Ohio State’s Commitment to P12 Education

Ohio State has pledged to significantly strengthen the scope and effectiveness of the university’s commitment to P12 public education with a special focus on the education of underserved children and youth.

The P12 Initiative is a university wide partnership which links Ohio schools and organizations that serve school-aged children and their families with the resources and expertise of The Ohio State University. It also connects Ohio State students, faculty and staff with Ohio schools to promote successful collaborations.

The Ohio State model is unique in that P12 activities are embedded within departments and colleges across the university. This mosaic of contributions improves the academic outcomes for Ohioans of all ages and abilities.

P12 Initiative Services

P12 Initiative works with a community of educators including teachers, principals and administrators, university faculty, students of all ages, family members, and community agency representatives. P12 creates partnerships by acting as a:

Scout                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             We seek out opportunities for collaboration and connecting the educational community with the university, and connecting the university with schools.

Translator                                                                                                                                                                                                                               We identify strategic and mutually beneficial opportunities through relationship building and “meaning making” across the educational continuum to create, strengthen and expand activities between the university and P12 community.

Broker                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               We serve as a third-person facilitator assisting faculty and administrators in marketing the intellectual resources and services of Ohio State to school districts. We assist Ohio schools in accessing university resources and opportunities that improve teaching and learning and positively impact student achievement.      

Concierge                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    We partner with internal clients to build awareness and grow activities in teaching, research and service. We partner with external clients to understand the needs of school districts and connect those needs with university expertise and resources.


Kate Harkin, P12 Director
The Ohio State University
137 Arps Hall
1945 North High Street
Columbus, Ohio 43210

Melanie Tracy
Program Manager

Heather Lansky
Data and Evaluation Manager