Development of Human Resources and Human Capital Leaders Expanding the capacity of Human Resources and Human Capital leaders to support teacher and principal quality.
Our Focus • Recruitment and Selection
• Staffing and Deployment
• Performance Management
• Career Management
The Academy is the first initiative of its kind in the field of Human Resources reform and is dedicated to the development of central office leaders with Human Resources/Human Capital responsibilities. The Academy works with teams from Human Resources/Human Capital divisions of public school urban districts. The focus on best practices and research supports the implementation of a range of functions targeted at improving teacher and principal quality and advancing educational reform.Read More →
The Urban Schools Human Capital Academy was founded as an initiative in Human Resources reform supported by The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The Academy has been established in response to the many critical issues urban school districts face that could be addressed by more integrated Human Resources support for Human Capital initiatives.Read More →
Become Part of The Urban Schools Human Capital Academy (USHCA)…
USHCA provides a dynamic environment focused on urban school districts’ human resources and human capital functions. Academy participants address mission-critical issues such as recruitment, retention, principal and teacher quality, and many others through a series of sustained interactions over a three-year period. If you are interested in having your district considered as part of our next cohort please fill out the simple form on the left and we will contact you immediately.
Highlights from the Most Recent Academy
The fourth convening of the USHCA Inaugural Cohort was held October 28-31 in Princeton, NJ, at the Chauncey Conference Center on the grounds of the Educational Testing Service. Over 60 participants from across the 13 districts attended the event, along with external presenters from the District of Columbia Public Schools, TNTP and ghSmart.
The three-day convening primarily focused on lessons learned in Teacher Evaluation, , equitable distribution of effective teachers, and supporting the principal as a human capital manager. Participants engaged in a variety of learning opportunities aligned to this focus, including lecture bursts, in-district team and cross-district discussions, and interactive “hot topics” such as “Using a Research Protocol to Turn Data into Action” and “Managing Teacher Non-Renewals” among others,. Each district had an opportunity to present a significant learning or improvement strategy that the team had focused on over the past year, culminating in a valuable resource of “promising practices.”
Additional tools were introduced to the USHCA toolkit around improvement planning, equitable distribution and teacher evaluation challenges and teams were given time to explore and modify these tools for use in their district. The intense sessions led to high engagement and extensive interpersonal activity.
The fifth convening will be held in April, 2014 in Houston, Texas.