Our Impact


At ERS, we empower education leaders to strategically shift resources and system structures to enable every student from every school to learn and thrive. The work we do with states, districts, and schools across the nation, the research we produce, and the data-informed insights we provide are all in service of one thing: improving student experiences and outcomes—especially for those with the greatest learning needs and those furthest from opportunity.

“The thing I always go back to is equity. ERS walks the equity talk—helping us design equitable processes that lead to equitable outcomes and does so in a way that is going to empower the voices of our students, our families, and our staff.”

Leslie Torres-Rodriguez, Superintendent of Hartford Public Schools

How We Support States, Districts, and School Systems

Our work is both holistic and comprehensive, drawing on the exemplars, data, samples, benchmarking, and experience from our more than 20 years of deeply embedded district work. We empower leaders to make the large-scale, systemic change that supports equity and excellence in their districts.

Partnerships

Workshops and Networks

Tools and Research

We provide districts and state education agencies with comprehensive data analysis and hands-on consulting to enable leaders to make the transformative shifts students need to succeed.

We facilitate training events and circulate insights to help district and school leaders better serve the students in their buildings. Contact us to learn more.

We produce data-backed original research and key stories informed by our district work to illustrate how strategic resource allocation can impact student success.

In just the past five years, we’ve:

“[Working with ERS] provided an opportunity to challenge our thinking, to challenge the way that we do things, in an effort to move our student achievement to a higher level.”

Dawn Mirand, Superintendent, Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District

Measuring Our Impact

Our work is successful when it leads to educational environments in which:

  • Students have school experiences with engaging and relevant learning opportunities that are grounded in the best available research and organized strategically to ensure equitable success.
  • Teachers have career experiences that fundamentally redesign the daily work of teaching and offer supportive professional learning, robust career pathways, and competitive compensation opportunities.
  • School systems can mobilize resources to advance excellence and equity for all students, with a focus on sustainability and long-term strategic planning.

State and District Snapshots

Texas

In collaboration with the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and the Texas Impact Network (TIN), we’ve supported dozens of projects that span more than 60 Texas districts. Most recently, we launched the reimagined Texas Strategic Resource Use Network, which provides professional learning and technical assistance to district leaders. Through the network, we’ve been able to:

  • Create pathways for deeper budget planning, system strategy, and school design support.
  • Offer a continuum of differentiated support to districts across Texas.
  • Enable network participants to continue to develop strategic mindsets and strengthen core competencies.

“This process has helped build a bridge between academics and finance and operations. … It’s helping us surface multiple strategies serving the same core need and understand the full cost. It’s really helping us drive forward a conversation on what’s working.”

Network participant and Chief Financial Officer of a Texas school district

cleveland

We partnered with Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) to design and implement a student-based budgeting model that enabled leaders to allocate dollars based on student enrollment and need. This work:

  • Boosted school leader budgetary control from 2% to 71%, which enables more equitable, student-based allocations.
  • Supported CMSD in training its first two cohorts of principals under the new student-based budgeting system in how to identify a vision for their schools and organize resources around that vision. 91% of pilot cohort principals said ERS support gave them a deeper understanding of strategic school design.
  • Provided CMSD with data and analysis that helped strengthen leaders’ relationships with teachers, ultimately leading to a contract that garnered an unprecedented 71% approval rate from teachers.

“Our work with ERS has empowered us to truly own our strategy as district leaders and become better partners to the schools we serve.”

John Scanlan, former Chief Financial Officer, CMSD

Tulsa

When teachers at Tulsa Public Schools struggled to deliver the rigorous instruction that met their students’ diverse needs, we partnered with leaders to transform staffing and scheduling models to create job-embedded professional learning time for teachers. This work:

  • Increased collaborative planning time by at least 50 additional minutes per week across all schools, enabling teachers to have the greatest impact on student learning.
  • Tripled collaborative planning time at one school from 40 minutes to 135 minutes per week.
  • Enabled five schools to create new site-based coaching positions to provide targeted academic support, which has been shown to help low-performing students thrive.

“I can take you to numerous classrooms where I’ve seen teachers’ capacity grow exponentially in that teachers are more confident in their curriculum and teaching, and they’re using strong strategies in front of children.”

Jennifer Gripado, Instructional Leadership Director, Tulsa Public Schools

Impacting Students Across the Nation

These district spotlights highlight just a fraction of the work we do and the students we serve. We’re proud to partner with states and districts across the country to make lasting change and impact.


Looking to make an impact in your district or state? We’d love to know how we can help.

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Learn About ERS

Who We Are

Learn more about our mission, vision, and values.

Our Approach

Explore how we help every student from every district learn and thrive.

Tools and Publications

Access resources on strategic system transformation.

GET IN TOUCH!

We welcome the opportunity to partner with your district to better align resources and generate a significant impact for your students, your schools, and your communities.

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