Topics in Education Resource Strategies 1970-01-01T00:00:00Z 20 3 1 0 0 17 7299537 Spaces "Quick Start" Guide 2016-08-31T16:31:49Z 2016-08-31T16:31:49Z Kristan kristan_singleton_7094055 Use this quick start guide to help you learn about using Spaces as part of your collaboration with ERS.<br /><b><br />Accepting An&nbsp;Invitation to Join A Space</b><br /><br />To share data with ERS for your project, you will need to join a Space. &nbsp;Please follow the link provided in the space invitation email or go directly to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//myerstrategiesorg"></a>. Login using your email address and your password.&nbsp;Once logged in, you will see the option to join the project space. Click ‘Accept Invitation’ as shown below.&nbsp;<br /><br /><img src="" title="Image https//d2r1vs3d9006apcloudfrontnet/s3_images/1476557/5539-bdsqpo_inlinePNG1472653727" /><br /><br /><b>Accessing the Data Files Folder</b><br /><br />To begin the process of uploading data, click ‘Shared Files,’ followed by clicking the yellow ‘Upload a File’ button.<br /><br /><img src="" title="Image https//d2r1vs3d9006apcloudfrontnet/s3_images/1476558/7516-1r16p1v_inlinePNG1472653923" /><br /><br /><b>Uploading a File</b><br /><br />After clicking the ‘Upload a File” button, you will be able to enter an optional file title and a description. Click the ‘Browse’ link to search your computer for the file you would like to upload. Once the file has been selected, click ‘Add File.’ The project owner will automatically be notified that the requested data has been uploaded.&nbsp;<br /><br /><img src="" /> question 0 1 1 create 6990004 What are the system requirements for using School Designer? 2016-06-14T11:18:40Z 2016-04-27T01:13:32Z Kristan kristan_singleton_7094055 School Designer is&nbsp;an interactive tool to support principals, teachers and central office staff in the strategic planning process. To get the most out of using School Designer, ERS recommends that you access the tool using a current version of Google's <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link wwwgooglecom/chrome">Chrome</a> browser, Mozilla's <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link null">Firefox</a> browser, or Microsoft's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Internet Explorer</a> browser. Some of the content in School Designer requires that you have additional software installed on your laptop or desktop computer:<br /><br /><ul><li><b>Strategic School Design Step presentations</b> - Adobe Flash plug-ins for your browser</li><li><b>Power Strategy rotation presentations </b>- Adobe Flash plug-ins for your browser</li><li><b>Power Strategy Best Practice Templates </b>- <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//acrobatadobecom/us/en/acrobat/pdf-readerhtml">Adobe Acrobat Reader</a></li></ul>If your current browser settings do not have the Flash plug-in enabled, click <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a> for Chrome instructions, click <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//supportmozillaorg/en-US/kb/set-adobe-flash-click-play-firefox">here</a> for Firefox instructions, and click <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a> for Internet Explorer instructions.<br /><br />Currently, the Flash-based content in School Designer steps and Power Strategy rotations may not display fully for mobile devices and tablets. We will continue to make updates to School Designer content over time to support more devices and we <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">welcome your feedback</a>&nbsp;to let us know your particular needs. question 3 2 1 comment 7004570 Managing Subscription Preferences in Spaces 2016-05-14T14:56:03Z 2016-05-14T14:56:03Z Kristan kristan_singleton_7094055 Spaces is an online application that provides secure file sharing to support your collaboration ERS. The Spaces application is primarily designed to serve as the central point of contact for Resource Map and System 20/20 projects, providing a way for District Partners to respond to data requests and to ensure that information is transmitted to ERS securely and in a way consistent with our information security practices and guidelines.<br /><br />The Spaces application is accessible at&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link:"></a><br /><br />When participating in a Space you may receive email notifications of changes to the Space's&nbsp;membership and its content. These notifications are a convenience to let you know that an important update has occurred on a project or body of work on which you are collaborating with ERS. You can manage your notification preferences in the application to ensure that you receive updates on the content changes that are most important to you.