ERS Strategic School Design
MAY 2013   
Make the Most of People, Time, and Money 

Welcome to our School System 20/20 newsletter focusing on Strategic School Design. The System 20/20 newsletters are designed to provide district leaders with tools, resources, case studies and examples to help improve student outcomes through better aligning resources with goals. We use the term "Strategic School Designto refer to the deliberate organization of a school's resources--people, time, and money--to increase student achievement and support a schoolwide, instructionally based vision. 

Education Resource Strategies (ERS) is one of the few organizations in the country with extensive experience with school design at the school and district levels.


SEND US YOUR STORIES! ERS is collecting templates and stories about strategic school design. Send us what you're doing and we'll feature it in our next School Design newsletter.



Learn from Alyssa Whitehead-Bust's experience as Chief of Innovation and Reform for Denver Public Schools, the first district in the country to have an office of strategic school design. Whitehead-Bust says, "Our school leaders cannot get different results by continuing to do the same things." See the video and district story�   

Some district leaders refer to The Strategic School as "the strategic School Design Bible". Written by ERS' Karen Hawley Miles and Stephen Frank, the book continues to guide principals and superintendents across the country. Learn how to align purposeful resource allocation with academic achievement.  Learn more � 

Based on The Strategic School, this tool helps school and district leaders think about where people, time, and money are--or aren't--being used strategically to increase student achievement. The tool provides models of strategic resource use and helps leaders ask: Where do I need to invest more? Where can I get free resources to make those investments? 


NEW VIDEO: Strategic Resources in Action

Georgia's Vidalia City Schools is one shining example of how to strategically leverage people, time, and money in the face of low funding levels.


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The School Design Module of our DREAM tool will help you create an elementary school from the ground up, including organizing time, individual attention and talent to match student academic needs.  



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

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