I have partnered with the Innovative Schools Network for the past 5 years. "Transformation" has become an overused term in education, primarily because we all want to do "it." The ISN has been an innovative leader in assisting schools and school districts in developing "zones of innovation" where learning is different; learning is engaging; learning is rooted in curiosity; a place were kids do most of the work as the teachers advise and guide the learner based on their strengths and interests. They have provided strategic planning services that helped develop the foundation upon which we could build our vision of how we want education to be different...they opened the door to see things "differently" and provided the leadership and services to help us redefine education in our district.They provide onsite and remote consultation through video coaching. Many of their coaches are current teachers and leaders within project based or inquiry based schools. They are very adept at bridging the fine line between a schools district's central control of a school building and the building having the autonomy to truly innovate and do things differently. This is hard and risky work for many school systems because we have prided ourselves in the past of the "one size fits all" model assuming a uniform delivery model would be fair and adequate for the success of all learners. Now however, more districts have come to realize that they must begin offering different learning models and opportunities for students based more on strengths and interests than the legacy curricula intended to serve all students. ISN brings exciting, fresh ideas and enthusiasm to those who seek a different way of educating students for the future.
The Innovative Schools Network works tirelessly to support teachers who are working on the cutting edge of education. There 's ample research to support modern education models and teaching styles, however too often teachers get lost trying to figure out how to apply what they know, re-create reliable systems, and education the general public. ISN is chuck full of brace educators who are willing to share what they know and have tried in order to ensure that all students have access to the very best opportunities in education.
Every time I have had a question or needed information the ISN staff has been quick to respond and provide exactly what I needed. Additionally, it has been a pleasure to volunteer with an organization that appreciates what I can offer and puts it to good use. They are first rate!
We have been a member school with ISN for several years now and have benefitted greatly from their support and encouragement. Between conferences and mentor opportunities, ISN has helped DC Everest Idea School to flourish in the PBL world.
We at DC Everest Idea School have been members of ISN since its inception. They have regularly and enthusiastically supported our school and our efforts at innovative approaches to education. They have helped us to grow in our reach both state-wide and nationally. We look forward to working with them in the future as this hard working organization continues to grow.
I have attended their amazing conference three years in a row and always leave with valuable information. The team is extremely dedicated and want to see schools continue to evolve and grow.
ISN is truly a family! This network of hard-working professional educators is empowering, inspiring, innovative, and dedicated to making a difference in education for students, teachers, and communities. BE part of this network and LEARN from an enormous group of talented, passionate people.
Absolutely wonderful team of people dedicated to helping teachers and the education community realize what innovative means and the positive impact it has on kids.
ISN serves a group of inspiring educators from around the country who strive to create challenging, inclusive and engaging schools for all students to excel and change the world. I look forward to every email newsletter and the annual convention each year to be inspired by other educators who share their stories of success.
Excellent source of help and resources for schools and governance boards. The ISN conferences supply inspiration and connections for the education community.
Innovation in charter schools is critical. We joined the Innovative Schools Network to increase our ability to work with like minded people embracing innovation. We have a deep interest in reaching out to the young Hawaiian children who are not being successful in the traditional public schools and we want to provide opportunities for these children to immerse themselves into Hawaiian culture and language. By networking with the Innovative Schools Network, schools in Hawaii can authentically share with others, especially Native American cultures.
Beginning in the 2015-2016 school year, I committed to providing staff development to enhance and support the teacher evaluation processes through professional development. I attended several different conferences to help plan professional development focusing on strategies for use with English Language Learners, family engagement, cultural diversity, innovation, formative assessment, issues surrounding poverty, leadership, neuroscience, and blended learning. My hope was to find one organization that could meet all of our needs. The mass production and widespread use of computers, cell phones, and the internet has ushered in a digital revolution that demands a transformational approach towards educating for the future. While our school needs to deal with many current academic issues, the school needs to increasingly focus on an educational vision for the future. The shift from the Industrial Age to the Digital Age brings great challenges concerning how children are educated. It is critical to not only understand how people learn but to also embrace new visions for the future of learning. I finally found the one organization that could provide for all of our needs: the Innovative Schools Network (ISN).
