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Kelly Robson Foster
Associate Partner
Policy and Evaluation

Background: Kelly Robson Foster 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 school choice, rural education, and policies impacting youth with disrupted education pathways — in particular youth with homeless or foster care experiences.

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 bachelor’s degree with honors and a master’s degree in education from Ohio State University and a doctorate in education policy from George Washington University.

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.

Experience at Bellwether: Quantitative and Qualitative Analysis; Survey Research; Data Collection and Analysis; Analysis; Policy Research and Analysis; Writing; Research; Project Management; CMO/Charter School Operators; District Schools; Foundations; Think Tanks; Advocacy Organizations

Client segments served: K-12 Schools; School Districts; CMO/Charter Schools; State Education Agencies; Government; Foundations and Grantees; Nonprofit Organizations; Policy Organizations; Advocacy Groups

Sample clients: Gates Family Foundation, Partners for Education at Berea College, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, Callaway Foundation, uAspire

Recent Media

Kelly Robson
Hailly T.N. Korman
Rebecca Daulton

Young people who experience disruptive and traumatic events rely on our nation’s child-serving agencies for support to navigate their circumstances, heal from trauma, and return to school, work, and life as healthy and productive citizens. Unfortunately, too often our existing service agencies fall short of meeting the needs of these youth. As a result, students who experience a disruptive event in youth are more likely to experience homelessness, to have unplanned or unwanted pregnancies, and to end up in jail throughout their lifetimes.

"The Value of Harms Avoided: Calculating the Cost of a Fragmented System of Social Services" attempts to calculate both the cost of the current system across multiple disruptions that young people might face and the cost of a hypothetical system in which the first intervention works—allowing the individual to leverage support systems in the future at the rate and cost of a person who did not experience a disruptive event as a child. Based on our calculation, such a system could free up more than $1.5 trillion over the lifetimes of the cohort of youth currently served by care agencies.