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Ashley LiBetti
Associate Partner
Policy and Thought Leadership

Background: Ashley LiBetti is an associate partner with Bellwether Education Partners in the Policy and Thought Leadership practice area. Since joining Bellwether in 2013, Ashley has developed deep expertise in early childhood education, teacher preparation, and charter schools. Her research and analysis have been featured by C-SPAN, U.S. News & World Report, Huffington Post, The Washington Post, The 74, Hechinger Report, and elsewhere. Prior to joining Bellwether, Ashley worked for the U.S. Department of Education, Baltimore Education Research Consortium, Baltimore City Public Schools, Urban Teachers, and City Year Los Angeles.

Experience at Bellwether: policy research and analysis, strategic advising, long- and short-form writing

Client segments served: policy organizations, intermediaries, early childhood providers, foundations

Sample clients: Sesame Street, Montessori Public Policy Initiative, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Rhode Island Department of Education, ConnCAN

Why I do this work: I’m the first person in my family to graduate from college — education fundamentally changed the options available to me. Policy as a whole is closer to where we need to be to give every student that opportunity, but we have a long way to go.

Recent Media

Publication
Ashley LiBetti

"Let the Research Show" digs into the research on how an early educator’s preparation affects their effectiveness in the classroom — and ultimately finds that there are no clear answers about what high-quality teacher preparation looks like. This is particularly alarming because more and more states and localities are requiring preschool teachers to earn degrees. While some states are providing the resources and support to do so, completing a degree still carries a substantial financial and time cost, particularly for current early educators. If public policies demand that early educators earn degrees, it’s crucial to ensure that this preparation actually helps them improve their practice — and right now, the research can’t guarantee that.
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