American education suffers from long-standing inequities in access, quality, and outcomes — especially for students of color and low-income students — which parallel broader systemic inequities in American society and public institutions. At the same time, the educational equity movement that seeks to address these gaps has historically been led by white, economically privileged leaders and funders.
At its core, Bellwether seeks to improve educational outcomes for underserved students, but we know this is not possible without a diverse, equitable, and inclusive educational system at large. Bellwether addresses multiple levels of need by bringing the best of our thought leadership, strategic thinking, and human capital solutions together in service of this goal. Our thought leadership work looks at how public policies and practices impact equity for historically underserved student groups. Our talent work addresses the staff experience and culture in education organizations in order to recruit more diverse candidates, retain and promote leaders from historically marginalized communities, and create inclusive workplaces where staff members can thrive for maximum impact on children. And our strategy work is anchored in an understanding that design and decision-making about strategic direction and growth are most effective when informed by deep and authentic involvement from the stakeholders most impacted.
Our work is not wed to a single school model or political worldview but instead pragmatically seeks to close the outcome gaps we see today and ensure that individuals from historically underserved groups are represented at all levels of American education.