The launch of SMHC

Welcome to the Web home of Strategic Management of Human Capital (SMHC). 


We are SMHC’s co-directors: Allan Odden, director of the Consortium for Policy Research in Education (CPRE) and professor of educational leadership and policy analysis at University of Wisconsin, and Jim Kelly, founding president of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. 


We are launching this movement to help local school districts revamp their human resources systems and talent management practices by putting into place effective SMHC concepts.  SMHC’s overall goal is to dramatically improve student achievement, focusing on the countries largest urban districts.  SMHC includes practices to recruit, develop, reward and retain top talent in schools.  These actions require hard work, strong performance management and broad political support as they seek to fundamentally change deep-seated practices of large district bureaucracies. This Web site will be your source for finding out more about how to put these practices into place.


In addition to the Web site, SMHC will spread these ideas through a national Task Force, an Annual Conference, case studies and research, and a National SMHC Reform Network.  The Task Force, a key part of our work, is chaired by Governor Tim Pawlenty from Minnesota (R), with Michelle Rhee, chancellor of District of Columbia Public Schools; Carl Cohn, former superintendent of San Diego Unified Schools and Long Beach Public Schools, California; and Sir Michael Barber, partner at McKinsey and Company and former chief advisor on delivery to the British Prime Minister Tony Blair, as vice-chairs.  The Task Force comprises close to 30 school and community leaders who will share expertise and extend these ideas locally. 


Please visit this site often to find new posts with important resources on talent management and to leave comments about what you see.



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