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Workshops, Webinars, and Events

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Workshops, Webinars, and Events

ERS hosts and participates in events throughout the year to support district leaders in their efforts to transform systems through strategic resource decisions.

Please contact Renée Sullivan for more information.

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ERS-Hosted Events

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    Sep 17, 2020

    Navigating Education Resource Equity in the Time of COVID-19

    The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, economic recession, and renewed national recognition of systemic racism have underscored the inequities that students of color and students with higher needs face in our society and in our schools. District equity leaders (whether the title is Chief Equity Officer, Director of Equity, or something else) play a key role in confronting and overcoming these challenges, particularly when it comes to helping districts direct limited resources where they’re needed most, both this school year and beyond. The Alliance for Resource Equity is hosting a virtual convening of district equity leaders to unpack the challenges of this moment, share promising practices, and brainstorm solutions. 

    Learn more and register here.

     

  • Aspen
    Aug 26, 2020

    ERS-Aspen CFO Network Virtual Sessions

    Our final spring/summer virtual convening will be held Wednesday, August 26.


    Session Description

    Now that systems have selected models, organized resources to support models, and are preparing to (or have already) opened school, it will be critical to have in place plans for continuous improvement that allow the system and schools to adapt to changing contexts. During this session, we will share insights from our district support work on what other systems have done to enable continuous improvement, and also take some time to hear lessons learned/wins/watch outs from CFOs who have already re-opened.

    *Please note, given how quickly things our moving, we may adjust the topic as we get closer to the date. It might be that another topic is more pressing or it would be better to discuss continuous improvement in the fall, based on where we are in our district support.

  • Conort
    Aug 25, 2020

    ERS-Consortium CFO Network Virtual Sessions

    Our final spring/summer virtual convening will be held Tuesday, August 25.


    Session Description

    Now that systems have selected models, organized resources to support models, and are preparing to (or have already) opened school, it will be critical to have in place plans for continuous improvement that allow the system and schools to adapt to changing contexts. During this session, we will share insights from our district support work on what other systems have done to enable continuous improvement, and also take some time to hear lessons learned/wins/watch outs from CFOs who have already re-opened.

    *Please note, given how quickly things our moving, we may adjust the topic as we get closer to the date. It might be that another topic is more pressing or it would be better to discuss continuous improvement in the fall, based on where we are in our district support.

  • Aug 25, 2020

    ERS CA Strategic CFO/CBO Network Virtual Sessions

    Our final spring/summer virtual convening will be held Tuesday, August 25.


    Session Description

    Now that systems have selected models, organized resources to support models, and are preparing to (or have already) opened school, it will be critical to have in place plans for continuous improvement that allow the system and schools to adapt to changing contexts. During this session, we will share insights from our district support work on what other systems have done to enable continuous improvement, and also take some time to hear lessons learned/wins/watch outs from CFOs who have already re-opened.

    *Please note, given how quickly things our moving, we may adjust the topic as we get closer to the date. It might be that another topic is more pressing or it would be better to discuss continuous improvement in the fall, based on where we are in our district support.

  • Jul 23, 2020

    ERS Virtual Session: Economics of Reopening

    In this session, we will discuss the economics of key decisions like remote staffing ratios, hybrid models, and redesigning instructional staff roles to explore how systems can most cost-effectively prioritize in-person instruction for the highest need students, within existing resource constraints and community context. 

  • Apr 29 - May 1, 2020

    Aspen Urban Superintendents Network Virtual Retreat

    The Aspen Superintendent network helps superintendents develop the skills necessary to be a strong strategic partner to their CFOs, CAOs, or Strategy Officers. Karen Hawley Miles has been an advisor to this group for 10 years running. 

  • Oct 23-25, 2019

    Strategic Budget Partner Retreat

    The 2019 Strategic Budget Partner Retreat is scheduled for October 23-25, 2019 in Boston, MA

    This three-day retreat provides finance teams and district staff with the knowledge, skills, and mindset to support strategic resource allocation in schools and across the district.  At the retreat, participants are introduced to and explore the tools, processes, data, and knowledge that budget staff need to support school leaders.  We also explore how finance teams can best support Strategic School Design. Participating districts will collaborate through shared problems of practice and reflect within their own district teams about how to continuously improve the services they provide to schools.

  • July 19-20, 2018

    Student-Based Budgeting (SBB) Summit

    The SBB Summit is scheduled for July 19-20, 2018 in Boston, MA

    This two-day conference brings together district leaders who have implemented Student-Based Budgeting (also known as Fair Student Funding and Weighted Student Funding) with the goal of optimizing the equity, transparency, and flexibility of their school funding systems, and empowering their school leaders to develop more strategic school designs. Summit workshops will include: sharing best practices and lessons learned with peers across the country, deep dives into ongoing challenges with other practitioners, and the testing of new tools and resources.

    Click here for more details and to get in touch if you'd like to send a team.

  • Summer Summit
    Summer 2019

    School Design Summit

    The next School Design Summit is scheduled for the summer of 2019.

