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Learn more about Bellwether’s work by reading our publications, news articles, press releases, and case studies.

  • Publication
    Marnie Kaplan

    It Takes a Community: Leveraging Community Colleges to Transform the Early Childhood WorkforceWhile there has been extensive debate about mandating degree requirements for early childhood educators, little of this debate has focused on the type of programs early childhood educators are likely to attend, let alone the quality of these programs. It Takes a Community: Leveraging Community Colleges to Transform the Early Childhood Workforce examines the critical role community colleges currently play in preparing early childhood educators and envisions the role these institutions should play in ongoing efforts to transform the early childhood workforce.

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    Chad Aldeman

    School districts across the country are reporting difficulties in hiring high-quality teachers, and states are being asked to respond. Our new slide deck, "Teacher Supply and Demand: How States Track Shortage Areas," surveys the landscape of how states track information on teacher supply and demand.

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    Bellwether Education Partners was founded in 2010 with the vision of a world in which race, ethnicity, and income no longer predict outcomes for students. Fast forward seven years, and we've accomplished so much.

    Our first-ever annual report shares more about what we do and why people love working here. Check out the multimedia website here.

    screenshot of Bellwether's 2017 annual report

    We hope you’ll enjoy reading our story!

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    Chad Aldeman
    Anne Hyslop
    Max Marchitello
    Jennifer O'Neal Schiess
    Kaitlin Pennington

    The 2015 passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) ushered in a new era for state accountability systems. ESSA provided states an opportunity to help all students succeed by rethinking both how they identify schools that need to improve, and how those schools might be improved. The law requires states to submit a formal plan to the Department of Education for peer review and then begin implementing that plan in the 2017-18 school year. Read our findings after reviewing the accountability plans for all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

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    Bonnie O'Keefe

    Our new report, Primetime for Coaching: Improving Instructional Coaching in Early Childhood Education, seeks to help policymakers and practitioners alike make informed decisions about early childhood education coaching programs and uncovers successes, challenges, and opportunities for improvement.

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    America’s school transportation system needs work. To help people understand why we should be thinking differently about school transportation, we created a simple, three-minute video:

  • Publication
    Bonnie O'Keefe

    Delving into findings from a local initiative to align and improve pre-K to third grade education reveals broadly applicable lessons on supporting teachers and leaders, in Minnesota and beyond.

  • Media

    WASHINGTON—Today marks the official launch of Promise54, a new, nonprofit talent solutions provider created to support the education field as it works to deliver on the promise of the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision.


    Promise54 is led by former Bellwether partners Xiomara Padamsee and Monisha Lozier, who will continue to work with a variety of educational organizations to examine and refine their talent systems, structures, and behaviors.

  • Publication
    Chad Aldeman and Paulina S. Diaz Aguirre

    Years of irresponsible budgeting practices have left the Teachers’ Retirement System of Louisiana (TRSL) almost $12 billion in debt. Without significant reforms, Louisiana’s pension problems are likely to get worse, with further negative consequences for workers and schools.

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    U.S. News & World Report -- Praising public education on social media doesn't equate with real support.

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    U.S. News & World Report -- Too often, 3-year-olds fall through the cracks in early childhood education.

  • Media

    The 74 Million --Rather than trying to get one accountability system to do everything, states should give parents the right tools for their job — supporting their child.

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