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Kristen Ferris


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Kristen leads ERS’ strategic school design practice area, working directly with schools and districts to organize school budgets, staffing plans, and schedules to support student achievement. She also leads ERS’ development of curriculum and tools that support strategic school design. Kristen’s work at ERS has also focused on broader resource mapping—analyzing district data to determine key levers for transforming resource use—at both the state and the district level. Kristen is currently working with the Baltimore City Schools to develop customized tools and resources supporting effective school-level resource use, as well as apply ERS’ School System 2020 resource use diagnostic to help district leaders refine key priorities for shifting system-level resource use. She is also working with a cohort of principals in Boston Public schools who are redesigning schedules and practices to support the effective implementation of extended learning time.

Prior to joining ERS in August of 2010, Kristen worked in Chicago Public Schools’ Office of Research, Evaluation, and Accountability, first as a Project Manager, and later as the Director of Accountability. In these roles, she managed the District’s implementation of No Child Left Behind’s school accountability provisions and led the development of a new School Performance Policy, and Student and Parent Surveys. Kristen also taught 7th grade in Chicago Public Schools as a Teach for America corps member. While in graduate school, she worked for Lighthouse Academies, a charter management organization, where she designed an organizational strategy to support strong data practices in schools.

When she’s not at work, Kristen spends every moment she can with her three children (all 3 and under)!