The issue of finding strategic ways to get the best, most effective people to become teachers and principals is a relatively recent policy initiative that has picked up speed quickly and caused major changes in both policy and practice. In fact, in a matter of two decades or fewer, our entire U.S. education system has been challenged in this area—including in the ways that we recruit, select, place, develop, evaluate, pay, promote, and dismiss educators. Some of these changes have been initiated by federal grant-giving policy initiatives that reward states and districts for innovation; others have sprung up due to the plethora of research that marks human capital as the single-most important factor in impacting student learning.
Whatever the reason for the human-capital-management reform movement, it is no secret that these reforms are hot and only growing in momentum in states and districts across the country. To be successful, these initiatives need to help solve major challenges in public education. In that process, they will likely be subject to much scrutiny.
Please join the Center for American Progress for a discussion about strategic human-capital-management changes, looking at the evolving landscape of these reform efforts through the release of Allan Odden’s paper, “Getting the Best People into the Toughest Jobs: Changes in Talent Management in Education.”
Cami Anderson, Superintendent, Newark Public Schools
Heather Harding, Senior Vice President, Community Partnerships, Teach For America
Allan Odden, Director, Strategic Management of Human Capital (SMHC) Consortium for Policy Research in Education (CPRE)
Bill Raabe, Director, Center for Great Public Schools, National Education Association
Cynthia G. Brown, Vice President, Education Policy, Center for American Progress