ERS with New American Schools, primary support from the Pew Charitable Trusts, has partnered with one or two reform-minded districts each year for three years to analyze spending on professional development and other instructional support. Findings from a total of four districts are presented in this brief.
The New American Schools initiative produces information that district leaders can use to highlight the need for change. The initiative also pinpoints specific dollars and activities that might be reallocated or combined to adopt comprehensive school reform designs that have a high impact on student learning. The brief focuses on professional development spending – particularly professional development as it is delivered by comprehensive school reform designs – as the most powerful lever for improving instruction.