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Stephanie Spangler
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Associate Partner
Academic and Program Strategy

Background: Stephanie Spangler is an associate partner with Bellwether in the Strategic Advising practice area specializing in academic and program strategy. Since joining Bellwether, her work has focused on supporting school districts and charter organizations with strategic planning, continuous improvement, and other change management efforts. Prior to joining Bellwether, Stephanie completed a dual degree at the University of Virginia, where she received an MBA and a master’s in curriculum and instruction. During the summer of 2018, Stephanie worked as a special assistant to the chief engagement officer of Richmond Public Schools. In that role, she supported the development and drafting of the district’s five-year strategic plan.

Stephanie also taught in both charter and district schools in Washington, D.C. She began her career as a Capital Teaching Resident at KIPP DC, where she was part of a founding elementary school team. She later transitioned to D.C. Public Schools and taught fourth grade at Tubman Elementary School. Stephanie was consistently rated highly effective under the DCPS IMPACT system. She also served as grade level chair, a member of the academic leadership team, and the author of the fourth-grade ELA curriculum.

Why I do this work: I have always loved schools, first as a student and then as a teacher. Unfortunately, racism and systemic inequality limit the opportunity for students to learn and teachers to teach. I do this work to support schools and organizations working to change that reality.

Experience at Bellwether: Strategic Planning; New Organization Design and Launch; Human Capital/Organizational Design; Teacher Evaluation and Development Systems; Implementation Planning; Project Management; CMO/Charter School Operators; District Schools

Client segments served: K-12 Schools; School Districts; CMO/Charter Schools; State Education Agencies

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The COVID-19 pandemic and its disproportionate impact on students from historically marginalized communities underscores the value of continuous improvement (CI) as a framework for understanding the depth of unfinished learning and responding to it in an urgent, data-driven, and adaptive manner. Working alongside school-based teams, Bellwether has developed a refined and balanced approach to the traditional CI process that is more attuned to realities in schools, particularly in the wake of the pandemic — and is now available for school leaders to download as a customizable, easy-to-use resource that can help them implement these techniques for students.