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Innovative Schools Network

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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!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The ISN has taken the bull by the horns in Wisconsin in the area of school and learning collaboration. They are branching out nationwide to include any school in the nation. This really shows their dedication to students in all learning situations. I've watched the ISN grow exponentially over the past couple of years and that is a direct testament to the hard-working individuals involved. When you attend an ISN event, you feel the passion, you see the dedication, and you are consumed by the excitement these individuals bring to learning. These folks are big thinkers and not afraid to get outside their comfort zone or to reach for the stars. But they are not just a workshop provider, throughout the year they provides an incredible amount of opportunities to collaborate and learn from others through all different sorts of platforms. They support your schools, guide your schools, help find mentors.....the list goes on and on. Top notch organization with top notch people.

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heather.terrill.stotts 10/28/2014

Thank you so much for this great review. What an incredible testimony!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The ISN (Innovative Schools Network), formerly Wisconsin Innovative Schools Network, has played a vital role in building and serving like minded schools like ours (TAGOS Leadership Academy) since it was created a few years ago. Our staff has had the opportunity to develop and collaborate as individuals and as a team via ISN conferences, workshops, retreats that were set up with schools like mine in mind, as well as many other schools. The opportunity that has been the most successful for us to continue building and growing our school and staff has been the PBL Retreat. The PBL Retreat allowed our staff to get away and learn...but more importantly to plan and build our team stronger.

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heather.terrill.stotts 10/28/2014

What an excellent review! Thank you so much for your time and commitment to this organization.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

When I think of the ISN, I think of the hard-working, passionate team that goes way above and beyond in such a selfless manner. It is truly amazing to see how the individuals truly collaborate and have the ability to see the big picture. This has lasting impact on education in Wisconsin, and is now expanding beyond the state to bring more innovation to more schools, teachers, and individuals. The conferences fill gaps for educators and provide resources and connections that could not be attained elsewhere. In the future, I see more progress and innovation for the ISN and for educators everywhere.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

ISN fills an essential role in linking innovative educators, regardless of where they teach. As a charter school teacher in Wisconsin, I have attended many ISN events over the past three years, and they have always been excellent opportunities to improve my practice and network with likeminded education professionals.

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heather.terrill.stotts 10/28/2014

What a nice review! Thank you so much for this and for your collaborative efforts.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

I have attended a number of ISN-sponsored events and trainings, and I monitor their offerings on behalf of others who might profit from their programming. ISN provides notice, sponsorship, and facilitation of a wide variety of informational and training activities that are beneficial to a broad range of educational stakeholders. They foster a much greater degree of collaboration and sharing of ideas and practices than is normally available through other formal educational channels, and ISN is open to featuring both established strategies and emerging trends that can contribute to the improvement of teaching and learning.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

ISN is a team of dedicated professionals working to help schools implement innovative and creative methods of educating children. They're grounded in the realities that schools face and their vision for the future of education is a beacon that schools should look to and follow. The staff are well organized, hard working, and fun to know. If you're an educator anywhere in the US who wants to be inspired, contact the good people at ISN and dive in!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've attended ISN conferences and cannot say enough about them: inspiring, energetic, and well organized. The focus is on giving the participants as much useful, interesting information as possible, all in an atmosphere of fun and collaboration. Each conference left me excited and energized. ISN, as an organization, is completely committed to innovation and provides huge support to teachers, administrators, students, and parents looking to transform education.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The ISN is an organization with a great deal of integrity, working to assist schools in the process of transformation for the future. They believe deeply in collaboration and collegiality and this resonates in all that they do. Public education is better because of the ISN.