Battelle for Kids is an organization dedicated to advancing educational equity and opportunity for all students by supporting the educators who work with them every day.
We’re passionate about partnering with school systems to solve problems, develop and pilot big ideas that will offer new opportunities for students, and deliver resources and support to educators every step of the way. For more than 15 years, our team of experienced educators alongside communications, technology, and business professionals has been innovating and helping educators to leverage powerful strategies and solutions for sustainable impact in schools.
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 and solutions that empower and support teachers, leaders, and school systems to reach every learner. 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.