League Application – Digital Promise

League Application

League Application

Join the most innovative leaders in education.

Are you ready to collaborate, learn, and lead alongside the most forward-thinking leaders in education?

Why Should I Apply?

The League is more than a professional development network; it’s an active, engaged force that is committed to equity and innovation in education. Together, our members envision what the future of teaching and learning can and should look like and implement tangible changes to bring that vision to life.

By joining the League, you’ll have access to opportunities to both bring immediate impact to your district and contribute toward the long-term transformation of education across the country and around the world.

Connect and learn alongside innovative leaders.

The power of the League lies in the deep relationships between our members. You’ll join a national network with a close-knit feel that allows you to build connections with leaders across the country through our bi-annual convenings, regional and virtual events, hands-on learning opportunities, and more.

Pilot and scale research-backed innovations.

In partnership with Digital Promise, League leaders co-create and test potential solutions to education’s deeply-entrenched challenges. You’ll gain early adopter advantage to new solutions by testing and implementing cutting-edge educational tools and resources developed by Digital Promise and its partners.

Collaborate around challenges. Generate solutions.

You’ll access myriad engagement opportunities that best meet your district’s needs – from low-touch options like our virtual monthly “closed room” meetings for superintendents to higher-touch options like our topical working groups.

Explore the range of benefits available to League members below:

Who Should Apply?

The League of Innovative Schools seeks members who are forward-thinking leaders in K-12 education and are committed to using technology and innovative practices to improve learning and achieve equitable outcomes for all students. We are looking for leaders who possess the following key qualities:


Superintendents with at least one year of experience in their role who are passionate about driving innovation and positive change in education.


Individuals who embrace new ideas and approaches to learning and who are willing to experiment and learn from failures.

Focus on Equity

A dedication to ensuring that all students, regardless of background or circumstance, have access to high-quality learning experiences and opportunities to succeed.


A willingness to collaborate with other districts, share best practices, and learn from each other.

These qualities are essential for members to actively participate in the League's initiatives, which include:

Co-creating and piloting innovative practices

League members work together to develop and test new approaches to teaching and learning.

Scaling Successful Practices

Once a new approach has proven effective, League members collaborate to implement it in their own districts and share it with others.

Promoting Promising Practices

League members advocate for innovative practices that have the potential to benefit all students.

Which Applications Will be Prioritized?

To best meet the needs of an increasingly diverse student population in the United States and to strengthen the composition and reach of the network, we will give preference and priority to district applications that meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • The district’s free and reduced-price meals rate is 50 percent or greater
  • The district’s student body is 50 percent or greater students of color
  • The superintendent identifies with a demographic that is underrepresented in national superintendency statistics (e.g., the superintendent identifies as a person of color or as a woman)
  • The superintendent leads a district that is located in a geographic area currently underrepresented by the League of Innovative Schools—defined as a region within a state or a state with limited League representation; these include: Delaware, Maryland, New Hampshire, Hawaii, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Idaho, Minnesota, North Dakota, Louisiana, Montana, Oklahoma, Maine, Nevada, and Texas

Please note: Prioritization does not guarantee selection, and all applicants are encouraged to apply even if they do not meet all of these criteria. All applications receive careful consideration based on the core eligibility criteria.

How Can I Apply?

Submit your application by May 31, 2024!

Finalists will be interviewed in July-August by a Digital Promise staff member and a member of the League Advisory Committee.

The Digital Promise team will review all applications and select finalists on a rolling basis as they are received. All applicants will be notified by August 12, 2024.

Questions? Please contact the Digital Promise team at league@digitalpromise.org.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I save my answers and revisit the application?

How are new members selected?

Do you offer a rolling or year-round application process?

What school districts make up the League of Innovative Schools?

How does the League of Innovative Schools address diversity, equity, and inclusion in their work?

I am not a superintendent; am I still eligible to apply?

Are there membership dues for the League of Innovative Schools?

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