Education Resource Strategies is excited to announce a big step forward: in September 2016 we will open a California office.
For 10 years, we have worked from our base in the Boston area to transform urban school systems so that all children, regardless of race or income, will be prepared for college and career. We approach this work by partnering with district and state leaders nationwide to analyze how they use their resources—people, time, and money—and design strategies to bettter meet student needs.
Having an on-the-ground presence on the West Coast allows us to better serve California and other Western states. We look forward to building on our relationships with leaders in Oakland, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Denver, Aldine (Texas), and more. California in particular offers a timely opportunity to work with districts exercising more "local control" under the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) in the new environment created by the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).
Additionally, we are proud to welcome Joe McKown as a Partner to lead this work. Joe brings a wealth of experience in strategic consulting to school districts, and he previously served as a teacher and administrator in California schools.
He's thrilled to return to the Golden State and passionate about working with the vibrant community of district leaders, state leaders, and other changemakers that are focused on ensuring all children have equitable access to high-quality education.
Joe is joined by Nisha Garg, Principal Associate, who in her four year tenure at ERS has worked with eight districts and states in engagements ranging from intensive school design support to compensation reform. Most recently, Nisha worked closely with Oakland Unified School District on a Strategic Resource Map project to help align resources in support of the district’s Pathway to Excellence strategic plan.
We are deeply humbled to be able to expand our impact in this way, and we are grateful to the many district and state leaders, foundations, and peers in education reform who have acclimated us to California and other states in the West. We are especially grateful to the Charles and Helen Schwab Foundation, which provided us funding to create California versions of School Budget Hold'em, Resource Check, and Resource Check for Parents, as well as several policy briefs highlighting opportunities for transformation under the LCFF:
We are also grateful to the Noyce Foundation for their support of our most recent School System 20/20 case study: The Rewards of Perseverance: A Case Study of Aldine Independent School District (AISD). Located outside of Houston, TX, Aldine's story of student growth over 20 years is inspirational for districts across the country.
We look forward to the journey ahead. To contact us about our work, or to offer ideas or suggestions, email Joe McKown.