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Talent and Organizational Effectiveness

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

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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:


August 13, 2020
Katie Rouse
Families, teachers, and communities all have varying perspectives on what the school year can and should hold for students. School leaders need to...
August 11, 2020
When EightCities.org first launched in 2018, it documented the stories of leaders in school systems across the country working to drive rapid...
August 5, 2020
Bill Durbin, Sherri Geng, Jeff Schulz
With school opening just weeks away in many parts of the country, leaders need a detailed level of support — and a plan — to start the school year in...
July 8, 2020
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...
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...


June 15, 2020
Indira Dammu discusses three ways that COVID-19 impacts teachers of color and how schools and districts can help.
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...

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