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Thursday, March 14, 2019  
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Q & A with Trina Maull

Director of HR and Talent Services

University Partnerships


As the employment markets tighten and fewer young people choose the education profession, human resources and employment are becoming increasingly challenging. To navigate these conditions, charter schools are well served to utilize available resources, including the Colorado League of Charter Schools, so that they can be the best possible employers. The Colorado League of Charter Schools is available to help with HR and Employment issues by reviewing employment manuals, offering sample policies and general guidance on state and federal regulations and laws. We can also refer schools to attorneys and others that can provide more specific guidance.


Q1. As Director of HR and Talent Services, one of your jobs is reaching out to local universities. Tell us more about this.

Thank you for asking about our Future Educators and University Partnerships. We know that there is a supply and demand issue relating to educators across the state and our methods of recruiting must change. As a result, we are partnering with our local universities in the hopes of finding talent – our future educators – to connect them with charter schools and educate them on the benefits of teaching in charters so they one day have an opportunity to pursue a career in the sector. We have amazing universities around the state that provide diverse offerings of programs and curriculum, to meet the needs of their students. We value that. We have partners across the state to ensure inclusion. Our university partners are very enthusiastic about working within the charter school community. We look forward to developing and growing these future partnerships along with many others.



Q2. What universities have you developed partnerships with since you started at the League?

In a short time, we have initiated relationships with universities including UNC (Urban Education), Colorado Christian University, and CSU Pueblo, and began conversations with others. At our annual Colorado Charter Schools Conference, we hosted a session called University Partnerships: Our Future Educators. Representatives from Colorado State University (CSU Pueblo), Colorado Christian University (CCU), and the University of Northern Colorado (Urban Education) presented on a panel. They shared best practices surrounding recruitment efforts with the audience. We will continue to partner closely with them and other universities around the state to create future pipelines.


Q3. How does this work impact our member charter schools?

By developing and sustaining these university partnerships and pipelines, we hope to make it more accessible for future educators to learn about charter schools and what they offer in the hopes they choose to start and pursue a career there. For example, I was invited to speak to a class of seniors at CSU Pueblo to highlight the perks of teaching at a charter and explain any misconceptions that students had about charter schools. We are excited about supporting our members in attracting these future educators through additional on-campus conversations.


Q4. Where might all this work lead in the future (2-4 years)?

I believe we will see continued charter school support and strong partnerships with our universities. In addition, we will look at how to support university talent pipelines by possibly creating new or different programs of talent pipelines earlier; possibly as early as middle and high school. We will also continue to look at changes in demographics, programs, challenges, trends and opportunities that our universities face and adjust and align our strategy accordingly to support and engage our members. We hope these channels will create more undergrads choosing the teaching profession as well as those education students choosing charters.


I will continue to look for future opportunities and working with organizations like Colorado University Boulder where I currently sit on the advisory board for Teachers of Color and Allies (TOCA). I assist with their annual summit, a daylong event that gathers together local educators of color, administrators, equity scholars and allies to provide collegial support, opportunities for networking and mentoring, and insights into best practices in education. Hosted by the School of Education in partnership with local school districts, this summit is held every fall. Our intent is to build sustainable relationships so that future partnerships benefit all.

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