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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
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; 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
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
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
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, 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
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
Frank, Stephen; Baroody, Karen; Gordon, Jeff – Education Resource Strategies, 2013
Across the country, school districts are struggling to improve student performance on flat or declining budgets. Many districts are understandably cautious about implementing large changes, such as redesigning the step-and-lane system that has existed for decades. New evaluation systems must be implemented and vetted before they are linked to…
Descriptors: Teacher Salaries, Compensation (Remuneration), School Districts, Teaching (Occupation)
Shields, Regis Anne; Lewis, Christopher – Education Resource Strategies, 2012
All employers, including school districts, enter into a "Value Proposition" with their employees--the complete set of offerings and experiences provided by the employer, compared to other similar opportunities. A successful Value Proposition reflects the needs of both employer and employee, not only attracting and retaining employees with the…
Descriptors: School Districts, Teaching (Occupation), Employer Employee Relationship, Teacher Recruitment
Miles, Karen Hawley; Baroody, Karen – Education Resource Strategies, 2012
The "American Dream" is under duress as the economy slows, incomes stagnate, and upward mobility is more limited than at any time in recent history. Despite a steady increase in per-pupil spending on public schooling over the last decades, not enough students graduate with proficiency in reading and math. And despite some progress over the past…
Descriptors: Public Education, Democratic Values, Economic Climate, Income
Shields, Regis – Education Resource Strategies, 2012
Spurred by the national focus on revitalizing the teacher evaluation and support/development process, as well as the current economic downturn, many school districts are reviewing how teachers are compensated. While a few courageous districts have completely upended current structures, most districts are undertaking changes that leave the most…
Descriptors: Teaching (Occupation), Compensation (Remuneration), Influences, Educational Attainment
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