On Tuesday, officials with the Socorro Independent School District announced that they had been accepted into the League of Innovative Schools.
SISD was selected from a competitive national pool of applicants based on its leadership, evidence of results, innovative vision for learning, and commitment to collaboration.
“Through our Operation Future Ready efforts, Team SISD has been proactively investing in technology to advance teaching and learning across our district,” said SISD Superintendent José Espinoza, Ed.D. “Being accepted into the League of Innovative Schools is a great validation that SISD is a leader in innovative instruction and giving our students and staff the tools to excel in this digital age. I’m proud of our administrators, faculty, and staff for their hard work and vision to ensure our students are prepared for college, careers, and life using the latest technology and digital learning.
Via a news release, official shared that the League of Innovative Schools is a “national coalition of forward-thinking school districts organized by Digital Promise, a nonprofit organization with the mission to accelerate innovation in education and improve the opportunity to learn for all through technology and research.””
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 102 school districts in 33 states. The full list of members can be found online.
“As we expand our efforts to identify, build, and scale the innovative work of our League districts, I am excited to welcome a new cohort of districts who deepen the diversity, populations, and contexts of the network and move us further in advancing equity and excellence for every learner,” said Kimberly Smith, executive director of the League of Innovative Schools.
League members are represented by their superintendent, who commits to:
- Attend biannual League meetings, which feature classroom visits, collaborative problem-solving, and relationship-building with peers and partners;
- Participate in League challenge collaboratives on a broad range of topics relevant to the changing needs of school districts;
- Support Digital Promise research and provide feedback so it translates easily into classroom experiences and expands what we know about teaching and learning;
- Engage with entrepreneurs to advance edtech product development steeped in the latest learning science and meets district needs; and
- 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 2018 meeting on October 10 in Park City, UT, held in partnership with Juab School District, Uinta School District #1, and Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind.
For more information on the Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools, visit: click here.