You'll Never Be Better Than Your Teachers

In recent years, education stakeholders have increasingly turned to human resources policies on teacher tenure, compensation, and evaluation as leverage points for improving teacher quality.  Although these efforts appropriately aim to improve the quality of the teaching force, they too often seek silver-bullet solutions applied in isolation from other improvement strategies.  Emerging attention to entire systems of human capital management, however, appropriately recognizes the need for a comprehensive approach to improving teaching quality.  This paper examines Garden Grove Unified School District and provides a compelling example of what such a system looks like in practice.