<br /><br />You can update your subscription preferences using the "Account Settings" option in the dropdown under your name at the top right of the page. When you access the page, the categories of notifications that you can update will display in a list.<br /><br /><img src="" title="Image:" /><br /><br />By default you will be notified when new files are upload to folders and in response to data requests. To receive notifications for other types of Space activity, place a checkbox to the left of the category of activity and then click the "Save Preferences" button at the bottom of the page. Your changes will be applied immediately.<br /><br />Still have questions? Post it in Circles and a member of our team will get you on track quickly. article 0 1 1 create 6971838 The NSBA 30 Day Hold'em Challenge! 2016-04-06T01:27:11Z 2016-04-06T01:27:11Z Renee Sullivan renee_sullivan_7455359 <b>Welcome to the NSBA 30 Day Hold'em Challenge! (April 11 - May 11, 2016)</b><br /><br /><u><b>How to play:</b></u><b></b><br /><br /><b>Step 1:</b>&nbsp;<b><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwerstrategiesorg/hold-em">Click here</a>&nbsp;</b>to start a new School Budget Hold'em Hand<br /><b><br />Step 2: </b>Play with your team! <br />&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;<b>a.</b> See <i>"How to get the most out of playing" </i>below<br /><b><br />Step 3:&nbsp;</b>Save your work and&nbsp;submit to the Challenge&nbsp;<b>by Wednesday, May 11th</b>:<br />&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;<b>a.</b> <b>Log in&nbsp;or create a new, free ERS Account.</b> Look in the upper right-hand corner of the Hold'em screen and click "Log In." This will allow you to log in OR register, and return you to the Hold'em tool when you're done.&nbsp;<i>Note: If you see "My ERS" instead of "Log In", you are already logged in and can move to the next step.</i><br /><b>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;b. Save your hand.</b> At the top of the Hold'em card screen (directly above the cards and below the main banner), click the white pencil icon. Name your hand and click, "Save Hand."<br />&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;<b>&nbsp;c. Submit your hand to The Challenge.&nbsp;</b>Click on the orange "NSBA Challenge: Submit Hand" button in the upper right-hand corner of the Hold'em card screen.&nbsp;<b><i>Then... Congrats, you're done!</i></b><br /><i><br />Note: Please submit only 1 hand per district - this should represent the work of the group. You may continue to&nbsp;update your hand after submitting. We will see any edits you make through May 11th.</i><br /><br /><br /><b><u>How to get the most out of playing:</u></b><br />ERS suggests gathering <b>3-5 district leaders and/or board members</b> to&nbsp;play School Budget Hold’em. Together, you can take one of two approaches:<br /><u><b><br /></b></u><ul><li><u><b>Dive</b></u><b><br />*Recommended approach*<br /></b>o &nbsp;Time: 1 hour<br />o&nbsp;&nbsp;Review your district’s strategic priorities&nbsp;and budget target.<br />o&nbsp;&nbsp;Play Hold’em together. Keep in mind how investments and&nbsp;savings align with eachother and with your district's priorities.<br />o&nbsp;&nbsp;Close with a reflection on if/how your teams&nbsp;could use Hold’em in next year’s budget cycle to increase collaboration across&nbsp;departments and help make tough trade-offs.<br /><br /></li><li><b><u>Dip<br /></u></b>o &nbsp;&nbsp;Time: 30 minutes<br />o &nbsp; Review Hold’em as a thought exercise to&nbsp;get a feel for what options exist and the magnitudes of and cautions for various choices.<br />o&nbsp; &nbsp;Close with a reflection on if/how your teams&nbsp;could use Hold’em in next year’s budget cycle to increase collaboration across&nbsp;departments and help make tough trade-offs.</li></ul><br /><u><b>At the end of the 30 days, you'll get:<br /></b></u><ul><li><b>New insights on strategic resource use</b></li><li><b>Peer comparisons:</b> You will receive a PDF summarizing the Hold'em hands of all other participating districts - so you can see how your choices compare to your peers.</li><li><b>Expert support:</b> One district (chosen at random from submissions) will also receive the opportunity for customized advice with ERS' Executive Director, Dr. Karen Hawley Miles, who has over 15 years of experience working with districts across the country on strategic resource use!