School Support

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  • Turning Around the Nation’s Lowest Performing Schools

    Across the country, states and school districts are focusing on turning around the nation’s lowest-performing schools. This focus on school turnaround, while welcome, is not new. And while some schools have made significant gains in student achievement, results overall are decidedly mixed. Based... More »

  • Turnaround Schools Resource Guide

    District Strategies for Success and Sustainability

    Turnaround efforts at individual schools will not result in widespread, sustainable change without fundamental shifts in the way districts evaluate school, student, and teacher needs and match resources and support to meet those needs. Your challenge is to develop district capacity to address... More »

  • Shared-Content Teaching Teams: Best Practices Template

    Effective shared-content teams reduce teacher workload, lowering the planning burden on any individual. They also reduce the expertise burden on each individual: every teacher’s plan should represent the shared expertise among the group and any expert supporting the group. 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 »

  • 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 »


    A New Way to Explore School Budgets

    You can do less with less, or you can change your district's cost model by rethinking how schools and systems are structured. DREAM allows you to adjust key cost levers in your district and instantly see how these changes impact your budget and other critical measures. More »

  • Essential School Practices

    Examples from Seven Districts

    Before schools can systematically implement a district’s vision for excellent school practices, district leadership must clearly articulate exactly what school strategies they believe will improve student learning. Many districts have gone to great lengths to communicate the “essential school... More »

  • School Support District Story: Denver

    Rethinking the Role of the Central Office in Denver Public Schools

    By transforming its central office from a compliance watchdog to a service and strategic partner, Denver Public Schools (DPS) was able to leverage data, technology, and training to increase efficiency and accountability and better support schools. More »

  • Why Now?

    District Leaders Express Why we Need to Make Bold Changes Today

    Hear from: Sam Franklin, Executive Director of the Office of Teacher Effectiveness, Pittsburgh Public Schools Brian Pick, Deputy Chief Academic Officer, D.C. Public Schools Alyssa Whitehead-Bust, Chief of Innovation and Reform, Denver Public Schools José M. Torres, Superintendent of School... More »

  • School System 20/20 Infographic

    Re-envision School Systems for Great Schools at Scale

    The School System 20/20 infographic lets you see the possibilities for system transformation through ERS' seven-strategy framework. It illustrates the challenges to reallocating people, time, and money, so that every school succeeds for every child, and it shows what's possible. View the... More »

  • Resource Check™

    Assess your District’s Resource Use

    This web-based tool is designed to help you dive into the transformational strategies that lead to better resource use. Resource Check is a questionaire that tallies and analyzes your responses to show how close you are to best practices and where you need improvement. More »

  • Transformation or Decline?

    Using Tough Times to Create Higher-Performing Schools

    Tough times provide school districts with the opportunity to make big changes, helping alleviate the budget pressure in the short term and create a new foundation that will provide the districts with long-term success. ERS Executive Director Karen Hawley Miles writes about strategies for... More »

  • A Strategic Spending Review of Syracuse City School District

    ERS final report summarizing research on the Syracuse City School District (SCSD) and the participative community “work-out” process that was held in response to research results. The report shows how SCSD is in a strong position to improve and deliver on its promise for all children, but that to... More »

  • Breaking the Cycle of Failure in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

    In this case study of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Strategic Staffing Initiative, Education Resource Strategies (ERS) and the Aspen Institute tell the important story of how one district is harnessing the critical levers of school leadership and teaching excellence to turnaround schools in the... More »

  • Are You Getting the Most Out of Your ARRA Spending?

    These are tough times for schools and districts, and they will get tougher. Federal stimulus funds have created some breathing room, but unless districts use these funds to plan for and invest in fundamental changes to their underlying cost structures, they will have lost the historic opportunity... More »

  • Realigning Resources for District Transformation

    Using ARRA Funds to Advance a Strategic Education Reform Agenda

    This paper, written with the Center for American Progress, gives state and district leaders 15 concrete ways to use all resources—current and new—for long-term transformation. More »

  • The Strategic School

    Making the Most of People, Time, and Money

    How can schools best use the resources they already have? That question is at the heart of this inspiring book for school and district administrators challenged with increasing student performance without additional funding. Exploring the link between purposeful resource allocation and academic... More »

  • Realigning Resources for District Success

    Duval County Public Schools Final Report

    After one year of in-depth resource analysis, ERS released a report on Duval County Public Schools (DCPS), Realigning Resources for District Success. The report provides a blueprint for the district, presenting in detail significant opportunities where the district can improve student outcomes... More »

  • How States Can Support Transformation in Tough Times

    Presentation to the Council for Chief State School Officers, Moving Forward Conference

    With escalating education costs in a time of declining school budgets, ERS articulates for state leaders opportunities to shift scarce funds toward the most critical areas. ERS Executive Director Karen Hawley Miles gave this presentation in Chicago at the conference Moving Forward with a... More »