The San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) was accepted today into the League of Innovative Schools, a national coalition of forward-thinking school districts organized by Digital Promise, a nonprofit organization with the mission to accelerate innovation in education and improve the opportunity to learn for all through technology and research.
SDCOE was selected from a competitive national pool of applicants based on its leadership, evidence of results, innovative vision for learning, and commitment to collaboration.
"We're honored to be accepted into this group of school districts," said County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Paul Gothold. "SDCOE is working to unlock the potential of our students to reach college and career success, and we believe innovation is the key. Innovation isn't about technology. It's about identifying the gaps in our existing systems and creating new supports so every child can gain the skills needed to thrive."
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 102 school districts in 33 states. The full list of members can be found at digitalpromise.org/districts.
"As we expand our efforts to identify, build, and scale the innovative work of our League districts, I am excited to welcome a new cohort of districts who deepen the diversity, populations, and contexts of the network and move us further in advancing equity and excellence for every learner," said Kimberly Smith, executive director of the League of Innovative Schools.
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
Participate in League challenge collaboratives on a broad range of topics relevant to the changing needs of school districts
Support Digital Promise research and provide feedback so it translates easily into classroom experiences and expands what we know about teaching and learning
Engage with entrepreneurs to advance education technology product development steeped in the latest learning science and meets district needs
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.
For more information on the Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools, visit digitalpromise.org/league.