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Marnie Kaplan

It Takes a Community: Leveraging Community Colleges to Transform the Early Childhood WorkforceWhile there has been extensive debate about mandating degree requirements for early childhood educators, little of this debate has focused on the type of programs early childhood educators are likely to attend, let alone the quality of these programs. It Takes a Community: Leveraging Community Colleges to Transform the Early Childhood Workforce examines the critical role community colleges currently play in preparing early childhood educators and envisions the role these institutions should play in ongoing efforts to transform the early childhood workforce.

Chad Aldeman

School districts across the country are reporting difficulties in hiring high-quality teachers, and states are being asked to respond. Our new slide deck, "Teacher Supply and Demand: How States Track Shortage Areas," surveys the landscape of how states track information on teacher supply and demand.


This is an exciting opportunity to co-create the development strategy and systems that will enable Bellwether to achieve its ambitious mission. The Director of Development will supervise all aspects of our fundraising strategy, oversee the design of fundraising processes and systems, and work with the Bellwether partner team to secure the resources necessary to drive Bellwether’s growth and impact.

Chad Aldeman
Anne Hyslop
Max Marchitello
Jennifer O'Neal Schiess
Kaitlin Pennington

The 2015 passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) ushered in a new era for state accountability systems. ESSA provided states an opportunity to help all students succeed by rethinking both how they identify schools that need to improve, and how those schools might be improved. The law requires states to submit a formal plan to the Department of Education for peer review and then begin implementing that plan in the 2017-18 school year. Read our findings after reviewing the accountability plans for all 50 states and the District of Columbia.