We’re headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, but you can find us across the country—attending events, presenting, and working side-by-side with fellow educators.


Southeast Region Success Bound Conference

May 14, 2018
Ohio University, Athens, Ohio
Keynote: Portrait of a Graduate—A North Star for System Transformation and Student Empowerment

Every community is unique, but we are connected by a shared aspiration: that our youth have engaging educational experiences that prepare them for their future. When educators, in collaboration with their community and business leaders, are well equipped with knowledge, skills, and resources to foster hope, we're leveraging our greatest resource: the empowered student! In this keynote address, BFK’s Jamie Meade will share how school systems across the country have engaged their broader community in developing a Portrait of a Graduate, a collective vision that articulates the community’s aspirations for all students. Locally developed, but globally positioned, the Portrait of a Graduate serves as a North Star for system transformation.

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National School Public Relations Association

July 17, 2:30–3:30 p.m.
Anaheim, California

Your District’s “Why” for the 21st Century: Start Your Strategic Plan with Portrait of a Graduate                   
Yesterday’s student was prepared by schools to succeed in the industrial age. Today’s student enters a dynamic, technologically connected, and service-oriented workplace with civic responsibility spanning local and global perspectives. To find 21st century success, we are shifting our focus. When a community and district co-create a Portrait of a Graduate—describing what students need to be lifelong learners and contributors—there is potential for real impact. Join Battelle for Kids and Kettering City Schools to explore how the district developed its Portrait, with strong engagement to frame a strong strategic plan.


Save the Date: EdLeader21 Annual Event

September 26–28, 2018
Phoenix, AZ

EdLeader21 members, mark your calendars to attend the 2018 Annual Event in Phoenix, AZ! More information about registration and session proposals will be shared in the coming months.