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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:


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