Chad Aldeman

Guest Blogger

Associate Partner, Policy and Thought Leadership at Bellwether Education Partners

Washington, D.C.

Chad Aldeman is an associate partner at Bellwether Education Partners, where he has worked on the Policy and Thought Leadership team since 2012, advising clients and writing on teacher preparation, teacher evaluation, and college- and career-readiness. He also serves as editor for TeacherPensions.org.

Previously, Chad was a policy advisor in the Office of Planning, Evaluation, and Policy Development at the U.S. Department of Education, where he worked on ESEA waivers, teacher preparation, and the Teacher Incentive Fund. Prior to joining the Department, Chad was a policy analyst with Education Sector. He has published reports on state higher education accountability systems, the potential of improving high school accountability by incorporating outcomes data, the school choice process in New York City and Boston, teacher pensions, teacher and principal evaluations, teacher salary schedules, and teacher preparation. His work has been featured in the Washington Post, New York Times, InsideHigherEd, Newsday, and the Des Moines Register.

He’s been passionate about education since reading Jonathan Kozol’s “Savage Inequalities,” and believes that luck—where you’re born or which family you’re born into—has a strong effect on educational opportunities. He wants to make sure schools do everything they can to address those inequities.

Chad holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa and a master’s of public policy degree from the College of William and Mary.

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Posted Mar. 13, 2018

We Could Have More Black Teachers If We Removed These Barriers

There is a growing body of evidence that Black students perform better when they have a Black teacher. It is…

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Posted June 6, 2016

Here’s Why Teacher Pensions Cost So Much But Pay So Little

When teacher pensions are in the news, it’s often a story of fat-cat retirees who manipulate the system to earn…

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Posted Apr. 11, 2016

Here’s Why Illinois’ Teacher Pension System Is a Bad Idea

Here’s one question that should be animating the debate about the teacher pensions mess in Illinois: If you’re a 25-year-old…

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