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.


NSBA Annual Conference 

April 9, 2018
San Antonio, TX

Is your district preparing students for the challenges they will face in the next 20‒30 years? In this Profile of a Graduate: A North Star for 21st Century District Transformation session, Battelle for Kids and EdLeader21 will explore how school systems across the country are engaging their communities to co-create a shared Profile or Portrait of a Graduate, describing what all students should know and be able to do to succeed in college, careers, and citizenship in the 21st century. Participants will come away with tools and resources to begin engaging their school community in the development and implementation of a Portrait of a Graduate. 

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Ohio School Boards Association: Board Leadership Institute

April 28
Columbus, Ohio

Does Your School District Have a Portrait of A Graduate?
What are the aspirations and dreams that your community has for its young people? Are your students well prepared to contribute and compete in this global, innovative economy? Do you have a stated vision for creating a 21st century educational system?

Join BFK’s Jamie Meade for this interactive session to learn more about the Portrait of a Graduate movement, access resources, and learn how to engage your community in answering these important questions. 


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.