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Jeff Schulz
Strategic Advising

Background: Jeff Schulz is a partner with Bellwether Education Partners in the Strategic Advising practice area. Since joining Bellwether in January 2013, Jeff has helped school districts, charter management organizations, and service providers address a wide range of strategic issues, from developing five-year strategic plans to more targeted initiatives around personalized learning and teacher development. Before joining Bellwether, Jeff was a manager in Deloitte’s Strategy practice, with a focus on helping Fortune 500 clients identify opportunities to generate growth and improve profitability, especially through the application of advanced analytic techniques. He is also a proud Teach For America alum, former advocacy lead for a group of high-performing, nationally acclaimed Texas charter schools, and education analyst for the central Texas-based E3 Alliance. Jeff holds a master’s in public administration from the University of Texas at Austin and a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from the University of Michigan.

Experience at Bellwether: strategic planning, market assessment, growth and expansion strategy, teacher evaluation and development systems, project management and implementation support

Client segments served: school districts, charter systems and schools, product and service providers, foundations

Sample clients: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, San Francisco Unified School District, Harmony Public Schools, Youth Truth

Why I do this work: Our current education approach has failed too many students, especially low-income students, for far too long. Yet, we know success is possible based on the experience of a diverse array of innovative districts, CMOS, and product and service providers. I am inspired by the work of these “whatever it takes” organizations and am committed to helping them deepen and grow their impact.

Recent Media

Lina Bankert
Jeff Schulz
Rochelle Dalton
Alison Fuller
Liz McNamee

Postsecondary education dramatically increases the likelihood of employment and economic success. But many young people, especially those furthest from opportunity and from underserved communities, are not accessing postsecondary pathways or realizing the benefits that come with a degree. To disrupt this inequity, we must better support students to identify, pursue, and complete college.

Postsecondary advising is just one lever for closing the degree divide, but it has only recently emerged as a priority and expectation of K-12 systems. As a result, few school districts provide systemic, equitable, and high-quality advising to meet the needs of all students, especially those furthest from opportunity.