&nbsp;</li></ul><br /><b><u>Need some other ideas? Read about how districts have used Hold'em:</u></b><u></u><br /><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwerstrategiesorg/news/hold_em_breaks_the_ice">Cleveland</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwerstrategiesorg/library/memphis_white_paper">Memphis</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwerstrategiesorg/news/the_buzz_around_school_budget_hold_em">Connecticut LEAD Conference</a></li></ul><b><u><br />Other resources:</u></b><u></u><br /><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwerstrategiesorg/hold-em/games/page/how_to_play">How to Play Hold'em</a>: Video &amp; instructions for new players</li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwerstrategiesorg/library/holdem_facilitator_guides">ERS Hold'em Facilitator's Guides</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwerstrategiesorg/hold-em/games/page/hand_in_action">Putting your hand into action</a>: This is one way to connect with other ERS resources after you play</li></ul> idea 0 2 1 create 6961956 What do the System 20/20 case studies (of Lawrence and Aldine) show us about the ingredients of systemwide transformation? 2016-03-31T22:45:46Z 2016-03-24T21:27:39Z Melissa Galvez melissa_galvez Which of the actions LPS and AISD pursued seem the most relevant to a district you know well? Which pose the greatest challenges? How does School System 20/20 help us understand the interconnections between different actions? question 11 7 1 comment 6900139 Viewing your group's online assessment results as a Participant 2016-01-17T17:28:32Z 2016-01-17T17:28:32Z Kristan kristan_singleton_7094055 As a member of an group using ERS online tools, your group's Facilitator has likely developed a plan for sharing the group's results as part of your resource reallocation planning process. You can also view your group's results online in addition to the summaries and analyses that your Facilitator is preparing by view the reports available for assessments that you added into a group.<br /><br />Start by logging into your ERS account and clicking the "My Groups" link under the "My ERS" menu at the top right.<br /><br /><img src="" title="Image https//d2r1vs3d9006apcloudfrontnet/s3_images/1347998/20622-fme4j7_inlinepng1453050516" /><br /><br /><br />A list of each of the groups that you participate in will display on screen. Click the name of the group for which you have completed an assessment and would like to view group results. After clicking the group name, a detail page will display that shows the group members as well as an "Assessment Group Reports" tab. Clicking this tab will allow you to access the "View Report" button to view the group's assessment results.<br /><br /><img src="" title="Image https//d2r1vs3d9006apcloudfrontnet/s3_images/1348000/11943-f9t3th_inlinepng1453050945" /><br /><br />After clicking "View Report," a page will display containing the collection of reports available for the assessment.<br /><br />For Resource Check, the page displays the overall results.<br /><br />For School Check, the page displays the overall results and links to the following reports:<br /><br /><ul><li><b>Potential Resource Priorities</b> - The school design resource use strategies where the group's average score on a strategy was at or below Level 2</li><li><b>Strategic Practices </b>-&nbsp;A summary of the School Check results in two sections:&nbsp;“Strengths by Strategy”&nbsp;and&nbsp;“Focus Areas By Strategy.”</li><li><b>Group Discussion Points</b> - Items from the assessment where fewer than&nbsp;50% of the group members were in agreement in their answers.</li></ul> article 0 1 1 create 6860715 Managing your Online Groups for ERS Tools 2015-12-02T17:49:50Z 2015-12-02T17:49:50Z Kristan kristan_singleton_7094055 Start by logging into your ERS Account and then using the "My ERS" menu at the top right of the page to access the "My Groups" functionality. The "My Groups" link will be active even if you are not yet a member of any groups.&nbsp;If you are a member of at least one group, the "My Groups" page will show a list of all groups that you are currently associated with, either as an Owner, Facilitator, or Participant (see the image below).<br /><br />&nbsp;<img src="" title="Image https//d2r1vs3d9006apcloudfrontnet/s3_images/1321701/25438-1vurjou_inlinejpg1449078387" /><br /><br /><br />The number of people participating in the group appears in the "Members" column and the group's owner is displayed in the "Group Owner" column.&nbsp;The "Delete Group" button displays for any group for which you are the Owner and the "Remove Me" button displays for any group for which you are a Participant or Facilitator.