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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

67 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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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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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!

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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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with this amazing group of educators since their beginning. Creating and operating an innovative school is challenging to say the least. Networking is a cornerstone of this organization. Our partners have helped myself and many others to lesson the learning curve for creating new schools. As a board member I frequently hear from other educators how helpful ISN has been in offering just in time professional development, coaching and conferences.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

ISN is the grassroots network of pubic schools dedicated to helping other public schools and district create innovative successful schools. Real educators working with students needs as the focus.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

They have been responsive to the needs of my school and staff and connect us to like minded individuals. It is nice to know there is a group that supports a progressive innovative education!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

ISN has been extremely rewarding for me personally and professionally because I am able to connect regularly with highly motivated individuals looking beyond the status quo and traditional educational learning models. Whether I am connecting through video conferencing or attending a training or conference in person, I continue to grow and learn from innovative and creative peers from around the state and country. This organization represents the ability for finding innovative educators wanting to continuously learn to improve their craft.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Wonderful educational partner to develop uniqueness! ISN connects us with people that can help and has consultants to guide us in our journey!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The Innovative Schools Network has helped our school create and host an innovative institute (summer conference) for teachers in our area. We use the talent and knowledge of our local teachers to learn from and with each other in an exciting 2 day experience. Without the support of the ISN we wouldn't be able to share the amazing practices and exciting things that teachers are learning about. We value the connections that ISN has helped us make with other schools across the nation.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The ISN is an organization dedicated to helping schools succeed. I am a board member and a school leader who sees the benefit of connecting schools together. From our school work with the ISN we have connected with many like minded schools across the state/nation. Sharing resources and ideas via coaching or web-based meetings is a critical tool for 21st Century teachers. We all learn more when WE are together. The team on the ISN Staff is second to none in their drive and dedication to seeing schools succeed.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Looking for an organization to support? This is it. The ISN is doing things that NO other organization in education is doing and we are SO fortunate to have them with us. Thank you ISN for helping our school!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

ISN helped us through the whole process of creating the Central Wisconsin STEM Academy and in the ongoing support needed to continuously evaluate and improve our programs. ISN is a PPP -- Perfect Power Partner -- and our first "go to" when we have questions or need specialized support. Friendly, experienced, and responsive.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

ISN has been very helpful with providing ongoing support to the charter school with which I work. They provide a wide range of services and ideas to promote innovation in education. I think they play a significant role in advancing education as a whole through their efforts.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Before the Innovative Schools Network existed, there was not an organization around that could help connect educators to excellence in creative ways of thinking about our work. The ISN does that and so much more.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

ISN - their support and guidance was first rate!! We could not have opened two successful charter schools in our district without their help. Very knowledgeable staff, with the drive and willingness to help you reach your goals.