The ISN supports the establishment and growth of high quality, research-based innovative schools by providing professional training and guidance, and ensuring that educators can easily collaborate, connect, and learn from one another. Their mission is “to provide the nation’s public school educators, administrators and related leaders with a network that builds a culture of innovation in thought and practice to transform learning and schools.” The ISN annual conferences highlight some of the foremost innovative leaders and creative minds in education. These trendsetting conferences provide a vibrant gathering of innovative thinkers and an opportunity to learn as well as share. Topics include a broad array of cutting-edge educational issues and trends, technology integration for the classroom, student-driven educational workshops, STEM, project based learning, arts integration, and personalized learning. Last year our school sent half of our teaching staff to the conference. We were featured in a session entitled, “The Makery: Empowering Students to Make Almost Anything with 21st Century Manufacturing Tools." This year, we will again be sending a large group of our teachers to the annual ISN conference. We are in Hawaii and the conference is in Wisconsin. It takes a huge commitment of time and funding resources to support a group of this size but it is worth every penny spent. We love the ISN!
Always a great experience and value working with ISN. The opportunities to network with experts and practitioners who are on the front lines of transformational change keeps us coming back for more. Thanks ISN!
The ISN is a bright spot on a growing landscape of schools and institutions looking to develop thought leadership and practical strategies for moving the learner experience toward more contemporary environments. We've learned so much from the expertise and networking opportunities that ISN offers!
Bring together dedicated educators, organizations, and individuals to share the latest and greatest in education.
ISN supports innovation in schools in all forms, whether it is PBL, Montessori, STEM, charter, traditional, or anything else. They are fostering innovation in whatever form it may take. Their leadership and support team are second to none. The conferences they put on have national speakers and encourage honest debate and learning. I hope ISN is successful in bringing their knowledge, network, and innovation beyond Wisconsin.
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This is one of the most innovative and helpful/supportive group of educational pioneers that we have ever had the pleasure of working with! They are professional, timely and know their stuff, when it comes to innovation and supporting the growth of schools- both old and new. The depth of knowledge is extremely well-versed, to help support varied levels of readiness of initiating creative learning maps, personalized learning environments and project-based learning approaches to student application of skills.
ISN have been our primary change champions, leading the way with skill and expertise but also careful not to impose their own agenda. The organization is inspirational, the people are supportive, and when working with them, the results are transformational.
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!
I regularly sent as many teachers as possible from my district to the Innovative Schools Network National Conference each year. Teachers always returned excited and motivated to continue in the work of remaking schooling in order to engage, challenge, and inspire all students to be their best and make the world a better place.
This is such a responsive and innovative group of folks who think outside the box to provide consultative and professional development services. They are so customer focused that they make certain their work is tailored perfectly to, in this case, meet a school's needs.
The school that I work for, Connections Public Charter School from Hilo HI has been affiliated with ISN for a number of years. I have attended ISN conferences twice in Dels Wisconsin and I always leave inspired, full of new ideas and strategies to implement at our school, and best of all I have met other professionals from innovative schools from different parts of the USA. I am impressed with what ISN does for pioneering education. Their support of students, teachers and administrators is unparalleled and I am proud to be a part of the Innovative Schools Network family.
I am the former Minnesota state senator who authored the first charter school law in Minnesota and the nation. Chartering was established for two key reasons: autonomy and innovation. ISN has taken these elements and helped both public charter and district schools to achieve new strategies and opportunities for their students. I connected ISN with chartering leaders in other states as well. They are a terrific nonprofit.
ISN works tirelessly to ensure charter schools around the nation are equipped with the resources and connections they need to help their students succeed! They are reinventing education and inspiring educators and students around the US!!
I have been fortunate to benefit from ISN's work from its inception. The services ISN provides truly benefit all schools looking to develop innovative practices.
