New Books by Allan Odden

Improving Student Learning When Budgets Are Tight was published by Corwin Press in February, 2012. It is now available at or 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 […]

Taking Human Capital Seriously: Remarks from Allan Odden, SMHC Co-Director

Taking Human Capital Seriously: Talented Teachers in Every Classroom, Talented Principals in Every School Remarks from Allan Odden, Co-Director of SMHC Today, Jim Kelly and I released an urgent report from Strategic Management of Human Capital (SMHC), Taking Human Capital Seriously: Talented Teachers in Every Classroom, Talented Principals in Every School. The report calls for […]

SMHC Issues Urgent Report on Talent in Education

Today, SMHC released a call to action outlining the dramatic steps necessary to improve teacher and principal talent. Taking Human Capital Seriously: Talented Teachers in Every Classroom, Talented Principals in Every School comes in response to U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan’s August challenge, in which he called upon SMHC to advance bold ideas for major […]

“Teachers are the Center of Education”

College Board and PDK International are shining a spotlight on great teaching with Teachers are the Center of Education, a new publication that profiles eights teachers. In chronicling the day-to-day work of a handful of incredible teachers from different disciplines, locations, kinds of schools, and student populations, Teachers are the Center of Education illustrates the […]

New Book from SMHC Co-Director Allan Odden

SMHC Co-director Allan Odden continues to push for dramatic improvements in public education in his recently published book, 10 Strategies for Doubling Student Performance. The book, which complements his previous work co-authored with Sarah Archibald, Doubling Student Performance … and finding the resources to do it, outlines a comprehensive and strategic school improvement plan for […]

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 […]

NYC Selected for Study on Measuring Teacher Performance

The New York City Department of Education and the United Federation of Teachers have joined to participate in “Measures of Effective Teaching” – a 2 year, $2.6 million study from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to determine the most reliable methods of teacher evaluation beyond relying on student performance and standardized tests. “There’s been […]

Aspiring Principals Inspire Improvement

Graduates of the New York City Aspiring Principals Program (APP) have successfully increased English test scores at traditionally low-performing schools, says a study released August 24 by the Institute for Education and Social Policy at New York University. APP is part of the New York City Leadership Academy, which was formed in 2003 to recruit, […]

TNTP Tool for “Interpreting Race to the Top”

The New Teacher Project (TNTP) recently assembled a PowerPoint presentation to help education leaders and policymakers pursue Race to the Top reforms. “Interpreting Race to the Top” includes: 1. A succinct summary of Race to the Top application and selection criteria; 2. An analysis of each of the four Race to the Top “assurances”: standards, data systems, […]

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 […]