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APRIL 2014   
Every spring, school leaders sit down to ask several key questions: How are my students doing? Which teachers are leaving? What should my schedule look like?
Strategic school leaders also ask: what are my school's fundamental priorities? How did I use my resources to serve student needs this year, and how can I reallocate to meet ever-changing needs? What data do I need to figure that out?
In this newsletter we share stories and tools to help leaders of schools and school systems move toward strategic school design, from the data you collect to the key questions you ask.

In the annual planning process, it's tempting to just roll over last year's schedule and teacher teams. But Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools are focusing on each school's priorities, using data to connect student needs and teacher capacity.

Strategic school design targets individual attention, prioritizes teaching effectiveness, and maximizes instructional time. Here are examples of schools that do that in different ways:


Where to begin, when considering strategic school design? This guide provides key metrics to track and ideas for how to use people, time, and money to meet student needs.

How strategic is your school? School Check is a simple self-assessment tool to get you started.


If you missed our April 3 event, you can still learn all about this funding system through our video of the webinar.


Lisa Duty, partner at The Learning Accelerator, explains how one Ohio city is creating system-wide change to support blended learning.


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