All Writing | Bellwether Education Partners Skip to main content

All Writing

News and Press

You are here

All Writing

Learn more about Bellwether’s work by reading our publications, news articles, press releases, and case studies.

  • Media
    Emma Brown, The Washington Post

    When activists from the District and across the country gathered Tuesday at the U.S. Education Department to call for an end to school closures, American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten issued a statement in solidarity: “It’s time to fix, not close, our schools,” she said.

    A few miles away, Andy Smarick argued the opposite: it’s time to close, not fix, our schools.

  • Publication
    By Andrew J. Rotherham

    TIME.com -- Federal guidelines don't mandate new teams, but could lead to a more inclusive society.

  • Publication
    By Andrew J. Rotherham

    TIME.com -- Even out of office, the President is still promoting education reform.

  • Publication
    By Andrew J. Rotherham

    TIME.com -- School reform is a political hot potato, and the former Florida governor can’t get enough of it.

  • Media
    Andy Smarick

    The new teachers contract in Newark has caused widespread celebration. It has earned praise from New Jersey’s governor and education commissioner, Newark’s mayor and superintendent, local and national labor leaders and many others. There seems to be a consensus that a new day has dawned for public education in this troubled city.

    The history of urban school improvement efforts, however, suggests that we might temper our enthusiasm. The side of the road is littered with much-ballyhooed but ultimately unsuccessful attempts to fix failing inner-city schools.

  • Publication
    By Andrew J. Rotherham

    TIME.com -- Results across the country show the fragility of the reform agenda.

  • Publication
    By Andrew J. Rotherham

    TIME.com -- As for-profits evolve they may just change the entire sector of higher education.

  • Publication
    By Andrew J. Rotherham

    TIME.com -- Maggie Gyllenhaal’s decision to star in a schmaltzy takedown of teachers unions just might move education reform into the mainstream.

  • Publication
    By Sara Mead, Andrew J. Rotherham and Rachael Brown

    Education reformers and state policymakers have rushed to enact new teacher evaluation policies. While changes in teacher evaluation are clearly needed, recent efforts have often paid insufficient attention to fundamental tensions in the design, implementation, purposes, and use of teacher evaluations, including trade-offs between local flexibility and centralized control, different purposes and uses of evaluations, and the role that evaluation should play in an evolving system. Ultimately, smart educator evaluation policies must be based in a much more nuanced consideration of what it means to evaluate teachers as professionals than is included in our current debates. By raising and discussing these trade-offs and tensions, this paper seeks to advance the debate on teacher evaluation.

  • Publication
    By Andrew J. Rotherham

    TIME.com -- A Georgia kindergarten teacher has made more than $1 million selling her lesson plans online. Can U.S schools crowdsource their way to better student performance?

  • Publication
    By Rachael Brown

    The Atlantic -- Education policy has long featured two players—the government and teachers unions. But in recent years, a new generation of activists has stepped up to lobby legislators and drive the conversation. A rundown of worthy upstarts.

  • Publication
    By Andrew J. Rotherham

    The Washington Post -- The Chicago teachers strike, which tentatively ended Friday, thrust teachers unions into the national spotlight this past week. In Chicago and around the country, some see unions as saving public education and others as driving it into the ground. But the reality of how teachers unions operate is more complicated than the rhetoric about them.

Pages