About Schools of Innovation
A creative alternative to the existing instructional and administrative practices.
The primary purpose of Schools of Innovation is to improve learning for all students. Schools of Innovation have the flexibility to explore new and creative alternatives to existing instructional and administrative practices. Schools of Innovation bring together diverse stakeholders to plan, implement, and reflect to ensure academic success and learning for all.
Want to become a School of Innovation?
SOI Application Timeline
August 24, 2023 – 10:00-11:30
Overview of SOI Application Process (virtual meeting)
Personalized support by the Division of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and the Office of Innovation for Education (OIE) through regional meetings, Zoom, webinar opportunities, and school site visits.
Tuesday, December 12th [9:00-2:00] – SOI final application training support, Location: TBD
Personalized support by DESE and OIE through regional meetings, Zoom webinar opportunities, and school site visits
Tuesday, February 13th [9:00-11:30 a.m.] – SOI Application Virtual Meeting for all schools to finalize their application. Legal services and other DESE staff will be available to discuss waivers, course approvals, CTE, and other information.
How will OIE support you on your journey to SOI?
Our primary goal is to create an ecosystem where members can learn, teach and realize shared goals through innovative strategies and shared programs. Collaborative channels for communication and sharing of knowledge are vital for innovation to succeed, the first step in the process is to build relationships. We look forward to working collaboratively with you and becoming part of the innovation ecosystem.
Establish lasting relationships with innovative leaders in the state and nation.
Technical assistance throughout the application process with on-site support and trainings by OIE.
designing for innovation framework
The framework reflects the research and work of innovators across Arkansas, the nation, and globe committed to the success of all learners.
Innovation in action – Ask questions, share innovative ideas, gather resources, and learn from other educators.
SCHOOLS OF INNOVATION IN ARKANSAS
A CASE STUDY OF IMPLEMENTATION CHALLENGES AND EARLY IMPACTS
“I’ve seen the growth…and it’s unbelievable….School of Innovation is the change that needs to happen.”