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Tresha Ward
Partner
Strategic Advising

Background: Tresha Ward is a partner at Bellwether Education Partners. She leads the academic and program strategy team within the strategic advising practice. Tresha brings nearly two decades of experience in education focused on delivering dramatic academic outcomes for Black and Brown students. 

In her role at Bellwether, she leads work supporting leaders of a wide range of school programs, PK-12th grade – district, charter, and independent – to develop and implement inspiring, yet actionable plans to enable start-up, expansion, or lasting improvement. Believing critical change in schools is necessary through strong leadership, Tresha leverages her first-hand experience and knowledge of schools around the country to build the capacity of school and executive-level network leaders through advising and executive coaching. She has a particular passion for supporting leaders of color to sustain in their roles. 

Prior to joining Bellwether, Tresha held a number of leadership roles with the KIPP public charter school network. In 2010, she opened KIPP Legacy Preparatory School, in Northeast Houston and grew the school to ~800 kids. She then served as the school leader development director for the KIPP Foundation. In this role, she provided support to KIPP’s 200+ school leaders either through the creation of leadership development programming, as an instructor for instructional leadership, or through direct coaching. Tresha also supported chief academic officers and school leaders in KIPP’s Texas regions on academic strategy implementation. After her time with the KIPP Foundation, she returned back to schools as a managing director of schools for KIPP NYC, focused on principal management and school turnaround. 

Prior to KIPP, Tresha started her career in education as a teacher and Teach For America Houston corps member in the Houston Independent School District. Tresha attended Vanderbilt University for her bachelor’s degree and Stanford University for her master’s degree. She currently lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband.

Experience at Bellwether: New school design, instructional improvement strategy development and implementation, expansion planning, autonomous school design and launch, instructional coaching, organizational effectiveness, executive coaching and leadership development, panelist and presenter

Client segments served: Urban education, charter schools, district charters, district schools, independent schools, turnaround schools

Sample clients: Texas Education Agency, San Antonio ISD, El Paso ISD, Denver Public Schools, St. Louis Public Schools, NewSchools Venture Fund, Charter School Growth Fund, Match Education, DC International School, Mundo Verde Bilingual Public Charter School, DC Bilingual, Lee Montessori Public Charter School, Steele Montessori, Young Women’s Leadership Network, Girls Athletic Leadership Schools Denver, Baltimore Leadership Academy for Young Women, Bronx Charter School for the Arts, Mott Haven Academy Charter School, Coney Island Prep, Washington Yu Ying Public Charter School, Amethod Public Schools, Harlem Academy, East Harlem Scholars Academies, Board on Track

Why I do this work: I grew up in the Bronx, NY and was oblivious to the concept of educational inequity until I got to college and realized it applied to me. While my road was not as smooth as my middle-class peers, I was lucky enough to have family and adults in my life that helped me overcome the obstacles that came my way. I do this work because kids who look like me, or grow up in places like the Bronx, deserve access to great schools and opportunities that give them the tools to create a life full of choices. Kids should not have to be "lucky enough" to have the "right people" around or attend the "right schools." Today, students face this unfair, rigged lottery and I want to be a part of changing that.

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Tresha Francis Ward
Stephanie Spangler

As leaders consider reopening schools in the fall, there are numerous versions of what schooling could look like in different communities. But leaders can begin planning right away even amid uncertainty. This new resource zeroes in on the three most strategically and operationally distinct scenarios: all in-person learning, all distance learning, or a hybrid. Given the virus’ unpredictability and the high possibility of “rolling closures,” leaders will be in a strong position if they have plans that cover these core scenarios and are ready to move between them.