIEIO Rule" when recruiting new faculty and considering renewals of veteran teachers' contracts. These are the qualities I suggest we look for when building a dynamic and successful school:

E- Energy
I- Intelligence
E- Enthusiasm
I- Interpersonal Skills
O- Ongoing Learning

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