• Leaders & Lessons: A Conversation with Tulsa Public Schools Superintendent Deborah A. Gist

    This interview originally appeared in the Impatient Optimists series by Gavin Payne of the Gates Foundation. Much of our work here at the Gates Foundation involves looking at the big picture in education – how connections between policymakers, K-12 teachers, and parents are fostered and... More »

  • Tulsa Public Schools: The Rocky Balboa of Teacher Hiring

    This article orginally appeared in the TNTP Blog A month ago, we shared how San Francisco managed to buck the trend of districts across the country struggling to hire enough teachers. Today, we have another story of a district that did the same, but in the face of even tougher odds: Tulsa... More »

  • Work Begins in Tulsa

    Tulsa Public Schools (TPS) started the school year with a burst of energy, catalyzed by new superintendent Deborah A. Gist, one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People. Dr. Gist has energized the central office in many ways: an “un-convocation” video featuring a pep-talk and dance party, a... More »

  • Over 2,000 People Now Have ERS Accounts!

    We've reached a big milestone in our tools work: over 2,000 people now have accounts with us! An ERS account lets you save and return to your work in our online tools, such as Resource Check, School Check, DREAM, and School Budget Hold'em. More »

  • The Strategic Budget Partner: 2015 ERS Strategy Retreat

    As school districts across the country are increasingly seeking to make the most of the resources they have and to organize people, time and money in more sophisticated, higher-impact ways, the role of district budget staff is changing. They must now bring a strategic perspective and set of... More »

  • Six School Planning Strategies

    November issue of School System 20/20 e-news

    Our School System 20/20 e-newsletter is a monthly guide for district leaders striving to align resources—people, time, and money—to improve student learning. This issue focuses on how to create a strategic school plan and offers six principles to guide the process. View the November issue here,... More »

  • CMS crunches numbers on how to support its neediest schools

    This article originally appeared in The Charlotte Chronicle.  Leaders of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools have started crafting an arcane formula with big implications for students, teachers and taxpayers. It will be used to assign additional teachers to schools with the greatest need. Figuring... More »

  • New Data Analyses Reveal Dynamic Urban Education Landscape

    Reports from CRPE and the Urban Institute dive deeper into NAEP results to reveal bright spots and systemic reforms in urban education. More »

  • Is your district’s school planning process setting up your schools for success?

    Cleveland Metropolitan School District and Six Principles to Improve Your Process Now

    Inspired by our work with partner district Cleveland Metropolitan School District, we present six principles to improve the school planning process. More »

  • The Bright Spots of 2015 NAEP: Charlotte, Boston, and Cleveland

    These three districts were bright spots in a year of lackluster results nationwide. Boston and Charlotte retained their places among the top urban districts in the nation, while Cleveland recorded among the largest district gains. More »