Tools

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  • School Design Resource Guide

    Leveraging Talent, Time, and Money

    The growing urgency to design schools that work, coupled with crippling state and local budget reductions, means it is more important than ever to make investments where it really matters. Our work has led to the discovery that the opposite is occurring: We see multiple examples of district... 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 »

  • School Designer

    Get Support During the School Planning Process

    ERS’ School Designer tool integrates districts’ planning and budgeting processes so that key resource decisions, including those related to a school’s schedule, staffing plan, and budget, are tightly aligned with its needs and improvement strategy. 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 »

  • School Scheduling Tools

    This master schedule tool allows principals to prioritize their school’s resources and think about what they want students and teachers to experience. Use the Pre-Scheduling Reflection Questions to help guide your thinking on the master schedule. There are questions for the elementary, middle,... More »

  • Resource Check: School Design

    Assess your District Resource Choices for School Design

    Improving your student performance starts with making sure your resource decisions are aligned with your goals for improving performance. Resource Check: School Design is a web-based self-assessment tool that helps you evaluate your resource choices around school design. By school design, we mean... More »

  • Resource Check: Teaching

    Assess your District Resource Choices for Teaching

    Improving your student performance starts with making sure your resource decisions are aligned with your goals for improving performance. Resource Check: Teaching is a web-based self-assessment tool that helps you evaluate your resource choices around teaching. Do your hiring practices get you... More »

  • Resource Check: Turnaround

    Assess your District Resource Choices for Turnaround Schools

    Improving your student performance starts with making sure your resource decisions are aligned with your goals for improving performance. Resource Check: Turnaround is a web-based self-assessment tool that helps you evaluate your resource choices around turnaround schools. Answer these questions... More »

  • Resource Check: Funding

    Assess your District Resource Choices for School Funding

    Improving your student performance starts with making sure your resource decisions are aligned with your goals for improving performance. Resource Check: Funding is a web-based self-assessment tool that helps you evaluate your resource choices around funding schools. Are your schools equitably... More »

  • School Equity Worksheet

    This Excel-based worksheet will help identify whether different schools get their “fair share” of district resources. District leaders can use this analysis to see if the schools that are getting more resources are the schools that should receive more resources, given their strategic... More »

  • Strategic Staffing Waterfall Tool

    This Excel-based tool will help you examine the ratio of staff to students, to determine if there are school-based positions that can be reallocated for higher priority initiatives. Download the Waterfall Tool (Excel) More »

  • Professional Growth & Support Spending Calculator

    Quantify Your Investment in Teacher Effectiveness

    The Professional Growth & Support Spending Calculator helps quantify all current spending aimed at improving teaching effectiveness. Part I provides worksheets to analyze total investment. Part II provides a system for evaluating investments based on purpose, target group, and delivery. More »

  • Professional Growth & Support System Self-Assessment

    Assess How Your School System Aligns with the Eight Principles of Strategic Professional Growth & Support

    The Professional Growth & Support System Self-Assessment helps school systems evaluate their current Professional Growth & Support strategy. The self-assessment is organized around the Eight Principles of Strategic Professional Growth & Support. More »

  • School Check

    Assess Your School's Resource Use Against Three Key Principles

    This school assessment tool is based on resource strategies and principles from “The Strategic School: Making the Most of People, Time, and Money” by Karen Hawley Miles and Stephen Frank. The purpose of this tool is to help you do a healthy school check-up: thinking about your current structure,... More »

  • School Budget Hold'em Video: Balancing Quality with Big Savings

    Create a Winning Hand of Cards that Reach your Target Budget

    Our series of School Budget Hold'em winning hands videos illustrates how to reach a target budget reduction while prioritizing different areas. This video shows one way to balance quality with savings. More »

  • DREAM

    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 »

  • School Funding Systems Analyses and Worksheets: Section 1

    Equity

    The School Funding System worksheet series includes analysis sheets on the spending variation per pupil and worksheets with step-by-step instructions to help you calculate and measure equity and transparency. These analyses can help identify your largest funding challenges and greatest... More »

  • School Funding Systems Analyses and Worksheets: Section 2

    Transparency

    The School Funding System worksheet series includes analysis sheets on the spending variation per pupil and worksheets with step-by-step instructions to help you calculate and measure equity and transparency. These analyses can help identify your largest funding challenges and greatest... 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 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 »

  • School Design Analyses and Worksheets: Section 1

    Improving Teaching Effectiveness

    The School Design worksheet series includes worksheets with step-by-step instructions to help you calculate and measure effective school design and portfolio management. These analyses can help identify your largest challenges and greatest opportunities for action. Armed with this knowledge, you... More »

  • School Design Analyses and Worksheets: Section 2

    Maximizing Instructional Time

    The School Design worksheet series includes worksheets with step-by-step instructions to help you calculate and measure effective school design and portfolio management. These analyses can help identify your largest challenges and greatest opportunities for action. Armed with this knowledge, you... More »

  • School Design Analyses and Worksheets: Section 3

    Providing Individual Attention

    The School Design worksheet series includes worksheets with step-by-step instructions to help you calculate and measure effective school design and portfolio management. These analyses can help identify your largest challenges and greatest opportunities for action. Armed with this knowledge, you... More »

  • School Design Analyses and Worksheets: Section 4

    Serving Special Populations Effectively

    The School Design worksheet series includes worksheets with step-by-step instructions to help you calculate and measure effective school design and portfolio management. These analyses can help identify your largest challenges and greatest opportunities for action. Armed with this knowledge, you... More »

  • School Design Analyses and Worksheets: Section 5

    Portfolio Management

    The School Design worksheet series includes worksheets with step-by-step instructions to help you calculate and measure effective school design and portfolio management. These analyses can help identify your largest challenges and greatest opportunities for action. Armed with this knowledge, you... More »

  • The Teaching Job Analyses and Worksheets: Section 2

    Hiring

    The Teaching Job worksheet series includes worksheets with step-by-step instructions to help you calculate and measure teaching effectiveness. These analyses can help identify your largest challenges and greatest opportunities for action. Armed with this knowledge, you will be able to quantify... More »

  • The Teaching Job Analyses and Worksheets: Section 3

    Individual Growth

    The Teaching Job worksheet series includes worksheets with step-by-step instructions to help you calculate and measure teaching effectiveness. These analyses can help identify your largest challenges and greatest opportunities for action. Armed with this knowledge, you will be able to quantify... More »

  • The Teaching Job Analyses and Worksheets: Section 4

    School-Based Support

    The Teaching Job worksheet series includes worksheets with step-by-step instructions to help you calculate and measure teaching effectiveness. These analyses can help identify your largest challenges and greatest opportunities for action. Armed with this knowledge, you will be able to quantify... More »

  • The Teaching Job Analyses and Worksheets: Section 5

    Compensation and Career Path

    The Teaching Job worksheet series includes worksheets with step-by-step instructions to help you calculate and measure teaching effectiveness. These analyses can help identify your largest challenges and greatest opportunities for action. Armed with this knowledge, you will be able to quantify... More »