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Now that you have defined your goals, it’s time to understand the resources at your disposal to make changes. In order to do that, you must first examine your school’s current funding, staff, time, and facilities.

Step 1: Take inventory

How would you rate your school’s current situation in terms of the following resources? Are there opportunities to re-allocate resources to better serve your goals? Once you’ve rated each statement, take a look for red for areas to work on and green to find opportunities for new resources or reallocating current resources.

Scale: 1 = strongly disagree, 2 = disagree, 3 = agree, 4 = strongly agree


Funding

These resource questions will help you see how adequate your current funding is, whether it is distributed equitably, and whether there are any potential sources for outside funds you can use. Download the funding data worksheet (pdf).

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Staffing

School resources are more than dollars. The most valuable resource districts have is the quality of its teachers and principals. These resource questions will help you understand your school’s staffing situation. Download the staffing data worksheet (pdf).

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Time/Schedule

Extended learning time, used well, can help struggling students catch up to their peers. Time for teachers is also essential to building professional capacity for accelerating student learning. These resource indicators will help you understand how much time is available in the current schedule and how it can be used most effectively to improve student outcomes. Download the time and scheduling data worksheet (pdf).

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Facilities

Modern facilities may not be the number one factor in student outcomes, but they certainly make teaching and learning easier. Well-maintained buildings and up-to-date technology also send a strong message that the community values the students and staff who walk through your school doors every day. These resource indicators will help you understand the current state of the plant and technological infrastructure in your low-performing school(s). Download the facilities data worksheet (pdf).

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Step 2: Learn more

Which section above has the most red? You can now quickly see where to focus your attention first. Now, in the table below select the focus area that has the most red or lowest average score to find helpful research on the best ways to allocate resources for the turnaround.

Resource Title/DescriptionSourceResource TypeLink
Resource Type Key
Research and Data Resources icon Research and Data Resources
policiesandpractices Policies and Practices Resources
otherresources Other Resources
Civil Rights Data Collection District/School Search
This data tool allows users to locate data by school district and school. Indicators include school expenditures on staffing and allows users to compare individual school total budgets to the overall district average.
U.S. Department of EducationresearchdataGo
Working Together: Building effective school turnaround partnershipsAmerican Institutes for ResearchpoliciesandpracticesGo
Cutting to the Bone: The effect of the recession on school budgetsCenter for Public EducationpoliciesandpracticesGo
“Budget Hold ‘em”
While this interactive website may look like a video game, it is a well-constructed tool for informing the budgetary trade offs school districts must often make when aligning tight funds to priorities, and helps school leaders identify areas that will produce the highest pay off.
Education Resource StrategiesotherresourcesGo
Smarter School Spending
A wealth of tools and resources designed to help school districts write budgets that will produce the most results.
Smarter School Spending / Government Finance Officers Association otherresourcesGo
Knox County Schools: “Smarter School Spending” Resource Alignment Initiative
Smarter Spending consultants show how Knox County Schools aligned its budget resources to its academic priorities.
Smarter School SpendingotherresourcesGo
Cost Savings Workbook
This workbook contains 31 “opportunities” for budget savings that can be re-allocated toward academic goals.
Smarter School SpendingotherresourcesGo

Resource Title/DescriptionSourceResource TypeLink
Resource Type Key
Research and Data Resources icon Research and Data Resources
policiesandpractices Policies and Practices Resources
otherresources Other Resources
Why Teachers MatterCenter for Public EducationresearchdataGo
Civil Rights Data Collection District/School Search
This data tool allows users to locate data by school district and school. Indicators include school expenditures on staffing and allows users to compare individual school total budgets to the overall district average.
U.S. Department of EducationresearchdataGo
The Principal Perspective: What research says about effective principalsCenter for Public EducationresearchdataGo
Wanted: Good Teachers
What research says about effective teacher recruitment policies
Center for Public EducationpoliciesandpracticesGo
Using Competencies to Improve School Turnaround Principal SuccessUniversity of Virginia Partnership for Leaders in EducationpoliciesandpracticesGo
Districts Matter: Cultivating the principals urban schools needThe Wallace FoundationpoliciesandpracticesGo

Resource Title/DescriptionSourceResource TypeLink
Resource Type Key
Research and Data Resources icon Research and Data Resources
policiesandpractices Policies and Practices Resources
otherresources Other Resources
Teaching the Teachers: Effective professional development in an era of high-stakes accountabilityCenter for Public EducationresearchdataGo
Making Time: What research says about the effective use of school timeCenter for Public Education or Data First? (we are not consistent in this)researchdataGo
Invest in Pre-K – Win Valuable Prizes: What school leaders need to know about Pre-KCenter for Public EducationresearchdataNeed link
Defining High-Quality Pre-KCenter for Public EducationpoliciesandpracticesGo
Scheduling and School Calendars State Education Policy Database
Updated weekly
Education Commission of the States otherresourcesGo
Number of Instructional Days/Hours in the School YearsEducation Commission of the States otherresourcesGo
The State of Preschool, 2013: Yearbook on state pre-K policies related to access and qualityNational Institute for Early Education Research otherresourcesGo

Resource Title/DescriptionSourceResource TypeLink
Resource Type Key
Research and Data Resources icon Research and Data Resources
policiesandpractices Policies and Practices Resources
otherresources Other Resources
Class Size and Student Achievement: What the research saysCenter for Public EducationresearchdataGo
Which Matters More, Class Size or Teacher Quality?
This 90-second video informs a riddle many school districts face.
American Institute of ResearchresearchdataGo

Resource Title/DescriptionSourceResource TypeLink
Resource Type Key
Research and Data Resources icon Research and Data Resources
policiesandpractices Policies and Practices Resources
otherresources Other Resources
Back to School: How parent involvement affects student achievement Center for Public EducationresearchdataGo
Why Community Engagement Matters in School TurnaroundVoices in Urban Education, Annenberg InstituteresearchdataGo

Real World Spotlight


Lilian Tafoya, a school board member from the Bakersville City School District in California, outlines the importance of aligning your resources to the goals you’ve established for your school.

Next Steps

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Now that you understand where to focus your resources, it’s time to identify effective programs and policies. Click “Identify Programs and Policies” to move on.