Bonnie O'Keefe

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Senior Analyst, Bellwether Education Partners

Rochester, New York

Bonnie O’Keefe is a senior analyst with Bellwether Education Partners, a national nonprofit focused on dramatically changing education and life outcomes for underserved children. Since 2016, Bonnie has worked on a wide range of issues, including state education policies, accountability systems, and early childhood education.

Prior to joining Bellwether, Bonnie worked on local education policy in the District of Columbia. She spent two years on the assessment team at the D.C. Office of the State Superintendent of Education. Before that, Bonnie worked for DC Action for Children, a locally focused child advocacy organization, first as an Education Pioneers fellow, then as a policy analyst and senior policy analyst. There, Bonnie authored reports on topics such as child care, early intervention, and school attendance, and coordinated the DC KIDS COUNT project.

Prior to her work in education, Bonnie worked in politics for She Should Run and the Women’s Campaign Fund. Bonnie has a master’s of public policy from Johns Hopkins University and a bachelor’s degree from Williams College.

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Posted Nov. 1, 2017

You Might Need to Check Your Assumptions on Teacher Turnover

Too often in education, policy wonks and researchers (like me) talk about an issue in ways that bear little resemblance…

By Bonnie O’Keefe

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Posted Oct. 26, 2021

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Posted Oct. 21, 2021

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Posted Oct. 20, 2021

While We Debate Mandatory Vaccines for Teachers, It’s the Kids Who Suffer

I recently wrote a post urging us, as an educator community, to prioritize the health and safety of our students and fellow teaching colleagues as…

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