Innovation Portfolios Offer Fresh Ideas, Told by District Leaders - Digital Promise

Innovation Portfolios Offer Fresh Ideas, Told by District Leaders

June 4, 2019 | By

We at Digital Promise recently launched Innovation Portfolios, rich multimedia accounts of the innovation happening within school districts, authored by district leaders themselves, to widely share ideas and best practices. Already, nearly 170 entries across dozens of districts offer models, strategies, and lessons learned. And the work has only just begun.

First-person accounts of innovation from education leaders across the country

Through Innovation Portfolios, you can journey to different parts of the country to find incredible work happening from members of our League of Innovative Schools. From a pre-K school that supports students with outdoor education in Kokomo School Corporation, to a journalism program for ESL students for language and literacy development in Compton Unified School District, to recruiting and developing urban educators in Middletown City School District, portfolios expand the understanding of what education can and should look like.

“In Middletown City School District, we are proud to share innovative ideas, programs, and implementation practices with educators to advance equity in school systems,” said Marlon Styles, superintendent of Middletown City School District. “We are excited that the Innovation Portfolios give us an opportunity to share with and learn from others around the country, opening up opportunities to collaborate with educators nationally. Innovation Portfolios are an important new opportunity for everyone—school systems, policymakers, you name it—to learn about powerful practices happening right now in public education.”

Education innovation is often touted but not demonstrated. Innovation Portfolios offer  firsthand accounts of innovation-in-action through actionable strategies and thoughts from administrators at some of the nation’s leading districts.

Visitors to the site can search for Innovation Portfolio entries by filtering on categories such as district location, district size, a district’s percentage of free and reduced lunch, and urbanicity. Additionally, stories are tagged by challenge topics identified by educators on the Digital Promise Challenge Map. Each story has supporting resources, allowing readers to dive a bit deeper.

Innovation Portfolios will continue to expand as new stories are published from the League. This summer, we will share how-to stories on making powerful use of assessment data from Gurnee School District 56 (Gurnee, Illinois), San Diego County Office of Education, Stephenville Independent School District (Stephenville, Texas), Uinta County School District #1 (Evanston, Wyoming), and Vancouver Public Schools (Vancouver, Washington). Additionally, compelling stories from Digital Promise’s Education Innovation Clusters network will join the platform later this year.

Want to know more about innovation portfolios? Search the platform here.

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