New Research – Districts at Work Series

Our friends at Education Resource Strategies created the Districts at Work series of case studies to highlight ways districts successfully connected planning to implementation to get their initiatives working for schools and students. Several initiatives studied include:

  • Improved early literacy
  • Enhanced social and emotional learning
  • More equitable access to rigorous coursework

Read more about this work and how one of our district partners, KIPP Bay Area, supported their principals in planning for the school budget.


ERS is a national non-profit that partners with district, school, and state leaders to transform how they use resources (people, time, and money) so that every school prepares every child for tomorrow, no matter their race or income.


How Do You Address Undermatching?

We love hearing stories about schools going above and beyond to help their students succeed.  A recent article from Chalkbeat features Achievement First, a network of public charter schools, and how they are looking to use scholarships as a way to address the problem of undermatching.  

Undermatching is a phenomenon that researchers use to describe how high-achieving low-income students often don’t apply to schools that match their academic qualifications.  Instead, many of these students end up at institutions well below their academic ability.  Achievement First will offer scholarships to students who opt to go to a more expensive school with a higher graduation rate for black and Hispanic students in an effort to relieve some of the financial burden and anxieties for their families.  We are excited to see schools like Achievement First trying to find new ways to support their kids beyond high school.

Read the full story here.


Achievement First is a network of public charter schools, serving over 13,300 students in 36 schools in five cities across Connecticut, New York and Rhode Island. The majority of students are Black, Latino, and children from low-income families who will be the first in their families to graduate from college.