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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


Title image for Bellwether 2020 Annual Report

Bellwether was founded on the idea that schools must do dramatically more for Black, Hispanic, low-income, and other students historically denied access to opportunity in America — and for more than 10 years, clients have looked to us to provide thoughtful, non-ideological analysis and strategies that prioritize serving disadvantaged children. In Bellwether's 2020 annual report, we share a sampling of the projects, publications, and commentary that best highlight how we maintained our commitment to ensuring underserved students receive the education they deserve, during a challenging year for education and the world.

More than a year into the pandemic, school districts have changed how they do their work. Moving and changing big systems is not easy, but district leaders have pushed forward innovations, created interventions, and learned a lot along the way.

Kelly Robson
Jennifer O'Neal Schiess

Work-based learning – including internships, youth and pre-apprenticeships, and cooperative education programs – allows students to gain work experience while in high school. "Working to Learn and Learning to Work" offers a state-by-state analysis of work-based learning policies.

Hailly T.N. Korman
Bonnie O'Keefe
Matt Repka

It’s 2020. Do you know where 3 million students are?

By mid-March 2020, most American schools had shut their doors, and about half remain fully or partially closed to in-person learning today. For approximately 3 million of the most educationally marginalized students in the country, March might have been the last time they experienced any formal education — virtual or in-person.