Eighth-largest school district focuses on teacher effectiveness

Hillsborough County Public Schools (HCPS) is the eighth-largest school district in the United States, with more than 12,500 teachers educating more than 190,000 primary and secondary students in 248 schools and 60 learning centers. Recently the Florida district successfully completed the first phase of a multi-step deployment of a management suite from Lawson software.

HCPS will use Lawson Talent Management to help support its seven-year Empowering Effective Teachers (EET) project, which aims to ensure that every classroom is supported by a highly effective teacher. HCPS’s adoption of the Lawson solutions was made possible by a $100 million education grant awarded to the district by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

“The Lawson solutions will help us put in place an infrastructure to efficiently manage HR functions and evaluate employee performance across the district in a standardized and consistent manner,” said David Steele, chief information and technology officer for HCPS. “We believe these measures can help us improve the development and retention of highly effective employees, which can ultimately help us deliver on our broader student achievement goals.”

Hillsborough County Public Schools is among the first Lawson customers live on the latest version of Lawson Talent Management (version 3.4). Lawson Talent Management helps organizations optimize their workforce by providing needed information about people in support of overall business objectives. It helps HR leaders and managers make more informed personnel decision and helps organizations attract, develop and retain top talent.

“The Lawson HR and performance management tools are specifically designed to help school districts effectively administer, track and support staff members’ professional growth to build a stronger and more qualified workforce,” said Brian Murphy, general manager, Public Sector for Lawson. “HCPS’s use of these tools will help the district implement quality teacher initiatives to provide a more effective learning environment for its students.”