While speaking at a conference in Reno, Nevada last year, I had Human Resource Directors from three states approach me with questions about value-added analysis and how it might impact their work in the coming years. More and more states and districts across the country are using value-added data to inform teacher and leader development, evaluate educator performance, compensate employees, influence job placements, and other human capital decisions. The National Council on Teacher Quality's "State of the States 2012: Teacher Effectiveness Policies" report offers a glimpse into changes in K-12 teacher evaluation policy across the country over the past year. ...


Earlier this week, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation released "Ensuring Fair and Reliable Measures of Effective Teaching," the final report of the organization's three-year long Measures of Effective Teaching (MET) project. I would encourage all teachers, education leaders, and talent managers to read the report as it has huge implications for the future of teacher evaluation and other human capital decisions in states and districts across the country. Overview The MET project is a partnership of more than 3,000 public school teachers (grades 4 through 8, as well as high school grade 9 English, Biology, and Algebra I) who ...


In early October, I received an email from The Center on Reinventing Public Education (CRPE) at the University of Washington called "Principal Concerns: Iowa May Face Statewide Demand." The report uses data for the 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 school years from the U.S. Department of Education's Common Core of Data and the Iowa Department of Education to identify principals who are currently eligible or soon-to-be eligible for retirement. CRPE found: 1. Roughly 47 percent of the principals in Iowa are currently retirement eligible or will be within the next five years. 2. The principals identified as eligible or close to ...


Andrew Ansoorian contributed to this blog. Andrew is a 15 year human capital practitioner and is currently the Director of Human Resources for Shenandoah County Public Schools in Virginia. Andrew believes the "true test of one's character isn't how one handles adversity, but how one handles power." (Quote, Mike Petrilli, Stanford) After posting the blog "Emotional Intelligence: The Flip Side of Smart" on November 21, a few people tweeted me that intelligence shouldn't be measured in one way; however, IQ is still important. I agree. When it comes to measures, the right multiple measures will always provide a clearer image. ...


Marc Tucker, president of the National Center on Education and the Economy and author of the 'Top Performers' blog on Education Week, recently wrote a post in response to a 60 Minutes segment called, "Three million jobs in U.S., but who's qualified?" It reminded me of a survey conducted by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and Achieve that provides specific information on the future of the U.S. workforce. SHRM and Achieve surveyed more than 4,600 HR professionals this past spring from nine industries, including government; construction, mining, oil, and gas; healthcare; high tech; nonprofessional services; ...


Over the past six months, I have had the extreme honor of working with the Ohio Department of Education, four Ohio County Educational Service Centers, and the American Institutes for Research, as well as teachers, union leaders, principals, HR employees, and central office staff from 21 Ohio public and charter school districts to create guiding principles for local and state education leaders who wish to explore, design, and implement an alternative compensation system (ACS). After sharing the group's report at Ohio's Annual Statewide Education Conference earlier this month as well as through presentations at other events outside the state, I ...


Andrew Ansoorian contributed to this blog. Andrew is a 15 year human capital practitioner and is currently the Director of Human Resources for Shenandoah County Public Schools in Virginia. Andrew believes the "true test of one's character isn't how one handles adversity, but how one handles power." (Quote, Mike Petrilli, Stanford) Human capital professionals strive to attract and retain "smart" people who are the "best and brightest" as we conduct our talent searches. However, is there a part of being "smart" or "bright" that we may not be effectively assessing and identifying? For decades, many talent management strategies have focused ...


Naima Khandaker, Battelle for Kids Human Capital Specialist, authored to this post. Naima is a former teacher and current education policy nerd who believes that one day soon, education will be great for all kids. I'm going to ask you to think back to your college Psychology 101 class; specifically, to the concept of Theory X and Theory Y. Ring a bell? Developed in the 1960s by Douglas McGregor, these theories describe two approaches to motivating employees. The Theory X manager believes employees inherently dislike working, and must be closely monitored and controlled. The Theory Y manager believes employees are ...


"By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail." --Benjamin Franklin About a month ago, I had an interesting conversation with a chief human resource professional about succession planning. Her school district had seen a great deal of change in senior level staff members for a variety of reasons, and she was looking for great examples, policies, and practices around how other districts have overcome similar situations to quickly and effectively fill integral positions. Her concern was that if the district did not think through staff growth and replacement, it may fail to provide the best services possible to students ...


In recent weeks, I have had several conversations with school personnel directors about the importance of building ethical cultures and practices. Leaders in all industries face issues concerning unethical behavior and can learn from each other about how best to tackle these situations. Here are seven practices to help prevent unethical actions in any organization: • Create Policies and Practices: Organizations must research, develop, and document policies and processes around defining, identifying, and reporting ethics violations. These policies should be articulated in the employee handbook and protections should be put in place for those who raise ethical issues. However, having a policy...


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