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  • Tools and Resources from the 2017 School Design Summit

    Every district has some great schools. But how can school systems ensure that every school succeeds because of the system – not in spite of it?  In July, 50 school and district leaders from six large, urban school systems gathered in Boston for the 2017 ERS Summer School Design Summit. Over... More »

  • Designing Schools that Work

    Organizing Resources Strategically for Student Success

    This publication outlines the fundamental principles and process of Strategic School Design. Through years of research and practice around school resource use, we have found that high-performing, high-growth schools are responding to the changing context in education by using people, time,... More »

  • Connected Professional Learning Case Studies

    We profile school systems from around the country that demonstrate best practices in providing feedback, promoting teacher collaboration, and providing high-quality curriculum to support professional learning. And we explore how they use resources to accomplish it. More »

  • It Takes a System: A Case Study of Denver Public Schools (DPS)

    Redesigning a District For Equity and Excellence

    Over the last decade, Denver Public Schools (DPS) became one of the fastest-improving large districts in the country—achieving significant improvement across all student subgroups. Unlike many city districts, DPS included charter and innovation schools as integral parts of their system and... More »

  • Connected Professional Learning for Teachers

    Four school systems are redesigning professional learning for the age of high academic standards

    Teachers need more support to meet the demands of college and career ready standards. Where can schools systems find the money, staff, and time to provide truly transformational professional learning? More »

  • From Financial Transparency to Equity: Part 1

    Using ESSA to Advance Equity and Excellence

    The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) mandates that school districts publicly report their per-pupil expenditures at both the district and individual school levels. States have an opportunity to demonstrate leadership and a commitment to equity and excellence by not just complying with... More »

  • Building a Talent Decision Map

    How School Systems Can Promote Strategic Talent Management at Scale

    School systems can empower all principals to be strategic talent managers—by mapping out the what, who, when, and how, and organizing data, support, and timelines around the most critical talent decisions in the year. More »

  • Two-Way Conversations

    How first-year superintendents are using data to build political capital that enables system change

    How first-year superintendents are using data to build political capital that enables system change More »

  • Informing Equity

    Student need, spending, and resource use in Oakland's public schools

    This report is a deep look into K-12 spending and resource allocation in charter and district-run schools in Oakland, comparing them across three dimensions: student need, resource levels, and resource use. More »

  • How Three Districts Are Confronting the "Triple Squeeze"

    School systems are caught in the “triple squeeze”: a set of challenges they inherited and that require sustained, strategic action and political will to address. Leaders in Baltimore, Boston, and Oakland are taking steps to confront the squeeze. More »

  • 7 Tenets for Sustainable School Turnaround

    How States Can Improve Their Lowest-Performing Schools Under ESSA

    A collaboration between Center for American Progress and Education Resource Strategies on the 7 tenets for states to empower districts to become agents of change in school turnaround. More »

  • Transform Now

    So Every School Succeeds for Every Student

    School System must better meet the needs of all students. And they can. But to succeed, we can't just do more of the same. We need to transform. Building off of One Vision, Seven Strategies, Transform Now lays the foundation for our School System 20/20 vision, providing clarity for district and... More »

  • Widening the View

    Proposals to push California's LCFF from revolutionary to transformational

    We interview nearly 20 district and county leaders across California and make a set of proposals to ensure the Local Control Funding Formula succeeds in increasing achievement for all students More »

  • The Rewards of Perseverance: A Case Study of Aldine Independent School District (AISD)

    The Power of a Systemwide Focus on Students, Teachers, and Leaders

    Aldine Independent School District has faced daunting challenges and achieved impressive results since the early 1990s. This School System 20/20 case study explores how they did it. More »

  • School System 20/20 Overview

    ERS is now working with selected districts to perform the School System 20/20 Diagnostic—a data-informed, holistic series of assessments to help leaders in their efforts to redesign school systems.  It is made up of three parts: A vision of school system success, comprising seven key areas of... More »

