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El Paso ISD admitted into national network of innovative school districts

The El Paso Independent School District is one of 22 school districts accepted today into the League of Innovative Schools — a national coalition of forwardthinking school districts organized by Digital Promise, an independent, bipartisan nonprofit organization authorized by the U.S. Congress to accelerate innovation in education.

EPISD was selected from a competitive and national pool of applicants based on its leadership, evidence of results, innovative vision for learning and commitment to collaboration.

“Our membership into the League will benefit our students and teachers the most because we now have access to some of the most innovative teaching and learning techniques being used in real classrooms throughout the country,” EPISD Superintendent Juan Cabrera said. “At the same time, we will be able to share some of the most effective programs we use with schools throughout the United States.”

The League of Innovative Schools, launched in late 2011, accepts new members through an open application process once per year. With the new members, the League now includes 73 school districts in 33 states representing 3.2 million students. EPISD is the only district in El Paso and one of only three districts in Texas to be admitted to the League.

“The League’s goal is to find leaders pioneering bold, creative, and student-centric practices, connect them with each other, and amplify what they do best so others can learn,” said Sara Schapiro, director of the Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools. “With these new members, we add a wealth of insight, ideas and energy to help our members effectively support teaching and learning through technology.”

Superintendents who join the League make a commitment to:

• Attend biannual League meetings, which feature classroom visits, collaborative problem-solving, and relationship-building with peers and partners

• Join working groups on a broad range of topics relevant to the changing needs of school districts

• Engage with entrepreneurs to advance product development and meet district needs • Support research that expands what we know about teaching and learning

• Participate in the League’s professional learning community by connecting with other members online, in person, and at each other’s school districts

In addition to superintendents’ participation, there are also opportunities for other school administrators, principals, and teachers to participate in League and Digital Promise initiatives. The League will officially welcome new members at its fall 2015 meeting on Oct. 25-27 in Pittsburgh.

The meeting will host about 175 national school leaders and prominent education experts, entrepreneurs, and officials, with the goal of addressing shared priorities and setting goals that district leaders will pursue throughout the year.

For more information on the Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools, visit: digitalpromise.org/league.

Author: EPISD

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