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Innovation Lab Network...Membership Has Its Privileges
Innovation Lab Network...Membership Has Its Privileges

The Innovation Lab Network (ILN) is a group of schools, districts, and states taking action to identify, test, and implement student-centered approaches to learning that will transform our public education system. The goal of the ILN is to spur system-level change by scaling locally-led innovation to widespread implementation, both within and across states, with a constant focus on student outcomes. Current states in the ILN include California, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, New Hampshire, Ohio, Oregon, West Virginia and Wisconsin. Schools and districts within these states have been given the opportunity to act as pressure-testers of new and innovative ways to address the needs of their students, with backing and support from their state departments of education.

These innovations are grounded in shared principles, known as the six critical attributes, including:

  1. Fostering world-class knowledge, skills

  2. Student agency

  3. Personalized learning

  4. Performance-based learning

  5. Anytime/anywhere opportunities

  6. Providing comprehensive systems of learner support

The ILN works to encourage states and their member school districts how to operationalize these principles through collaboration, transparency, and mutual support. States are encouraged to work closely with key players at the local, district and state levels, as well as with outside stakeholder groups, including the business and higher education communities.


  • Given the opportunity to start from scratch and design a new public education system that addresses the needs of today's students, what would that system look like?

  • What does college and career readiness mean in practice?

  • How can we use technology to personalize and enhance the teaching and learning experience?

  • How can we meaningfully measure students' progress toward attaining key knowledge, skills, and dispositions essential to lifelong learning?

  • What are the structures and policies that best support and high-quality local innovation and encourage scaling across education systems?

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