&nbsp;Note: If you need to transfer ownership of a group please contact us at &lt;<a href="" rel="nofollow"></a>&gt; to complete this.<br /><br /><br /><b>Managing Your Group's Membership</b><br /><br />If you have an "Owner" or "Facilitator" role in your group, you can add and remove group members by clicking the group's name. After clicking the name, a group detail page will display that contains three membership-related sections:<br /><br /><ul><li><i>Name and Email&nbsp;</i>- This displays the name and email address of the group member from the "My Account" portion of "My ERS"; any name or email changes that are required can be made by having the member click "My Account" and then edit his or her information</li><li><i>Facilitator</i>&nbsp;- This section allows you to upgrade another group member's account to Facilitator; this means that he or she will have the ability to manage group membership and will be able to download individual data from group results</li><li><i>Remove&nbsp;</i>- This section allows you to remove a group member; note that the Owner cannot be removed from the group</li></ul><br /><i>If you would like to add someone to the group</i>, enter his or her email address in the search box below "Current Members" and then click the "Add Member" button.&nbsp;<i><b>You must know the email address associated with an ERS Account</b></i>&nbsp;of the person that you would like to add to the group. You cannot search by name and our membership management system will not return matches of similar email addresses. If your search does not return an ERS Account you will be prompted to send an invitation to join the group to the email address you searched for.<br /><br />You can also click the "Invites" tab to send a message to someone to join the group if you know that he or she does not yet have an ERS Account.<br /><br /><img src="" title="Image https//d2r1vs3d9006apcloudfrontnet/s3_images/1321714/25438-1r6wqhr_inlinejpg1449078544" /><br />Enter his or her email address in the box in the "Invite new members" section and then click the "Send Invite" button. After clicking "Send Invite," an email will be sent to the address that you used and the name and email address of the person invited will display on screen until she or he accepts the group invitation. You can remove invitations from this section but keep in mind that if you remove an invitation and the person attempts to join using the email that was sent then she or he will receive an "unauthorized to join" message. article 0 1 1 create 6843849 Identify Who Has Completed Online Assessments in Your Groups 2015-11-23T20:07:13Z 2015-11-23T20:07:13Z Kristan kristan_singleton_7094055 If you have set up a group as a Facilitator to collect results from one or more online assessments, you might need to do a quick check on the group's progress to see who has completed online assessments and who has not. There are two levels of information that you can see:<br /><br /><ol><li>The total&nbsp;number of people who have completed an assessment</li><li>The specific people in the group who have completed an assessment&nbsp;</li></ol>Group members must have opted-in their assessment to appear in the group summary to allow the group's Facilitator to see the results (they do this on the My Assessments" page when logged in on<br /><br />To view your group's data, log in to and click the "My ERS" icon and then "My Groups"<br /><br />Click the name of the a group for which you are a Faciltiator. Your role in the group will be listed in the column just to the right of the group name. If you are not an Owner or a Facilitator then you cannot export the results. The farthest column on the right should tell you the group Owner if permission levels need to be upgraded. Click the group name to access the summary information for respondents.<br /><br /><img src="" title="Image https//d2r1vs3d9006apcloudfrontnet/s3_images/1316288/13407-15ey312_inlinePNG1448309146" /><br /><br /><br />After clicking the group name, click the "Assessment Group Reports" tab to access the summary information and to perform an export. Your screen will look like the one below.<br /><br />&nbsp;<br /><img src="" title="Image:" /><br /><br />The number of respondents appears in the "Respondents" column in the middle of the page along with the percentage of the group this represents. To see which group members have responded, click the "Show Respondents" button -- this will display a list of people who have begun the assessment. It does not mean they have answered all of the questions; they might have skipped some and you can obtain those details if you were to export responses. This summary will allow you to plan for follow-ups with people who might not have yet done work on one or more assessments.