MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Montgomery Public Schools (MPS) was accepted into the League of Innovative Schools, a national coalition of forward-thinking K-12 school districts organized by Digital Promise, a global nonprofit working to expand opportunities for every learner by bringing together solutions across research, practice, and technology.
MPS was selected from a competitive national pool of applicants based on its educational leadership, demonstrated commitment to equity and excellence, innovative vision for learning, and key achievements.
“Being accepted into National Network of Innovative School Districts is an honor, and we’re excited to be a part of such an amazing network. Our selection to be a part of this initiative is a testament to the work unfolding in our district and the potential we possess as we continue to grow as a leading school district in Alabama. We’re looking forward to implementing 21st century strategies into our classrooms to transform the way our children and educators approach learning,” said Dr. Melvin J. Brown, Superintendent of MPS.
The Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools, launched at the White House under President Barack Obama within the United States Department of Education in 2011, accepts new members through an open application process once per year.
The full list of members can be found at digitalpromise.org/districts.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on learning, but it has also emphasized the need to introduce innovative educational approaches to better meet students’ needs,” said Dewayne J. McClary, senior director of Networks and Partnerships at Digital Promise. “The League strives to build a collaborative of close-knit districts that work together on shared priorities to design, validate, champion, and scale effective, innovative learning opportunities to advance equity and excellence for every student.”
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 cohorts and research and development (R&D) pilots focusing on a broad range of topics relevant to the changing needs and priorities of school districts;
● Support Digital Promise research and provide critical 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 that 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.
Working with educators, researchers, technology leaders, and communities, Digital Promise and the League of Innovative Schools provide an environment for superintendents and district leaders to share and learn from best practices; leverage research and participate in continuous improvement models; engage in R&D projects with peers to address education’s biggest challenges; and implement new technologies and innovations in their school systems.
For more information on the Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools, visit: digitalpromise.org/league.
Article submitted by Montgomery Public Schools.
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