It is with great honor the Hampton Township School District announces its induction into the League of Innovative Schools.
The league is a national coalition of forward-thinking 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. The Digital Promise was formed by Congress in 2008 with the mission of giving young Americans the knowledge and skills needed to compete in a global economy.
Selection to the league is competitive. School districts are selected from a competitive national pool of applicants based on their leadership, evidence of results, innovative vision for learning and commitment to equity and excellence.
At present, there are 114 school districts in 34 states that are members in the league. Hampton joins other nationally-recognized school districts such as San Francisco Unified School District (Calif.), Lincoln Public Schools (Neb.), Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (NC), Pasack Valley Regional High School District (NJ), Loudoun County Public Schools (Va.) and Vancouver Public Schools (Wash.) as members of the league. Only seven school districts in Pennsylvania are members of the league.
“Being selected for this honor shows that we are passionate about innovation at Hampton, whether through use of technology or other transformative teaching methods,” said Superintendent Dr. Michael Loughead. “It is our goal to not only transform learning, but to provide equity in opportunity.”
“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.”
As a member of the league, Hampton Township School District will have the opportunity to collaborate with other innovative school districts. “We’ll also be able to share the innovation that is happening within our District with other superintendents and school leaders from around the country who are committed to innovation in their schools,” said Dr. Loughead.
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.