Hard to believe it was just six months ago we were publicly launching Bellwether Education at an event moderated by Jane Pauley (two memories that seem to stay with people because they keep mentioning them: In addition to asking great questions Jane apparently had enviable shoes and Cami Anderson as education rock star).
It’s been a fast run since then and today the core team at Bellwether is twelve working on some incredible projects from helping network news shows to helping states implement Race to the Top plans and a host of interesting and impactful things in between including some great work with schools. We published our first paper last week and have several more on the way. Last week Philanthropedia’s survey of experts named Bellwether Education (along with Teach Plus and Blue Engine) as one of the three most promising education start-ups.
And I’m especially pleased to report that Rachael Brown is joining Bellwether’s Thought Leadership team. Most recently Rachael was associate editor at The Atlantic but she previously taught in Washington, D.C. and worked on education issues during the 2008 campaign. We’re really excited to have her on board and selected her from among 225 candidates for the position, all of whom we want to thank for their interest and participation in the process. Look for cool stuff from her soon.