Friday Fish Porn – Well Not Really, At All.

It’s winter so the fishing has slowed down (hundreds of fish pics here though) but education people are still getting outside and we’re diversifying from just fish pics: Tim Taylor of America Succeeds managed to work some duck hunting into an Arkansas trip. And Ali Fuller of Bellwether took this ibex in Spain earlier this […]

Posted on Feb 3, 2017 @ 8:30am

Friday Fish Porn: Bull Session With Steve Mesler

Steve Mesler is, among other things, a Bellwether author, three-time Olympian, member of the U.S. Olympic Committee, an Olympic Gold Medalist, and founder of Classroom Champions (it’s entirely possible he doesn’t introduce himself in that order very much). He can also fish. Here he is earlier this month in Alberta with a bull trout. Bull […]

Friday Fish Porn! Sharks!

Candice Santomauro of NMSI took some time to fish this summer off of Florida’s Space Coast. First she caught this: A few more might make an appetizer? But then, she caught this: Legit! I don’t think we’ve had a shark before. But you can check to be sure in this roster of education people with […]

Kosar Takes The Helm, Three Cheers for School Advertising

This guest blogpost is by Kevin Kosar, author of Failing Grades: The Federal Politics of Education, who edits the Federal Education Policy History website and is a senior fellow at the R Street Institute. Thanks to Andy Rotherham for giving me the keys to Eduwonk this week. I will resist the temptation to post fish […]

Friday Fish Porn – Spawn Of Big Red, Plus Weeby On The Water

Regular readers of Friday fish porn will fondly recall the run of Big Red – a big redfish caught by James Willcox’s mom in Mobile Bay. James is the former CEO of Aspire Public Schools and has now founded, just this summer, Strategic Growth Parnters, a Public Benefits Corporation focused on helping high-quality CMOs grow […]

Friday Fish Porn: Kosar V. Fuller, It’s On!

The battle for mayor of Fish Porn is on. Last week we revealed Kevin Kosar’s doomsday device: His new fishing blog and boating articles. A lock on the mayorship? Not so fast. Bellwether’s Ali Fuller. Well, she was unimpressed. So she sent this. It’s not technically a fish. Or really a fish in any sense. It’s […]

Bellwether And The 74 Live Blogging The Conventions, More Dem Platform News, Education’s Mirth Problem, Fish, McWhorter On Policy, Rosenwald Schools, Rhames on Violence, Pay For Success, And What Are They Doing In Wisconsin Right Now? Plus Bear And Health Care News!

Bellwether and The 74 are teaming up to live blog the conventions, starts now. Let’s talk about education! Also look for a very cool project release from Bellwether on Monday. It’s Friday, but no fish pics today. Instead, Kevin Kosar who battles with Bellwether’s Alison Fuller for the mayor of fish porn title has launched […]

Posted on Jul 15, 2016 @ 10:36am

Hillary Clinton And Higher Ed, Prisons V. Schools, Buck Up History Advocates – Was It Over When The Germans Bombed Pearl Harbor? School Finance, Teacher Salaries, Demographic Data, And Henderson On DC And What’s Next. Plus Fish Pics And Mothman!

Below are some great fish pictures with Tim Taylor. Fish Porn Mayor Kevin Kosar has some, too, on his Twitter feed. Here and here most recently. Draft innovative assessment pilot regulations out.  The ambition for new ways of assessment bumps into the reality of assessment capacity. Alyson Klein here. Hillary Clinton is tuning and emphasizing her […]

Friday Fish Porn – Taylor Succeeds!

By day, Tim Taylor leads America Succeeds, but he’s also a solid fisherman and accomplished wing shooter. He’s been featured on Fish Porn before, for instance here and here and here. I’ve been on the water with him, good person to spend a day outside with. He took his son fishing this summer and there were bent […]

Friday Fish Porn – Tarpon!

Adair Bard is on the Bellwether team – and like a few of us here she likes to get out on the water to fish. Here she is on the Fork in Colorado last year. Her husband Daniel is in Florida for work and got out this week for tarpon on the fly – a […]

Posted on Jul 1, 2016 @ 1:30pm

Public Relationists Ascendant! Please Sir, May I Have Some Policy…Sara Mead Is Going To Clean You Out! Biddle With Rights Talk, Aldeman Talks Pensions (Pensions Are The Plumbing), Life Advice From Tilson, Whistleblowing Or Bullying? Bellwether In Rock Videos.

