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Ideas matter. In addition to our work with clients, Bellwether Education Partners generates and gathers ideas and policy solutions, analyzes ongoing reform efforts, and writes about and discusses education and education reform. We believe that the work we do to improve education for all students benefits from thought leadership, analysis, and thoughtful discourse around emerging ideas, in order to help challenge leaders and leading organizations to think differently and improve, to coordinate efforts where possible, to inform policymakers and improve the political and policy context, and to share successful approaches with the public education field at large.

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Three Financing Principles to Guide Social Innovation

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TIME.com -- Sounds like a great idea. But public schools might have more in common with the Boston Red Sox than the Oakland A's.

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Leadership Is the First Key to Unlocking an Innovation Culture in Government

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Five Key Elements to Promoting an Innovation Culture in Government

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TIME.com -- If the eagerness to demonstrate some bipartisanship on education turns into a stampede, it’s not hard to see common ground between what Republican governors, Republican leaders in Washington, and the Obama Administration want — and that means a lot less accountability ...

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Four Key Obstacles to Innovative Solutions of Pressing Social Problems.

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TIME.com -- As President Obama gets ready to put the debate about how to reform No Child Left Behind on the front burner, the GOP candidates can’t avoid education forever. As some start to drop hints about what their education plans might look like, here’s a handicapper’s guide to the leading contenders and their views — and record — on education.

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What does innovation in the public sector actually mean? Who is doing it well? And what should agency leaders do to promote innovation? These are among the questions this series will endeavor to answer.

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Innovation isn’t solely the responsibility of those who supply it – the entrepreneurs who come up with new solutions and the investors and policymakers whose funds support them. It’s also reliant on the demand for it. In this paper, co-authors Kim Smith and Julie Petersen examine the demand for innovation by educator and student users, school and district buyers, policymakers, and others who provide funding for educational goods and services, like foundations and even parents. Strengthening, sharpening, and “smartening” the way these buyers and users find and implement innovation can make a big difference in bringing more productive, effective teaching and learning approaches to the kids and schools that need it.

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TIME.com -- The source list in Steven Brill's Class Warfare may read like the Who’s Who of modern education reform, but the chapters that precede it often feel more like The Real Housewives of Policy Wonk County.

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