October 2012 Archives

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...


The National Council on Teacher Quality (NTCQ) recently released "State of the States 2012: Teacher Effectiveness Policies," which offers a glimpse into changes in K-12 teacher evaluation policy across the country this year. The brief builds off a similar report NTCQ completed in October 2011, "Trends and Early Lessons on Teacher Evaluation and Effectiveness Policies" that I discussed in a previous post. I also provided an update on educator evaluation legislation in January. Here are some of NCTQ's latest findings: Teacher Evaluation NCTQ's State of the States report cites: • Since 2009, 37 states have updated their teacher evaluation policies. Alaska,...


Performance-based compensation has been a hot topic in K-12 education as hundreds of districts across the country explore the strategy through Race to the Top, the Teacher Incentive Fund, and other federal, state, and local initiatives. However, some in the higher education community are also receiving attention for their compensation efforts. The University of Texas (UT) was in the news recently after their Board of Trustees approved a strategic compensation plan for the university's six health centers, 11 system administrators, and nine campuses. Just as many K-12 organizations make graduation rates a priority, UT has made improving the university's four-year ...


Human Resources should exist to help an organization attract, place, develop, grow, evaluate, reward, and retain its most valuable asset: people. However, many organizations face challenges in converting their HR department from the traditional transactional body to an office that is better equipped to meet the strategic needs of the organization. Based on my experience as well as trends in healthcare; nonprofits; technology, research, and innovation organizations; consumer retail; entertainment; power; industrial materials and supplies; consulting firms; government groups; successful international education systems such as Singapore, Finland, and Hong Kong; and successful American K-12 education systems, it is evident that ...


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