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Transformation or Decline: Using Tough Times to Restructure Resources

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Presentation given by Karen Hawley Miles at the Education Writer's Association annual conference, April 8, 2011.

Presentation given by Karen Hawley Miles at the Education Writer's Association annual conference, April 8, 2011.

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    • 1. Transformation or Decline
      Using Tough Times to Restructure Resources
      EWA National Seminar
      April 9, 2011
    • 2. 2
      We know what it takes to create high performing schools.
      Strategic School Design
      • Effective Teaching Teams
      • 3. Targeted Individual Attention
      • 4. Maximized Academic Time
    • 3
      FUNDINGinequitable, unintelligible, rigid
      The School Systems We Have
      TEACHING COMPENSATION
      & JOB STRUCTURE discourage effectiveness
      SCHOOL DESIGNantiquated schedules and staffing
      A Few
      High Fliers
      INSTRUCTIONAL SUPPORTnot strategic
      LEADERSHIPunsupported, underinvested
      CENTRAL OFFICE SERVICESinefficient, unresponsive
      PARTNERS & TECHNOLOGYunderleveraged
    • 5. 4
      FUNDINGequitable, transparent, and flexible
      The School Systems We Need
      TEACHER COMPENSATION & JOB STRUCTURElinked to contribution
      SCHOOL DESIGNschedules and staffing match needs
      INSTRUCTIONAL SUPPORTstrategically aligned
      High-Performing
      Schools at Scale
      LEADERSHIPsupported and rewarded
      CENTRAL OFFICE SERVICESaccountable, efficient
      PARTNERS & TECHNOLOGYleveraged
    • 6. Restructure compensation spending by managing teaching workforce mix and differentiating instructional roles.
      Strategically raise class sizes and rethink one-size fits all class size models for providing individual attention.
      Redirect special education spending to early intervention and targeted individual attention for all students.
      Use existing time better to meet student learning needs and extend where needed.
      Close sub-scale school buildings.
      Leverage outside partners & technology when higher quality and lower cost.
      5
      Tough times provide opportunity to take on restructuring that promotes Transformation
    • 7. 6
      Maximum Teacher Salary Components
      ERS Analysis and Partner District
      District Y
      Maximum Teacher Salary = $100,000
      Leadership, Responsibility
      9%
      Education
      14%
      Longevity
      32%
      Base
      42%
    • 8. 7
      Restructuring Challenge: Most districts spend less than 2% of all spending on teacher compensation to reward increased teacher contribution
      $500 Million
      Benefits
      24%
      Responsibility & Results
      0%
      27%
      Longevity
      Education
      7%
      Base
      42%
    • 9. Focus on school systems—not just individual schools
      Illuminate the trade-offs—get the numbers
      Look to the future—investments not just cuts
      Focus on restructuring efforts—not just line-item cuts
      8
      How can reporters promote transformation that helps all students?
    • 10. 9
      To quote a well known scholar…

      For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear simple… and wrong. H.L. Mencken

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