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Introducing: The Strategic School System

After more than 10 years of working with school, system, and state leaders nationwide, we've seen an array of challenges but also beacons of hope. Since 2013, we collected those experiences in the School System 20/20 vision, which served as the basis for case studies in Lawrence, MAAldine, TX; and Denver, CO, as well as strategic, data-backed conversations with 20 districts.

We are now excited to introduce The Strategic System: an evolution of that vision. It reflects ERS' same core principles—but in a way that places schools and students more clearly in the center of the system.

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The Moment for Strategic Systems

We all know there are schools that beat the odds and provide an excellent education to all students, regardless of race or income. But for every school and every child to thrive, we need to change the odds by creating strategic school systems.

In The 74 this week, ERS CEO Karen Hawley Miles explores how the recent teacher walkouts can refocus us on the power of strategic school systems and introduces ERS’ new Strategic System concept and toolset.

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New Website: Get Started on District Design and School Design

We've made it easier for school, system, and state leaders to find the tools and resources they need to redesign how they use people, time, and money.

The new "Get Started" section of our website lets you dive into "District Design" and "School Design." One possible area to explore is Teaching. In the "Hiring and Assignment" tab, for example, you can find resources related to the teacher compensation issues that resonate right now. You can also read Stories drawn from ERS' work.

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Education Post: Coffee Break with Karen Hawley Miles

Education Post Executive Director Peter Cunningham chats with Karen Hawley Miles about district turnaround; people, time, and money; charters and choice; and teacher walkouts.

The resulting coffee chat is amusingly named: "District Turnaround Expert Karen Hawley Miles Wants No Nonsense in Her Coffee and No Nonsense in Our Schools" We love it.

Drink the coffee