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April 2013
Dear Colleague,

We are seeing more and more districts redesign the fundamental system structures that must be transformed to improve student outcomes, especially around the teaching job. Our work with school systems and states reveals leaders who are bold, strategic, and ready to act with data and support. The success we've seen, along with some tough lessons learned, have yielded many new tools and publications. In this newsletter I'd like to share what we're learning and provide updates on our partnerships and other initiatives. Thank you for your interest and for joining our efforts to create great schools at scale.

Karen Hawley Miles

Executive Director

The New

We've launched a powerful new website built around our School System 20/20 vision for how school systems can improve. The site includes district stories, video testimonials, self-assessments, as well as online resource tools. Thanks to the Noyce Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for their support. Explore the new site �

Transforming Teaching Compensation and Career Paths

ERS has a new suite of materials to guide district leaders through revising teacher compensation and career paths, including publications and a do-it-yourself workshop. The suite includes:

  • The Teacher Compensation Workshop is a comprehensive and engaging new tool to inform a group on how to rethink compensation structures. Complete with a unique game, a facilitator's guide, and audio presentations, the game asks users to choose different options for structuring compensation. The workshop provides a powerful experience that shows the cost implications of different choices. Learn more �

Success Stories from our State and District Partners:

  • We recently released video stories of district partners describing their efforts to restructure resources. View videos here �
  • Our 2011-12 work with D.C. Public Schools (DCPS), which ended last year, was used by Chancellor Kaya Henderson to frame the school closures as part of her system transformation effort. Read about it here � We are also excited to learn from and continue analytic support of the bold work D.C. is doing to revise teacher compensation and career paths as a means for getting and keeping more high-performing teachers in DCPS.

Federal and State Policy Commissions

  • For Each and Every Child was released last month by Secretary Arne Duncan's Equity and Excellence Commission, on which I served with an extraordinary group of distinguished thought leaders representing wide-ranging views. The result reflects two years of negotiation and many of the fundamental principles that ERS stresses to its district partners every day. Read our blog post �
  • I also participated in the Education Reform Commission for New York State this past year. The report calls for the state to play an increased role in creating better data on resource use, best practices, and connection to learning. Read the report �


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

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