- Battelle for Kids
- 1160 Dublin Road, Suite 500, Columbus, Ohio 43215
- Contact Person:
- Brad Mitchell, Senior Director of Leadership
- (866) 543-7555
- Term of Grant:
- July 2013 – June 2015
- Grantee Initiative:
- 6C Mashup: Common Core, Collaboration, Curation, Channel Management and Capacity Building Within and Across Four Robust Rural Teacher Networks Focused on LDC Implementation
Targeted Focus Area
- Ohio, Tennessee
- Subject Area:
- Education Levels:
Primary Grant Focus
Battelle for Kids has three primary goals for advancing teacher understanding of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) instructional shifts in Ohio and Tennessee:
- Scale capacity and increase teacher confidence related to implementing CCSS, using online knowledge-management systems to disseminate information to teachers in rural districts.
- Create a support system for training highly qualified teachers as online curators of CCSS Literacy Design Collaborative (LDC) resources, who utilize online platforms and social media to provide CCSS implementation support to teachers in isolated, rural regions.
- Change teacher practice by leveraging the capacity of highly effective teachers to help other teachers.
Strategies for Supporting Common Core Success
With BMGF funding, Battelle for Kids is using a virtual approach to reach secondary teachers in high-poverty rural school districts, where fewer resources and support for CCSS exist, to increase awareness and to change practices related to CCSS implementation.
Sixty-four educators, vetted for their expertise in Literacy Design Collaborative (LDC) and effective teaching or leadership, have become trained curators, or Collaborative Learning Practitioners (CLPs), responsible for virtually connecting thousands of rural secondary teachers across Ohio and Tennessee to their curated collections of LDC tools and resources.
The CLPs blog and utilize social media, such as Facebook and Twitter, to share CCSS knowledge and LDC materials with networks of rural teachers. In the process these teacher curators earn online badges, which translate into Continuing Education Units, for attracting followers to their sites and demonstrating evidence of change in practice through teacher surveys.