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 […]

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 […]

SMHC Issues Comprehensive State Strategy and Policy Agenda

SMHC has written a comprehensive policy Framework addressing teacher and principal effectiveness issues for all states.  The Race to the Top guidelines are now posted (see Having several states adopt similar if not the same policies in these areas could be viewed favorably by people who will review Race to the Top proposals.  It […]

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, […]

New Paper from SMHC on Measuring Teaching Practice

In this rich working paper, Anthony Milanowski, SMHC Senior Researcher, with contributions from Herbert G. Heneman, III, Dickson-Bascom professor (Emeritus) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Steve Kimball, SMHC and CPRE researcher at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, reviews the current state of the art in teaching assessment by examining seven assessment systems. This study is […]

SMHC Webinar on Recruiting and Staffing Effective Teachers in Tough Economic Times

Join SMHC on Thursday, May 21 from 1-2 pm ET for a webinar on recruiting and staffing effective teachers in tough economic times. Allan Odden, SMHC co-director and Tim Daly, president of The New Teacher Project (TNTP) and SMHC Task Force member, will discuss how the systems and institutions responsible for recruiting and keeping quality […]

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 […]

Chicago Succeeds With Performance Pay Teacher Advancement Program

Chicago Public School District, one of SMHC’s Case Study districts, is having early success with a federally funded, performance pay pilot program. Chicago Teacher Advancement Program (TAP) is a five-year program that offers bonuses to all staff at nine elementary schools and one high school, depending on the performance of students in those schools. In […]