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Kelly Robson Foster
Associate Partner
Policy and Evaluation

Background: Kelly Robson Foster is an associate partner with Bellwether. Since joining the Policy and Evaluation practice area 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

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In Massachusetts, state leaders created the Horace Mann charter school model as a hybrid between the charter and district sectors: These schools have much of the same flexibility as charter schools but are approved by, and remain part of, their local school districts.

Horace Mann Charter Schools: Their Past, Present, and Promise analyzes the extent to which the Horace Mann school model lives up to its founding legislation, and outlines a set of recommendations to better support its success as well as incorporate the model into strategies for district improvement.