I was the grant coordinator for a charter school when it was being organized and for its first years of existence. The ISN was invaluable as a resource for me and the staff members of the school as we worked through the process of becoming a charter school and in developing programs that would serve the children in the best way possible. Each person I dealt with was professional and offered assistance where needed, from planning school visitations to providing in service opportunities for the staff. It would have been difficult to navigate all that needed to be done in those early years without the help of the ISN.
As a grant coordinator for the last 1+ years, I truly value the work that ISN has been doing on behalf of schools around the state. They have been professional in their work and have offered workshops, visitations, and conferences that meet or exceed expectations. The connections we have made with educators across the state is due to the work of the staff at ISN. These connections have proved to be extremely valuable as we continue to strive to be an innovative school.
I had the pleasure of working with the Innovative Schools Network when I was principal of Appleton Public Montessori. The Network was of great help to our school. They conducted an independent review of the school, and ultimately we became the Montessori mentor school for ISN. This allowed us to help other schools and communities as they began their Montessori adventure, which not only helped others but our school as well. The folks at ISN are always helpful, supportive, and knowledgeable. After retiring, I now have the pleasure of working with the great people at ISN as a consultant. My association with ISN has been truly enjoyable and rewarding in both roles. They are truly focused on the main mission of helping schools (and ultimately children) be successful!
ISN has been very supportive of my transition into a project based public charter school. They have offered Zoom discussions to connect students with their project learning. They also have a wonderful teacher convention each year that is meaningful and well done.
ISN makes a difference every day, as this nonprofit of dedicated people supports our schools! Thank you for all you do!
The fact that the Innovative Schools Network started as a Wisconsin group dedicated to introducing and exploring existing innovations in education and then expanding their outreach to the other 50 states is amazing. I am a charter school principal in Hawaii and I traveled to Wisconsin 3 years ago to see what this organization was about. I return every year and share this experience with fellow administrators and teachers at my school. Great keynote speakers, informational break out sessions, and fun and laughter abounds. I am looking forward to another great conference come Spring 2019.
Innovative Schools Network continues to support innovation in education by providing public school personal and related leaders throughout the nation with a network that builds a culture of innovation in thought and practice that can transform learning and schools. The conferences and other events they hold bring together practitioners already working in innovative settings with those who are interested in making the transformation or further developing their skills--sharing ideas and practices.
I have found the Innovative Schools Network to be very responsive to the needs of educators around the country. The conferences, workshops, and individual consulting include the expertise of people in the field of education demonstrating successful innovative practices effective for students. This is a proactive organization working to provide a network that builds a culture of innovation in thought and practice to transform learning and schools.
Northwest Passage High School has been a member of ISN for several years, and have been extremely happy with the support and resources they provide. ISN also offers great workshops and conferences to help support the progressive education work we do
Innovative Schools Network focuses on helping teachers learn innovative teaching strategies in order to change the way students learn in schools. They do a fantastic job of organizing conferences in different parts of the country to help teachers continue to be lifelong learners. Their staff is organized, thoughtful, innovative (obviously), and very hardworking. I'm impressed by their team and the different expertise of the staff. We are thrilled to collaborate with them on the Kennedy Center's regional arts integration conferences.
I've learned so much from the conferences I have attended with ISN. The knowledge I have gained has transformed my classroom and more importantly, my students learning.
ISN truly believes in learning and education! They support schools with invaluable resouces. We are in our planning year for a Montessori Charter School and ISN is helping at every level to support our success!
ISN has been an invaluable partner for our school. They support us at all levels of our organization from trainings for our advisors and board members to providing unique opportunities to network with others across the state and nation. Our students have even been able to share ideas and projects with students from other schools.
ISN has provided our school with a great amount of support to help us as we developed our project based school. Through ISN, our team was able to connect and collaborate with other educators who are leading the way in innovation. We have also learned a lot from the professional development opportunities that ISN has provided.
The Innovative Schools Network is a place for everyone interested in making a difference in schools. At every event I feel welcomed, engaged and part of an authentic learning community. What I also appreciate about the ISN is that they are not shy about addressing the difficult issues and I often leave with the resources and personal strength I need to move forward.
