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What We Do

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What We Do


A more equitable democratic society – as well as our changing economy – demand dramatically better outcomes from our public education system. To achieve this goal we need stronger and more flexible organizations working to eliminate the achievement gap and delivering an outstanding education to all children. Bellwether advances new ideas that shape the field of education and works closely with clients to address their most pressing strategic, talent, and operational issues. Our goal is to build organizations’ capacity to achieve ambitious student impact outcomes through our three interrelated service offerings.

Strategic Advising

Our Strategic Advising practice advises leaders and organizations on their most pressing strategic and operational issues. Our work ranges from supporting entrepreneurs through business plan development, to partnering with established organizations on growth and performance improvement, to assessing new opportunities for impact as the field evolves.

Policy and Thought Leadership

Our Policy and Thought Leadership practice conducts research in order to develop ideas, publish reports, and make recommendations that have an impact on education policy and the broader conversation about America’s schools. Through high-quality analysis, advising, and support services, we help organizations and leaders understand how policies affect their work so they can improve outcomes for underserved students.

Talent Services

Our Talent Services practice works on both sides of the talent equation: we help find and develop exceptional talent, and we help organizations become “talent ready.” We ensure that organizations have the systems, culture, and capacity to cultivate diverse teams of leaders who can transform the lives of students.

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