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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

Jeff Schulz
Gunjan Sud
Becky Crowe

There is a growing belief that students can provide valuable feedback on a teacher’s performance in the classroom. Student perception surveys are increasingly seen as a low-cost and reliable tool for gathering data and feedback on the quality of teaching in individual classrooms. However, incorporating student surveys into formal, high-stakes teacher evaluation and development systems has its challenges. In this paper, Jeff Schulz, Gunjan Sud, and Becky Crowe highlight the experience of states, districts, charter management organizations, and teacher preparation programs that are “early adopters” of student perception surveys.