|"The network helps me do my job better by enhancing my understanding of finance's role as a school leaders' thought-partner..."|
|"The network helps shift the CFO mindset from a finance manager to a resource provider and strategic partner. It provides access to top national education and finance leaders, policy experts, and other CFOs."|
CFOs from the nation’s largest districts face many of the same challenges. This network offers CFOs the opportunity to compare benchmark data, discuss and work through tough challenges, and share best practices with their peers to jumpstart strategic action.
ERS invites a select group of Chief Financial Officers to wrestle with the most challenging issues district financial leaders must handle. The twice yearly closed-door network meetings encourage relationship building and learning from each other’s successes and lessons learned on topics such as ESSA reporting, sustainability for teacher leadership and career pathways, school planning cycles, and developing an effective budget process.
Current members of the network include CFOs of Achievement First CMO, Anne Arundel County, Baltimore, Boston, Charlotte-Mecklenburg, Cleveland, DC, Denver, Fresno, Hillsborough County, Los Angeles, Oakland, Palm Beach County, Philadelphia, San Antonio, Shelby County (Memphis), Spring Branch, and Tulsa.
Network meetings often include other members of a district leadership team. For example, chief human resource officers were invited to discuss redesigning teacher compensation systems and chief academic officers were invited to discuss strategic school design.
To help the CFO be successful, ERS provides follow-up workshops and webinars for their teams. “Budget Partner Retreats” bring the CFO support teams together to explore the principles of strategic school design and to develop district-specific strategies to better guide principals in making effective resource use decisions.
Participants consistently reported high levels of satisfaction (85%+) with the usefulness and value of the retreats:
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