Our experiences with Heather, Todd, and the entire ISN staff have been wonderful. We enjoy attending ISN conferences and always come away excited to put into practice all we have learned.
The ISN brings amazing educators together to encourage educational change. Their experience, knowledge, and passion make them a true asset to teachers everywhere.
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.
ISN provides valuable tools and resources to help our school offer the best education and opportunities to our students.
Todd and his staff were instrumental in assisting the Birchwood Charter School in becoming a high functioning charter in northern Wisconsin. The team at Innovative Schools Network worked hand-in-hand with us, giving us direction and feedback, enabling us now to mentor other charter schools. Thank you to ISN for your dedication and support!
The ISN has helped our school be successful by providing support and outstanding professional development. We would not be where we are today without the ISN.
Speaking on behalf of The Overture Center, we've partnered with Innovative Schools Network for many years and value their expertise, collaborative spirit and creativity. They are a true asset to the field of education!
The status quo in education in America has deep, and vast roots. If you want to break ground and truly innovate in education today, you need the support of an organization with the resources, expertise, networking, and growth mindset necessary to be dynamic in an otherwise stagnant landscape. The ISN is that organization! They are an incredible collective of educators, administrators, and forward thinking individuals who are committed to moving education forward!
ISN provides outstanding resources for teachers who want to do school differently. They connect educators together.
The team at the Innovative Schools Network welcomes new members as if they were family!
I have partnered with the Innovative Schools Network for the past 5 years. "Transformation" has become an overused term in education, primarily because we all want to do "it." The ISN has been an innovative leader in assisting schools and school districts in developing "zones of innovation" where learning is different; learning is engaging; learning is rooted in curiosity; a place were kids do most of the work as the teachers advise and guide the learner based on their strengths and interests. They have provided strategic planning services that helped develop the foundation upon which we could build our vision of how we want education to be different...they opened the door to see things "differently" and provided the leadership and services to help us redefine education in our district.
They provide onsite and remote consultation through video coaching. Many of their coaches are current teachers and leaders within project based or inquiry based schools. They are very adept at bridging the fine line between a schools district's central control of a school building and the building having the autonomy to truly innovate and do things differently. This is hard and risky work for many school systems because we have prided ourselves in the past of the "one size fits all" model assuming a uniform delivery model would be fair and adequate for the success of all learners. Now however, more districts have come to realize that they must begin offering different learning models and opportunities for students based more on strengths and interests than the legacy curricula intended to serve all students. ISN brings exciting, fresh ideas and enthusiasm to those who seek a different way of educating students for the future.
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.
I’m proud to be a teacher at one of the member schools that founded this great organization. The Innovative Schools Network connects us with great mentors and schools, video conference opportunities, and creates extremely valuable conferences. As a teacher in a small, innovative project based learning school I feel that ISN is a catalyst for growing and changing education in today’s world and I’m so thankful that they bring me along for the ride through the opportunities they provide!
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!
Wisconsin public schools would t be as wonderfully innovative and great for all kids without ISN's professional development and support for our rockstar teachers!
I have worked with ISN many times over the past few years and I am always astonished at the intense interest the entire ISN staff has in making education better. I don't mean this in a cursory, lip service kind-of-way, I mean you can actually sense and experience their enthusiasm in everything they do; from planning to presenting to just chatting in the hallway, every single part of ISN bleeds passion for improving education.
ISN gave our school the guidance and assurance we needed at the most difficult times. As a member of a board of a small charter school, you're often thrust into roles that go beyond your experience and expertise, and that's where ISN came in. They connected us with schools who had dealt with similar issues in the past, provided us sample documents to help guide our discussion, and generally provided a confidence to the process we lacked. They were always great to work with and the whole team at ISN showed how much they cared about us as a board and the students and community we served.
My favorite thing about the ISN is the online document warehouse. There are so many helpful resources that I have used that have helped our charter school governance board become more effective.
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.
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.
Excellent organization with a true love and belief that public education can be the center of change in our world.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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..."
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.
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.
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.
ISN is a high performance partner that both challenges and supports our local schools.