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We are a national nonprofit focused on dramatically changing education and life outcomes for underserved children.

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We Have Six Service Areas


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As we reflect on our impact during the last decade, we're proud to have worked with the most diverse cross-section of organizations in the field, attracted or developed deep expertise on a range of issues, and built a talented team to deliver the nuanced and stress-tested results we're known for.

In Bellwether's 2019 annual report, we celebrate some of the projects, publications, and commentary that best highlight our past year — and our decade of diverse, nuanced takes on education's thorniest questions.

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Learn more about our impact in 2019 and over the last 10 years at


With tens of millions of children out of school around the country, we are facing an unprecedented moment in American education. Bellwether is maintaining a list of resources for schools, families, and students. We'll be regularly refreshing this list in the coming weeks and months.


COVID-19 means we have unexpected surplus capacity which we’d like to make available, pro bono, to school districts and charter school networks that are figuring out how to address a variety of issues related to operations, strategy and decision-making, state and federal policy guidance, curriculum and instruction, and financial planning.


Education Post: Too often, education leaders think of schools and programs serving students who have gaps in their education, who are early parents, who are incarcerated or recently have been, who need to work while they finish school, or who don’t fit in our mostly cookie-cutter schools as a distraction or a drag on performance. This excludes millions of kids from the education reform conversation.