In the late nineties, leaders in Boston Public Schools asked ERS CEO Karen Hawley Miles – a former management consultant then working toward her doctorate in education – to find out if they could cut central office spending. Karen set out to compare BPS spending to peer districts and analyze district growth over time.
Yes, the numbers showed some areas to be more efficient in the central office. But they also revealed a much bigger opportunity.
Karen found that BPS had one teacher for every 13 students, yet class sizes in some elementary schools were 25 and even higher in some secondary schools. Teachers reported feeling lonely and stressed out. This moment was when Karen realized that there was an urgent need to support schools and districts to rethink the way they organize people, time, and money.
That was the start of ERS’ journey. Since then, we have studied or partnered with more than 100 school systems and state departments of education — from large urban systems, to small rural districts, to charter networks. Our mission as a nonprofit is to help education leaders transform how they use resources to create strategic school systems that enable every school to prepare every child for tomorrow, no matter their race or income. At ERStrategies.org, we share stories and data from our work, including research reports, case studies, videos of promising practices, worksheets, and online tools.
We hope these tools help education leaders learn from each other and address their biggest challenges. We know there is a lot on this site, so we wanted to make it easier for you to find what you need. The sooner you find it, the sooner you can make transformational change.
My ERS is your personalized portal to find and save tools and publications that can help you use resources strategically for every child in every school. After you sign up for a free ERS Account, you can:
Find a favorite tool, report, or blog? We encourage you to share it with your colleagues through social media or email!
Please feel free to reach out to Kristan Singleton, our Director of Tools and Technologies, with any ideas, comments, or questions.