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.  […]

Allan Odden Offers Insights on How to “Fast-Track Rising Teacher Stars”

In this op-ed in Education Week, Allan Odden, SMHC Co-Director, offers insights on innovative ways to manage teacher-salary structures. SMHC advocates that schools and teachers be strategically managed around measures of student performance and measures of teaching performance. Odden argues that from adequate measures of teachers’ performance in the classroom, we can implement pay schedules […]

“Wanted: Talented People in Our Schools”

On May 27, Allan Odden, co-director of SMHC, was a guest on Schoolhouse Talk. Citing the SMHC Case Studies, Odden reminded listeners that contrary to popular belief, it is not “in the DNA of urban districts to have low levels of teacher and principal talent.” The first step to addressing the problems of recruitment and […]

TNTP Report Shows Need for Rigorous Measures of Teaching Performance

The New Teacher Project, whose President Tim Daly is a member of the SMHC National Task Force, released yesterday “The Widget Effect.”  This report shows that too many systems inaccurately represent teacher effectiveness by failing to acknowledge differences in teaching effectiveness. The systems treat teachers as “widgets,” ignoring both outstanding teachers as well as ineffective […]

International Insight into U.S. Education Reform

Sir Michael Barber, Vice Chair of SMHC and Partner at McKinsey & Company, offers an international perspective on the future of American education reform in his paper, “Neither Rest Nor Tranquility: Education and the American Dream in the 21st Century.” According to Sir Barber, the future of American education – and, concomitantly, the American Dream […]

SMHC District Reform Network Kicks Off Today

Friends and Colleagues: We begin our two day conference in Chicago, today, with the SMHC District Reform Network.  We have teams from 22 districts attending, including Albuquerque, Atlanta, Austin (TX), Shreveport, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, East Baton Rouge, Fort Worth, Fresno, Jefferson County (Louisville), Lincoln, Minneapolis, New York City, Omaha, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Prince George’s County, […]

SMHC Task Force Member Jo Anderson Jr. Appointed Senior Advisor to DOE

In a move indicative of the new administration’s commitment to working with teachers’ unions, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan appointed Jo Anderson Jr. senior advisor to the department on March 12. Anderson, executive director of the Illinois Education Association (IEA) and a SMHC Task Force member, will oversee outreach to teachers and teachers’ unions. Anderson […]

Last Chance to Register for the Celebration of Teaching & Learning!

The 4th annual Celebration of Teaching & Learning is this Friday and Saturday, March 6 and 7 in New York City. Come hear leading experts from the worlds of whole school policy, autism, English Language Learners, global awareness, literacy, math, science, technology, and choose from more than 100 workshops that dive deeper into these content […]

Improved HR Practices Key to Effective Educators

In this Opinion piece in Education Week, Governor Tim Pawlenty and Former Governor James B. Hunt, Jr. discuss the measures adopted by the SMHC Case Study School Districts – Boston; Chicago; Fairfax County, Va.; Long Beach, Calif., and New York City – to transform disordered human resource practices and improve recruiting and hiring practices.  According […]