SMHC Highlighted in New Teacher Compensation Report from CED

In a new report from the Committee for Economic Development (CED), SMHC is noted for helping to increase public understanding of the importance of strategically aligning all elements in the human resource system with the common goal of improving student learning. The report, Teacher Compensation and Teacher Quality, argues that to increase student achievement, we […]

SMHC Co-Director Kelly to Address Delaware Practitioners on HC Management

On Wednesday, October 7, SMHC Co-Director Jim Kelly will meet with Delaware legislators, business leaders, and district superintendents to discuss human capital management. Kelly will also deliver a presentation to education practitioners to kick off the Delaware Department of Education’s Leadership for Learning series. In his presentation, Kelly will advise practitioners on the best practices […]

What’s the Mark of a Great School Leader? Great Followers

SMHC Task Force member Denis Doyle stresses the importance of HR alignment and strong school leadership in this recent post on The Doyle Report. According to Doyle, the success of Montgomery County MD schools is largely due to its management of human capital. Doyle writes, “One of the lessons that cannot be stressed enough is […]

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 […]

Secretary Duncan Address SMHC National Task Force

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan met with the SMHC Task Force on Wednesday to discuss talent and human capital management from the federal perspective. Educator effectiveness has been at the crux of the education reform dialogue, and the recently released guidelines for the Race to the Top grant competition prioritize the development of “Great […]

SMHC Task Force Looks at SMHC District and State Reform Networks

The SMHC District and State Reform Networks are a critical focus of the ongoing SMHC project. Task Force Vice-Chairs Carl Cohn and Michelle Rhee, along with Janet Knupp, Task Force member, and Betsy Arons, consultant, Gates Foundation, updated the Task Force on the work of the District Reform Network. Launched in 2009, the District Reform […]

Approaches to Measuring Teaching Practice Probed at Task Force Meeting

The SMHC National Task Force reconvened yesterday and today. Responding to the recent national focus on systems to measure teacher effectiveness, SMHC Co-Directors Allan Odden and Jim Kelly, along with SMHC Senior Policy Analyst Anthony Milanowski led a discussion on approaches to measuring teaching practice. Odden, Kelly, and Milanowski unveiled the findings of the new SMHC paper, […]

Odden Offers States Guidance at ECS National Forum

SMHC Co-Director Allan Odden spoke today at the Education Commission of the States’ 2009 National Forum on Education Policy on state strategies for enhancing teacher effectiveness. Odden provided an overview of key findings from the SMHC Case Studies, released in 2008, and how these findings are impacting SMHC’s work in 2009. State strategies to improve […]

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 […]