A Message from Our President and CEO

Dear Educators, Partners, and Friends of Battelle for Kids,

EL21BFKGroupWebsiteI’m excited to announce that Battelle for Kids is joining forces with EdLeader21 to accelerate the implementation of 21st century educational systems across the country. With a network of nearly 200 districts and schools nationwide, EdLeader21 has been a pioneer in helping education leaders create 21st century learning environments that ensure students master the 4Cs (critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity). 

In October, a team from Battelle for Kids attended EdLeader21’s Annual Event in Atlanta to engage with network members and learn more about the great work happening in their school systems. Based on the tremendous energy around the event, it was clear that member districts find great value in the learning and collaborative experience of being part of the network.  

However, EdLeader21 members have also asked for:

  • Customized services, mentoring, and coaching to address the specific challenges in their schools and districts.
  • Support at the state level to grow the network and support potential collaboration.
  • Support for growing 21st century education as a movement to accelerate their momentum.

Our partnership is a direct response to that feedback. EdLeader21 districts and schools will have the benefit of strategic counsel and deeper implementation support in various areas from Battelle for Kids. We will also work with EdLeader21—and its professional learning community of superintendents—to support the expansion and increase the overall impact of the network across the country.

Battelle for Kids has more than 16 years of experience providing customized professional learning and implementation support to schools and districts. We also have a history of convening district-level collaboratives of forward-thinking school systems, such as SOAR and the Ohio Appalachian Collaborative, as models for connecting and innovating to improve educational outcomes for all learners. In the coming months, we plan to host regional meetings with EdLeader21 members to get feedback on what additional resources and services they need to support their work. 

This is a pivotal time in our nation’s public schools. In a world where success is increasingly dependent not just on what you know, but how you can communicate, collaborate, innovate, and think critically, school systems must continue to adapt to meet the needs of today’s learners and to effectively prepare students for success in this ever-changing economy. We believe Battelle for Kids and EdLeader21, leading together, can help accelerate the design and implementation of 21st century education systems for all students.  

Thank you for your continued partnership and support of Battelle for Kids as we work to realize the power and promise of 21st century learning for every student. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Karen K. Garza, Ph.D.
President and CEO