As a partner at Cross & Joftus, Monica and her team began working with Madison Metropolitan School District in the fall of 2013.  The team completed a review of the district’s recruitment, hiring and induction programs, and later supported the district’s leadership team through a redesign of the district’s principal pipeline strategy. Work has included a revamped principal recruitment, screening, selection process, the development of new preparation partnerships, and a design of induction and on-the-job development programs for the district’s principals.

Monica’s team also helped the district redesign its teacher recruitment, screening and hiring processes, resulting in earlier teacher hiring, improved satisfaction among principals in teacher screening processes, and a 28% improvement in the diversity of new teacher hires. The project also resulted in a revamped internal transfer process, a hiring toolkit for principals, and interview tools that were driven by teacher competencies, but easily customized at each school site.

Monica and her team also supported Madison Public Schools through the study of a new compensation model for administrators, teachers and non-union professionals. The work included national research on innovative compensation models, the review and analysis of key human capital data, and an assessment of the technology systems that support compensation practices.