Franklin West Supervisory Union Accepted into League of Innovative Schools

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Franklin West Supervisory Union was one of 22 school districts accepted today into the
League of Innovative Schools, a national coalition of forward­ thinking school districts
organized by Digital Promise, an independent, bipartisan nonprofit organization
authorized by Congress to accelerate innovation in education.

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FWSU was selected from a competitive pool of national applicants based on its
leadership, evidence of results, innovative vision for learning, and commitment to
collaboration.

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“It is quite an honor for our system to be selected into the League of Innovative
Schools,” stated Superintendent Ned Kirsch. “We have incredible communities, fantastic
kids, and a really hard working, innovative, and talented staff. I’m excited to
collaborate with other League Schools to make our schools even stronger.”

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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 73 school districts in 33 states, representing 3.2 million students. The full list of members can be found at digitalpromise.org/districts.

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“The League’s goal is to find leaders pioneering bold, creative, and student­centric
practices, connect them with each other, and amplify what they do best so others can
learn,” said Sara Schapiro, Director of the Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools.
“With these new members, we add a wealth of insights, ideas, and energy to help our
members effectively support teaching and learning through technology.”

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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;
*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; and
*Participate in the League’s professional learning community by connecting with
other members online, in person, and at each other’s school districts.

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In addition to superintendents’ participation, there are also opportunities for other school
administrators, principals, and teachers to participate in League and Digital Promise
initiatives and projects.

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The League will officially welcome new members at its fall 2015 meeting. The meeting
will host about 175 national school leaders and prominent education experts,
entrepreneurs, and officials, with the goal of addressing shared priorities and setting
goals that district leaders will pursue throughout the year.

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Digital Promise is a nonprofit organization authorized by Congress to spur innovation in
education in order to improve the opportunity to learn for all Americans. Through its
work with educators, entrepreneurs, researchers, and leading thinkers, Digital Promise
supports a comprehensive agenda to benefit lifelong learning and provide Americans
with the knowledge and skills needed to compete in the global economy. For more
information on the Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools, visit:
digitalpromise.org/league.

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Target 2 – Leadership in a Student Centered Learning Environment. FWSU will
foster development of teacher & student leaders who provide innovative opportunities
for local and global student­ centered learning.

Action Step ­ – Redefine high performance in a student ­centered, collaborative, technologically rich learning environment

Indicator of Success –  ­Creativity and risk ­taking will be evident and celebrated as
learners embrace new technologies.

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