<br /><br />The "Export Responses" button will download a file containing all of the question level data by respondent. Open the file in Microsoft Excel and then add column filters. In this file, use the dropdown for the name column to pick a group member and then view his or her answers. article 0 1 1 create 6833484 Small School Factor 2015-11-11T22:39:17Z 2015-11-11T22:39:17Z Corina Hall corina_hall I enjoyed hearing from the other Districts regarding possible solutions for our funding issues with small schools. We hadn't considered the idea of using a completely different funding model for that group of schools; certainly something to consider! praise 0 1 1 create 6824855 Overview of Power Strategy Management in School Designer 2015-11-03T01:08:42Z 2015-11-03T01:08:42Z Kristan kristan_singleton_7094055 Power Strategies are organized around the "Big Three" of Strategic School Design:<br /><br /><ol><li>Cost Effectiveness through Creative Solutions</li><li>Excellent Teaching for All Students</li><li>Personalized Learning and Support</li></ol> <img src="" title="Image https//d2r1vs3d9006apcloudfrontnet/s3_images/1303754/32519-nduqew_inlinepng1446512372" /><br /><br /> When it comes to creating Power Strategies and their content in School Designer, it may help to think of them like containers: Power Strategies contain Best Practices which themselves contain Best Practice Artifacts. You can work with and edit these containers using the Manage toolbar and then the Power Strategies option. After clicking the Power Strategies option, you will see buttons for each of the three containers:<br /><br /><img src="" title="Image https//d2r1vs3d9006apcloudfrontnet/s3_images/1303758/15884-1qnk8uy_inlinePNG1446512675" /><br /><br />You can work with any of the three containers in any order but your design experience will likely be the most clear if you start by creating your Power Strategy and its content and then add the Best Practices and the Artifacts.<br /><br />The Power Strategy content must contain at least one page; the content pages can have narrative text, embedded presentations, or embedded video. The Best Practice must be a file; it is recommended that you use a PDF file that contains the content of the Best Practice. The Best Practice Artifacts are also files (PDFs are also strongly encouraged). When all three containers are populated and configured then the Power Strategy will display for a Step in School Designer. article 0 1 1 create 6800392 Welcome new community memembers 2015-10-22T20:40:21Z 2015-10-07T15:18:17Z Kristan kristan_singleton_7094055 Your ERS Account automatically grants you access to ERS' Circles community. Start by logging into your ERS Account at <a href="" rel="nofollow"></a> and then use the "MyERS" menu to select "Circles." update 1 2 1 comment 6794198 Working with notifications in School Designer 2015-10-01T01:23:25Z 2015-10-01T01:23:25Z Kristan kristan_singleton_7094055 School Designer's notifications features help you determine what's new and what has changed since your last login to the tool. Notifications are triggered each time one of your colleagues or one of your coaches takes one of the following actions that contributes to the completion of your school plan:<br /><br /><ul><li>Assigning tasks to teams for completion</li><li>Sending notifications about assigned tasks</li><li>Uploading files for an assignment</li><li>Adding a comment to an assignment</li><li>Adding answers to an assignment that cause it to meet 25%, 50%, 75%, or 100% completion thresholds</li><li>Changing the status of an assignment</li></ul>When these activities occur, a blue notifications indicator will appear in the top right corner of the School Designer page. The number that appears within the blue notifications section represents the total number of new items to review. Click on the blue highlight to expand the full notifications window&nbsp;(see #1 below).<br /><br />When the notifications window is fully opened, you can use filters at the top of the window to filter the list of notifications by step, team, type, or activity (2). Browse the notifications by scrolling down in the window.<br /><br />When you see something you would like to review in more detail, click the name of the item that the notification corresponds to (3). This will open a detail page for the item.