• Budget Hold’em for Schools Helps Memphis Principals Redesign their Budgets

    School staff from nearly 30 schools engaged in this interactive exercise designed to put students at the center of the budget

    It’s 3:00 o’clock on a Friday afternoon, and school leaders from nearly 30 Shelby County schools are playing cards. But this is for the good of students—and there are no kings, queens, or aces in sight. This professional learning session is filled with principals, assistant principals, and other... More »

  • Is Your Budget Designed to Accelerate Student Learning?

    ERS has updated Budget Hold’em for Districts to focus on student impact and return on investment

    Budget Hold'em has been played over 10,000 times over the past 7 years. We've updated it to include measures of student impact that allow districts to focus on which budget tradeoffs will ignite powerful student learning More »

  • What do you think are the most exciting things happening in education today?

    In Education Week Q&A, Dr. Jonas Chartock of Leading Educators highlights our case study of professional learning in DC Public Schools

    When asked, "What do you think are the most exciting things happening in education today?" Dr. Jonas Chartock of Leading Educators highlights our case study on professional learning in DC public schools More »

  • How Student Impact Can Drive the Budget

    Our Transform Now e-newsletter is a monthly guide for district leaders striving to align resources—people, time, and money—to improve student learning. This issue features our Budget Hold'em for Districts tool and its recent updates. View the October issue here, and sign up to receive our... More »

  • Lesson Learned: Hartford Asks For Parent Voice In School Closure Talks

    ERS partnership with Hartford Public Schools highlighted in Hartford Courant

    Read the article as it originally appeared in the Hartford Courant.  Alex Campbell, a father of two children at Global Communications Academy, left a school district meeting this week with no illusions about the prickly path of school consolidation that Hartford is marching down. “The stage... More »

  • An Unbiased Tool for Linking Budgetary Decisions to Achievement

    Michigan superintendent uses Resource Check to create first strategic plan

    Read the article as it orginally appeared in School Administrator, the Schoool Superintendents Association magazine.  Three years ago, when I came on board as superintendent in Marysville, Mich., I followed a 90-day entry plan — like many incoming superintendents do at the start of their... More »

  • District Schools Don’t Always Have to Close—They Can Transform

    Companion guest blog to "Better Together" by the Center for Reinventing Public Education

    Karen Hawley Miles contributes a companion blog CRPE report More »

  • Some SCS schools receive twice as much money as others

    ERS analysis on Shelby County School funding highlights inequities and opportunities

    Read the article as it originally appeared in The Commerical Appeal. Schools within the Shelby County Schools system are funded inequitably, and with larger gaps than in similar districts, according to a report given to the Board of Education on Tuesday. Sometimes, a school receiving more... More »

  • Welcome to our 2017 New Hire Cohort!

    We recently welcomed 10 new members to the ERS family! Every year, a class of new hires spends the first two weeks at ERS in what we call New Hire Orientation, where they immerse themselves in the ERS mission, culture, and values; and they learn the analytical skills and background knowledge... More »

  • How New Superintendents Can Kick-Start Momentum

    Three outcomes superintendents can accomplish by focusing first on the next year's budget

    Read the article as it appeared on the Real Clear Education website. As the school year gets underway, there is an important group of leaders also starting a new job: school district superintendents. This year, a particularly large number of districts are welcoming new chief executives – from... More »