Ohio Appalachian Collaborative: Overview | Key Elements | Resources

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The Ohio Appalachian Collaborative (OAC) is an initiative of 21 rural Ohio school districts—serving more than 34,000 students—and Battelle for Kids, that have joined forces to develop and implement a comprehensive approach for transformational change in rural education. Ted Hershberg and Claire Robertson-Kraft from Operation Public Education both served as external consultants on the project in its early stages.

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The Ohio Appalachian Collaborative (OAC) began in 2010 with a common passion and mission: transforming rural education to help ensure students graduate from high school prepared for success in college, careers, and life.

Twenty-one districts in the Appalachian region of Ohio joined together with Battelle for Kids to leverage strengths, increase impact, and use collaboration as a key strategy for educational reform and success. Using the Rural Education Transformation Approach, the OAC set out to enhance educator effectiveness and accelerate college and career readiness for all students through six major areas for transformational change.

Through working together, OAC districts have:

The Ohio Appalachian Collaborative’s mission is to strengthen and leverage educator effectiveness to accelerate college- and career-readiness for every student. Uniting research-based and results-proven strategies for dramatically improving human capital development and accelerating student outcomes, the Rural Education Transformation Approach addresses six components for transformational change, including: Redesigning Learning Opportunities, Enhancing Teacher Quality, Using Data to Inform Practice, Enhancing Leadership Quality, Engaging the Community and Recognizing Excellence.

System of Support
Designing, delivering, and sustaining high-quality professional development is essential to educators’ learning and growth. The OAC System of Support is a professional development framework designed to engage OAC districts, with support from Battelle for Kids, in the design and delivery of professional learning experiences and educational practices that boost educators’ growth and productivity. The System of Support is built on four Pillars of Strength:

  • Value-Added Analysis
  • College/Career Readiness
  • Formative Instructional Practices
  • Change Leadership

Professional learning opportunities are offered face-to-face, online, and through monthly meetings and other special events. The System of Support utilizes a variety of individuals and teams to embed these Pillars of Strength in each OAC district to enhance instructional practices and improve student growth and achievement.

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For more information, visit the Battelle for Kids website: http://portal.battelleforkids.org/OAC/our-story