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JUNE 2013   

There are enormous new demands on the teaching force right now, among them new Common Core standards, an increased focus on teacher evaluation, and tightening school budgets. These demands create an opportunity to rethink traditional professional development and take a new, broader approach: Professional Growth & Support.


Our new set of publications and tools introduces the concept of Professional Growth & Support: any use of people, time, and money that targets improvement of teachers. With a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, ERS has identified six innovative ways school systems can strengthen teacher growth, and developed self-assessment tools and case-studies to get districts started. Check out our tools below!


Featuring case studies of Duval County, Florida, Washington, DC, and the charter management network Achievement First, this report identifies promising practices in those schools, and describes how other schools can make the most of the resources they have to grow the teachers they want.

Learn the six steps �


This do-it-yourself checklist allows school leaders to gauge their alignment with ERS' key principles for effective teacher support.
Tools for Districts: Calculator

A detailed set of worksheets and guidelines, the calculator enables school systems to quantify their current spending on teacher Growth & Support and consider new ways to use their funds 


Student-Based Budgeting (SBB)

ERS spoke with Leo Flanagan, a principal in Boston Public Schools, to get a firsthand account of how SBB works in schools.


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NEW REPORT: Spare Some Change 

How to tackle weighted student funding, teacher compensation, school design and special education to free up funds to better serve students.




Education Resource Strategies (ERS) is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping urban school systems organize people, time, and money to create great schools at scale.

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