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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
Miles, Karen Hawley; Feinberg, Randi – Education Resource Strategies, 2014
In 2013 California adopted a new funding formula that includes a significant reinvestment in public education after years of budget cuts. The new law allocates funds differently, directing more resources to students with higher needs and providing more local control and greater transparency. This revolutionary change presents California districts…
Descriptors: Funding Formulas, Public Education, Finance Reform, School District Autonomy
Education Resource Strategies, 2014
As the state of Georgia considers revising its K-12 funding formula, Education Resource Strategies (ERS) recommends the state implement a weighted student-funding formula (WSF) system in order to create resource use flexibility for districts and to remove the marginal inequity found in its current funding system. Additionally, such a change would…
Descriptors: Student Needs, Funding Formulas, Resource Allocation, Educational Resources
Frank, Stephen; Trawick-Smith, Joseph – Education Resource Strategies, 2014
K-12 education resources are often allocated non-strategically, with schools spending time and money on activities that have little relationship to student outcomes. Most of these decisions take place within districts, rooted in the processes of setting schedules, staffing levels, and assignments, and creating final budgets. Local Education…
Descriptors: State Agencies, School Districts, Elementary Secondary Education, Resource Allocation
Education Resource Strategies, 2014
Nationwide, states face declining or plateauing investments in education. These financial constraints, coupled with increased standards for student achievement through the widespread adoption of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), create a heightened need for strategic resource use. However, districts are not currently using resources…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Resource Allocation, State Standards, Academic Standards
Education Resource Strategies, 2013
For over a decade, Education Resource Strategies, Inc. (ERS) has helped leaders of urban school districts strategically reallocate their resources to improve student performance. This work identifies seven Core Transformational Strategies that support high-performing schools; in high-functioning districts, resources (people, time, and money) are…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, School Districts, Resource Allocation, High Achievement
Education Resource Strategies, 2013
The "Professional Growth & Support System Self-Assessment" is designed to help school systems evaluate their current Professional Growth & Support strategy. The self-assessment is organized around the "Eight Principles of Strategic Professional Growth & Support." Each section allows school leaders to identify the…
Descriptors: Professional Development, Self Evaluation (Groups), Teacher Evaluation, Alignment (Education)
Education Resource Strategies, 2013
This "Professional Growth & Support Spending Calculator" helps school systems quantify all current spending aimed at improving teaching effectiveness. Part I provides worksheets to analyze total investment. Part II provides a system for evaluating investments based on purpose, target group, and delivery. In this Spending Calculator…
Descriptors: Educational Finance, Worksheets, Computation, Expenditures
Shields, Regis Anne – Education Resource Strategies, 2013
Teaching effectiveness is the most important in-school factor for improving student achievement. In order to attract, retain, develop, and motivate the most effective teaching force possible, many argue that teacher salaries should be elevated to compete with other professions that attract and retain strong talent. This paper explores how to…
Descriptors: Teacher Salaries, Finance Reform, Opportunities, Improvement
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