Members of the League of Innovative Schools participate in results-driven partnerships with researchers that produce proofs of concept of what’s possible, and help us learn more about what works when it comes to innovation in education. Our research partnerships include:

George Washington University Graduate School of Education & Human Development

League members are participating in a two-year research study conducted by George Washington University to gauge the impact of digital technology to enhance small group instruction and teacher/student conferencing for beginning reading instruction.


Harvard University’s Education Innovation Laboratory

League members are participating in a study with Harvard EdLabs that evaluates the impact of teacher professional development in two strands: “what teachers do” and “what teachers know.” The study focuses on how teachers gather and use student-level data in the planning and implementation of learning technology.


Johns Hopkins University Center for Research and Reform

With Johns Hopkins and the Education Industry Association, Digital Promise released “Improving Ed-Tech Purchasing,” a national study that identifies the key obstacles and potential solutions for the procurement of K-12 personalized learning tools.


Pearson’s Research Innovation Network

League members are participating in a Pearson study, “Teaching in a Digital Age,” which identifies the educator approaches and practices most commonly seen in digitally-rich classrooms, and evaluates their effect on teacher behaviors and student outcomes.


Northwestern University School of Education and Social Policy

Five teachers at League member West Ada School District, in Meridian, Idaho, were given the freedom to design their own classrooms around learning technology and innovative workspaces. Northwestern provided research.



Through the Teacher Wallets project, SRI is assessing how teachers find, evaluate, and use digital courseware in their classrooms.

Category: Research