AUGUST 26, 2019 | NORRIDGE, IL – Ridgewood High School District 234 was accepted today into the League of Innovative Schools, a national coalition of forward-thinking K-12 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.
Ridgewood High School District 234 was selected from a competitive national pool of applicants based on its leadership, evidence of results, innovative vision for learning, and commitment to equity and excellence.
Dr. Jennifer Kelsall, RHS Superintendent, is thrilled D234 was chosen to join the league.
“Being selected as a member into the League of Innovative Schools is a testament to the commitment our staff has made towards meeting our vision of innovation, aspiration and imagination. We are excited to work with the League members to continue our efforts to provide real world learning opportunities for our students” said Dr. Kelsall.
The League of Innovative Schools, launched in late 2011, accepts new members through an open application process once per year. With their new members, the League now includes 114 school districts in 34 states. The full list of members can be found at digitalpromise.org/districts.
“The League of Innovative Schools works to advance equitable opportunities and outcomes for students, and solve challenges facing schools through powerful use of learning technologies and research,” said Kim Smith, executive director of the Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools. “We welcome our new League members and look forward to working with them to further catalyze positive change in public education.”
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 from member districts to participate in League and Digital Promise-related initiatives.
The League will officially welcome new members at its fall 2019 meeting on October 16 in Loudoun County, Virginia, where more than 250 superintendents, district leaders, partners, and researchers from across the country will convene.
For more information on the Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools, visit: digitalpromise.org/league.