District and State Partners

For the past 10 years, we’ve partnered with more than 20 school districts nationwide on issues from teacher effectiveness and school funding to redesigning central office support of schools. You can read summaries of each of our engagements below; for information on on working with ERS, contact Jonathan Travers.

Current Partners

  • Baltimore City Public Schools

    ERS has partnered with Baltimore City Public Schools (BCPS) on a number of projects since 2004 to assess district data and practice and to support strategic decision-making in the areas of teacher professional development (PD), school funding redesign, transition to Fair Student Funding and in... More »

  • Tulsa Public Schools

    ERS is partnering with Tulsa (TPS) to map resource use with a focus on change management, create a teacher compensation model, create a five year strategic plan, and connect differentiated teaching roles with blended learning. More »

  • Boston Public Schools

    ERS has been partnering with Boston Public Schools (BPS) for over a decade, in projects covering professional development (PD) spending, comprehensive resource mapping and analysis, turnaround school strategy, the role of autonomy across schools, and advising the incoming Superintendent on his... More »

  • Cleveland Metropolitan School District

    ERS is partnering with Cleveland (CMSD) to map resource use and to support human capital strategy, strategic school design, and the development of a Student-Based Budgeting system as part of the district’s transition to a Portfolio model. More »

  • Indianapolis Public Schools

    ERS is partnering with Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) to perform a deep-dive financial analysis and support the transition to Student-Based Allocations (also known as Weighted Student Funding or Student Based Budgeting), building off of past work on IPS’ teacher compensation strategy. More »

  • New York State Education Department (NYSED)

    ERS is partnering with the New York State Education Department (NYSED) to support a group of districts in improving their use of resources, and to identify the best metrics the state can collect from districts to help them further improve. More »

  • Oakland Unified School District

    ERS is partnering with Oakland Unified School District to conduct both a high-level and deep-dive analysis of how the district uses its resources to achieve student success, using our System 20/20 and Resource Map assessments. More »

Past Partners

  • Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

    ERS is partnering with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) to analyze school and district resource use, support innovative school design within CMS’ Strategic Staffing Initiative, help with the development of the five-year strategic plan, and advise on English Language Learners and special... More »

  • Denver Public Schools

    In 2014, we partnered with DPS to incorporate a "System-Strategy" return-on-investment approach into their strategic planning, so the district can reach the ambitious student achievement goals of their 2020 strategic plan. Previously, we partnered with Denver Public Schools to complete a resource... More »

  • Aldine Independent School District

    ERS partnered with the Aldine Independent School District (AISD), in Texas, to map its resource use and improve its human capital strategy. More »

  • Atlanta Public Schools

    ERS partnered with Atlanta (APS) to map resource use, prioritize areas to redirect resources, advise on school design, and develop a Teacher Effectiveness Dashboard. More »

  • Austin Independent School District

    ERS partnered with Austin Independent School District (AISD) to map resource use, to identify ways that people, time, and money could be used most strategically in the district. More »

  • Chicago Public Schools

    ERS has partnered with Chicago Public Schools (CPS) to strengthen its professional development (PD) program to improve literacy instruction, to analyze CPS and school resource use, and to help identify strategies to improve the outcomes of CPS high school students. More »

  • Cincinnati Public Schools

    ERS has partnered with Cincinnati Public Schools (CPS) to conduct a comprehensive review of the district’s professional development (PD), monitor its progress in achieving PD goals, analyze and support its PD planning process, and implementation of weighted student funding. More »

  • Connecticut Council for Education Reform (Special Project)

    ERS partnered with the Connecticut Council for Education Reform (CCER) to provide school system funding analysis for three school districts – Bridgeport, Hamden and Windham. More »

  • District of Columbia Public Schools

    ERS partnered with the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) to analyze the allocation of resources and to help the district use the findings to improve student performance. More »

  • Duval County Public Schools

    In July of 2010 ERS launched a partnership with Duval County Public Schools, located near Jacksonville, Florida, to complete a resource map of the district, examining how they currently use their resources to support student learning goals. More »

  • Georgia Department of Education

    ERS is partnering with the Georgia Department of Education to map resource use and support new resource strategies in five districts, support teacher compensation reform, analyze state-level spending, and study the impact of federal and state education policies. This work is funded by Georgia’s... More »

  • Los Angeles Unified School District

    ERS has partnered with Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) to build leadership capacity in budgeting, to redesign middle schools, and to analyze the budget to support effective resource allocation. More »

  • Michigan State University

    ERS is working with the Michigan Department of Education to provide training and support for state and district-level staff working with “Priority Schools," which are among the lowest achieving in the state. More »

  • Nashville (Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools)

    ERS is partnering with the Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) to help the district analyze and interpret its resource use findings, support the design and implementation of a Student-Based Budgeting (SBB) system as part of its Education 2018 plan, and to support strategic school design... More »

  • New Haven Public Schools

    ERS is partnering with New Haven Public Schools to analyze their use of resources through the Strategic Resource Map. More »

  • New York City Department of Education

    ERS partnered with the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) to inform the district’s efforts to rethink the role of Human Resources (HR) in supporting a comprehensive professional development (PD) system. More »

  • Newark Public Schools

    In September 2011 ERS launched a partnership with Newark Public Schools to complete a resource map of the district to examine how they currently use resources to support student learning goals. More »

  • Palm Beach (The School District of Palm Beach County)

    ERS is partnering with Palm Beach to map resource use and to support human capital strategy, strategic school design, help surface areas to reinvest to support their under-performing and growing English Language Learner (ELL) population. More »

  • Philadelphia (The School District of Philadelphia)

    ERS is partnering with the School District of Philadelphia (SDP) to conduct an analysis of resource use in the central office. More »

  • Prince George's County Public Schools

    ERS partnered with Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS), an urban district just outside of Washington, D.C., to map the district’s overall resource use and support the development of a Weighted Student Funding model. More »

  • Providence Public Schools

    ERS partnered with Providence Public Schools (PPS) to analyze the district’s budget, to assess current spending and school-level equity, and to identify opportunities to use resources to improve instruction. More »

  • Rochester City School District

    ERS has partnered with Rochester City School District (RCSD) on a variety of projects, from analyses of professional development practices, central office spending, and school design, to supporting the development and implementation of a weighted student funding formula. More »

  • Sacramento City Unified School District

    ERS partnered with Sacramento City Unified School District (SCUSD) for two months in the fall of 2009 to give the new superintendent a sense of the resource landscape in his new district. More »

  • Saint Paul Public Schools

    ERS partnered with Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS) to deepen the district’s understanding of its current school system spending. More »

  • Santa Fe Public Schools

    ERS is partnering with Santa Fe Public Schools (SFPS) to help inform and support the implementation of a Fair Student Funding (FSF) system, also known as Student-Based Budgeting. More »

  • Syracuse City School District

    ERS partnered with the Say Yes to Education Foundation to examine current resource use in Syracuse City School District and identify ways the district can reallocate funds to support the its priorities. More »

  • Tennessee Accelerated Planning Districts

    In this six-month engagement, ERS is working with 35 Tennessee districts, known as “Accelerated Planning Districts,” through the Department of Education to support the development of their Differentiated Pay Plans. More »

  • Waterbury Public Schools (Special Project)

    ERS partnered with the Connecticut Council for Education Reform (CCER) and three summer graduate student fellows to provide a school systems funding analysis for Waterbury Public Schools. This partnership represented a "special project"—a focused, abridged version of ERS' typical client engagements. More »