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“What it Takes” for a Turnaround: Principal Competencies that Matter for Student Achievement

The Center for School Turnaround (CST) released a guide discussing the behavioral event interview (BEI) and turnaround leader competencies. CST explains how each of these can support the turnaround endeavor. A BEI is a particular type of interview that allows candidates’ suitability for a position to emerge by measuring their competencies, which are ways of behaving, acting, and feeling that support a person’s performance in a particular role. This guide provides a rationale for using BEIs and competencies, and it takes an in-depth look at how they might be used in practice. It also explores how several districts and states use these research-based processes to improve selection as well as other human resource functions, such as school assignment and professional development.