Ted Welsh

Associate, Policy and Advocacy

Ted Welsh

All students and jobseekers should feel empowered to take ownership of their education and workforce journeys, regardless of where that takes them. To do this, they need data that makes sense to them and for them.

As an Associate, Policy and Advocacy, Ted conducts research on education and workforce data policies, identifies best practices, and supports DQC’s efforts to provide recommendations for the field. Through this work, he supports DQC’s ongoing work to ensure state data systems are built so that people have access to the information they need to make decisions.

Prior to joining DQC, Ted taught high school math in Grand Rapids, MI, where he worked to ensure students gained the skills they needed for academic success. In addition to teaching, Ted mentored beginning teachers, helped students navigate postsecondary opportunities and pathways, and coached the debate team.
Ted holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics with a minor in political science from Calvin College, and a master’s degree in education policy, organization, and leadership from the University of Illinois. Outside of work, Ted loves to attend concerts and sporting events, experiment with new recipes, and attempt anything that even remotely resembles a puzzle: jigsaw puzzles, crossword puzzles, bar trivia, board games, video games—you name it.

Who are your education heroes? Teachers, especially the ones I had the privilege of teaching alongside. They are some of the most remarkable people.

Tell us a data use story that you love. During the COVID-19 pandemic, many students in Connecticut were struggling with attendance. The Connecticut State Department of Education used attendance data to identify students and communities most in need of intervention. They launched a program that enabled school staff to conduct home visits and identify root causes of attendance challenges for students and families. This program led to improved attendance rates. I love this story because data was used as an entry point to enable connections and solutions. Data was used as a tool for improvement.

What’s your superpower? My imagination. Conversations with six-year-olds are a piece of cake.