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Hi there,

In this issue of The Strategic System newsletter, we look back on the most popular ERS content that leaders used in 2019 to transform schools and systems, the newest research and tools we released, and more.

top 3 most popular ERS tools for district leaders

1. What is Resource Equity?
Read a working paper that explores the how much and how well of resource use and the many—often hidden—dimensions of equity that support academic excellence. (And stay tuned for release of a suite of updated resource equity tools in 2020!)

2. Intro to Student-Based Budgeting
Learn how to implement an equity- and excellence-focused school funding model as part of broader district strategy.

3. Districts at Work
Read about how eight stand-out school systems transformed central office supports to raise achievement for students living in poverty and English language learners.

ERS New Content Highlight in 2019

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We profiled eight school systems across the country that transformed how their central offices supported schoolsand saw student results.


We released our first ever podcast series exploring how Tulsa Public Schools made thoughtful, effective professional development a reality for their teachers.


We shared three mindsets and five core functions to help school district CFOs align resources to strategy and create excellence for students.


ERS in the News: Stories from 2019

School Reform is Simpler—And More Complex—Than We Think
Education Next

The Key to Making Curriculum Reform Work

How school districts can use limited resources strategically to enhance student success

A Path to a More Diverse Teaching Workforce

States Gird for Spending Reviews of Worst-Performing Districts

Maryland school advocates push for equity for black and Hispanic students
The Washington Post

Tools in Action in 2019

Fairfax County Public Schools
School finance leaders in Fairfax, VA adapted Budget Hold’Em to make quick funding decisions.

Oklahoma City Public Schools
District leaders in Oklahoma City used “What is Resource Equity” to identify factors that impact student experience and create questions in their district’s focus areas.

Meet Our New 2019 Team Members

In 2019, we welcomed eleven new members to the team across both our consulting and core services position groups. Learn more about their backgrounds and how they ended up at ERS in our New Hires blog.

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