• School System Redesign: Making it Happen

    ERS Recap: 2015

    Happy new year! As ERS enters our second decade of change-making, we continue to pursue the transformation of how urban school systems organize resources—people, time, technology, and money—so that every school succeeds for every student. More »

  • Happy Holidays from ERS

    See our top content of 2015

    We would like to wish everyone a very happy holiday season, and a wonderful 2016. ERS hit a lot of milestones in 2015, including turning 10! Also, we published Back from the Brink: A Case Study of Lawrence Public Schools, which was our first School System 20/20 case study. More »

  • Is System Reform Out of Your Reach?

    Our School System 20/20 e-newsletter is a monthly guide for district leaders striving to align resources—people, time, and money—to improve student learning. This issue looks at how system reform can be a lever for increasing student achievement. View the December issue here, and sign up to... More »

  • Rich School, Poor School: IPS Push to Even Out Funding Could Bring Big Changes

    ERS' Indianapolis partnership mentioned in Chalkbeat

    This article originally appeared here, in Chalkbeat. A new budgeting system designed to increase equity and autonomy could put pressure on schools with experienced teachers The students at Indianapolis Public School 15 face significant challenges. Most are poor, a third still need to learn... More »

  • A Look at Schools Begins with Test Scores, Principals’ Frustrations

    ERS' Palm Beach partnership mentioned in Palm Beach Post

    This article originally appeared here, in The consultant group brought in to review the Palm Beach County School District budget — and how the district invests its people and time — presented its earliest findings at a workshop Wednesday and outlined what the school board... More »

  • Leaders & Lessons: A Conversation with Tulsa Public Schools Superintendent Deborah A. Gist

    This interview originally appeared in the Impatient Optimists series by Gavin Payne of the Gates Foundation. Much of our work here at the Gates Foundation involves looking at the big picture in education – how connections between policymakers, K-12 teachers, and parents are fostered and... More »

  • Tulsa Public Schools: The Rocky Balboa of Teacher Hiring

    This article orginally appeared in the TNTP Blog A month ago, we shared how San Francisco managed to buck the trend of districts across the country struggling to hire enough teachers. Today, we have another story of a district that did the same, but in the face of even tougher odds: Tulsa... More »

  • Work Begins in Tulsa

    Tulsa Public Schools (TPS) started the school year with a burst of energy, catalyzed by new superintendent Deborah A. Gist, one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People. Dr. Gist has energized the central office in many ways: an “un-convocation” video featuring a pep-talk and dance party, a... More »

  • Over 2,000 People Now Have ERS Accounts!

    We've reached a big milestone in our tools work: over 2,000 people now have accounts with us! An ERS account lets you save and return to your work in our online tools, such as Resource Check, School Check, DREAM, and School Budget Hold'em. More »

  • The Strategic Budget Partner: 2015 ERS Strategy Retreat

    As school districts across the country are increasingly seeking to make the most of the resources they have and to organize people, time and money in more sophisticated, higher-impact ways, the role of district budget staff is changing. They must now bring a strategic perspective and set of... More »