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Lynne Graziano
Policy and Evaluation

Background: Lynne Graziano is an analyst at Bellwether Education Partners, splitting her time between the Policy and Evaluation and Operations teams. Prior to joining Bellwether in 2014 as an administrative associate, Lynne worked as an independent contractor while completing her Ph.D. coursework and comprehensive exams. Her contracting work included serving as a research consultant and grant writer for various Bellwether projects.

Lynne’s early career combined caring for an extended family while serving as a professional volunteer for nonprofit organizations dedicated to youth, community, and young mothers. Her various roles included teaching director, youth leader, mentor, coach, seminar presenter, retreat leader, and team manager.

Lynne holds a BA in English with a minor in writing from Drew University, and an MS in the History and Sociology of Technology and Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology. She is Ph.D. ABD (All But Dissertation) in American history at Case Western Reserve University. She and her husband John have three grown children, Gabriella, Matt, and Christina.

Experience at Bellwether: internal recruitment, research, grants, database work, client contact, talent search, and administrative support

Client segments served: charter systems and schools, school districts, private/parochial systems and schools, policy organizations, foundations

Sample clients: Texas Charter School Association, Tennessee SCORE, Chiefs for Change, E.L. Haynes Public Charter Schools

Why I do this work: Each of my parents was raised on a farm, and they were both first-generation college attendees. Their commitment to education was impressed upon me and my siblings as they targeted communities with strong school systems and encouraged us to make strategic college choices. My husband, who is also a first-generation college student, and I sought out quality schools for our kids. Each of our children attended a high school that best met their individual needs: one attended a large public school that offered over 20 Advanced Placement courses; one, a midsize public magnet school with an International Baccalaureate program; and one, a small, private, all-girls Catholic school. Between my own experiences and my work with Bellwether, I have come to believe deeply that every family should have the opportunity to choose safe, quality schools tailored to their children’s needs.

Recent Media

Ashley LiBetti
Lynne Graziano
Jennifer O’Neal Schiess

COVID-19 has altered education as we know it, and no one school has found the perfect approach to distance learning. Every school struggles with the dual priorities of sustaining student learning and ensuring students are safe, fed, and well, all outside of the school building.

However, some schools more quickly adopted promising practices in response to common challenges, offering lessons for other schools seeking to improve their distance learning models.

Promise in the Time of Quarantine: Exploring Schools’ Responses to COVID-19 highlights 12 district and charter schools from across the country:

  • Breakthrough Public Schools (Ohio)
  • Gentry School District (Arkansas)
  • Hamilton Grange Middle School (New York)
  • Impact Public Schools (Washington)
  • Kairos Academies (Missouri)
  • KIPP Columbus High School (Ohio)
  • Nampa School District (Idaho)
  • Rocketship Public Schools (California, Wisconsin, Tennessee, and D.C.)
  • Steel City Academy (Indiana)
  • Summit Sierra High School (Washington)
  • Treasure Valley Classical Academy (Idaho)
  • Uncommon Schools (Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York)