Innovate: the act or process of introducing new ideas, devices or methods to solve problems.
Innovation is essential to creating and sustaining a teaching and learning culture that will prepare students for success in a rapidly changing college and career landscape. Arkansas schools are reimagining and transforming teaching and learning to prepare students for a future we can only imagine. Schools of Innovation are part of this transformation.
There are compelling reasons why many communities are seeking the transformation of our schools. We believe that innovation is essential to creating and sustaining student focused learning and a culture that will increase students' readiness for life after secondary school, in college, career and community. We agree with the work of Duty and Kern (2014) and "recognize that the process of moving from a culture of improvement focused on fixing current problems, to a culture of innovation that builds and tests new solutions, is incredibly challenging and requires fresh thinking."
Seven Factors Driving Innovation
We believe that student-focused learning "represents the deepest and most engaging kind of learning and is at the heart of personalized learning and teaching." We believe educators facilitate opportunities for students to bring unique life experiences, strengths and interests into the learning environment so that students will:
We believe that TOGETHER WE CAN create a culture which:
Early innovators have shared some of their lessons-learned with us. The four most important lessons they have learned may help you avoid discomfort down the road, and even prevent you from experiencing a derailed innovation!
- Figure out what, or whose, needs you are trying to meet with the innovation.
- Figure out your innovative learning solution before you select your technology.
- Consider student fit, teacher fit and leader fit-one size does not fit all!
- Monitor and measure your efforts and results.
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Without change there is no innovation, creativity, or incentive for improvement. Those who initiate change will have a better opportunity to manage the change that is inevitable.
People who don't take risks generally make about 2 big mistakes a year, people who do take risks generally make about 2 big mistakes a year.
Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
Focused on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Use of innovative, consistent, systematic planning, reflecting, and refining processes to create and support a project-based learning environment
Focused on the needs of the individual student and rooted in relationships, rigor and
Offering students a variety of opportunities to learn from mistakes, to try again after mistakes are made, and to celebrate successes
Options for juniors and seniors who have earned a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and are on track to graduate to be on campus only for necessary classes and to -
Focused on establishing a model elementary school of innovation known for excellence,
resourcefulness, and continuous improvement
Opening the world to students with a departure from the way things have been and increased confidence in a successful and meaningful future that includes each and every student
Focused on enhancing the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) initiative
Providing more students the opportunity to learn about STEM career paths
Focused on delivering instruction through integrated units of inquiry
Using a creative, integrated model of instruction to change the expectations of the ways in which time, curriculum core content, teaching and learning are structured in schools in order to create more opportunities for students
CENTRAL JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL
GEORGE JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL
HAR-BER HIGH SCHOOL
LAKESIDE JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL
SOUTHWEST JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL
SPRINGDALE HIGH SCHOOL
Focused on enhancing the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) and
hands-on learning that engage families and community
Providing an accelerated pathway for students to earn associate degrees and/or industry-level certifications, in addition to high school diplomas, by the end of the 12th grade
Located in Los Angeles, CA, the Incubator School offers the following:
Located in Grand Rapids, Michigan, MySchool@Kent offers the following:
Located in Salt Lake City, Utah, Innovations Early College High School offers the following:
When we all participate in the process, we are all enriched by it. The Office of Innovation in Education wants to hear from you.
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