2020 Luminaries Cancelled

Given that many school systems are operating remotely, we have determined that it is not possible to successfully execute the Luminaries recognition program this year. Further, we know that these unprecedented times call for your full attention to ensure the safety and well-being of every student in your care.

We are grateful for all the school systems leading the way in 21st century education. 

Thank you for the time dedicated to the review and submission of applications.

In the fall of 2020, we will evaluate where we are with intention to relaunch Luminaries for 2021. Check back here and follow us on social media for updates. 


We are looking for shining examples of 21st Century School Systems. 

The Luminaries by Battelle for Kids recognizes, celebrates, and highlights school systems bringing 21st century learning to life for their students.


We’re living in an unprecedented age of agility, innovation, and acceleration. School systems are the driving force for creating learning experiences that make it possible for students to stay apace with this dynamic world.

Becoming a 21st century school system is an ongoing journey and will not look the same for every system. The Luminaries will highlight school systems from across the country and share the different approaches each system is taking to provide learning experiences that prepares all students for success in college, in careers, and in life. 

The Luminaries application asks you to share your school system’s progress on the six key components of a 21st century system: Visionary Leadership; Caring, Responsive Culture; Empowered Workforce; 21st Century Learning Design; Thriving Ecosystem; and Measurable Impact and Stewardship. 

If you have additional questions, please contact info@bfk.org.