SISD accepted into League of Innovative Schools

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Stephenville ISD is one of only two districts in the state (19 nationally) to be accepted into the national League of Innovative Schools, a coalition of forward-thinking school districts organized by the Digital Promise.

“Stephenville ISD 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,” a press release states.

The Digital Promise is a non-profit organization authorized by congress to accelerate innovation in education.

“Acceptance into the League of Innovative Schools has been a long time goal for the district’s administrative team. We are humbled and honored to be mentioned among the Nation’s most innovative and forward-thinking schools,” SISD Superintendent Matt Underwood said. “The staff, students and community have all worked toward the goal of giving our kids the very best opportunity to succeed in tomorrow’s world.”

Since the League of Innovative Schools launched in 2011, 87 school districts in 33 states have been accepted into the program representing more than three million students.

“The League of Innovative Schools connects and rallies the most dynamic leaders of the nation’s school districts in order to advance positive change in public education,” Senior Director of the Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools, Sara Schapiro, said in a release. “As Digital Promise celebrates its fifth anniversary, we’re excited to welcome our new League members and amplify their insights to help others support teaching and learning with technology.”

Underwood will represent Stephenville ISD and will commit 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.

Other school administrators will have the opportunity to be involved as well and the League will officially welcome its new members at a meeting Nov. 2-4 in Baltimore County.