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How Strategic Is Your School Planning Process?

Now is the time district leaders must make resource allocation decisions for the upcoming year before they can assess the strengths and weaknesses of the current year's strategy. We have tools that can help with the process. Here are six principles to guide an effective school planning process:
  1. Determine goals and priorities before  the budget and allocation process  
  2. Use integrated data and tools to answer strategic resource questions and compare past performance and resource of schools across a district
  3. Distribute resource allocations concurrently
  4. Set staffing timelines early enough to hire competitive candidates  
  5. Establish clear and appropriate decision makers  for each step in the process
  6. Allocate adequate time and support for decision making
Read our blog on the challenges and best practices of school planning and consider bringing together your leadership team to play School Budget Hold'em or Resource Check

The Bright Spots of 2015 NAEP: Charlotte, Boston, and Cleveland 
In a year of lackluster nationwide NAEP results, three of our partners illustrated the effects of school system reform. Boston and Charlotte retained their places among the top urban districts in the nation, while Cleveland recorded some of the largest district gai ns

The Educat ion CFO: Your District's Most Valuable Resource
The Ne w York State Association of Sc hool Business Officials (NYASBO) presents a 
reference ba nk to support education CFOs in strategically utilizing a district's peopl e, time, and money to maximize learning. 
Scho ol System 20/20 Diagnostic
If you are seeking to evaluate your efforts and better understand how to improve, School System 20/20 can help. School System 20/20 is a   data-infor med, holi stic series of assessments to help leaders in their redesign efforts. 

School System 20/20 Vision  See the possibilities »
School Budget Hold'em  Explore budget trade-offs »
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Education Resource Strategies (ERS) is a non-profit organization dedicated to transforming how urban school systems organize resources - people, time, and
money - so that every school succeeds for every student .

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