League of Innovative Students – Digital Promise

League of Innovative Students

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Three students speak on a panel on stage at the Center for Inclusive Innovation Convening in the fall of 2022.

Join the League of Innovative Students Spring 2024 Cohort

The Center for Inclusive Innovation (CII) invites your district to participate in the League of Innovative Students – Spring 2024 Design Sprint! Nominate up to 30 students to work with our team on projects to build students’ research and design skills and publish their perspectives nationally to inform the education landscape.

About the League of Innovative Students
The League of Innovative Students (LOIS) is a cohort of 30 high-school students from League of Innovative Schools member districts. Now hosted through the Center for Inclusive Innovation (CII), League of Innovative Students members will lead a Design Sprint in the spring of 2024. We believe students are valuable leaders whose voices must be heard and amplified within and beyond school walls. Students provide unique and essential perspectives on education topics such as equity and social justice that can guide education research and solutions.

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Elevating Student Voice
The League of Innovative Students is an opportunity for secondary school students to have a positive impact on society by collaborating with district leaders, education policymakers, educational technology developers, and researchers in designing student-centered solutions. LOIS students will be challenged to think outside the box, come up with creative solutions to complex problems, and have the opportunity to put their ideas into action. Another benefit to LOIS students is that they will engage and build relationships with other students seeking to make a difference in their community and society more broadly through the cohort model.

Who are LOIS students?
The League of Innovative Students members’ encompass a variety of students who are passionate about shaping education research and development. LOIS students possess an inherently strong and valuable voice. They bring the perspectives and characteristics that reflect the diversity of student body members. LOIS students have a strong desire to have their opinions heard on a national scale. LOIS students come from diverse academic backgrounds and life experiences. Together, we aim to harness the power of these students’ voices to drive progress in making education more equitable and innovative.

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For the 2024 Spring Design Sprint, LOIS students will work with Center for Inclusive Innovation (CII) staff members on one project of their choice that builds their research and design-thinking skills to impact the national education landscape. They will meet with members of their cohort and the CII team virtually from January to June 2024 to contribute to projects and will receive incentives for their participation. They will have the opportunity to research education challenges faced by their peers, design solutions, and present their work to school leaders or by publishing blogs or vlogs about their experience.

Project 1: Challenge Map
Project 2: EdTech Equity: Students Co-Design Criteria for Equitable EdTech
Project 3: EdTech Equity: Students + Entrepreneurs Co-Design an Inclusive EdTech Evaluation Model

Students will research the top 5 equity challenges in education faced by their fellow students. They will showcase solutions to a broad audience, including their school, district leaders and members of LOIS and learn about student advocacy.

Time Commitment: 30 hours

Students will incorporate their voices and perspectives in the development of a framework and set of product “requirements” for equity in EdTech. Students will learn about design thinking, product evaluation, data interpretation and communicating with designers.

Time Commitment: 20 hours

The students will co-design and develop a model that researchers and edtech product developers can use to create products that are focused on students needs. Students will collaborate with entrepreneurs, test inclusive edtech in rapid-cycles, and present about the model.

Time Commitment: 15 hours

Project 1: Challenge Map

Students will research the top 5 equity challenges in education faced by their fellow students. They will showcase solutions to a broad audience, including their school, district leaders and members of LOIS and learn about student advocacy.

Time Commitment: 30 hours

Project 2: EdTech Equity: Students Co-Design Criteria for Equitable EdTech

Students will incorporate their voices and perspectives in the development of a framework and set of product “requirements” for equity in EdTech. Students will learn about design thinking, product evaluation, data interpretation and communicating with designers.

Time Commitment: 20 hours

Project 3: EdTech Equity: Students + Entrepreneurs Co-Design an Inclusive EdTech Evaluation Model

The students will co-design and develop a model that researchers and edtech product developers can use to create products that are focused on students needs. Students will collaborate with entrepreneurs, test inclusive edtech in rapid-cycles, and present about the model.

Time Commitment: 15 hours

Frequently Asked Questions

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The League of Innovative Students was born thanks in large part to the thought leadership of members of the League of Innovative Schools. Alongside a student advisory council comprised of student representatives from League Advisory Committee member districts, they envisioned creating a community for student leaders to take an active role in shaping their own education. After recruiting and selecting members, thirty-six students from 18 League districts engaged in an 8-month collaboration with members of the Center for Inclusive Innovation team. Students joined two R&D projects and learned about ways to get involved in advocacy. They did user research on recruiting priority students and researched an equity-centered challenge in their community.

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