  • School System 20/20 Assessments and Metrics

    In this first version of School System 20/20 Assessments and Metrics, Education Resource Strategies provides the details of the questions and metrics used in case studies of Lawrence, Massachusetts and Aldine, Texas. More »

  • Following the Dollars to the Classroom Door

    Why and How Effective Student-Based Budgeting Must be Linked with Strategic School Design

    More and more districts—and several states—are adopting funding models like student-based budgeting (also called weighted student funding or fair student funding) to increase equity and promote principal autonomy. Giving school leaders new resources and new flexibility is a good first step, but... More »

  • Putting the Pieces Together: Sustainable Funding for Expanded Time in Public Schools

    A large body of research points to the benefits of Expanded Learning Time (ELT). But reliable funding for this extra time is a big challenge for many districts and schools. This study explores options to find sustainable funding within districts. More »

  • Do More, Add More, Earn More

    Teacher Salary Redesign Lessons from 10 First-Mover Districts

    Effective teachers are the biggest in-school factor related to student success. Across the country, a diverse set of districts are pioneering innovative approaches to teacher compensation that reward their best teachers and raise compensation overall. This report reveals the key policy decisions... More »

  • Spinning Straw into Gold

    How State Education Agencies can Transform their Data to Improve Critical School Resource Decisions

    K–12 education resources are often allocated non-strategically, with schools spending time and money on activities that have little relationship to student outcomes. States can help districts use data more effectively to make the best decisions in the interests of students. More »

  • Tools for California Districts

    California-Specific Tools for Resource Use and Budgeting

    With the enactment of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) in 2013, California districts face an unprecedented opportunity to make big changes. With increased budgets and more flexibility, now is the time to consider how all resources are used, not just the incremental funds. More »

  • Return on Investment in Education

    A "System-Strategy" Approach

    Recently, there has been growing interest in adapting Return on Investment thinking to education. But most ROI analysis still misses a big opportunity. Education leaders need a new approach—one we call System-Strategy ROI. More »

  • The New Education CFO

    From Scorekeeper to Strategic Leader

    In recent years, school districts have found themselves in turbulent waters. They face quickly rising academic standards, a greater focus on teacher effectiveness, rapidly changing technology, and the more complex task of preparing students for college and careers in the 21st century. Given the... More »

  • The Path Forward

    School Autonomy and Its Implications for the Future of Boston’s Public Schools

    Researchers explored the effects of current school autonomy structures on Boston's public school operations and leadership, and looked at case studies from five other U.S. cities, drawing on those in part to lay out seven recommendations for expanding autonomies that can strategically allocate... More »

  • Seizing the Moment for Transformation in California

    California's Local Control Funding Formula

    In 2013 California adopted a new funding formula that significantly reinvests in public education. We offer seven ideas for how districts can seize this moment of change to transform how they use people, time, and money to meet student and teacher needs. More »

  • Student-Based Budgeting Webinar

    View the Recent Webinar on Transforming School Funding

    The following is a video recording of our April 3 webinar on student-based budgeting, based off our recent publication, "Transforming School Funding: A Guide to Implementing Student-Based Budgeting." More »

  • School Design in Action

    Detailed Profiles of How Schools are Optimizing People, Time, and Money

    School Design in Action is a new section of our website that features interactive portraits of schools that are optimizing resources for student success. More »

  • Transforming School Funding: A Guide to Implementing Student-Based Budgeting

    Student-Based Budgeting (SBB) allocates dollars to schools based on the number of enrolled students, where each student receives a funding "weight" based on need. In this Guide, you will find the key decisions and practical steps necessary for considering whether SBB is right for your school system. More »

  • Video Lesson: Budgeting for Equity

    "Budgeting for Equity" was a video lesson given by ERS' Executive Director Karen Hawley Miles. The lesson focuses on three things:- defining funding equity in school systems- identifying inequity- identifying ways to address that inequity   More »

  • Professional Growth & Support Interactive Presentation

    A narrated PowerPoint presentation by ERS that introduces the key concepts and findings around teacher Professional Growth & Support. More »