Talent and Organizational Effectiveness | Bellwether Education Partners Skip to main content

Talent and Organizational Effectiveness

By Elizabeth Cryan Photography with permission from Donnell-Kay Foundation at Rocky Mountain Prep school

You are here

Recruiting, preparing, developing, and retaining talent is a core function of effective education organizations and systems. While schools, districts, and other organizations need coherent strategies for these tasks, state and federal policies also set the conditions and incentives that enable — or prevent — effective talent management.

Our Talent Services practice works on both sides of the talent equation: We help find and develop exceptional talent through our executive search and coaching services, and we help organizations become “talent ready.” Bellwether’s work supports organizational leaders in creating organizations where diverse individuals can thrive as they generate dramatic impact for kids. We also conduct research and analysis on a variety of policies that affect talent supply and infrastructure and shape the context in which education leaders do their work — including school leadership, school governance, and accountability. We seek to design policy solutions that add more talented leaders at all levels of the education system and work to ensure that public policies recognize the crucial importance of cultivating talent and talent-ready organizations.

The content below reflects our work on this issue:

Publications

June 24, 2020
Schools and education organizations need good information about their programs to understand what works, for whom, and why. Obtaining and acting on...
May 14, 2020
Tresha Francis Ward, Stephanie Spangler
In April, we released a four-phase strategic planning tool to support the COVID-19 education response, providing a framework for leaders responding...
April 7, 2020
Tresha Ward, Stephanie Spangler, Katie Rouse, Eleisha Nelson-Reed
The past few weeks have been uniquely challenging for education and nonprofit leaders across the country as they navigate the unfolding coronavirus...
October 23, 2018
Lynne Graziano, Jason Weeby, Tanya Paperny, Sara Mead
How do you build a continuously improving system of schools? Eight Cities is a new website from Bellwether Education Partners that provides stories...
August 23, 2017
Max Marchitello
What effect does teacher pension spending have on school funding equity? In Bellwether's new report, “Illinois’ Teacher Pension Plans Deepen School...

Op-Eds

April 29, 2020
While this crisis presents many challenges for districts, it may also provide an opportunity. Those places that can adapt to the changing teacher...
December 1, 2019
A merger may be a valuable strategic path for schools and education nonprofits. If leaders capitalize — with appropriate caution — on the opportunity...
September 22, 2016
Somewhere between 10 and 30 percent of all new teachers are hired after the school year begins. These late hires come in with lower college GPAs, are...