Top Bellwether Blog Posts and Publications in 2015

Bestof2015GraphicThis year’s most popular Ahead of the Heard blog post is one from Bellwether senior fellow Jason Weeby arguing that education leaders need more outlets for productive conversations about race.

Topping the list of most popular publications is a slide deck that provides a comprehensive picture of the current state of the charter school movement in the United States.

More below, and don’t forget that our sister site,, also did a roundup of the top pension stories from 2015.

Top 2015 Ahead of the Heard Blog Posts

  1. Let’s Talk About Race: An Uncomfortable Necessity for Education Leaders
    By Jason Weeby
    February 20, 2015
  2. On College Signing Day, A Look at FAFSA Completion Rates
    By Chad Aldeman
    May 1, 2015
  3. Optimistic Predictions Notwithstanding, Common Core Faces Brutal 2015
    By Andy Smarick
    January 6, 2015
  4. Grade-Span Accountability Is A Bad Idea: Just Ask CAP and the AFT
    By Chad Aldeman and Anne Hyslop
    January 15, 2015
  5. You Think You Know about Teacher Professional Development, But You Have No Idea
    By Kaitlin Pennington
    August 4, 2015
  6. 5 Reasons Getting Rid of Annual Testing is a Dumb Idea
    By Anne Hyslop
    January 7, 2015
  7. Open Letter to 2015 Grad School Graduates: Be a Big Fish in a Small Pond.
    By Jason Weeby
    January 21, 2015
  8. The Montessori Approach to Teacher Training: An Interview With Jackie Cossentino
    By Chad Aldeman
    December 10, 2015
  9. No, WaPo, Half of U.S. Kids Aren’t Living in Poverty (But the Truth is Still Pretty Bad)
    By Sara Mead
    January 18, 2015
  10. 5 Winners and 5 Losers Under the Every Child Achieves Act
    By Chad Aldeman
    July 9, 2015

Top 2015 Bellwether Publications

  1. The State of the Charter School Movement
    By Sara Mead, Ashley LiBetti Mitchel, and Andrew J. Rotherham
    September 10, 2015
  2. Exponential Growth, Unexpected Challenges: How Teach for America Grew in Scale and Impact
    By Sara Mead, Carolyn Chuong, and Caroline Goodson
    February 2, 2015
  3. Rethinking Teacher Preparation: Empowering Local Schools to Solve California’s Teacher Shortage and Better Develop Teachers
    By Sara Mead, Chad Aldeman, Carolyn Chuong, and Julie Obbard
    July 28, 2015
  4. A Path to the Future: Creating Accountability for Personalized Learning
    By Anne Hyslop and Sara Mead
    May 6, 2015
  5. Pacts Americana: Balancing National Interests, State Autonomy, and Education Accountability
    By Chad Aldeman, Kelly Robson, and Andy Smarick
    June 29, 2015

Thanks for reading Bellwether’s work in 2015!