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FEBRUARY 2014   
City High in Pittsburgh uses interdisciplinary teacher teams to adjust time and group size to student needs. At Generation Schools in Brooklyn and Denver, College and Career Intensive courses allow more time for professional development and planning. Across the country, innovative schools are finding new ways to organize their people, time, and money to promote student success. We call that "strategic school design." And the possibilities abound.
In this newsletter we bring you detailed stories of how schools and districts are creating strategic school designs, so that you can take action today.

This new resource contains in-depth profiles of different schools that organize people, time, and money in innovative ways. These schools are able to:


  • Prioritize teaching effectiveness
  • Target individual attention
  • Maximize time
You can view sample course schedules and student groupings for a variety of models, including:
  • Blended learning
  • Family model
  • Looping
  • Expanded learning time
  • Targeted small classes

If your district wants to make changes in school design, how do you start? What tools do you use to diagnose problems and identify solutions? How do you build mindsets for change?

This guide helps districts assess whether they are ready to support schools in strategic school design. It includes worksheets and suggested action steps.


This self-assessment tool allows school leaders to do a healthy school check-up, identifying where resources are and are not being used strategically. It also offers next steps to address misalignments.

Student-Based Budgeting

This school funding model can increase equity, transparency, and flexibility. Is it right for your district, right now? 


Boston's interim Superintendent, 

John McDonough, is creating a "quiet revolution" in how the district supports schools, says guest blogger Jake Murray.


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

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