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Andrew J. Rotherham
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Co-Founder and Partner
Policy and Evaluation
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Background: Andrew J. Rotherham is a co-founder and partner at Bellwether Education Partners, a national nonprofit organization working to support educational innovation and improve outcomes for underserved students. He is also a contributing editor to U.S. News & World Report and a senior editor at The 74, an education news and analysis publication. Rotherham writes the blog, teaches at the University of Virginia, and is a senior adviser for Whiteboard Advisors. Among other positions, Rotherham previously 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 founder and executive editor of RealClearEducation. In addition to Bellwether, Rotherham has founded or co-founded two other education organizations and served on the boards of or advised successful education startups in the nonprofit and for-profit sectors.

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 educational policy. He serves on the boards of directors for the UVA School of Education and Human Development, The 74, 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 organizations including Upbeat, a data analytics company focused on teacher retention; Ellevation, a company that supports English language learners; and the National Young Farmers Coalition. He is a fellow and moderator in the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

Outside of his professional work, Rotherham raises tens of thousands of dollars each year to support the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and he and his wife host a concert series featuring regional and national musical acts in a former one-room schoolhouse. He and his wife, a public school teacher, make their home in Virginia with their two daughters.

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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