Designing Systems to Limit the Impact of Bias

By Hendy Avenue | November 12, 2019

In March, we wrote about how coaches and evaluators must identify, then set aside, biases in order to fairly and accurately evaluate and develop teacher practice. This critical work by individuals is powerful, but not the only tool available to leaders and policy makers in reducing bias: Specific design elements within performance management systems can…

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Jeremy Abarno, Welcome To The Hendy Team!

By Hendy Avenue | October 15, 2019

We’re thrilled to announce that Jeremy Abarno, former Chief Talent Officer of DREAM Charter Schools in NYC, joined the Hendy team in October 2019. Jeremy will specialize in school leader coaching and development, network leader coaching (especially talent and academics), curriculum development and training, and comprehensive talent strategy and implementation. Jeremy is the smart, thoughtful…

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Three Lessons for Meaningful Performance Management Incentives

By Hendy Avenue | June 3, 2019

We’re big fans of performance management. We know that for people to achieve their best, they need clear definitions of excellence, resources and tools to achieve that benchmark, and frequent, action-oriented feedback that drives their development. Too often, however, organizations don’t know how to link performance management efforts with valuable incentives for their talent. Before…

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Listen Up: Hendy Avenue on EdPOP Podcast

By Hendy Avenue | April 16, 2019

Curious to learn more about Hendy Avenue Consulting? Our very own Jessica Wilson sat down with the host of EdPOP to talk about our mission, recent projects and how talent strategy can make the difference for kids across the country. Click here to listen!

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Three Steps to Avoid Common Observation Biases

By Hendy Avenue | March 15, 2019

We all have biases. Whether picking an ice cream flavor or choosing to take the scenic route rather than the highway, we all operate with mental models that place disproportionate weight on certain factors that move our judgment in favor of one option when compared to another. When observing and evaluating teacher practice, there are…

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On the Air: Jess Talks Rubrics with EdPOP

By Hendy Avenue | January 15, 2019

School leaders are busy people; we know from experience that it can be really tough to keep up on the latest trends and research when you’re in the trenches every day. We also know that being a school leader can be isolating sometimes. It’s rare that a leader gets to step out of his or…

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Round 3: Looking Back, Looking Ahead

By Hendy Avenue | November 29, 2018

In our previous two posts (here and here),  Sarah and Grant shared reflections on the past year and projects they are looking forward to in the coming months. To bring us home, Jessica shares lessons learned on working through complexity and opportunities to lead with appreciation. What I learned: I have spent most of my career…

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Round 2: Looking Back, Looking Ahead

By Hendy Avenue | September 14, 2018

In our last post, Looking Back, Looking Ahead: Lessons Learned and What’s to Come in 2018-19, our founder Sarah shared insights on the difficulty of leading change and the excitement around re-engaging with one of our first partners. This week, we hear from Grant: What I learned: Historian and philosopher Will Durant said, “we are what…

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Looking Back, Looking Ahead: Lessons learned and what’s to come in 2018-2019

By Hendy Avenue | September 7, 2018

As consultants, our role is to guide our partners to make informed decisions and to successfully meet their goals. We also prioritize building the knowledge and skills of our partners and they tell us that they learn a lot from working alongside us. In turn, we learn so much every day from the incredibly smart…

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Make Your Pick: How the NFL Draft Applies to Teacher Hiring

By Hendy Avenue | June 13, 2018

While there is a lot of best practice research out there about how to hire a great team, leaders seeking teacher talent can take a cue from how professional sports teams scope out and draft players. In the post below, we bring Cade Massey’s article on 5 lessons we can learn from the NFL draft…

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Designing Evaluation Frameworks with Development at the Core – Part I

By Hendy Avenue | March 14, 2017

Encouraged by Race to the Top and the Department of Education’s ESEA waivers, teacher evaluations moved into the education policy limelight during the last decade. Dozens of states updated antiquated systems–usually nothing more than a checklist of low-impact items–into multiple measure approaches with student achievement a preponderant component. While this was a critical first step,…

Welcome to the Hendy Avenue Blog

By Hendy Avenue | March 1, 2017

Welcome to Hendy Avenue Consulting’s new blog! Over the past four years, we have have been fortunate to partner with wonderful school systems across the country to help them grow and retain talent.  And we’ve learned a lot! We are excited to launch this site as an opportunity to share what we’re learning, disseminate research,…