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Gwen Baker
Strategic Advising

Background: Gwen Baker is a partner with the Strategic Advising practice area. She has more than 15 years of experience in education. Before joining Bellwether, Gwen was CEO and co-founder at CoreSpring Inc., a nonprofit whose mission is to provide the field with access to high-quality and openly licensed formative assessment content and open-source digital authoring tools. Today, educational technology companies, nonprofits, and schools use CoreSpring’s technology to administer millions of items each month. Before CoreSpring, Gwen worked at NewSchools Venture Fund, New Visions for Public Schools, and Teachscape. 

She began her career at Accenture, working with clients to build performance-based and simulated learning solutions. Gwen holds a master’s degree in learning sciences, an interdisciplinary graduate program focused on applying the principles of cognitive and computer science to education and business, from Northwestern University and a bachelor’s degree from Ithaca College.

Why I do this work: The fact that race and wealth (or lack thereof) directly influences the quality of education a child receives from a public institution infuriates me. I want to work in partnership with communities to change this.

Experience at Bellwether: Strategic Planning; New Organization Design and Launch; Business Plan Development; Growth and Expansion Strategy; Implementation Planning; Market Assessment; CMO/Charter School Operators; District Schools; Foundations; Advocacy Organizations

Client segments served: K-12 Schools; School Districts; CMO/Charter Schools; Foundations and Grantees; Nonprofit Organizations; Advocacy Groups; Product and Service Providers

Sample clients: OpenSciEd, NTC, Aspire Public Schools, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Learning Accelerator, Phoenix Charter Academy, Mind Research Institute, Kansas City Teacher Residency, Thurgood Marshall College Fund, Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, Greentrike

Recent Media

Gwen Baker
Lauren Schwartze
Bonnie O'Keefe

Despite enormous effort across the education sector over many years, persistent and pervasive gaps in educational access, engagement, and achievement exist for students across the country. Through our research, we found that three key things are true of schools that succeed at accelerating growth among students who start off below grade level.