Director of Policy and Research
Dr. Tabitha Bentley is Director of Policy and Research at the Education Trust-Midwest.
A passionate leader about systematic change in education, Dr. Bentley is dedicated to creating the best conditions for educational success for students of color and students living in poverty.
Dr. Bentley is an executive strategist and applied research and policy practitioner. She has extensive experience in research on educator and collective commitment, race in education, and the use of multi-sector partnerships towards educational change.
She recently worked as a Senior Researcher for Basis Policy Research, where she was responsible for designing and conducting studies of K-12 education policies and programs and leading research and evaluation projects through all phases of the applied research process.
Previously she served in a dual role as Strategy Director for Washtenaw County My Brother’s Keeper (WMBK) and Research and Strategy Facilitator for Washtenaw Intermediate School District (WISD) where she directed WMBK’s collective partnerships and strategic plans for supporting boys of color, as well as developed, implemented, and managed WISD’s multi-level research and strategic initiatives.
Before her education leadership roles, she served as an 8th grade teacher in multiple large urban districts; a college counselor at Urban Prep Charter Academy for Young Men; a human capital recruitment coordinator for Chicago-based Civitas Education Partners; and an Education Pioneers Fellow working within Chicago Public Schools to investigate, analyze, and create a comprehensive strategy to equitably serve students with more severe special needs.
Dr. Bentley holds a bachelor’s degree in Social Policy from Northwestern University, as well as a master’s degree in Public Policy and PhD in Education Administration and Policy from the University of Michigan. She’s also an accomplished musician and continues to teach and perform as a pianist and violinist.