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ERIC Number: ED557950
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Sep
Pages: 52
Abstractor: As Provided
You'll Never Be Better than Your Teachers: The Garden Grove Approach to Human Capital Development
Knudson, Joel
California Collaborative on District Reform
Teachers matter. Educators, policymakers, and the general public alike agree that great teachers are vital to a thriving K-12 education system, yet the pathways to assembling a high quality teaching force remain elusive. This case study of Garden Grove Unified School District (GGUSD), winner of the 2004 Broad Prize for Urban Education, demonstrates what a comprehensive approach to maximizing teacher quality can look like in practice. The report examines the strategies behind the district's two key levers for improvement: (1) getting the best teachers, and (2) building the capacity of the teachers it has. The story of Garden Grove is less about what it does, however, than how the district approaches its work. The report therefore explores the district culture and commitment to continuous improvement that produce effective practices of human capital development and enable these practices to achieve success. [The development of this brief was also supported through contributions from California Education Partners and the Silver Giving Foundation.]
California Collaborative on District Reform. Available from: American Institutes for Research. 1000 Thomas Jefferson Street NW, Washington, DC 20007. Tel: 202-403-5000; Fax: 202-403-5001; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: California Education Policy Fund (CEPF); Dirk and Charlene Kabcenell Foundation; S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation; S.H. Cowell Foundation; Stuart Foundation
Authoring Institution: California Collaborative on District Reform; American Institutes for Research
Identifiers - Location: California
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A