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  • Publication
    Rebecca Gifford Goldberg
    Alison Fuller
    Juliet Squire

    Many charter schools and networks have demonstrated game-changing results for low-income students and students of color. And many are eager to extend their impact to benefit more students. Typically, schools and networks have extended their impact by expanding enrollment to serve more students or replicating their model and opening new schools. 

  • Media
    Chad Aldeman
    Alex Spurrier
    Jennifer O'Neal Schiess

    To ensure that students aren’t left behind as schools continue educating during a pandemic, policymakers must ensure that accountability systems are adapted and sustained rather than sidelined during this critical moment for kids.

  • Media
    Mary K. Wells

    The pandemic will decide when schools can reopen. Educators must start building robust online learning systems for next year. We need schools to be realistic about the coming year and use this summer to prepare to address the academic and social-emotional needs of every student virtually. Instead of re-spacing desks, teachers should concentrate on delivering high-quality, content-rich instruction online. Instead of focusing on complicated transportation scenarios, districts can implement innovative new virtual roles for teachers

  • Media
    Chad Aldeman
    Ashley Darcy-Mahoney

    Data shows that children are at the lowest risk for catching or spreading COVID-19 so its time to get them back to school.

  • Media
    Chad Aldeman

    Since school buildings shuttered across the country in mid-March, some in education have warned that we need to take dramatic steps to address the lost learning time.

    Others have argued that the learning losses may be exaggerated, and that school shutdowns didn’t actually set students back all that far academically.

    So which side is right? 

  • Publication

    Schools and education organizations need good information about their programs to understand what works, for whom, and why. Obtaining and acting on that information, through program evaluation, is what transforms good organizations into great ones.

  • Media
    Andrew J. Rotherham
    Emmeline Zhao

    Bart Epstein has seen the education space through a previous role in which he helped build Tutor.com, the world’s largest online tutoring and homework help service. He’s also a parent trying to navigate homebound instruction for his two sons.

  • Publication
    Lina Bankert
    Jeff Schulz
    Rochelle Dalton
    Alison Fuller
    Liz McNamee

    Postsecondary education dramatically increases the likelihood of employment and economic success. But many young people, especially those furthest from opportunity and from underserved communities, are not accessing postsecondary pathways or realizing the benefits that come with a degree. To disrupt this inequity, we must better support students to identify, pursue, and complete college.

  • Media
    Indira Dammu

    Indira Dammu discusses three ways that COVID-19 impacts teachers of color and how schools and districts can help.

  • Publication
    Hailly T.N. Korman
    Michael Johnson
    Max Marchitello

    The recent killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless other Black people, often by law enforcement, have added momentum and renewed urgency to longstanding efforts to rethink and perhaps eliminate the relationship between police and schools. This two-page resource is designed to aggregate and amplify the existing work of advocates, researchers, community organizers, and students in order to offer practical questions and next steps for school and district leaders considering a reevaluation of schools’ relationship with law enforcement.

  • Media
    Chad Aldeman

    As school districts begin to announce their plans for the fall without clarity on how many students are likely to enroll or whether teachers will return to schools, reporters will need to help readers understand what choices districts are facing and what their decisions will mean for teachers and other education employees. To help journalists wade through all that murkiness, Bellwether’s Chad Aldeman identified five tips for reporters to produce smart, accurate journalism about the layoff process.

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