The League of Innovative Schools is a coalition of education agencies based in the nation's capital and committed to improving student achievement through the transformation of teaching and learning. And one of its newest members is Springfield Public Schools.
The township's public schools are among eight school districts recently granted membership in the league, which is convened by Digital Promise, a national, independent nonprofit group based in Washington, D.C., and authorized by Congress to advance breakthrough technologies for the improvement of education.
Springfield Public Schools was selected among a competitive and national pool of applicants, evaluated for its educational vision, potential to impact student success and dedication to moving education forward. As part of the League, SPS will share its best practices, participate in national and regional forums and partnering with research institutions, technology developers, and other League members to deliver better results for students.
“The strength of the League of Innovative Schools is the aggregate experiences of its members,” said Karen Cator, president and CEO of Digital Promise. “By sharing their leadership, challenges and breakthroughs, these eight exemplar districts will help educators across the country tackle the difficult work of improving the opportunity to learn for the nation’s students.”
Springfield Public Schools is the only New Jersey group joining the League for fall 2013; the other seven new members come from North Carolina, Pennsylvania, New York state, California, Washington state Rhode Island. Their entrance means the League now includes 40 public school districts and education agencies in 24 states, representing nearly 3 million students.
“We believe these educators represent the tip of the spear for innovation in education,” said League Director Sara Schapiro. “We are excited to welcome these new members into the fold at our national conference at Utica Community Schools, Michigan, Oct. 23-25.”
Superintendent of Springfield Public Schools Michael A. Davino said he is pleased to accept the honor on behalf of the Board of Education, staff and community.