This article focuses on the necessity of providing foundational preparatory training for those who are charged with leading teacher hiring efforts at the K-12 level. The essential question proposed within the article is: Why are the very educators tasked with directly leading K-12 staff selection and retention efforts far more likely to be schooled in how to avoid liability and how to dismiss employees, than receive formal and meaningful preparatory, let alone ongoing, training on the most important act of hiring the highest quality employees in the first place? Though there was a paucity of information on the practice of hiring early on, the professional literature has long acknowledged the importance of teacher selection for both instructional and organizational success, and has recently focused more on the act of hiring itself. Increased focus on this topic reveals very little attention directed toward training, though it demonstrates a need for greater consistency that would be fostered by training administrators at the graduate level, and continuing to address this topic by means of ongoing professional development throughout their careers. Increased scholarship on this topic both domestically and internationally supports the need for training, and provides valuable knowledge and resources that would benefit all K-12 administrators who play any role in this most important area.
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