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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!

2

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.

1

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.

2

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!

2

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!

3

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.

1

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.

1

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.

3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This grassroots network of educators creates and nurtures innovative schools by supporting each other in developing high quality, research based resources and strategies for educators and students.
They live their VISION: Supporting the development of innovative schools. Sustaining and growing innovation through a network dedicated to continuous improvement. Educators collaborating and changing to better serve students.

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Having worked with ISN through the development, implementation, and operation of several schools, I can say without a doubt that this is a highly motivated and dedicated group. They have a desire to help schools and teachers see the potential within and passion to push them beyond the status quo. The connections they facilitate and the flow of ideas that comes out of those has been an incredible boost to our schools. I can honestly say that they have had a positive influence on the course of our student's learning.

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have found no other group of people in the state so passionate and engaged in transforming schools to meet the needs of students. It is an honor to work alongside intelligent, dedicated, and creative people. We have witnessed educators realizing their dreams of educating students based on the local and individual needs rather than based on an outside force. I only wish we could reach more people!

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

ISN has helped with building our vision for our school. Their ability to see the big picture and help us collaborate with schools around the state were very valuable. I can not say enough about the support and knowledge of the ISN staff.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

ISN has been extremely helpful to us in both our planning year and now in our implementation year. They have provided excellent leadership and support by providing quality visitations, workshops and consultants. Anytime we have a question or concern they are our first contact.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

ISN is a highly responsive organization which strives to meet the needs of schools in transforming for the future. The networking, professional development, coaching, and collaboration opportunities they provide, as well as additional resources, are invaluable in this process. This is a highly dedicated, forward thinking organization.

3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been working with ISN for about 1 year and I have found them to be leaders in the field of education innovation! We have joined ISN for access to the great events and resources that they have available. We've attended their conferences, partnered with other ISN schools, and have received tremendous support in our journey to become innovative educators. The staff of ISN has a wealth of knowledge and one of their strengths is their ability to share that knowledge and if they don't know an answer, they will help you find someone who can collaborate with you to solve any issue!
I look forward to our continued partnership with ISN and their partners. Together we can change education for the better and create optimal learning environments for our children.

3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The ISN provides great leadership and learning opportunities for teachers. It's especially valuable in these times of educational change and turmoil. We need an organization like this that can promote positive ideas for moving forward, supporting teachers and schools at every step. Their small staff do powerful work with huge impact.

4 Kirby B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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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heather.terrill.stotts 10/28/2014

What a great review. Thank you so much for your comments and collaborative efforts.