Seven Years of Research...


Researchers at Battelle for Kids conducted hundreds of hours of focus groups and in-depth interviews with teachers from across the country over the past seven years. We discovered that highly effective teachers—those who make extraordinary academic gains with students—consistently discuss four themes when describing their practices.

Teaching and learning are complex. Our goal is to make it easier for everyone to understand the factors that go into great teaching, so that more educators can become highly effective.

  Powerful Practices in the Classroom

Download the white paper to learn more about the powerful practices of highly effective teachers.

Making the Connection

We used what we learned from highly effective teachers to adapt an effectiveness model that has been used worldwide for decades: the Competing Values Framework. Created by Dr. Robert Quinn, a highly respected researcher from the University of Michigan, this framework explains four dimensions of effectiveness and identifies tensions that exist in all organizations. Working with Dr. Quinn, we created the BFK•Connect Framework, which captures how these dimensions present themselves in schools at the classroom, building, and district levels. 

While each of these dimensions represents a different perspective about what is important, all four are essential for overall instructional and leadership effectiveness. 

That's what we learned from the great teachers we studied: Great educators understand their strengths, appreciate all four quadrants, and thoughtfully connect their actions to all of them.