Battelle for Kids is an organization dedicated to moving education forward for students by supporting the educators who work with them every day.
We believe in the power of educators. We know that by helping educators to become their best, we have the opportunity to change lives. Whether you’re talking to a former teacher creating one of our professional learning resources, a software developer on our technology team, a business professional developing processes that make implementation more efficient, or a communications expert working with a school district to launch a new initiative, everything we do is guided by this core belief.
Our story began in 2001 when Battelle Memorial Institute and the Ohio Business Roundtable joined forces with a visionary educator, Jim Mahoney, to make a difference for Ohio’s education system. From this relationship, Battelle for Kids was born.
A cornerstone of our early work was the creation of SOAR, a collaborative group of 42 diverse Ohio school districts that came together to explore innovative practices for their schools. This collaborative pioneered high-impact improvement strategies and new measures of student progress. Over the past decade, the SOAR Learning & Leading Collaborative has expanded to include nearly 100 forward-thinking Ohio districts and continues to be a learning lab from which new strategies and solutions are born.
In 2005, we became an independent, national not-for-profit organization focused on developing innovative services, solutions, and products that empower teachers, leaders, and school systems to advance educational equity and opportunity for all students. In December 2016, Dr. Karen Garza became the organization's new president and CEO.
Today, we are proud to collaborate with state departments of education, urban, suburban, and rural schools, and other education-focused organizations in more than 30 states to move education forward.