There's a lot of talk about "human capital" in Chicago and other big-city school systems, and perhaps no one else besides Tomas Hanna epitomizes this trend.
A former career principal in Philadelphia, Hanna was brought into the central office to revamp teacher recruitment and retention, with the help of community groups and others that had focused on the teacher retention crisis. Now in Providence, Hanna is
trying to do the same thing as superintendent.
I met him recently, and he seems to have that elusive combination of school-level credibility and central office savvy, and knows how to switch back and forth to get things done.
Filed under: The World Outside CPS