October 1, 2024 - January 14, 2025

Take advantage of 10% off early bird pricing by August 1

Call us at 877-362-3500 or fill out the form to secure your spot!

With ESSER funds ending soon and a fiscal cliff and economic downturn looming, how is your district ensuring resources are optimally deployed to maximize student outcomes?

DMGroup’s Academic-ROI Institute is an in-depth professional development program that builds your district team’s capacity to analyze and assess programs and initiatives to determine what works best for which students and at what cost.

This program is intended for district finance and academic leadership and anyone focused on ensuring resources are utilized for maximum impact.

This hands-on approach will equip you with knowledge and skills to successfully and sustainability evaluate future district programming.

Your team will learn a methodology that will provide answers to the following questions:

• Which programs are achieving the intended outcomes?
• Which students are benefiting most from a given program?
• How cost-effective is each program?


"Academic-ROI is now built into the way we have our budget conversations with our leadership team, our bargaining units, and our Board of Education." 

- Dr. Mike Patton, Superintendent, Saratoga Springs City School District (NY)


Carmen Arrieta-Candelaria, CFO of Fort Worth ISD (TX) explains how DMGroup's Academic-ROI approach helps district leaders make more strategic resource allocation decisions.

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What is Academic-ROI?

DMGroup has developed an approach called Academic Return on Investment to measure the benefits (determined by student outcomes per student segment) and fully-loaded costs of individual programs.

Based on this data, the district can assess and compare programs and consider which to expand, maintain, target to specific segments of the student population, or sunset.



Learn the Academic-ROI Methodology

In this program, you will gain the skills to:

 ☑️ Conduct a team-based assessment of a cost and effectiveness of a critical district initiative

 ☑️ Make better use of data to optimize resource allocation decisions

 ☑️ Unlock new ways of segmenting and supporting students

 ☑️ Rework your budget without sacrificing student outcomes

How the Program Works

  • Participation by district teams: Each district can enroll a team of up to eight participants to work collaboratively to improve the use of district resources.

  • Four-month training in multi-mode approach: Over four months, participants will learn DMGroup's 10-step Academic-ROI analysis process through remote group meetings, webinars, and self-use tools.

  • Learn by doing: Academic-ROI assessments are conducted by district teams with the support of our coaches to gain actionable insights into their own district's key programs or initiatives.

  • Peer network: At the Institute, participants have an opportunity to meet peers from other districts and provide each other energy and support as they learn together and collaborate.

Who Should Enroll?

This program is intended for district finance and academic leadership, and anyone focused on ensuring resources are utilized for maximum impact.


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$18,000 per team or $15,500 per team in districts that are DMCouncil members. District-wide packages available upon request.

Early bird pricing for registrations by August 1, 2024:

$16,200 per team or $13,950 per team in DMCouncil member districts.


Call us at 877-362-3500 or fill out the form to secure your spot!

About District Management Group

District Management Group was founded in 2004 on the belief that management techniques combined with education best practices are key to addressing the challenge facing American public schools. We partner with school and district leaders across the country and provide them with the best management and educational practices, tools, and techniques to produce measurable, sustainable improvements that help schools and students thrive.