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School Design

Whole Child

Ensure students are deeply known and integrate more intensive social and emotional support where necessary.

What is the opportunity?

In a typical system, investments in culture and social-emotional support are reactive rather than proactive, and can result in the removal of resources (time and attention) from core instruction. 

With Strategic School Design, investments reinforce the school’s core instructional work. Relationships and culture are built through routine interactions with students and adults. Systems exist to link students to the right supports inside and outside the school, and to ensure communication among teachers, support providers and families.

Dig Deeper

Schoolwide Values, Systems, and Routines at Ridge Road

See how Ridge Road Middle School in Charlotte, NC, transformed its student and adult culture through instituting strong schoolwide systems and routines.

School Culture at UP Academy Charter School of Boston

Explore a Prezi presentation that shows how UP Academy Boston has built a strong school culture based on its core values.

Looping at City Charter High School

Learn in this Prezi presentation how at City High in Pittsburgh, teams of 12 instructors stay with students for all four years of high school, enabling deeper relationships and a focus on teaching students rather than content.

Low Core Class Sizes at Generation Schools Network

Get details in this Prezi presentation of how Generation School creates core classes of approximately 15 students, enabling teachers to provide targeted individual attention based on their students’ needs.

Explore School Check and complete your own healthy school check-up in just a few minutes by answering a series of questions about strategic resource use.

Start by focusing on the Whole Child section.


Open an ERS account and explore School Designer, our five-step, interactive tool that leads principals, teachers, and central office staff through the Strategic School Design process. 

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