Core Values


ERS strives to incorporate our core values into everything we do: our work with our partner districts and fellow reform organizations, as well as within our organization.

  • Impact

We are passionate about transforming outcomes for urban children. Potential for impact guides our work and our priorities. We have the conviction to take risks on behalf of the children we serve.

  • Teamwork

We collaborate effectively to achieve the greatest impact. We depend on our collective wisdom and mutual support to ensure that together, we are greater than the sum of our parts.

  • Candor

We value open, honest, and respectful communication, even when it challenges conventional wisdom and is hard.

  • Learning

We learn from every experience. We embed capturing and sharing our learning in the way we work every day.

  • Work-Life Balance

We support every member of the ERS team to integrate meaningful work and professional growth with a healthy personal life throughout his or her career.

  • Service

We approach our work with humility, respect, and recognition of the challenges facing our partners.

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