Overview – Digital Promise


The Center for Inclusive Innovation was created as Digital Promise’s call to action to engage new and critical voices, perspectives, and creators—including students, parents, and community organizers who are the ones most impacted—working in partnership with school districts to transform education.

Designing a process for inclusive innovationIn 2019, we conceptualized and published the paper Designing a Process for Inclusive Innovation: A Radical Commitment to Equity, summarizing the landscape scan we conducted, our work with our advisory committee, and the Inclusive Innovation R&D model. We wholly believe that education transformation requires resourcing, respecting, and inviting the voices of those who are experiencing the inequitable systemic conditions to partner with educators, researchers, and developers to design bold, innovative solutions.

In 2020, we launched the Center for Inclusive Innovation as a national Digital Promise Center of Excellence focused on building the capacity for districts and communities across the country to engage in equity-centered R&D. We engage teams of systems leaders, educators, parents, students, and community-based organizations, in collaboration with developers, to address a challenge and emerge with a tangible solution.

We have a number of projects underway and in 2022 will begin to share our learnings and practices with the education ecosystem through publications, webinars, and convenings.

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