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Kelly Robson
Associate Partner
Policy and Evaluation

Background: Kelly Robson is an associate partner with Bellwether Education Partners. Since joining the Policy and Evaluation team in 2013, Kelly has worked on a variety of issues including public school choice, private school choice, city-level reform efforts, and policies impacting disrupted youth, in particular homeless youth. Her work has been featured in The 74, Philanthropy Magazine, and elsewhere. Prior to joining Bellwether, Kelly taught middle school English and history in Westerville City Schools in Westerville, Ohio and in the District of Columbia Public Schools. Kelly holds a B.A. with honors and a master’s degree in education from The Ohio State University and a doctorate in education policy from George Washington University.

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

Client segments served: foundations, intermediaries, think tanks, human capital organizations

Sample clients: Philanthropy Roundtable, Thomas B. Fordham Institute, BLUUM, Carnegie Foundation

Why I do this work: I went into education because I believe that a quality education is one of the most powerful tools a child can acquire; yet my five years in the classroom revealed firsthand the stark contrast in educational quality and experience that we offer to children in this country. I am passionate about ensuring that all kids have access to a quality education that meets their individual needs and prepares them for a successful future.

Recent Media

Kelly Robson
Jennifer O’Neal Schiess
Phillip Burgoyne-Allen

"Staking Out the Middle Ground: Policy Design for Autonomous Schools" provides state and local leaders with key insights into the various contours of autonomous school policies. Two research briefs drawing from the full report provide specific summaries of Recommendations for State Leaders and Recommendations for Local Leaders. The report also surfaces lessons and recommendations from in-depth Profiles of Autonomous School Policies in Colorado, Georgia, Indiana, and Massachusetts.

Cover image for Bellwether publication Staking Out the Middle Ground: Policy Design for Autonomous Schools February 2020