New Books by Allan Odden

Improving Student Learning when Budgets are TightImproving Student Learning When Budgets Are Tight was published by Corwin Press in February, 2012. It is now available at www.corwin.com or www.amazon.com.

A how-to manual for achieving excellence despite budget cuts

This book offers a comprehensive framework to enhance student achievement in good times and in bad. The author provides a school improvement action plan and then shows how to target resources to implement that plan. More than just a “theory” book, this text describes concrete, specific actions that can be taken immediately. Key strategies include:

• Using data to support boosting student performance
• Focusing on effective instruction
• Setting goals to drive resource allocation priorities
• Setting priorities for situations that require budget cuts
• Hiring top teachers and providing ongoing professional development
• Providing needed technology resources

Allan Odden’s book, Strategic Management of Human Capital in Education, was published by Routledge Press in mid-January.  It is now available at www.routledge.com or www.amazon.com

Strategic Management of Human Capital in Education offers a comprehensive and strategic approach to address what has become labeled as “talent and human capital.”  Grounded in extensive research and examples of leading edge districts, this book shows how the entire human resource system in schools-from recruitment, to selection/placement, induction, professional development, performance management and evaluation, compensation, and career progression- can be reformed and restructured to boost teacher and principal effectiveness in ways that dramatically improve instructional practice and student learning.  Strategic Management of Human Capital in Education guides educators toward putting more effective teachers, teacher leaders, and principals in the country’s schools-especially in poverty-impacted urban and rural communities-equipping those teachers and principals with instructional and leadership expertise, and rewarding and retaining those who are successful in attaining these objectives. Drawing from cases, experiences, and deliberations from a national task force, this book outlines a comprehensive framework for how to transform current human resource management practices into authentic, strategic talent management systems in order to improve student achievement.

“This important new book clearly and comprehensively addresses the new work in school reform that is changing the face of human resources in school systems.”

-From the Foreword by Carl A. Cohn, Professor and Co-Director, Urban Leadership Program, Claremont Graduate University

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