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District and State Partners

For the past 10 years, we’ve partnered with more than 40 school systems nationwide on issues from teacher effectiveness and school funding to redesigning central office support of schools. You can read summaries of each of our engagements below; for information on working with ERS, contact Jonathan Travers.

What we do in our District Partnerships:

  • Analyze Resources: With our Strategic Resource Map, we analyze budget, staffing, scheduling, and student performance data to understand how system enabling conditions and resources currently align with district goals as well as best practice. For a lighter touch, we provide a Strategic Resource Snapshot. These processes allow us to analyze data and make comparisons with districts across the country in ways that no other organization shed light on previously unrecognized resource opportunities.
  • Design Strategies: Drawing on our Strategic Resource Map and Snapshot, our comparative database, experience with other districts, and current research, we identify where and how to shift resources to better align student and teacher needs to district goals. For example, our School Design Innovation Project is a three-year district collaboration that helps define repeatable, high-quality school-level systems, structures, and routines—and the resource allocation decisions that follow them.
  • Support Implementation: We provide planning and analytic support to district teams as they turn new strategies into reality in the areas of school design, teaching, leadership, funding & portfolio, and school support & accountability. For example, we help implement Student-Based Budgeting systems and Equity Metrics Reports for districts.

For information on working with ERS, contact Jonathan Travers

Past Partners

What we do in our State Partnerships:

  • Analyze statewide resource patterns that help focus state support and resource decisions to improve how well districts and schools organize resources.
  • Audit state funding systems to determine opportunities to increase equity or adequacy of overall funding.
  • Support ESSA implementation to conduct required resource reviews of lower performing districts.
  • Provide hands-on support and workshops with cohorts of districts and schools within states to support strategic school and system design. 

To learn about new tools and publications designed to help state leaders promote equity and excellence, sign up for the States Lead Now newsletter. For more information, contact Joseph Trawick-Smith.

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