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Andrew J. Rotherham
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Co-Founder and External Relations Leader
Policy and Evaluation
External Relations

Background: Andrew J. Rotherham is a co-founder and External Relations leader at Bellwether Education Partners, a national nonprofit organization focused on dramatically improving education and life outcomes for systemically marginalized young people and their communities. Rotherham writes the blog and newsletter Eduwonk.com.

In addition to Bellwether, Rotherham has founded or co-founded two other education organizations and served on the boards of several successful education startups. He served at The White House as special assistant to the president for domestic policy during the Clinton administration, as a member of the Virginia Board of Education, as an education columnist for TIME magazine, and as a contributing editor at U.S. News & World Report. He has taught in traditional and experiential settings at the K-12 and college level.

Rotherham is the author or co-author of more than 450 published articles, book chapters, papers, and op-eds about education policy and politics, and is the author or editor of four books on education policy. He serves on the board of directors for The 74, a national education media organization, and on the international board of directors for Classroom Champions, a Canada-based nonprofit that pairs Olympic and Paralympic athletes with high-poverty classrooms as mentors. Rotherham advises a variety of companies and organizations including Whiteboard Advisors, Upbeat, a data analytics company focused on teacher engagement and retention, ClearForce, a security and threat prevention company, and several nonprofit organizations.

Outside of his professional work, Rotherham raises tens of thousands of dollars each year to support the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, is an EMT, and he and his wife, a high school English teacher, host a concert series featuring regional and national musical acts in a former one-room schoolhouse. A father of two daughters, he lives in Virginia.

Why I do this work: Individuals and society thrive when people have choice and self-determination in their lives. A more equitable and effective education system than we have today is integral to that opportunity and to a more inclusive America.

Experience at Bellwether: Quantitative and Qualitative Analysis; Survey Research; Data Collection and Analysis; Analysis; Teacher Evaluation and Development Systems; Grant Development and Implementation; Policy Research and Analysis; Writing; Research; Market Assessment; CMO/Charter School Operators; District Schools; Foundations; Think Tanks; Advocacy Organizations

Client segments served: K-12 Schools; Postsecondary/Higher Education; School Districts; CMO/Charter Schools; State Education Agencies; Government; Foundations and Grantees; Nonprofit Organizations; Policy Organizations; Advocacy Groups; Product and Service Providers

Sample clients: SEAs, LEAs, CMOs, Amplify, Google, “60 Minutes,” New Classrooms, Walton Family Foundation, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, National Indian Education Association

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Andrew J. Rotherham

The Parent Perception Barometer brings clarity and context to conversations about what parents think about K-12 education. From parents’ high-level perceptions about their kids’ schools to concerns about academic progress and mental health, multiple data sources provide insight into these trends. Some of the data highlight topics about which parent opinion is more divided. There is no substitute for directly engaging with parents and families to understand what educational opportunities and support they need, but this tool serves as a starting point for those working to better understand aggregated parents’ views on K-12 education, the broader landscape, and how both are evolving as the pandemic progresses.