The People Have Spoken: New Phi Delta Kappa/Gallup Poll on U.S. Public Schools

The Annual Phi Delta Kappa/Gallup Poll released last month offers insight into Americans’ perceptions of U.S. public schools. The poll offers a number of interesting findings on the issue of talent management. Highlights from this year’s poll include: TEACHER PAY – Almost three out of four Americans favor merit pay for teachers. Advanced degrees, student […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

New Paper from Wallace Foundation on the Effectiveness of School Leaders

With the scope of accountability narrowing on the principal’s office, there is increased interest among policymakers to link school outcomes to high stakes decisions for principals, including performance-based pay. Although research indicates that principals are second to teachers in the school impact on student achievement, there are many questions of how to assess leadership outcomes […]

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 […]

Stimulus Bill Offers Rewards for School Progress

This piece from the Associated Press highlights President Obama’s hopes for a larger federal role in education. Obama and Duncan’s vision centers on better teacher training and data systems to track student achievement. The bill includes a $5 billion fund to reward states and school districts that demonstrate notable improvement in boosting teacher effectiveness and […]

How Do You Make a Great Teacher?

A new federal report on teacher quality asserts that teachers who enter teaching through nontraditional routes have the same impact on student performance as teachers from traditional teaching programs. Responding to the perpetually hot debate on the effectiveness of alternative teacher certification programs, such as Teach for America and The New Teacher Project, An Evaluation […]

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 […]