Creating Innovation Zone Communities across NV
Our primary focus in 2019 has been catalyzing the creation of of Innovation Zone Communities across Nevada that can serve as our collaborative research and development sites for the future of learning, teaching, and leading. These hubs of innovative leaders, practitioners, and community members are leading the way to re-imagining education to empower every learner, from cradle to career, to realize their full personal potential and contribution to society.
The IZC program was conceived during the last legislative session as the best way to catalyze systemic innovation across our state. The Innovation Zone concept is rapidly catching on across the US because major change is most successful when early-adopter change leaders first demonstrate the innovations - creating proof points - which then help to disseminate the best practices to other schools and districts.
Our emerging IZC program for Nevada is unique in that it involves whole P-20+ communities from pre-kindergarten through higher education and lifelong learning in schools, community centers and workplaces.
Our Innovation Zone Communities are already designing and beginning to develop and demonstrate success with what we call learner-powered ecosystems. In this community-engaged personalized learning system, every student, regardless of their background or address, is empowered to flourish and thrive to their developmental potential and personal goals in ways that richly benefit their families, communities, state and country.
Go to EIC INITIATIVES or click the image on the right to read about this exciting initiative and learn how you can share your feedback, support, and talents.
And now....Our Philosphy of Education & Transformation
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We believe that every student
Our Challenge & Opportunity
Nevada aspires to be a hub for world-class innovative business.
We need all graduates prepared to deliver the vision.
The Education Innovation Collaborative (EIC) is an organization designed to catalyze community engagement to support ALL schools and educators to prepare ALL students for 21st century life, college, and occupations in Nevada.
TO UNLEASH THE LEARNING POTENTIAL AND CREATIVITY OF STUDENTS, EDUCATORS, SCHOOLS, AND THE COMMUNITY -
ENABLING ALL YOUNG PEOPLE TO BUILD THEIR PERSONAL VISIONS,
ENGAGE WITH THEIR COMMUNITY,
AND LEAD THE CHANGE TO A BETTER WORLD.
With diverse team members from education, business, technology, social services, community-building, and transformative learning and change, we seek to help the NV system of education - including district and charter public schools - to be part of a dynamic 21st century deep learning eco-system.
Our three-prong plan is to facilitate community-wide Action Research processes involving
Collaborative Learning & Planning
Advocating for Students & Systemic Change
In the EIC History tab above, view the XQ Super School grant proposal that earned semi-finalist status in the XQ Institute's Challenge in 2016.
In the HOW INNOVATE tab, see our proposed design for an edPORTAL that will enable collaboration among innovators and community advocacy for students and systemic change through Innovation Zone Communities who are developing and implementing personalized Learner-Powered Ecosystems - which will empower innovative teaching and learning in schools across Nevada. The edPORTAL design aims to enable the cycles of actions described above:
collaborating to develop next generation practices (research and planning), incubating innovation, and advocating for systemic change.
In Phase 1, we are working to develop and support a Collaborative Learning Nevada (CLN) networking platform to nurture innovative program success in and among pilot schools. The CL Network aims to include and support innovators across existing and future programs in K-12 schools including Nevada Ready 21, Competency-Based Education Pilot Network, Summit Learning Platform users, STEM Academies,CTE programs, and charter schools.
If you are an educator, school leader, counselor or education resource provider from any of the above who is interested to learn more about participating in the CLN, we'd love to hear from you!
Go to the JOIN US tab to share your contact information and interests. Go to COMMENT tab if you have a question or want to share feedback. Subscribe to our NEWS page to keep up with EIC and latest developments in education innovation.
We are here to support and empower educators, families, service providers, mentors, and employers to collaborate to empower all students to become self-preneurs who are creating their brightest future - while contributing to ours.
When all our students thrive, the NEW NEVADA comes alive!
Let's build Innovation Zone Communities
Learn how in the Future of Education presentation.