Our team creates proprietary research and policy analysis for private equity investors, foundations, and entrepreneurs.
“Whiteboard’s education team has been able to provide us with the sort of analysis and understanding of policy and political trends that can impact an investment decision or strategy. Their insight into K12 and post secondary education markets is unparalleled.”
Brooke Coburn, Managing Director, The Carlyle Group
Meet Our Team
Peter Cunningham recently served as the Assistant Secretary for Communications and Outreach at the U.S. Department of Education, where he was responsible for advising Secretary Duncan on education policy development and communications. Meet our team.
“While the findings of the most recent engagement were not positive, the facts are what they are and it is difficult, if not impossible, to put capital at risk when the situation could change quickly in an adverse manner to the business model. The findings of your work helped us reach a quick and we believe ultimately the right conclusion.”
Sean Barrette, Vice President, Chicago Growth Partners
At Whiteboard Advisors, we are inspired by the transformative role that innovators play in improving outcomes for all students. Our team has an unparalleled understanding of the pre-kindergarten through postsecondary landscape. We have served in the White House, the United States Department of Education, state agencies, and classrooms. Over the last decade, we have provided due diligence on education transactions, advised on state and federal policy, and designed high-impact grant programs for leading donors.
W/A In The News
Higher Education Can't Wait, Insider Higher Education, April 26, 2013
"The good news is we have proven methods to improve our efficiency and outcomes at our postsecondary institutions."
House GOP Lawmakers Want More Information on NCLB Waivers, Education Week, April 22, 2013
"Congress could put an end to the temporary waiver system by reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. But most insiders believe that's not likely anytime soon, thanks in part to partisan (and intra-party) gridlock."
Core Question: Who Supports The Common Core?, State Impact/NPR, April 19, 2013
"How has support for the Common Core changed? It hasn’t, not significantly — at least that’s the latest from a survey of education insiders published by Whiteboard Advisors."
Obama budget's big education items: Preschool for All, college Race to the Top, Christian Science Monitor, April 11, 2013
"'One of the big topics going forward, says Mr. DeSchryver of Whiteboard Advisors, will probably be 'the role of competitive grants ... that have been the crown jewels for this administration in education – a discussion of how effective they’ve been and whether they deserve more funding.' ”
Education Leaders Weigh In On Parent Engagement, Privacy Issues, Education Week, April 10, 2013
"Fully 58 percent of national education decision makers and influencers sampled in a recent survey believe that states have done a "poor" or "very poor" job at family and community engagement for school turnarounds, according to an Education Insider report released today by Whiteboard Advisors, a Washington, D.C.-based policy‐oriented consulting practice."
Survey: Washington 'Insiders' Pessimistic About Common Tests, Education Week, February 21, 2013
"A small group of Washington policy wonks is increasingly pessimistic that the two big state assessment consortia are headed for success. That's the key finding of a survey released today by the consulting group Whiteboard Advisors."
Obama Pushes Preschool Plan In Visit to Decatur, Ga., LA Times, February 14, 2013
"'If you have a real emphasis on early reading and sound instruction in reading, that makes a huge difference,' said Gene Hickok, a former deputy education secretary in the George W. Bush administration and now a senior advisor at the education consulting firm Whiteboard Advisors. "'You have to make sure you're guaranteeing the quality.'"