Offers ideas for spending stimulus funds strategically to align and restructure districts' use of resources to improve student performance by assessing current practices, focusing on support for quality instruction, and making transitional investments.
- Observation: Districts can use one-time funds to contract the personnel necessary to use existing data to help distinguish between effective and ineffective uses of resources.
- Observation: One-time funds offer a chance to experiment with the parameters of a more dynamic approach to sizing classes, such as combining larger class sizes with strategies for creating small flexible groups and individual tutoring based on ongoing assessment of student needs.
- Observation: High-quality induction combined with ongoing access to expertise around improving instruction can improve retention of effective teachers. One-time funds might allow districts to build the necessary professional development capacity.
- Observation: Stimulus funds can be used to support collaboration between teachers and leaders to develop new approaches, tailor ones developed elsewhere to local service, and ensure that local data systems and reporting capability can support a more strategic approach to teacher compensation.
- Observation: Stimulus funds could be used to implement a sturdy evaluation system that provides states and districts with a fundamental tool to ensure students' access to effective teachers.