Background: Krista Kaput is a senior analyst with Bellwether Education Partners in the Policy and Evaluation practice area. Prior to joining Bellwether, she was the research director for EdAllies in Minneapolis. In this role, she developed and managed new research projects from design and analysis to presentation and communication of findings. Krista also authored reports and policy briefs on teacher preparation, college and career readiness, and district responses to COVID-19 school closures.
Previously, Krista was the policy director for Education Evolving, where she led legislative initiatives around competency-based education, innovation zones, and alternative teacher preparation. She also launched an education policy fellowship with Teach For America - Twin Cities to help educators get involved in policymaking and share best practices. Krista started her career as a special education teacher and Teach For America corps member in Chicago. She holds a master’s of public policy from the University of Minnesota, a master’s of education from Harvard University, and a bachelor’s degree in history and anthropology from the University of Chicago.
Why I do this work: My mother worked two jobs and made many sacrifices to enroll me in a private high school that changed the entire trajectory of my life. I do this work because no parent should have to do what my mother did so that their child can have a high-quality education and reach their full potential. Every school should be high quality.