The Ohio Appalachian Collaborative (OAC) is a group of like-minded school districts that have joined forces to implement educational innovations, share and generate resources, influence local, regional and federal education and economic policy, and build a community that encourages rural prosperity in Appalachian Ohio.

The OAC was established in 2010 as a partnership between rural Appalachian districts and Battelle for Kids to design, implement and support an innovative approach to transforming rural education. The OAC has been successful because every member in the collaborative recognizes and shares the same important values.

The work of the OAC is centered around five important values:

Staying ahead of the curve:

Being in the OAC helps districts know what's coming in the educational landscape, and how to prepare.

Learning and sharing:

The OAC fosters a collaborative network for OAC educators to learn from each other to enhance rural education.

Joining forces to generate resources:

Districts in the OAC have joined together to secure, share, and save resources for rural education.


The OAC creates an influential platform for districts to strengthen support for the work.

Building a community:

Educators in the OAC have opportunities to collaborate, communicate, and work together to solve common challenges.

If you would like to learn more about the OAC and our approach to building an education collaborative, please contact Paul Hopkins, BFK director.