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Scenarios & Case Studies

USHCA believes that scenarios and case studies can be powerful tools for learning. The scenarios and case studies in this section can be used for small group meetings, professional development, or to help start a new conversation in your district.

Case studies about DC Public Schools, Pittsburgh Public Schools, and charter organizations bring real life practices to our districts. The scenarios are great tools to take the learning back to district teams.
–Danielle Pickens, USHCA Team Member


Introduction to the Case Method Practical tips and suggestions for preparing for a case discussion
DCPS Case Study Case study exploring strategies DCPS implemented to meet their Human Capital goals
YES Prep Case Study Case study exploring recruitment and retention of a high-quality and diverse workforce.
Pittsburgh Case Study Case study detailing one district's human capital and human resources reform work.
Challenge Scenario – State U Scenario focused on the relationship between an HR office and a state university education department
Giving an Edge to High-Needs Schools Scenario Scenario on differentiated support to high needs schools
Scenario: Stories of New Teacher Experience in Harto District Scenario to focus on new teacher experience
Scenario: The Story of a District that was “Hard to Get Into” Scenario to focus on candidate experience
High-Needs Principals HR Bill of Rights Scenario Scenario on benefits of being a principal in a high needs school
Analyzing Current Pipelines for Potential Missed Opportunities Case Study Scenario about holes in teacher pipeline
Building a Team Scenario Scenario focused on the internal working of a team
HR Partner Scenario Scenario exploring a strong HR Partner
HR Partner Retention Scenario Scenario exploring the role of HR Partner and Principal in retention
The Many Layers of Retention: The Role of the District Office Scenario focused on retaining high performing teachers
You Think You Understand Your Retention Issue – What Now: The Importance of Planning Scenario on moving to the next level in planning around retention
Challenge Scenarios for Principal Supervisors Scenarios exploring the way principals need to analyze data and make HR decisions
Challenge Scenarios on Principal Autonomy Scenario exploring role of principal as HC manager
Challenge Scenario on Performance Management Scenario exploring performance management, retention, and the HR Partner role
HR Team Dynamics Scenario Scenario to discuss team dynamics
Moving HC Metrics Strategically – What Would You Do If… Scenario to start a discussion on how to improve HC teams performance in teacher pipeline, principal quality , and team service
What Would You Do If?? Short scenarios questioning or challenging the priorities of an HR department.