About the iLEAD “Star Search” Process

iLEAD Schools is looking for “why-sayers” who want to inspire creative learners, out-of-the-box thinkers, and critical minds. As stated on our website, iLEAD looks for “people who want to make things better, make things more fun, more clever”. We actively seek people who aren’t afraid of the boss. People who aren’t restricted by convention, but challenged by it. It is the “why” that makes us successful. Resumes are collected either in person or via email. Once reviewed, potential employees are invited to attend our “Star Search,” which we hold several times throughout the school year.

During the Star Search, the potential employee goes through an all-day process that includes teaching a lesson, learning more about iLEAD Schools’ history and philosophy, preparing a project with a group of other candidates, and being interviewed by several interview panels consisting of facilitators, learners, and parents.

iLEAD Schools has procedures to ensure staff members are qualified based on background, training, and preparation. All facilitators are required to participate in a state-approved, teacher preparation program. Depending on the experience level, potential employees often substitute in our iLEAD schools to gain exposure in teaching in a project-based environment. Many employment opportunities arise from substitute experiences, student teaching opportunities, and college internships.

The iLEAD Schools hiring process strives to identify the alignment of a candidate’s educational philosophy and skills with iLEAD’s instructional approach and mission. The Star Search process allows us to find the best fit for our learners, programs, community, and culture.

Here’s a look at what candidates can expect at a typical Star Search event:

7:30 – 8:30 a.m.: “Tuesdays with TED”
Breakfast with iLEAD staff to allow them to meet the new candidates and start the meaningful conversations of what it means to be an iLEAD staff member. A staff member or team then presents a TED video and facilitates a discussion.

8:45 – 9:45 a.m. Welcome and Introduction
The CEOs use this time to give the candidates the “Why” of iLEAD’s history. Videos and anecdotes help give the candidates a better understanding of the mission and vision of iLEAD’s schools.

9:45 – 10:30 a.m. )
10:30 – 11:15 a.m. ) Candidates Rotation Through 3 Processes*
11:15 a.m. – noon )

  1. Panel Interview
    An interview panel consisting of a learner, a parent, and a facilitator ask purposeful questions prompting a conversation to give the candidate a broader perspective of what’s expected of an incoming employee.
  2. Demo Lesson Facilitation
    The candidate is assigned to a class within their comfort zone to showcase their abilities to facilitate a lesson.
  3. Tour of the Campus
    The candidates tour the campus, observing the unique design elements of the classrooms and getting a deeper, firsthand understanding of the iLEAD culture.

Noon – 1:30 p.m. LUNCH
Lunch is provided and is extended to allow for the current staff to come and again interact with the candidates.

1:30 – 2:00 p.m. Introduction to Project-Based and Deeper Learning
Incorporating videos, the CEOs explain in detail the importance of the iLEAD teaching philosophy.

2:00 – 3:45 p.m. Project Creation/Design
Each group (formed from the previous rotations) will have a “Mentor Facilitator” assigned to them in order to guide them through a process creating their own project ideas. These ideas will revolve around their individual expertise (credential) and show how the project will flow from start to finish.

3:45 – 4:30 p.m. Project Share-Out
Each group will share with all staff their project creation, and also field questions on the process of developing their project.

4:15 – 4:30 p.m. Candidate Survey
Candidates are given a survey to provide feedback on how effective the day has been, and whether they feel iLEAD Schools is a good fit for them.

4:30 – 5:00 p.m. Debrief
Led by iLEAD leadership, a roundtable of staff who have participated throughout the day debrief on how the candidates did and, with feedback from learners and parents, engage in a rich discussion of whether certain candidates are a good fit.