The East Irondequoit Central School District is one of 19 new school districts recently accepted into the League of Innovative Schools, a national coalition of forward-thinking school districts organized by Digital Promise, an independent, bipartisan and nonprofit organization authorized by U.S. Congress to accelerate innovation in education.

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

“To be recognized as one of the national leaders in this way is truly an honor,” said Susan Allen, superintendent. “As a district, we are proud of all we have accomplished and are looking forward to this opportunity so that we can learn new ways to help our students prepare for their futures.”

The League of Innovative Schools, which launched in late 2011, accepts new members through an open application process once per year. The League now includes 87 school districts in 33 states, representing nearly 3.3 million students.

“The League of Innovative Schools connects and rallies the most dynamic leaders of the nation’s school districts in order to advance positive change in public education,” said Sara Schapiro, senior director of the Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools. “As Digital Promise celebrates its fifth anniversary, we’re excited to welcome our new League members and amplify their insights to help others support teaching and learning with technology.”

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 educators 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.

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

The league will officially welcome new members at its fall meeting Nov. 2-4 in Baltimore County, Maryland. The meeting will host about 200 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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