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Nonprofit Overview

Mission: A grassroots network of educators creating and nurturing innovative schools by supporting each other in developing high quality, research based resources and strategies for both educators and students.

Results: We have assisted over 160 schools and over 3,000 educators in working to implement innovative, sustainable educational opportunities for students.

Target demographics: public schools transform into sustainable, innovative learning opportunities for students

Direct beneficiaries per year: 160 schools and approximately 3000 teachers

Geographic areas served: education

Programs: professional development in innovative areas. We focus on teaching and learning in the "Innovation Zone" to assist in the transformation of our schools today so that tomorrow they will be viable and exactly what each student needs.

Community Stories

55 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have had the pleasure of working with and attending events hosted by WISN, now ISN, for the past 3-4 years. What turned into some advice and light consulting, quickly turned into a partnership, with shared responsibility and extreme growth. ISN and the founders, as well as core group of leaders who work within this organization, really strive to help schools, leaders and the community understand and implement innovative instructional and learning models that take schools to the next level. Now in our 7th year of operation as an innovative school, we truly feel blessed to have had the powerful and insightful leadership and guidance of ISN to help propel the learning and application opportunities that we have in our school, on a daily basis. This is now just, "The way we do business..."ISN Rocks!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As an employee of a 4K-8 STEM school focusing on 21st Century skills, I find ISN to be an essential resource. It is wonderful to have the support and brain power of so many innovative educators.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization continues to offer important design principles, practical assistance, and outstanding resources at a time when contemporary curriculum for future schools is in growing demand. Thanks for helping us plan for these changes, ISN!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

ISN is broadening its impact nationally and for good reason! The organization continues to focus on a what matters most - challenging and changing typical educational structures in terms of both where and how learning takes place. ISN is ahead of its time and is vitally important to educators as the lens through which the future of education can be viewed and understood. Thanks, ISN!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

This organization has helped our school connect with other like minded educators and inspire all of us to break out of the traditional classrooms. Having easy access to people that are actually doing the work to improve the learning environment is a core value. It is all about educators supporting other educators to help us do what we know is best for children.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Excellent organization with a true love and belief that public education can be the center of change in our world.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Innovative Schools Network is a unique grass roots organization that places the focus on innovating where it matters most - with our children in public schools. Schools are strapped for resources and ISN provides an avenue for professional development and networking that is beyond anything else that is available in this field.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Innovative Schools Network offers help and support to educators and students in a wide variety of areas. ISN can help schools develop curriculum, launch a PR campaign, give advice about higher education opportunities for students, provide valuable educational, business, and social networks for students and educators, form advisory boards, and help make decisions regarding the logistics of a school day. These services are tailor made for individual schools so they benefit all students with diverse needs, challenges, and goals. ISN helps schools help kids.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The ISN team provides amazing support to educators who have the courage to innovate, but need support and expertise to translate their vision to reality. I have attended ISN's excellent state conference and participated in their consulting and coaching services and found everything they do to be excellent.

1 Lynn117

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

ISN has the expertise to lead a school towards realizing it's own potential, and the commitment to see a project through. They are professionals through and through, never pushing their own agenda, but instead helping administrators, teachers, and parents to work together for the good of students. They are change champions!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Innovative Schools Network focuses on creating zones of innovation within existing school districts that create specific model schools through teacher empowerment and commitment to a unique school design. Such schools provide unique learning environments for students to follow their passions, become more engaged through integrated content and projects. ISN has assisted many districts in designing schools that foster more student engagement, ownership and levels of maturity and personal responsibility.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have particpated in several ISN sponsored programs and have been impressed with the knowledge and expertise of their staff and collaborating partners. There focus on "transforming education one school at a time" recognizes the importance of offering different learning models within the general public school system. One size doesn't fit all!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Innovative Schools Network has been a valued partner in our quest to continually deliver an excellent educational program to our school community. When we were in need of guidance, the Innovative Schools Network team of professionals worked with us on our strategic plan. We set goals, created a new mission and vision statement and saw our school culture improve dramatically. We are working with them again this year as I strive to assist each teacher on their professional growth journey toward shared leadership.

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Advisor

Rating: 5

I have looked to ISN as a national leader in articulating and, through their membership and services, advancing the culture and practice of innovation in schools. As a network they convene change agents and assist with advising implantation to changes in policy and practice. They lead through example and involvement.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

ISN consistently provides a level of support, innovation, and collaboration that is beyond expectations or experience in the educational sector. Thought leaders, action takers, community conveners, and resource providers par excellence, the ISN deserves to have its influences and offerings reach around this country.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've had the privilege of working with ISN for the past year hosting education conferences throughout Wisconsin. The quality of work this grassroots organization does is incredible. No detail goes unnoticed making each event exceptional. The best part? Hearing educators from around the nation share how these conferences have re-ignited their passion for teaching; and who doesn't need more of that?

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The work of ISN, formerly WISN, is transforming education by encouraging, inspiring, and educating those in the field of education who long to be more effective and creative in helping students learn. I have received so much courage and insight into learning through this organization and the people who are involved with it. Their hard work and commitment to constructive change in their field stirs you to want to be a better learner and educator.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am so lucky - I've attended & presented at all of the ISN Conferences on Educational Innovation! The success of having staff members attend a conference on innovative education can partially be measured in the number and quality of sessions attended, being a presenter at a session with good audience feedback, the notes taken, and the techniques, computer software, and new ideas learned. All of those things have been a huge success! However, there are other factors that can also determine the success of attending that just can’t be measured. Because my small school district encourages educational options, it is more important than ever for us to be able to make connections with schools and people that are also striving to innovate and create new opportunities for student learning. Attendance at these conferences successfully provides staff members with countless collaborations, including helping to foster and grow the Innovative Schools Network itself - the great nonprofit, teacher-driven organization that puts on the conferences!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Our school has received so much support from this organization that networks schools across the state and now the country! Hundreds of professional development events and resources are provided throughout the year. We are proud to be one of the founding member schools linked to over 150 schools currently in the network functioning as a large scale professional learning community. As a teacher at a small, innovative, project based learning school I can unreservedly say that the opportunities that are provided by the ISN, and those that we create in partnership with them, are changing education and positively affecting students, teachers, schools and communities.

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heather.terrill.stotts 10/28/2014

What a great review! Thank you so much for your comments and for your collaboration!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Innovative Schools Network is a phenomenal resource for educators and school districts. I attended a conference last spring that was put on by the ISN and it was fantastic. There were wonderful speakers from across the country who gave us first hand information about school reform and teacher lead initiatives. It was so exciting to see and feel the energy in the room, and our district attendees came home with a lot of worthwhile information and new enthusiasm for teaching. The conference was very efficiently run and extremely well planned. Thank you so much to those who work for ISN and help to make our schools more accountable and responsive to the communities they serve.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have worked with the Innovative Schools Network for more than a year. I have been impressed with their focus on the mission of the organization, their commitment to support their members and their ability to remain focused on how to support schools as they prepare for the future.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Innovative Schools Network provides invaluable networking, professional development, coaching and collaboration opportunities to schools. If your school or school district is looking to provide innovative educational opportunities to its students, this is the organization that can provide you the resources and coaching to accomplish your goals.

2 Terry77

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

ISN is a high performance partner that both challenges and supports our local schools.