<br /><img src="" title="Image https//d2r1vs3d9006apcloudfrontnet/s3_images/1285761/3307-adrm82_inlinepng1443662146" /><br /><br />If you would like to see the context for the notification, click the step that the notification is related to (4). This will take you to the "Introduction" page for the step.<br /><br />When you are done reviewing a notification and no longer want it to appear in your new items listing, click the check box to the right of the notification (5). This will drop the item down into the "Previous Notifications" section. You can always display a full list of notifications by clicking the "Show Previous Notifications" link (6). You can reset any previous notification back to new by un-checking its dismiss checkbox. article 0 1 1 create 6794176 Reviewing presentations in School Designer 2015-10-01T00:58:19Z 2015-10-01T00:58:19Z Kristan kristan_singleton_7094055 Most steps in School Designer will have a brief presentation to review that introduces the step and describes the principles of Strategic School Design that are related to the step. You might need to scroll down on your "Introduction" tab for a step to access the presentation.<br /> <img src="" title="Image https//d2r1vs3d9006apcloudfrontnet/s3_images/1285756/3307-2lss5r_inlinePNG1443660878" /><br /><br /><br /> When you are ready to view the presentation, start by clicking the "play" button in the control center just underneath the presentation content. If the slide has content that builds or animates, use the play button to show each of the animated items on a slide.<br /><br />Your browser must support Adobe Flash in order to view the presentations. If you are unable to view the slide content because your browser does not support Flash then please notify your Coach so that arrangements can be made for an update to the software on your computer. article 0 1 1 create 6793762 Reviewing Your Team's Tasks and Assignments 2015-09-30T16:59:18Z 2015-09-30T16:59:18Z Kristan kristan_singleton_7094055 When using School Designer, each Step in the Strategic School Design process has a set of tasks that must be completed by your team. Each time you log into School Designer, you can use your Dashboard to determine where to focus your time. Items that require immediate attention will appear at the top of the tasks listed in the Dashboard.<br /><br />By default, the Dashboard displays tasks that are currently assigned to teams to complete organized by calendar week. Use the "Assigned To" buttons at the top of the Dasbhoard display (1) &nbsp;to change the filter on the task list to include tasks that have been assigned to your Coach or tasks that are completed. The left side of the Dashboard displays the current due date for the task (2). Dates with a blue background represent upcoming tasks and dates with a red background represent overdue tasks.<br /><br /><br /><img src="" title="Image https//d2r1vs3d9006apcloudfrontnet/s3_images/1285752/21776-wcwpmt_inlinepng1443660046" /><br /><br />Your progress on each task will be listed in the progress bar in the Dashboard detail section (3). The progress bar for each task will fill in as you complete portions of the assignment. Any additional files and information that might be relevant to completion of the task appear to the right of the progress bar (4). You can click on items in the additional information section to access the supplemental task information.<br /><br />To take action, click the name of the assignment (in section 3 above). This will take you to a task detail page that has more information about the task and will allow you to add answers and comments (if appropriate) and will allow you to change the status of the task. article 0 1 1 create 6793092 Uploading Files for Assignments 2015-09-30T01:52:59Z 2015-09-30T01:52:59Z Kristan kristan_singleton_7094055 Several of your assignments will require that you upload files to share with your colleagues or with your coach. Each file that you upload for an assignment will be accessible on the "School Artifacts" tab that the assignment is associated with.<br /><br />Start the process for uploading a file by clicking the "School Artifacts" tab and then click the "Add New Uploaded File" button.<br /><br /><img src="" title="Image https//d2r1vs3d9006apcloudfrontnet/s3_images/1285226/22544-1gpxap6_inlinePNG1443577110" /><br />After clicking the new upload button, click the "Choose File" button to locate the the file on your computer (1), provide a name for your file (2), a brief description of the file (3), and then click the "Create Uploaded File" button (4).<br /><br /><br /><img src="" title="Image:" /><br />Once your file upload is complete, your file will be listed on the School Artifacts tab for the step. article 0 1 1 create