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Marnie Kaplan
Senior Analyst
Policy and Evaluation

Background: Marnie Kaplan is a senior analyst at Bellwether Education Partners. Since joining the Policy and Evaluation team in 2015, her work has focused on early childhood education, education politics, and Title I funding.

Prior to joining Bellwether, Marnie worked as a policy analyst for a network of charter schools, a program manager at the District of Columbia Public Schools, and a Stoneleigh Emerging Leaders Fellow at the Education Law Center. Marnie began her career as a middle school English and social studies teacher in New York City. She went on to earn her M.P.P. and J.D. from Georgetown University. Marnie also holds a master’s in the science of teaching from Pace University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

Experience at Bellwether: early childhood education, education politics, and Title I funding

Client segments served: school districts, intermediaries, nonprofits

Sample clients: Commit! Partnership, Thrive Washington, Democrats for Education Reform, Stand for Children - Washington, Louisiana Department of Education, ParentCorps

Why I do this work: My career path has been guided by novelist John Edgar Wideman’s words: “So you have to find a subject which is deeply felt, which disturbs you, which won’t let you go, which demands the best of you.” I am deeply committed to a career in education policy because the state of education for low-income and minority children is the subject that “won’t let me go,” the subject that drew me from the classroom to law and policy school, and the subject that continues to guide my professional goals.

Recent Media

Marnie Kaplan

While there has been extensive debate about mandating degree requirements for early childhood educators, little of this debate has focused on the type of programs early childhood educators are likely to attend, let alone the quality of these programs. It Takes a Community: Leveraging Community Colleges to Transform the Early Childhood Workforce examines the critical role community colleges currently play in preparing early childhood educators and envisions the role these institutions should play in ongoing efforts to transform the early childhood workforce.