Newsweek Captures Sec. Duncan’s Address at the SMHC Task Force Meeting

In “Obama’s Stealth Education Reformer,” Newsweek’s Eleanor Clift reports on U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan’s presentation at the SMHC Task Force meeting on August 4. Clift writes, “Duncan turned heads when he entered the Ritz-Carlton in Washington early this month in part because he’s so tall (6-foot-5), and because he is offering the kind of […]

Widget Report Draws Praise

Raymond Pecheone, co-executive director of the Stanford University School Redesign Network and director of the Performance Assessment for California Teachers, and Ruth Chung Wei, director of Assessment Research and Development at the Stanford University School Redesign Network, recently reviewed The New Teacher Project’s report The Widget Effect: Our National Failure to Acknowledge and Act on […]

Principals, Strap on Your Armor

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan last week put the onus on principals to improve our schools when he called for a “team of warrior principals to leave the easier places and go into the most underserved communities with a chance to build a new team.” Secretary Duncan was addressing approximately 350 principals at the […]

“Separation of Degrees”: New Report Questions Compensation for Master’s Degrees

A new analysis by the Center on Reinventing Public Education and the Center for American Progress suggests that school districts should rethink paying teachers for receiving master’s degrees.  It argued that master’s degrees have little or no relation to student achievement in the classroom, and concluded that strategically, the “master’s bump” makes little sense. SMHC […]

Jerald Paper on Role of Teacher Compensation Reform to Boosting Student Achievement

On Tuesday, July 14, the Center for American Progress held an event on leveraging compensation reform for school improvement. The panelists included Craig Jerald, president of Break the Curve Consulting. Jerald’s 2009 report, “Aligned by Design: How Teacher Compensation Reform Can Support and Reinforce Other Educational Reforms,” is the best new writing on teacher compensation […]

Van Roekel Urges NEA to Act in “Economic Crisis”

In his July 3 Representative Assembly keynote speech, Dennis Van Roekel, president of the National Education Association (NEA) and SMHC Task Force member, addressed the economic and social challenges currently threatening education in the United States. He called on NEA’s leadership to focus its energies in three areas: Leading the efforts to transform public education […]

Cincinnati’s Teacher Evaluation System Hailed by New CAP Report

In “So Long, Lake Wobegon?,” a recent report from the Center for American Progress, Morgaen L. Donaldson examines the potential of teacher evaluation systems to raise teacher quality. The report specifically focuses on Cincinnati’s Teacher Evaluation System (TES) as a program that addresses many of the problems that afflict present teacher evaluation systems, and may […]

Weingarten to Head Up Teacher-Evaluation Task Force

In an interview with Education Week last week, Randi Weingarten, president of American Federation of Teachers and SMHC Task Force member, revealed she will head up a teacher-evaluation task force with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The task force is believed to be part of the Foundation’s new strategy as revealed in early 2009, […]

Sir Barber Offers Prichard Committee Lessons on Importance of Principal and Teacher Quality

Sir Michael Barber, Vice Chair of the SMHC task force, head of McKinsey & Company’s Global Education Practice, executive director of the Education Delivery Institute in Washington, D.C., and a former top advisor to British Prime Minister Tony Blair, was featured at a recent meeting of the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence in Louisville, KY.  […]

New Report Mobilizes for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Education

Today, the Carnegie Corporation of New York – Institute for Advanced Study Commission on Mathematics and Science Education released a new report, “The Opportunity Equation: Transforming Mathematics and Science Education for Citizenship and the Global Economy.” This report – which makes recommendations to “do school differently” and “mobilize for excellence in mathematics and science education” […]