Cajon Valley Union School District is one of 22 school districts accepted into the League of Innovative Schools, a national coalition of forward-thinking school districts organized by Digital Promise, an independent, bipartisan nonprofit organization authorized by Congress to accelerate innovation in education.
The local school district was selected from a competitive and national pool of applicants based on its leadership, evidence of results, innovative vision for learning, and commitment to collaboration.
“Ensuring America’s competitive edge in the global economy and providing pathways for ALL students to play significant roles in that mission is a common goal Cajon Valley shares with the National Network of Innovative School Districts,” said Dr. David Miyashiro, superintendent of the Cajon Valley Union School District. “We are so grateful and extremely humbled by the invitation to join this important endeavor.”
The League of Innovative Schools, launched in late 2011, accepts new members through an open application process once per year. With the new members, the League now includes 73 school districts
in 33 states, representing 3.2 million students.
“The League’s goal is to find leaders pioneering bold, creative, and student-centric practices, connect them with each other, and amplify what they do best so others can learn,” said Sara Schapiro, director of the Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools. “With these new members, we add a wealth of insights, ideas, and energy to help our members effectively support teaching and learning through technology.”
League members are represented by their superintendent, who commits to:
- Attend biannual League meetings, which feature classroom visits, collaborative problem-solving, and relationship-building with peers and partners
- Join working groups on a broad range of topics relevant to the changing needs of school districts
- Engage with entrepreneurs to advance product development and meet district needs
- Support research that expands what we know about teaching and learning
- Participate in the League’s professional learning community by connecting with other members online, in person, and at each other’s school districts
In addition to superintendents’ participation, there are also opportunities for other school administrators, principals, and teachers to participate in League and Digital Promise initiatives.
The League will officially welcome new members at its fall 2015 meeting on Oct. 25-27 in Pittsburgh. The meeting will host about 175 national school leaders and prominent education experts, entrepreneurs, and officials, with the goal of addressing shared priorities and setting goals that district leaders will pursue throughout the year.