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  • Designing Schools that Work

    Organizing Resources Strategically for Student Success

    This publication outlines the fundamental principles and process of Strategic School Design. Through more than a decade of research and practice in the area of school resource use, we have found that high-performing schools are responding to the changing context in education by using... More »

  • Six Opportunities to Restructure Education Resources in Georgia

    From 2012 to 2013, ERS partnered with the Georgia Department of Education to address how the state and a few districts manage their resources. These reports highlight three opportunities to reallocate resources and three ways the state can better support districts More »

  • Do More, Add More, Earn More

    Teacher Salary Redesign Lessons from 10 First-Mover Districts

    Effective teachers are the biggest in-school factor related to student success. Across the country, a diverse set of districts are pioneering innovative approaches to teacher compensation that reward their best teachers and raise compensation overall. This report reveals the key policy decisions... More »

  • Spinning Straw into Gold

    How state education agencies can transform their data to improve critical school resource decisions

    K–12 education resources are often allocated non-strategically, with schools spending time and money on activities that have little relationship to student outcomes. States can help districts use data more effectively to make the best decisions in the interests of students. More »

  • Tools for California Districts

    California-specific tools for resource use and budgeting

    With the enactment of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) in 2013, California districts face an unprecedented opportunity to make big changes. With increased budgets and more flexibility, now is the time to consider how all resources are used, not just the incremental funds. More »

  • Return on Investment in Education

    A "System-Strategy" Approach

    Recently, there has been growing interest in adapting Return on Investment thinking to education. But most ROI analysis still misses a big opportunity. Education leaders need a new approach—one we call System-Strategy ROI. More »

  • The New Education CFO

    From Scorekeeper to Strategic Leader

    In recent years, school districts have found themselves in turbulent waters. They face quickly rising academic standards, a greater focus on teacher effectiveness, rapidly changing technology, and the more complex task of preparing students for college and careers in the 21st century. Given the... More »

  • The Path Forward

    School Autonomy and Its Implications for the Future of Boston’s Public Schools

    Researchers explored the effects of current school autonomy structures on Boston's public school operations and leadership, and looked at case studies from five other U.S. cities, drawing on those in part to lay out seven recommendations for expanding autonomies that can strategically allocate... More »

  • Seizing the Moment for Transformation

    California's Local Control Funding Formula

    In 2013 California adopted a new funding formula that significantly reinvests in public education. We offer seven ideas for how districts can seize this moment of change to transform how they use people, time, and money to meet student and teacher needs. More »

  • Student-Based Budgeting Webinar

    View the recent webinar on transforming school funding

    The following is a video recording of our April 3 webinar on student-based budgeting, based off our recent publication, "Transforming School Funding: A Guide to Implementing Student-Based Budgeting." More »

  • School Design in Action

    Detailed profiles of how schools are optimizing people, time, and money

    School Design in Action is a new section of our website that features interactive portraits of schools that are optimizing resources for student success. More »

  • Transforming School Funding: A Guide to Implementing Student-Based Budgeting

    Student-Based Budgeting (SBB) allocates dollars to schools based on the number of enrolled students, where each student receives a funding "weight" based on need. In this Guide, you will find the key decisions and practical steps necessary for considering whether SBB is right for your school system. More »

  • Video Lesson: Budgeting for Equity

    "Budgeting for Equity" was a video lesson given by ERS' Executive Director Karen Hawley Miles. The lesson focuses on three things:- defining funding equity in school systems- identifying inequity- identifying ways to address that inequity   More »

  • Professional Growth & Support Interactive Presentation

    A narrated PowerPoint presentation by ERS that introduces the key concepts and findings around teacher Professional Growth & Support. More »

  • First Steps

    What School Systems Can Do Right Now to Improve Teacher Compensation and Career Path

    Part of a series of ERS publications on teacher compensation, this paper explores four steps districts can take now for sustained impact on teacher effectiveness. More »

  • Spare Some Change: Smarter District Resource Use for Transformational Schools

    A Roadmap for Education Reform

    As a part of Pathways to Success for Milwaukee Public Schools, a project of the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute, the authors identify characteristics of an effective funding system in Milwaukee and beyond. More »

  • Professional Growth & Support Case Studies

    Promising Practices at Achievement First, Agile Mind, Teach Plus, and Aspire Public Schools

    Four case studies exploring how school systems have implemented a strategic approach to improving teaching effectiveness. More »

  • A New Vision for Teacher Professional Growth & Support

    Six Steps to a More Powerful School System Strategy

    In this publication, ERS expands the traditional definition of teacher Professional Development to Professional Growth & Support, which includes any use of people, time, and money that targets improvement of teaching. More »

  • Video: Strategic Resources in Action

    Georgia's Vidalia City Schools Shows How to Leverage People, Time, and Money

    Vidalia City Schools is one shining example of a district that strategically leverages its people, time, and money in the face of low funding levels and has seen steady growth in... More »

  • ERS' Teacher Compensation Workshop

    School districts have the responsibility to design a compensation structure that maximizes their ability to meet teacher recruitment and retention goals within the context of long-term fiscal sustainability. ERS has created this Teacher Compensation Workshop to help leaders bring together... More »

  • Misfit Structures & Lost Opportunities

    The Urgent Case for Restructuring Teacher Compensation and Career Paths

    One out of a series of three ERS publications on teacher compensation, this paper explores how to rethink compensation and career paths to attract and retain the most effective teachers. More »

  • Why Now?

    District leaders express why we need to make bold changes today.

    Hear from: Sam Franklin, Executive Director of the Office of Teacher Effectiveness, Pittsburgh Public Schools Brian Pick, Deputy Chief Academic Officer, D.C. Public Schools Alyssa Whitehead-Bust, Chief of Innovation and Reform, Denver Public Schools José M. Torres, Superintendent of... More »

  • School System 20/20 Infographic

    Re-envision School Systems for Great Schools at Scale

    The School System 20/20 infographic lets you see the possibilities for system transformation through ERS' seven-strategy framework. It illustrates the challenges to reallocating people, time, and money, so that every school succeeds for every child, and it shows what's possible. View the... More »

  • Resource Check™

    Assess your District’s Resource Use

    This web-based tool is designed to help you dive into the transformational strategies that lead to better resource use. Resource Check is a questionaire that tallies and analyzes your responses to show how close you are to best practices and where you need improvement. More »

  • Rethinking the Value Proposition to Improve Teaching Effectiveness

    Rethinking the Value Proposition to Improve Teaching Effectiveness explores the complete set of offerings and experiences provided by a school system to a teacher. We explore what the Value Proposition is comprised of and how it can be transformed into an effective management tool in... More »

  • Strategic Design of Teacher Compensation

    This paper explores typical goals of compensation redesign and implications for five main design considerations, including: base salary, district priority incentives, school roles, rewards and responsibilities, and fiscal sustainability. More »

  • Transform Now Video

    Our video illustrates why now is the time to take bold action to transform our school systems. Please share it and join the movement of district leaders dedicated to transforming school systems through restructuring resources. Check out ERS' latest tools that can help you... More »

  • School Budget Hold’em

    The Trade-off Game to Transform Districts and Meet Budget Challenges

    School Budget Hold'em is more than a game, it’s an interactive exploration of the thoughtful trade-offs school administrators have to make in these challenging budget times. More »