“The Urban Schools Human Capital Academy was one of the most thoughtful, engaging and useful institutes I have ever participated in–hands down!  Working with the other districts provided a context to distinguish best practices and think through common challenges. As important to the cross-district work was the opportunity to dialogue with members of my district about becoming more strategic and integrated as a central office team.  The resources, in particular  the ABC Tool, were very helpful and afforded our team time to analyze and fine-tune our focus on the “right work. Congratulations to the entire USHCA team for a great inaugural event.”

Douglas W. Anthony
Director of Human Capital Management, Prince George’s County Public Schools

“The Denver Public Schools team could not feel more fortunate to be members of the inaugural cohort of the Urban Schools Human Capital Academy.  We have been working with and learning from Betsy Arons for several years, and we are thrilled to see the USHCA come to life under her leadership.  The chance to dig deeper into our Human Capital leadership strategies alongside Darlene Merry and our HR colleagues from across the country was—and will continue to be—one of the most powerful professional development experiences any of us has had.  The comprehensive, relevant, and thoughtful tools Betsy and her team designed are already in use in our department.

“We left the first session feeling a sense of empowerment based on the reflective assessment we did as a team during our time together.  More important, we left the first session with a fierce urgency to rise to the level of Human Capital effectiveness in our district that we defined collectively with our multi-faceted cohort of USHCA teammates.  The students and families in our districts deserve our best.  The USHCA will be an impetus for us as Human Capital leaders to shine a light on the most critical work we do: attracting, supporting, and retaining the brightest people to teach and lead our students.  “Best People. Best Results.”  Together with the USHCA, we can make things happen!”

Kathleen Shiverdecker
Former Executive Director for School Support, Denver Public Schools