A Radical New Approach
Creating good matches between teachers and schools is really important. Every school is different and every teacher is unique. Studies show mission and culture fit are key to teacher satisfaction and school performance. In the candidate search and selection process, School-Teacher Fit is often overlooked, yet it is one of the best predictors of mutual success. In Short, Fit Matters.
myEDmatch is an easier, more effective way to connect educators and schools with similar goals and beliefs about education. myEDmatch is a job-matching site for educators that matches good-fit educators and schools. It offers an information-rich environment for teachers and schools to learn about each other during the job-search and hiring process.
The secret sauce for myEDmatch is a matching algorithm that produces a Match Score to indicate the degree of mission and culture fit between a teacher and a school. The methodology behind the Match Score is grounded in education and psychology research.
Three Easy Steps
Build an Online Profile. School and teacher profiles provide information that the other side really wants to know. Profiles include basic facts, school and geography preferences, and a virtual portfolio that includes multi-media elements like video, work documents, pictures, and DonorsChoose.org classroom projects.
Get matched. Teachers and schools complete a Core Beliefs Profile that describes what really matters to them about education in seven critical areas: mission, instruction, professional development, planning, student culture, staff culture, and school environment. A special algorithm calculates a Match Score between schools and educators based on the similarity of their core beliefs.
Search for jobs and candidates. Schools post current job openings so that teachers, whether matched or not, can search and discover opportunities. Teachers have over a dozen ways to discover schools and jobs, such as geography, academic model, and school type. Schools can search for matched and unmatched educators using over twenty different criteria, such as location, expertise, or preferences about where they want to work.
The $7 Billion Problem
Research shows that teachers hit their stride after 3-5 years in the classroom. (CITE) But far too many teachers never realize their full potential. Roughly 1 in 3 new teachers quit teaching within their first three years. Nearly half of all new teachers leave by year five. This crisis is even worse in low-income schools, where up to 80% of new teachers quit within five years.
The cost of teacher turnover is staggering. One estimate puts the annual cost of teacher attrition in the United States at just over $7 billion. (CITE-NCTAF 2007 report) In some schools, principals can spend up to 70% of their time in the spring semester on recruitment to replace departing teachers. This is money and time that could be better spent directly on efforts to improve student outcomes.
The number one reason teachers quit the profession? Despite popular belief, it’s not the pay or the students. It’s dissatisfaction with working conditions. One study cites the lack of fit with a school’s instructional culture as the main driver of teacher turnover. (CITE TNTP report)
myEdMatch is a radical new approach: Fit Matters. Better matches lead to greater educator satisfaction, lower teacher turnover, and better outcomes for students.
In spring 2012, Alicia was finishing up an Executive MBA program at Washington University in St. Louis. At the same time at her mother’s encouragement she signed up on an online dating site to try to find a boyfriend. One night while searching for a topic for a paper on innovation, she took a break and decided to check out her new matches on the dating site. Inspiration struck. If online dating could connect people that otherwise never would have met, why not teachers and schools? What if we combined the efficiency and effectiveness of online dating with teachers and schools looking for their own matches?
After some months of refinement, Alicia in early September 2012 shared her idea for a job-matching site for educators with Munro. Munro quickly realized that this was the big idea he had spent the past two years looking for. After a few weeks of discussion, they both quit their jobs so they could focus full-time on launching myEDmatch in spring 2013.
Alicia started her career as a 4th grade teacher in south-central Los Angeles and most recently started and ran the Teach For America - Kansas City region as the executive director. She currently sits on a local school board. Alicia received her undergraduate degree and Master's in Business Administration from Washington University in St. Louis, and her Master's in Education from Loyola Marymount University.
Munro previously was vice president of education at the Kauffman Foundation in Kansas City. Over a ten-year career at the Foundation he helped found a college access program, attract KIPP and Expeditionary Learning to Kansas City, and oversaw the school design and startup of an urban college prep charter school. Munro has an undergraduate degree from the University of Kansas, Master’s degrees from Harvard and Oxford, and a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois.
Director of Marketing
Tom began his career in education by teaching ESL in southern Delaware and Los Angeles, and then high school Spanish in Baltimore. Following his time in the classroom, he joined the staff of Teach For America, and during his six years at the organization, held a variety of roles in teacher recruitment and training, fundraising, alumni support, events management. and marketing. Tom earned his Bachelor's degree from Wake Forest University and his Master's degree in education from Johns Hopkins University.
Jennifer spent four years as a public school teacher in North Carolina and Kansas where she gained a deep appreciation for the work educators do every day. She was also a regular contributor to EdCetera, an education technology blog. Jennifer has an undergraduate degree in secondary education and a Master's degree in curriculum and instruction both from Kansas State University.
Ryan was a founding mathematics teacher at the Ewing Marion Kauffman School, a new no-excuses charter school in Kansas City. Prior to teaching at the Kauffman School, Ryan was part of Teach For America and taught middle school math. He graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a BA in economics.
Black Ops Development
The coolest, nimblest team of developers and software engineers. But they’re Black Ops, so, uh, we can’t really talk about them.
Tim is the Founder and CEO of Freightquote.com, the largest online freight broker providing customized freight shipping solutions across North America. Tim is board chair of the Center for Education Reform and a member of the board of advisors of the University of Kansas School of Business.
Maxine is the Founder and CEO of Build-A-Bear Workshop, a teddy bear themed entertainment retailer based in St.Louis, MO with 400+ stores world-wide. Maxine serves on the boards of two publicly traded companies, Build-A-Bear Workshop and Footlocker, Inc., the national board of DonorsChoose.org, national and local boards of Teach For America, and is board chair of KIPP St. Louis.
Dan is president and COO of Barkley, the largest employee-owned advertising agency in the U.S. Dan is on the local advisory board of Teach For America-Kansas City.
Jeff is CEO of Barkley, the largest employee-owned advertising agency in the U.S. Jeff and Barkley provide space, resources, and support for YouthFriends, a non-profit that matches adult mentors with kids in public schools.