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Miles, Karen Hawley – Education Resource Strategies, 2019
With the hopeful prospect of new money before them and the continued pressure to stretch every dollar, school districts face a choice: do more of the same, or seize this moment of change to re-envision schooling to better meet student needs. This means thinking strategically about the resources school systems have and ensuring new funds go toward…
Descriptors: Resource Allocation, Educational Finance, School Restructuring, Teacher Salaries
Education Resource Strategies, 2018
Building on more than a decade of experience working with a diverse array of school systems, our extensive collection of district data, and published research on what works best for students, Education Resource Strategies (ERS) has developed a diagnostic that can guide district leaders from assessment to strategic planning. The Strategic System…
Descriptors: Strategic Planning, Leaders, School Districts, Comparative Analysis
Rosenberg, David; Miles, Karen Hawley – Education Resource Strategies, 2018
Every year, school districts welcome -- and then lose -- thousands of promising new teachers. For too many, the job is overwhelming. How can we improve instruction and reduce teacher turnover -- especially with limited resources, in our highest-needs schools? In the "Growing Great Teachers" report, we use research-based "impact…
Descriptors: Beginning Teachers, Teacher Persistence, Faculty Mobility, Prevention
Travers, Jonathan – Education Resource Strategies, 2018
Resource equity refers to the allocation and use of resources (people, time, and money) to create student experiences that enable all children to reach empowering and rigorous learning outcomes--no matter their race or income. In this working paper, we've identified specific "dimensions of equity," and we explain how each links to…
Descriptors: Outcomes of Education, Resource Allocation, Instructional Leadership, School Districts
Miles, Karen Hawley; Rosenberg, David; Green, Genevieve Quist – Education Resource Strategies, 2017
The introduction of college- and career-ready standards (CCRS) profoundly raises the bar for teaching and learning in American schools--and for professional development. Some school systems are rising to the challenge and significantly improving instruction and seeing student learning growth. With the support of the Bill & Melinda Gates…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Teacher Effectiveness, Instructional Improvement, Academic Achievement
Education Resource Strategies, 2017
This study examines district-run and charter schools in Oakland across three dimensions: (1) student need (2) resource levels, and (3) resource use. We analyzed data for the 2014-15 school year from every school run by Oakland Unified School District (OUSD), as well as 32 charter schools, which serve 88% of all the charter school students in…
Descriptors: Public Schools, Urban Schools, Charter Schools, Educational Finance
Miles, Karen Hawley; Ferris, Kristen; Green, Genevieve Quist – Education Resource Strategies, 2017
This publication outlines the fundamental principles and process of Strategic School Design. Through years of research and practice around school resource use, we have found that high-performing, high-growth schools are responding to the changing context in education by using people, time, technology, and money in ways that look significantly…
Descriptors: School Effectiveness, Resource Allocation, Educational Strategies, Educational Change
Baroody, Karen; Schick, Laura; Apfelbaum, Kate – Education Resource Strategies, 2017
Over the last decade, Denver Public Schools (DPS) became one of the fastest-improving large districts in the country--achieving significant improvement across all student subgroups. Unlike many city districts, DPS included charter and innovation schools as integral parts of their system and improvement strategy. DPS' journey demonstrates how much…
Descriptors: Public Schools, School Districts, Educational Improvement, Educational Quality
Baroody, Karen; Rho, Lois – Education Resource Strategies, 2016
"The Rewards of Perseverance" tells the story of a district with a clear vision, stable leadership, and deliberate evolution in response to change. Located just north of Houston, AISD has faced daunting challenges since the 1990s--including a significant increase in high-need students, and more rigorous state tests. At the same time, the…
Descriptors: School Districts, Change Strategies, Educational Change, Educational Environment
Miles, Karen Hawley; Ferris, Kristen – Education Resource Strategies, 2015
This publication outlines the fundamental principles and process of Strategic School Design. Through more than a decade of research and practice in the area of school resource use, we have found that high-performing schools are responding to the changing context in education by using people, time, technology, and money in ways that look…
Descriptors: Success, School Effectiveness, Educational Planning, Educational Strategies
Baroody, Karen; Rho, Lois; Huberlie, Ali – Education Resource Strategies, 2015
In November 2011, Lawrence Public Schools became the first school district in Massachusetts to enter into state receivership. It was a chronically low-performing district with a graduation rate at 52 percent, and it had not had a permanent superintendent in two years. By June 2014, however, things had dramatically changed for the better. This case…
Descriptors: Public Schools, School Turnaround, Case Studies, Educational Improvement
Education Resource Strategies, 2015
This executive summary describes a case study that implemented the framework School System 20/20 to examine how Lawrence Public Schools (Massachusetts) is transforming its policies and structures to better align resources with student and teacher needs. Education Resource Strategies' (ERS') School System 20/20 is a set of conditions and practices…
Descriptors: Public Schools, School Turnaround, Case Studies, Educational Improvement
Travers, Jonathan; Catallo, Courtney – Education Resource Strategies, 2015
More and more districts--and several states--are adopting funding models like student-based budgeting (also called weighted student funding or fair student funding) to increase equity and promote principal autonomy. Giving school leaders new resources and new flexibility is a good first step, but it doesn't automatically lead to improved student…
Descriptors: School Districts, Budgets, Financial Support, Resource Allocation
Frank, Stephen; Hovey, Don – Education Resource Strategies, 2014
Recently, there has been growing interest in adapting Return-on-Investment thinking to education--sometimes called educational productivity, or academic-ROI. Education leaders do not seek a monetary return on their spending, rather greater student learning, or other outcomes like student citizenship, higher graduation rates, or increased lifetime…
Descriptors: Investment, Outcomes of Education, Educational Strategies, Systems Approach
Rosenberg, David; Gordon, Jeff; Hsu, Betty – Education Resource Strategies, 2014
Student-Based Budgeting (sometimes called Weighted Student Funding, or Fair Student Funding, depending on the district) differs fundamentally from the traditional funding model, which distributes resources to schools in the form of staff and dollars designated for specific purposes. Student-Based Budgeting (SBB) allocates dollars to schools based…
Descriptors: Educational Finance, Finance Reform, Resource Allocation, Funding Formulas
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