    This three-day training brings together cross-functional teams of school and district leaders to work toward a set of key actions necessary in their district to scale strategic school design to ensure that every school succeeds for every student. The workshop includes case-studies with other practitioners, testing new tools and resources, sharing practices with peers from around the country, and hands-on teamwork facilitated by ERS experts on visioning and planning. Access tools and resources from the 2017 Summit here.

    It was a great learning experience for me. I am now reflecting on my own practices-past and present-and how I can improve.

    - 2017 SUMMER SUMMIT PARTICIPANT

    Please contact us if your district would like to send a team.

External Events

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    Jul 21, 2020

    Broad Center CFO Virtual Convening #3 w/ ERS

    ERS will lead a discussion on the finance / budget impacts of key decisions that your school systems are about to make on reopening this fall.

    As systems design comeback models for SY2021, they face an unprecedented challenge of designing service delivery that responds to student need equitably, protects physical health of students and staff and is financially viable. We will be discussing the economics of key decisions like remote staffing ratios, hybrid models, and redesigning instructional staff roles to explore how systems can most cost-effectively prioritize in-person instruction for the highest need students, within existing resource constraints and community context.

     

  • May 15, 2020

    GFOA Annual Conference

    ERS is joining the pre-conference to engage GFOA’s members in a discussion on what it takes for strategic CFOs to align resources to strategies. This session is grounded in ERS’ Strategic CFO Guide

  • May 7, 2020

    #EdFinChat: The Strategic CFO

    EdFinChat hosts monthly Twitter conversations about education finance, operations, and tech. ERS will co-host the May session on our recent publication, The Strategic CFO.

  • Mar 16, 2020

    Opportunities Abound: SOA Plan Support

    The 2019 Student Opportunity Act creates a once-in-a-generation moment for Massachusetts students: the Commonwealth has committed $1.5 billion dollars over seven years to make good on the promise that best-in-the-nation education can be a reality for all Massachusetts children, especially English learners and students from low-income families. Join ERS on March 16 for a free webinar on using new funding strategically and get expert assistance in designing and troubleshooting SOA plans.

  • Jun 27, 2019

    National Conference of State Legislatures

    Karen Hawley Miles will be presenting at the NCSL conference on June 27. Don't miss her session on State Budget and Tax Academy, K-12 Education Finance

  • May 9, 2019

    NewSchools Summit 2019

    Hosted by the NewSchools Venture Fund, the NewSchools Summit is an annual invitation-only gathering for education leaders who bring important and diverse perspectives in PreK-12 education innovation. The Summit will be held in Oakland, CA and will bring together over 1,300 educators, entrepreneurs, community leaders, funders, and policy makers. More information can be found at https://www.newschools.org/about-us/summit/summit-2019. 

  • Feb 14, 2019

    AASA 2019 National Conference on Education

    Joe McKown will be presenting at a round robin session at the AASA 2019 National Conference on Education. Will we see you there?

  • Oct 24-28, 2018

    Council of Great City Schools Annual Conference

    ERS Partner Jonathan Travers will be presenting with the Council of Great City Schools in Baltimore, MD

  • Oct 18, 2018

    NASBE 60th Anniversary Conference

    Karen Hawley Miles will be presenting at the National Association of State Boards of Education 60th Anniversary conference in Denver, CO on Advancing Resource Equity

  • Oct 18, 2018

    Leadership Florida

    ERS is facilitating a game of District Budget Hold'em at the Leadership Florida conference

  • Oct 16, 2018

    Grantmakers for Education Conference

    ERS is facilitating a game of District Budget Hold'em at the Grantmakers for Education conference in San Diego, CA

Webinars

  • Nov 29, 2018

    NYASBO Hold'em Webinar

    ERS will be presenting to NYASBO (New York Association of Business Officers) and facilitating an online worksession around our Budget Hold'em for Districts tool. 

  • Aug 28, 2018

    Strategic Budget Development Webinar

    The webinar will be held from 9:30-10:30am EST / 12:30-1:30pm PST on Tuesday, August 28, 2018. 

    The standard budgeting process for many districts is to review last year's budget and make incremental changes. Strategic CFOs know that to make transformational change, the budget process needs to evolve and be integrated into the district's strategic development and review. During this webinar, CFOs will be introduced to a tool to help them reflect on how strategic their budget development processes currently is, and begin to brainstorm ways to improve it.

    Although applicable for all districts, there will be a specific focus on the California context.

  • April 30, 2018

    Fighting for Fiscal Transparency: Opportunities and Challenges

    This webinar will be hosted by the PIE Network on April 30, 2018

    State-level advocates play an important role in implementing the ESSA public reporting requirement on school-level financial information. By asking the right questions and working with districts and departments, advocates can ensure the data illuminates equity gaps and improves policy-making.
     
    Experts Ary Amerikaner from Education Trust and Jonathan Travers from ERS will present on opportunities and challenges of the fiscal transparency requirement. Then, we’ll turn to partners and state advocates for a discussion on their experiences with this issue.

     

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