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Marnie Kaplan
Sara Mead

In 2007, Congress and then-President George W. Bush set out to improve Head Start by passing a law that made significant changes to the program. These changes included a requirement that half of all Head Start teachers hold a bachelor’s degree with training in early childhood education by 2013.

We examined the impact of the 2007 law and the current state of the Head Start workforce with the goal of informing both future efforts to improve the quality of Head Start teaching and broader efforts to strengthen the early childhood workforce. In our new paper, "The Best Teachers for Our Littlest Learners? Lessons from Head Start’s Last Decade," we trace the evolution of Head Start Workforce policies over 50 years and detail how shifts in the broader early childhood landscape, especially state-funded pre-k programs, have influenced these policies.


Bonnie O'Keefe
Kaitlin Pennington
Sara Mead

President Donald Trump’s nomination of philanthropist and education advocate Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education thrust Michigan education into the national spotlight.

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At this time of year, schools are buzzing with the sounds of potential new teachers, school leaders, and other team members. Candidates are touring schools, presenting sample lessons, and interviewing, all with the end goal of an accepted offer. Given talent shortages in some areas of the country, Bellwether’s Talent Advising team has seen increased […]


Job opening at Bellwether: Consultants work as members of small teams and take leadership roles in both external and internal capacities. Externally, Consultants play an important role within Bellwether client teams on client engagements by identifying issues, forming hypotheses, designing and conducting analyses, building models, synthesizing conclusions into recommendations, developing work plans, and ultimately helping to implement change with our clients. Throughout an engagement, a Consultant is directly involved in discussions and presentations with senior client leadership. Internally, Consultants work closely with Bellwether Associate Partners, Principals, and Partners and, as needed, are assigned the role of overseeing and managing the output of more junior staff members (Analysts, Fellows, and Interns) for Bellwether.