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In the Nation's Interest

The Best Practices and Enabling Conditions of Successful Human Capital in Education Systems

CED hosted a luncheon forum and webinar at the National Press Club on Human Capital and Education with guest speaker Thomas Payzant, Ed.D., professor of practice at Harvard Graduate School of Education and the author of the book Urban School Leadership. During the previous decade Payzant served as Superintendent of Public Schools in Boston, San Diego, Oklahoma City, Eugene, Oregon and Springfield, Pennsylvania. His work has been acknowledged on both a regional and national level.

According to Dr. Payzant, managing human capital is one of the major challenges urban districts face. Payzant shared some of his extensive personal experience with systemic reform efforts he has lead through the years, and acknowledged the importance of narrowing the focus of human capital strategies (“less can be more”) and aligning strategic goals with budget plans and projections. Human capital strategy needs to be continually reviewed and modified based on results.

At the end of the event, CED’s Vice President and Director of Education Studies Janet Hansen gave in-depth comments on CED’s recent policy briefs More Districts Adopt Innovative Teacher Pay Plans (2011) and Austin, Texas: An Educator/Business Collaboration In Support Of Teacher Compensation Reform (2011).

Watch the forum:

Welcoming remarks and introduction by Michael Petro, CED VP for Business & Government Policy [play video]
Dr. Thomas Payzant [part 1] [part 2]
Dr. Janet Hansen [play video]
Audience Q&A [play video]

The event and web conference is made possible by the generous support of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.