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Case Studies

Bellwether Education Partners particularly values innovative and entrepreneurial approaches to solving education problems. The following case studies highlight examples of the work we have completed and the impact we have achieved.

  • Strategic Advising

    How do you encourage and prepare talented, committed people to engage in a teaching career? There are a number of promising teacher preparation organizations tackling this challenge, but few have solved the puzzle of building a quality program and a sustainable business model to support it. Urban Teachers is one exception.

  • 2014
    Strategic Advising

    Having successfully implemented its previous growth plan, Harmony partnered with Bellwether to develop a strategic plan for its next five years, focusing on balancing continued growth with deepening impact in cities with already-established schools.

  • 2013
    Policy & Thought Leadership

    In 2012, the Walton Family Foundation asked Bellwether to conduct an analysis of the pipeline of school leaders for new schools to inform its investment strategy in educational leadership.

  • 2011 to 2012
    Strategic Advising

    Given rapid changes to the data-driven instruction landscape (including the advent of Common Core), The Achievement Network partnered with Bellwether to develop a five-year strategic plan that responds to market and customer needs and builds on existing core competencies.

  • 2011 to 2013
    Strategic Advising

    In the last three years, Bellwether supported IDEA Public Schools in developing a five-year strategic plan to broaden and deepen impact by opening more schools, partnering to develop successful Race to the Top District and i3 applications, yielding over $35 MM, supporting Race to the Top and i3 implementation and project management, and developing a detailed financial model to support IDEA’s growth.

  • Policy & Thought Leadership

    In 2009, the Foundation Trustees decided to establish a new Strategic Initiative to drive greater impact in an area of particular priority for the foundation and selected education as the focus for that initiative. Bellwether worked with Stranahan Foundation staff and trustees to help them identify and articulate the Foundation’s priorities for strategic investment in education, attract a high-quality pool of potential grantees, select the most promising grantees from that pool, and monitor the impact of their grantees' work and overall foundation investment strategy.

  • Policy & Thought Leadership

    In 2011, Bellwether Education Partners analyzed 5 states’ laws against a set of criteria that we believe reflect a high-quality law. In 2012, we expanded this analysis to include 22 states that passed legislation or established significant new regulations from 2010-2012.

  • Policy & Thought Leadership

    In 2011, Bellwether Education Partners published “Location, Location, Location,” a paper that analyzed the finances of a large, high-performing charter school management organization, and compared how that network’s model would perform financially under cost and funding conditions in different states.