Who We Are

ERS empowers school system leaders to make transformative shifts in resources, structures, and practices so that all students—especially those with the greatest learning needs and those furthest from opportunity—attend a school where they can learn and thrive. We partner with district teams, expand leaders’ knowledge and skills, and share lessons and tools with the field.

Since 2004, we have worked hand-in-hand with the leaders of over 100 school systems and several states through data (analysis & benchmarking), design (strategy, resource trade-offs & consensus building) and implementation (planning & monitoring). We often start with an analysis of existing strategy and resource allocation in school systems mapped against best practice. We then focus on five resource-intensive areas of school system design as illustrated:

In all our work, we focus on the larger picture—how resources work together to create strategic systems that support strong schools. Our nonprofit status enables a different kind of partnership with districts and states: one where we participate in the transformation struggle, create insights together, and share lessons with others. Learn more about our partnerships with districts and with states.

“For the last decade ERS has been the gold standard of whom urban districts want to work with to understand how to organize resources for greater impact. What stands out are data analytics, tools and the ability to go really deep.” 

Former Superintendent of Denver Public Schools [ERS Partner District]

We are headquartered in Watertown, MA, just outside Boston.


We welcome the opportunity to partner with your district to better align resources and generate a significant impact for your students, your schools, and your communities.