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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.

Publication -- The best charter schools significantly and consistently outperform the averages, and they have a lot in common with each other in their ethos and operations.

Publication -- Waiting for ‘Superman’ is a hard-hitting documentary that lays bare many of America’s education problems. But despite all the attention it’s bringing to education, there are still more reasons to bet against reform than for it.

Publication -- If the Facebook founder wants his gift to make a real impact, he’d be wise to study up on all the education grantmaking that precedes him. It offers some sobering cautions and some big lessons. Here are the five biggest.

Publication -- What does “value-added” mean, anyway?

Publication -- Fenty’s loss to City Council Chairman Vincent Gray leaves in doubt not only the status of Washington’s revolutionary school chancellor, Michelle Rhee, but the national momentum for her brand of ambitious -- and aggressive -- education reform.

Publication -- Today states, school districts, and in some cases individual schools are allowed to set both their academic standards and the tests to determine whether students are reaching them.


Education Sector -- Policymakers are beginning to take note of the fiscal problems in teacher retirement systems. States have recently taken action by raising retirement ages, lowering benefit payments, and reducing cost-of-living adjustments. These are small steps toward shoring up the system to help ensure that it remains sustainable in the future.


U.S. News and World Report -- Finding depressing education news is easy, but three trends offer hope for the future.


American Educator -- Dan Willingham and Andrew J. Rotherham examine the challenges to implementing "21st Century Skills" in America's schools. Willingham and Rotherham look at the history of the idea, the research on how students learn, and the obstacles to effectively implementing the "21st Century Skills" approach in American schools.


In a symposium at Suffolk University College of Law, Andrew J. Rotherham and E.D. Hirsch discuss how curriculum and content matter to democratic approaches to public education.