What Makes Great Educators Great?

With that question in mind, Battelle for Kids has spent the past six years studying the practices of more than 350 educators who consistently accelerate student learning.

We discovered that these highly effective educators—regardless of what grade or subject they teach—point to four major themes as the reason for their effectiveness:

  • Relationships

  • Continuous Improvement

  • High Expectations

  • Stable Environment

We call the four themes "dimensions of effectiveness." These teachers helped students achieve greater academic gains by balancing and integrating all four of the dimensions in their practice.


Armed with this insight, we made it our mission to help all educators learn from these great teachers. We developed BFK•Connect, a process that helps teachers, administrators, and school organizations discover and leverage their strengths to become more effective.

Find out how it works.