Strategic Management of Human Capital in Education: Improving Instructional Practice and Student Learning in Schools

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Despite multiple efforts to improve the education system’s approach to its teacher and principal talent, there has been little or no impact on instructional practice and student achievement. Not just another misguided "silver bullet," Strategic Management of Human Capital in Education offers a comprehensive and strategic approach to remedy these issues and to address what has become labeled as "talent and human capital."

Grounded in extensive research, this book extracts concepts and practices from the private sector to frame an approach to strategic human capital management in education. Drawing from cases, experiences, and deliberations of the National Task Force of the Strategic Management of Human Capital (SMHC)—a project created to reframe how the public education systems can address what is required to become strategic, talent-centric organizations—this book outlines a comprehensive framework for how to transform current human resource management practices into authentic, strategic talent management systems.

Strategic Management of Human Capital in Education guides educators towards putting more effective teachers, teacher leaders, and principals in the country’s schools, especially in poverty-impacted urban and rural communities, and in the process how to produce a quantum leap in student achievement. This book demonstrates how all human resource programs including recruitment, selection, placement, induction, professional development, evaluation/performance management, career progression, and compensation can be linked to and anchored by measures of teaching practice and measures of student performance, and that "aligning" all aspects of school system human relations operation can have powerful and positive impacts on both instructional quality and student learning.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Rooted in improving student achievement, the book shows how strategy for developing people overlays with strategy for developing rigorous college ready curricula."
—Teachers College Record

"This important new book clearly and comprehensively addresses the new work in school reform that is changing the face of human resources in school systems."

— From the Foreword by Carl A. Cohn, Professor and Co-Director, Urban Leadership Program, Claremont Graduate University

"All the reorganization and restructuring in the world cannot compensate for poorly selected and developed personnel. Allan R. Odden provides future education leaders a comprehensive foundation for ensuring that school systems recruit, select, retain, and develop educators capable of meeting the challenges of high-stakes schooling."

— Daniel L. Duke, Professor of Educational Leadership, University of Virginia

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415886659
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 2/23/2011
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 0.60 (w) x 0.90 (h) x 1.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Allan Odden is Professor of Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis at University of Wisconsin-Madison and Co-Director of the Consortium for Policy Research in Education in the Wisconsin Center for Education Research.

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Table of Contents

1. Strategic Management of Human Capital in Education: A Framework

2. A Powerful Education Improvement Strategy

3. Staffing and Recruiting Top Talent

4. Performance Management in Education

5. Measuring Teacher Performance for Strategic Human Capital Management, Anthony Milanowski

6. Induction and Professional Development

7. New Policies for Licensure, Tenure, Evaluation and Dismissal

8. The Compensation Side of Strategic Talent Management

9. Strategic Talent Management for Principals, Steven Kimball

10. Organizing to Implement Strategic Talent Management in Education, Allan Odden, Anthony Milanowski, and Steven Kimball

11. The State Role in Strategic Management of Education Talent

12. The Policy and Political Environment for Change, James A. Kelly

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