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Our team blogs regularly on a broad range of topics related to education reform and provides a blend of leading-edge perspectives. One of Bellwether’s greatest strengths is that diversity of viewpoint is encouraged among the partner team and throughout the organization. Everyone at Bellwether is committed to dramatic improvements in our public education system, but internally there are different views about how to accomplish that work. As a result, the views expressed in these blogs should be considered to be those of the writers rather than organizational viewpoints of Bellwether or of any organizations or individuals with whom Bellwether works. Likewise, outgoing links do not constitute any type of endorsement of other websites or organizations.

Ahead of the Heard

The Bellwether team blog, Ahead of the Heard, features regular commentary, analysis, and original insights from our staff.

Elaine Allensworth and Jenny Nagaoka, Guest Bloggers

This guest post is in response to a new series of briefs from Bellwether, From Pandemic to Progress, which puts forth eight ambitious but achievable pathways that leaders and policymakers can follow to rebuild education – and student learning and well-being – as the country begins to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic.  As part of […]

The post From pandemic to progress? Yes, now is the time for a national Institute for Education Improvement. appeared first on Ahead of the Heard.


Andrew Rotherham provides education news, analysis, and commentary through his widely read blog, 


I joined the Real Clear Politics podcast this morning to talk about CPAC (which I know little about, not my scene, but there are some education implications in the fight for the soul of the Republican Party), the Covid relief bill in Congress, and school reopening. Some interesting points of agreement and disagreement.

Below is a discussion John Bailey and I will do on Clubhouse next week. 

At the World Education Summit in March, I’m participating in two sessions. In one, Jeb Bush, John King, and I will discuss the politics and policy of building back better. And in a different keynote session Baltimore’s Sonja Santelises and Philadelphia’s Bill Hite and I will discuss the policy and practice implications of building back better post-Covid with education entrepreneur Mark Vineis.

Teacher Pensions, a project of Bellwether Education Partners, provides high-quality information and analysis to help stakeholders – especially teachers and policymakers – understand the teacher pension issue and the trade-offs among various options for reform.