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Kristen Ferris


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Kristen leads ERS’ R&D around school designs that support recovery and redesign in the 2021-22 school year and beyond. Currently, she supports Bridge Districts COP in WA state in aligning resources to support sustainable recovery strategy and Hartford Public Schools with ESSER planning at the system and school level. She recently worked in Gwinett County on a resource equity snapshot and with Baltimore City Schools to support their long-term financial planning, helping system leaders organize people, time, and money behind key strategies, and address structural revenue and cost issues to mitigate the threat of budget gap. Her general thrust of current work is in this area of aligning short and long term resources – including federal stimulus dollars as well as staffing and schedules at the school level – to support recovery and redesign strategy.

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. She 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, getting out into nature as much as possible. She also enjoys getting involved in her local communnity – currently, she serves as grants chair of a local education foundating and chair of her school's METCO Coordinating Committee, which helps the community organize to support the success of the METCO program in town.

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