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.
Our country needs strong urban school systems to ensure that all students reach their potential—but we believe districts must transform how they use resources in order to reach that goal. Our mission is to drive that transformation in three ways:
We have developed a multi-dimensional vision for restructuring school systems: School System 20/20. Thus far, we have developed a specialty in three of the seven strategies:
We work with districts and states on ways to attract, retain, and develop an excellent teaching corps. This includes work on teacher compensation and career path; professional growth and support; and measuring teaching effectiveness, among other strategies.
We believe that school funding should be guided by three principles: equity, transparency, and flexibility. We work with districts to identify opportunities for improvement in those three areas, including, where appropriate, planning for Student-Based Budgeting models (also known as Weighted Student Funding).
We define school design as the deliberate organization of a school's resources to optimize student outcomes, and have worked with districts and schools on their approach to teacher roles and assignments, flexible scheduling, creating effective teacher teams, and redesigning the central office to best support increased school autonomy—among many other possible strategies.
ERS partners with school system leaders to help them transform how they organize resources—people, time, technology, and money—to improve student outcomes. We customize each engagement to district needs and priorities, working closely with the leadership team over one or more years. In some cases, we dive deeply into a specific topic; in others, we take a wide lens. We use an iterative and collaborative process that involves:
With our state partners, we typically focus on two areas: 1) Reviewing what resource-related data they require districts to report 2) Refining how they support low-performing districts, including policy changes that encourage district-level change. Some of our engagements are intensive, involving deep analysis of resource use across multiple districts; in others we provide advisory and capacity-building support. Contact us for more information on our consulting engagements.
ERS has accumulated a wealth of data and insight into how large urban districts use resources—including best practices as well as common or unrecognized challenges. We share this evolving body of knowledge as widely as possible to district and state leaders, non-profits, advocacy groups, academic institutions, unions, and others through:
Transforming school systems across America is an enormous task, requiring effort from many minds and hands. We are part of an active community of leaders advocating for change: non-profit organizations, reform networks, advocacy groups, academic institutions, and state and federal actors. We collaborate to share research, support changes to policies, build capacity in current and future leaders, and encourage innovation. Join our community.