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    Sara Mead

    The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act included $30.75 billion with several distinct funding streams. Bellwether has produced briefs to help state and district policymakers make informed decisions about how to use these funds, and to help advocates and leaders of schools, districts, charter management organizations, and other education nonprofits understand the potential implications of these funding streams for their work serving students, families, and communities.

  • Media
    Andrew J. Rotherham

    Arne Duncan is experiencing the novel coronavirus like the rest of us: worried about his family, worried about his community and worried about our country as a whole. But he’s also experiencing it as the leader of community work to reduce gang violence in Chicago, as a managing director at Emerson Collective — one of America’s leading philanthropic organizations — and, of course, as a previous urban school leader and a former U.S. secretary of education.

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    Andrew J. Rotherham

    Bellwether brought together top education leaders who discussed how they’ve navigated the Corona virus so far and how schools will never be the same.

  • Publication

    A new resource guide created by Bellwether Education Partners in partnership with the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools looks at the implications of federal COVID-19 response legislation passed in March 2020 for public charter schools.

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    Chad Aldeman

    If the economic downturn due to COVID-19 is anything like the last one in 2008, that means bad news for Nebraska’s teacher pension plan. Bellwether’s Chad Aldeman recommends a different approach. 

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    Hailly T.N. Korman

    The widespread disruptions to our country’s entire education system are a momentary step into the shoes of students who have lived fragile lives for a long time. The difference is that many of us will eventually be able to step out of those shoes and into a world that will plan for and accommodate this big disruption.

  • Publication
    Tresha Ward
    Stephanie Spangler
    Katie Rouse
    Eleisha Nelson-Reed

    An easy-to-use, practical resource that aims to help leaders make decisions and actionable plans amid the unfolding COVID-19 pandemic. The planning framework that is the crux of this toolkit takes leaders through four key steps: Reground, Prioritize, Plan, and Connect.

    Screenshot of Bellwether publication COVID-19 Strategic Planning Toolkit for Education & Nonprofit Leaders

    You can also watch a series of interviews with school leaders who used this toolkit below:


    Click below to learn more about this fillable Excel template.

  • Media
    Andrew J Rotherham

    Schools should stay open over the summer this year, for the good of students, teachers & schools themselves. If there ever was a year to hit pause on a full-throated summer, this is it. It might be what we have to do to live up to the promise we made to students what seems like an eternity ago — last fall, when this school year started.

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    Sara Mead

    Why do Sanders and some of his primary rivals think it’s good for government to fund community-based, nonprofit organizations to educate 2-year-olds but suddenly an enormous problem when children turn 5 and start kindergarten?

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    Hailly T.N. Korman
    Andrew J. Rotherham

    Too often, education leaders think of schools and programs serving students who have gaps in their education, who are early parents, who are incarcerated or recently have been, who need to work while they finish school, or who don’t fit in our mostly cookie-cutter schools as a distraction or a drag on performance. This excludes millions of kids from the education reform conversation. Read more from Hailly Korman and Andy Rotherham here.

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    Hailly T.N. Korman
    Max Marchitello

    Each year thousands of youth in America are uprooted from their schools and communities and sent to a juvenile justice detention center. While in these facilities, young people are entitled to the same educational opportunities that they would have in the outside world. However, there is little research or data about this population. In “Educating Youth in Short-Term Detention,” we found that youth’s educational experiences in these facilities often compound, rather than alleviate, the challenges they face.

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    Hailly T.N. Korman
    Andrew J. Rotherham

    Too often, education leaders think of schools and programs serving students who have gaps in their education, who are early parents, who are incarcerated or recently have been, who need to work while they finish school, or who don’t fit in our mostly cookie-cutter schools as a distraction or a drag on performance. This excludes millions of kids from the education reform conversation. 

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