21st century learning is not just for some students—it should be the standard for every student. Are all students in your school district experiencing a 21st century education?

Now is the time to bring your vision of deeper learning to life for every student. Join forces with other innovative urban districts to change the trajectory of education!



How do urban school systems implement and scale deeper learning?

Battelle for Kids is bringing together future-thinking educators leading urban school systems to fuel the acceleration of equitable, deeper learning outcomes.

Our Cohort

Superintendents and their design teams will explore deeper learning research and a systems approach to implement and scale deeper learning. Participants will engage in design opportunities in the areas of vision, leadership, human capital, assessment, and equitable access to deeper learning. Battelle for Kids will host each convening, and provide structure and supports to help each district create an action plan. Cohort participants will bring their unique perspectives and voices to shape this experience.

Our Advisors & Cohort Panel

A cadre of experts in deeper learning with urban schools has been assembled and is ready to serve in an advisory role to provide support along the journey. Representatives from each participating district will serve on a cohort panel, meeting at least three times a year to help guide the experience.

Dr. Pedro Noguera
Emery Stoops & Joyce King Stoops
Dean of the USC Rossier School of Education
Stephen Chang
Managing Director, National Equity Project

Dr. Sarah Fine
Educator & Author, High Tech High Graduate, School of Education & University of California

Dr. Jal Mehta
Associate Professor & Author, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Dr. Abelardo Saavedra
Former Houston ISD Superintendent
District Management Group

Carla Thompson Payton
Vice President for Program Strategy, W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Dr. Darline Robles
Former Los Angeles County Office of Education Superintendent, University of Southern California
Battelle for Kids Board Member
Alton Frailey
Former Superintendent & AASA President
Alton L. Frailey & Associates
Battelle for Kids Board Member
And a special thank you to the Hewlett Foundation for providing grant funding for this cohort.



Participating districts will also experience full membership benefits from Battelle for Kids’ national network, EdLeader21—a community of innovative school systems committed to the transformation of education, anchored in a renewed vision for student success in the 21st century—Portrait of a Graduate.



“Rather than worry about critical mass, our work is to foster critical connections. We don’t need to convince large numbers of people to change; instead, we need to connect with kindred spirits. Through these relationships, we will develop the new knowledge, practices, courage, and commitment that lead to broad-based change.”


Imagine what we can do together

Contact us to learn more about this unique cohort of urban school systems leading the way.

Jeff Korchinski | jeff@bfk.org