Quick primer to understanding most education debates. If you look at them from the perspective of, “is this good or bad for kids, or does this matter to kids?” you’ll constantly be baffled by what is going down. If, by contrast, you look at it through the lens of public relations – is this good […]

Friday Fish Porn – Ben And The Bruiser

Ben Wallerstein runs Whiteboard Advisors and is active and sought after in the education investing world, advising on a variety of deals and transactions. He also knows his way around a fly rod and has appeared in Fish Porn a few times before. Here he is with a rainbow trout caught just this week. Every […]

Friday Fish Porn – On The Fork Again

Simmons Lettre and Ted Preston found themselves in Colorado this week for meetings. Fall is the best fly fishing so they went out with Taylor Creek to float some water you can’t reach from shore. Rainbows, browns, and a crisp late fall day. There are some big fish in that river. Hard to beat. Earlier this fall […]

Friday Fish Porn: Old Dominion Edition

Eva Colen is a Virginia native (a from here not come here) she’s quick to point out. She’s also frustrated with the quality of the commonwealth’s public schools and the lack of attention to those issues. Some are amazing but far too many students, especially but not only low-income students and racial minorities, are being […]

Friday Fish Porn: Methods Edition!

Steven Glazerman is a senior fellow at Mathematica and well-regarded education researcher, very thoughtful on questions of research methods in education evaluation. Apparently, though, he should also be well-regarded as a fisherman. Here he is recently with a Bermuda chub. A Massachusetts native Steve sent along some locally themed commentary to accompany the photo, but […]

Friday Fish!

Bellwether’s Ali Fuller has a strong candidacy for mayor of fish porn. In addition to knowing her way around a fly rod she is also a competent wing shooter and very handy with a rifle. If it turns out the doomsday types are right you’ll want to head to Ali’s place if you’re hungry. Those […]

Friday Fish Porn – The New Fish Project

Here’s a little something for a lingering summer Friday morning: One fish, two fish, TNTP’s Dan Weisberg with a bluefish. Dan Weisberg is CEO at TNTP. He did a little fishing with some relatives this summer and they got into the bluefish (smoked bluefish is among the very top fish/game dishes I know).  Those are […]

Friday Fish Porn – Bellwether On The Fork

Adair Bard, who is part of Bellwether’s Policy and Thought Leadership Team, was in Colorado earlier this month. The Mississippi native decided to try cold water fishing and took a day on the Roaring Fork. Here she is with a nice rainbow trout. There are big browns (really big) and rainbow trout in that water […]

Posted on Sep 11, 2015 @ 7:30am

Friday Fish Porn – Alaska!

Here’s Patrick McGuinn, professor of political science and author of education books, with his family and some fish they caught in Alaska earlier this summer. A few years ago he wrote a great analysis of No Child Left Behind politics. Want to know something even more interesting than that? Hundreds of pictures of education people […]

Friday Fish Porn – Jim Ford!

Jim Ford’s a very sharp educational consultant who does a lot of work on charter schools. He led the charter school initiative at the National Council of La Raza and later was lead at the Raza Development Fund. He’s Denver-based and in addition to facilities financing and acquisition he also does strategic planning, technical assistance, […]

Friday Fish Porn – A Cod Piece!

Tim Lee works on development at the EAO 50Can. Here he is with a cod he caught off the coast of Iceland. Weighed in at 35lbs. Hard to tell who looks more surprised at the situation, Tim or the fish? This image is just one of hundreds of education types with fish they have caught […]

Friday Fish Porn AK And CO

It’s hard to beat summer in Alaska. Here’s Bellwether Associate Partner Ali Fuller in Alaska with a fat salmon headed for the plate.  Does this look familiar to you? It’s not Ali’s first time in Friday Fish Porn, here she is last year with another salmon, different trip. And here’s Tim Taylor of America Succeeds […]

Friday Fish Porn – In The Salt

Here’s Chad Ratliff – Assistant Superintendent in Virginia’s Albemarle County* Public Schools for instruction and innovation – with a shark he and his son pulled in a few weeks ago (presumably before it could bite anyone).** They let it go. And former CRS analyst and current R Street Institute wonk (and actual whiskey expert) Kevin […]

Friday Fish Porn – Freedom Edition

Here’s Hailly Korman in the Pacific of the San Diego coast. The Hawaiian born education policy maven is an alum of the schools project at PPI, a former kindergarten teacher in LAUSD, and now an attorney working on behalf of incarcerated youth to improve education options for youth offenders. And she can fish! Friday fish […]

Friday Fish Porn – Summer Day Edition

Here’s Victor Reinoso fly fishing in Utah a few years ago. He and I had a great day on the water outside of Park City after a meeting. A little hiking and we had the river all to ourselves. Victor is a former deputy mayor in Washington, D.C., he’s a senior advisor at Bellwether, and […]

Friday Fish Porn – Frying Pan Edition

Simmons Lettre is a co-founder of Charter Board Partners, a smart capacity building non-profit that helps improve the quality of charter school boards through governance training and training for board members. She found herself in Colorado last week for work and did what anyone should do in that situation – went fishing.  In this case […]

Posted on May 8, 2015 @ 8:00am

Friday Fish Porn: Everywhere Edition

Kevin Skenandore, of the Oneida and Oglala Lakota Tribes, grew up on the Shoshone-Bannock Reservation in South East Idaho. He spent his career working on education for Native Americans as a teacher and policymaker.  Among other roles he was Director of the Bureau of Indian Education. Semi-retired, he consults now. He also spends a lot […]