Loudoun County, Va. (October 2, 2014) – Digital Promise, a national, independent nonprofit organization authorized by Congress to accelerate innovation in education, has named Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) as one of 11 new members accepted into the League of Innovative Schools, a national coalition of school district superintendents committed to innovation.
LCPS was selected from a national pool of applicants based on its leadership, evidence of results, innovative vision for learning and commitment to collaboration. “The combination of Loudoun County Public Schools and the Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools is a dream pairing,” said LCPS Superintendent Dr. Eric Williams. “Combining our strong tradition of excellence with a continued emphasis on innovation will yield great results for our students. We look forward to collaborating with, and learning from, other leading school districts from across the nation.”
In joining the League, members commit to share lessons learned, participate in national and regional forums and partner with research institutions, technology developers and one another to deliver better results for students. The League aims to foster greater innovation in learning and leadership practices.
The League now includes 57 districts and education agencies that collectively represent more than 3 million students across 27 states.
New members will be officially welcomed from October 5th through 7th at the National League of Innovative Schools meeting in Washington, D.C. League superintendents will have the opportunity to visit schools in the District of Columbia and identify shared challenges to pursue with other League members.
The 11 members of the League of Innovative Schools fall 2014 cohort are:
- Adams 12 Five Star Schools — Thornton, Colo.
- Avonworth School District — Pittsburgh, Pa.
- Bristol Township School District — Levittown, Pa.
- Coachella Valley Unified School District — Thermal, Calif.
- Kettle Moraine School District — Wales, Wis.
- Loudoun County Public Schools
- Mineola Union Free School District — Mineola, N.Y.
- Owsley County School District — Booneville, Ky.
- Spartanburg School District 7 — Spartanburg, S.C.
- Vista Unified School District — Vista, Calif.
- Wake County Public School System — Cary, N.C.
Among the technology initiatives listed in LCPS’ application to join the League of Innovative Schools are:
- Global Classrooms: At Steuart Weller Elementary School, students connect with National Geographic field scientists and schools in Tanzania to learn about (and stop) the decline of wild cat habitats as part of the science curriculum.
- ActivLoudoun+ is a teacher-staffed professional development day during which LCPS teachers come together to share with each other best practices in teaching with technology. In its fifth year, the conference recently hosted 600 teachers who exchanged ideas on collaborative practices, flipping the classroom, project and problem-based learning, use of mobile devices for teaching and learning, and much more.
- LCPS is a founding partner of the Global Education Conference, a free, online, one-week, around-the-clock conference. During the event, more than 14,000 participants from around the world attend sessions describing global partnerships and projects between schools.
- Virtual Instruction Student Innovative Organizational Network (VISION) is an in-house repository of courses, online resources and interactive curriculum. On top of hosting Virtual Loudoun, VISION is the place where teachers and students create and post materials, chat in study groups, create quizzes, discuss in forums and list online resources.
The League of Innovative Schools requires its member superintendents to participate in working groups to plan projects that take ideas into action. Williams is no stranger to this process. Under Williams’ leadership, the York County School Division was a founding member of the Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools.