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Talent and Organizational Effectiveness

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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

October 19, 2016
Ashley LiBetti Mitchel, Melissa Steel King
Every year, new teachers collectively spend about $4.8 billion on their training requirements, nearly all of which goes to teacher preparation...
September 22, 2016
Education Next -- Somewhere between 10 and 30 percent of all new teachers are hired after the school year begins. These late hires come in with lower...
July 19, 2016
Jennifer Schiess, Kelly Robson, Carolyn Chuong, Kaitlin Pennington
To ensure that the public education system delivers on its promise of great outcomes for all kids, we need a shared understanding of the facts to...
April 12, 2013
During a discussion Thursday afternoon at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE), two former members of the U.S. Marine Corps discussed how...
December 15, 2012
By Andrew J. Rotherham
George W. Bush is writing a sequel to his big education act. The No Child Left Behind law was signed almost a decade ago, with overwhelming approval...

Blog Posts

April 4, 2017
Kirsten Schmitz
Want a positive financial return on your degree? Try electrical engineering or computer programming. Maybe advertising, or even drama. But...
January 10, 2017
Kate Westerlund
During a recent workshop that Xiomara Padamsee and I facilitated at the Education Pioneers National Conference, we led an activity with...
April 30, 2015
Becky Crowe
Look across the sector and you’ll find countless organizations focused on the important work of developing broader teacher and leader...