Disjointed HR Systems at Root of Poor School Performance

An article from Education Daily focuses on the importance of modern staffing and scheduling systems to well-run school districts. Among other factors, antiquated scheduling and staffing systems are behind the significant teacher shortages, low levels of achievement, and large achievements gaps that afflict America’s largest urban districts. Citing the SMHC case studies, this story highlights […]

Case Study Examines Teacher Recruiting Organization’s HR Initiatives

A case study on The New Teacher Project (TNTP) is one of nine case studies recently released by SMHC. This case study scrutinizes TNTP’s holistic approach to education, offering a thorough examination of TNTP’s Teacher Fellows recruitment programs, school-level staffing initiatives, and training and certification programs, among other initatives. To review this case study, please […]

Medill Reports on Human Capital Debate

Medill reporter Whitney Jackson wrote this article on the findings of the SMHC Case Studies, released November 18. Jackson reports on urban districts’ strategies to attract and retain top teacher talent, as well as the future of the human capital debate.

Columbia University Teachers College Reviews Real-World Lessons on Developing Effective Educators

This article from the Columbia University Teachers College provides an overview of the SMHC Case Studies, including that success in these districts was due to effective collaboration between schools and institutions of higher education. Colleges and universities can be important partners in providing a pipeline for talent. The case study districts worked with local universities on programs […]

Philly school staffing

In an article in today’s Philadephia Inquirer, SMHC acts as a resource for the 20th most widely circulated paper in the country, in one of our country’s largest urban school districts. The article discusses a common problem in many districts–that of staffing schools. Allan Odden, SMHC co-director, provides information on the comprehensive hiring strategies that […]

Teacher compensation, 5th in a series

Today, SMHC releases the fifth paper in the series on teacher compensation.  Building on the first four installments, this paper articulates the importance of making changes to teacher compensation as part of an overall strategic plan for improvement, rather than merely because it is the “reform of the moment.” The paper also estimates the costs […]

Teacher compensation, 4th in a series

SMHC today released its forth paper in a series, How to Pay Teachers for Student Performance Outcomes, by Anthony Milanowski.  The paper discusses the third key element in a modernized teacher compensation system, variable pay. Variable pay, also often called incentive pay, or pay for results, is typically based on some measure of worker or […]

Teacher compensation, third in a series

Today, we post the third of six new papers focusing on issues related to new forms of teacher compensation.  The previous two papers have shown that new forms of teacher compensation are needed as an important element in the strategic management of teachers.  They argued for increases in teacher pay levels through new elements based on […]

Teacher Compensation, second in a series

Today, SMHC releases its second paper in the series on teacher compensation, which asks the question, Do Teacher Pay Levels Matter?  This paper and its summary, as well as the other core SMHC resources, can be found in the Resource section of this Web site.  Teachers have always been regarded as an important part of […]

Achieving Teacher and Principal Excellence

Image via Wikipedia Andrew Rotherham, in a report published by Philanthropy Roundtable, outlines work being done to focus on teacher and principal talent.  He has compiled a comprehensive, policy-setting agenda for the human capital field in public education. His report -along with the  Odden-Kelly paper, Strategic Management of Human Capital in Public Education – should […]